Edward Clug (Beius, 1973) decided to enrol at the dance academy to escape the repressive communist regime of Ceauşescu. In 1991 Clug completed his ballet studies at the National Ballet School in Cluj Napoca (Romania). The same year he was engaged as a soloist at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor where he made his first choreography. In 2003 he became artistic director of the Maribor Ballet, leading the company towards new and distinctive directions. As a choreographer he received international acclaim with Radio & Juliet (2005). Clug succeeded in putting the Maribor Ballet on the international dancing map by participating in the largest theatre festivals, such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA), The Stars of the White Nights festival in the Mariinski Theatre St.Petersburg, Arts Festival in Singapore and Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea.
Besides Maribor Ballet Clug was invited to create new works for Stuttgart Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and other companies around the world. He won several awards, including a Special Award for Best Choreography for his creation Roses for Anne Teresa / Football Stories at the International Theatre Festival MESS in Sarajevo (2011). Clug received international awards for his choreographies at dance competitions and festivals in Moscow, Belgrade and Sarajevo and he was nominated for the Golden Mask award in Moscow (2010). He received the highest Slovene prizes in culture for his work: the Award of the Prešern Foundation in 2005 and the Glazer Charter in 2008. In 2014 the magazine Tanz acknowledged him as one of the future’s great hopes in the field of choreography.
In the Symphysis programme by NDT2 Clug created mutual comfort (2015) which led to rave reviews marking his breakthrough in the Netherlands. In February 2016 he created Handman for the NDT2 Straight Around programme.