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Welcome to the magical world of contemporary dance

I believe my works have been shaped in response to my performing experiences influenced by choreographers with whom I worked with and also embodying my life experiences, my journey as a teenager from Middle East to the West world, my joys and sorrows hence my works entail  highly physical and yet meaningful ,rooted desire to create emotional bound within the artists and the audience.

Getting to a state of an emotional journey is one of my aims.

Art divulges and renews life. I would like to create pieces that intrude your emotions, elevate the curiosity and sensitivity towards your own organic self and space.

with Sao Paulo Ballet Brazil

with Sao Paulo Ballet in Brazil

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ABOUT the choreographer

Gagik Ismailian


Portuguese Nationality, of Armenian descent, born in Tehran.


Studied in Tehran/Iran continued study in United Kingdom at the Legat School of Dance and later at the Royal Ballet School in London. Granted Masters of Arts from The University of Surrey (Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences) also in England.


By invitation from Jorge Salavisa he joined as principle dancer in Ballet Gulbenkian in Lisbon-Portugal. He danced contemporary pieces from internationally known choreographers, such as Hans Van Manen, Heinz Spoerli, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Olga Roriz, Milko Sparemblek, Vasco Wellenkamp, Carlos Trincheiras, Armando Jorge, Christopher Bruce, Louis Falco, Elisa Monte and many others.


He was invited as a Principal Guest Artist to dance the role of Prince Albrecht in much known classical production of Giselle in Teatro Municipal de Rio De Janeiro (Brazil). He has been dancing worldwide, Japan, Australia, USA, Africa, Egypt etc… with Ballet Gulbenkian and the NDT - Nederland’s Dance Theatre.

Artistic Director: Invited as an Artistic Director for the Croatian National Theater in Split,

Invited Ballet Master: Also invited as a Ballet Master by various companies both in Portugal, Europe and also in Brazil.

Commissioned Choreographic pieces: As a choreographer he has created in-numerous Contemporary pieces for various National and independent Dance Companies. His works have been danced in most of Europe including Brazil.

International works have been commissioned by; City Ballet of São Paulo (Bale da Cidade de São Paulo- Brazil), Diadema Dance company also in Brazil, the National Theaters such as The Opera Ballet in Croatia (Zagreb, Split and Rijeka) and also National Opera  of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

His works have been awarded at the International Festivals of Osaka (Japan) and Stuttgart (Germany). He has been an invited dance instructor as for Classical Dance Technique and Repertoire at the pré-professional course of the Ballet Gulbenkian,  Academy of Contemporary Dance (Setúbal), The Dance University in Lisbon, invited dance professor for Contemporary and neoclassical dance technique and Choreographic Composition classes in Folkuniversitet  Dance Department in Gothenburg - Sweden.

Ballet Master at the National Theater Split (Croatia) Balé da Cidade in São Paulo, Slovenian National etc..  

 Gagik’s choreographic pieces have been performed, in various International Festivals and Theatres such as Teatro del Madrid, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Slovenian National Opera in LjubljanaThe Croatian National Theatre in Split, Festival de Prado in Italy, Summer Festival in Split Croatia, Sao Paulo Municipal Theatre in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre in Brazil, Holland Dance Festival, Movimentos International Dance Festival Wolfsburg Germany, Solo – Tanz – Theater Festival International Stuttgart Germany Tel Aviv International Dance Festival, and Teatro del Liceu Barcelona etc.

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With Croatian National Ballet in Split.

Gagik as a dancer

choreographer, Louis Falco

 Olga Roriz, choreographer

5 Tangos, Hans Van Manen

memories of Piaff 

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choreography Vasco Wellenkemp 


With Milko Sparem Bleck 

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Triumph of Afrodite

choreography: Milko Sparembleck 

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