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Eno Peci

Eno Peci was born in Tirana (Albania). He was educated at the Ballet Academy in his hometown and at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera. In 2000 he joined the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera. In 2003 he was appointed demi-soloist and in 2009 soloist of the Ballett der Vienna State Opera und Volksoper.

His most important roles include Herzog Albrecht and Hilarion in Elena Tschernischova‘s »Giselle«, the title roles in John Cranko’s »Onegin«, Renato Zanella’s »Spartacus« and Ivan Cavallari’s »Tschaikowski Impressionen«, Rotbart in Rudolf Nureyev’s »Swan Lake«, Espada in Nureyev’s »Don Quixote«, Abderachman in Nureyev’s »Raymonda«, Prinz Florimund in Peter Wright’s »The Sleeping Beauty«, The King in Martin Schläpferʼs »The Sleeping Beauty«, Drosselmeyer in Gyula Harangozó’s »The Nutcracker«, Don José in Davide Bombana’s »Ballett: Carmen«, Bluebeard in Stephan Thoss' »Bluebeard's Secret«, Ulrich in Roland Petit’s »Die Fledermaus«,Tybalt in John Cranko’s »Romeo and Juliet«, Lenski in Cranko’s »Onegin«, Lescaut in Kenneth MacMillan’s »Manon«, Colonel »Bay« Middleton in MacMillan’s »Mayerling«, TV-Choreographer in Maurice Béjart’s »Le Concours«, Touchstone in John Neumeier’s »Wie es Euch gefällt«, Karenin in Boris Eifman’s »Anna Karenina«, Balletmaster in  Eifman’s "Giselle Rouge", J. S. jr. in Renato Zanella's »Aschenbrödel«, Soldier in Jo Strømgren's »Nussknacker«, Miller in Léonide Massine's »The Tricorn «, Frédéri in Roland Petit's »L’Arlésienne«, Oberon in Jorma Elo's »Ein Sommernachtstraum«, Widow Simone in Frederick Ashton’s »La Fille mal gardée« and Death in Edward Clug’s »Peer Gynt«. Furthermore, he danced  main roles in George Balanchine's »Theme and Variations«, »Stravinsky Violin Concerto« and »Jewels«, Jerome Robbins’ »The Concert«, »In the Night« and the solo »A Suite of Dances«, John Neumeier's »Josephs Legende«, »Le Pavillon d’Armide« and »Le Sacre«, Jiří Kylián's »Petite Mort« and »Bella Figura«, William Forsythe's »Slingerland pas de deux« and »The Second Detail«, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's »Große Fuge« as well as works by Ben van Cauwenbergh, Twyla Tharp, Rudi van Dantzig, Nils Christe, Renato Zanella, Hans van Manen, András Lukács, Helen Pickett, Jiří Bubeníček, Thierry Malandain, Mauro Bigonzetti, Christopher Wheeldon, Liam Scarlett, Maurice Béjart and Martin Schläpfer.
He created the title role in Renato Zanella’s »Petruschka« as well as roles in Zanella’s »Spartacus«, »Sensi« and »Duke’s Nuts«, Patrick C. Delcroix’ »Silence sans reproche«, Natalia Horecna’s »Contra Clockwise Witness«, Antony McDonald’s & Ashley Page’s »Ein Reigen« and in Daniel Proietto's »Blanc«. Guest performances have taken him to many European countries and overseas. 

In 2009 Eno Peci started his career as a choreographer. He made his debut with »Cut« at »choreo.lab 09« of the Ballettclub Wiener Staatsoper & Volksoper. This was followed by »Exitium« (2012) and »Pavillon 12/2« (2014) for »Young Choreographers« of the Ballettclub. For the Vienna State Ballet he created »Herzblume« (2013) and »Petruschka« (2017) at the Volksoper Vienna. In 2018 and 2020 he did the choreographies for the opening ceremony of the Vienna Opera Ball for the Vienna State Ballet and the Ballet Academy of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Further works Eno Peci created for the »Origen Festival Cultural« in Riom (Switzerland) such as »Ereignis aus Karls Leben (2014), »Exil« (2015), »Jenseits« (2016), »Homo Sapiens« and »Tre Fratelli« (both 2017), »Der letzte Ball” and »Café chinois« (both 2018) and »Zeitraum« (2019) with members of the Vienna State Ballet and the Ballet Academy of the Wiener Staatsoper. For the »Gala des Etoiles« in Luxembourg he created »Modus« (2015) and »Opus 25« (2017), for the »Red Ribbon Celebration Concert« in the Burgtheater, Vienna, »Orpheus and Eurydike« (2016). In March 2017 his piece »Déjà-vu« had its premiere at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow, in summer 2017 »Apocalypse« followed for the opening of the Juliertheater in Julierpass (Switzerland). On 26 May 2018, Eno Pecis Pas de deux »Subject (L)« had its premiere at the »Gala des Étoiles« in the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg which he was dancing with Maria Yakovleva. For »The Future Ball 2018«, which was organised for the first time in the SO/Vienna Lifestyle-Hotel, Peci created a solo for himself. For the »Weltstar-Gala« in 2018 in the Volkstheater, Vienna, he created the Pas de deux »Hush« with Olga Esina. In 2019 »Swan Lake« for the Ballett Chemnitz had its premiere, Eno Peci was responsible for choreography and staging (1st and 3rd act; 2nd and 4th act after Lew Iwanow). In the same year he created the Pas de deux »RAIN« for the 6th Chemnitzer Ballett Benefiz Gala. At the same place, in 2021 his version of »Daphnis et Chloé« (Music: Maurice Ravel) had its premiere. For the Gala D’Etoiles Internationales »Viva Maïa« in Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes on 29 June 2019, Peci created the Duo »Fragment« (Music: John Perkins), which he was dancing together with Ketevan Papava. Also in 2019, Peci created together with the pianist Maria Radutu the evening »Piano & Dance« in MuTh, Vienna. Some of his pieces were danced by the National Ballet of Kosovo in Prishtina and the Choreo Center Europe & Europaballett. In 2020 his creation »ZWEISAMKEIT« for the Györi Ballet in Györ had its premiere and in 2021 »Angel« (Music: Violinkonzert by Alban Berg) at the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana.

In 2008 Eno Peci was appointed to an honourable ambassador of the Republic of Albania, in 2017 he received with »The Key of Tirana« another important honour of his home country. In 2018 he was honoured by the president of Albania with the title »Knight of the Order of Skanderbeg«. On 13 December 2019 he received the »Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst«.

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