The Győr Balett, founded by the graduates of the Hungarian Ballet Institute in 1979, took up its career in the new building of the Győr Theatre under the leadership of Iván Markó.
The Győr Balett has soon become popular both in the town and the region. Having conquered the Hungarian audience their playes have been crowned with international success within a short period of time. In addition to the two premiéres in each theatre-season in Győr, the company has performed world premiéres several times in Budapest, Vienna, Athens and Paris. They had performances at the Scala of Milan, at Bayreuth Festival Games and at the Olympic Games in Seoul. They went on tours to Austria, Germany, Japan, Italy, England, China, India, Russia and to the United States. They have danced on stages of several Bohemian, Romanian, Slovakian, Danish and Israeli theatres. In 1983 at World Theatre Festival in Baltimore from 27 productions the one of the Győr Ballet was awarded the Critics' Prize.
After the resignation of the previous director in 1991 János Kiss, one of the establishing members, became the leader of the company. Under his direction a new era has started in the history of the Győr Ballet: they continued to follow traditional dance theatrical elements and to meet the high artistic and professional requirements but with more various themes and styles, a broadened number of artists, world-famous choreographers and designers.
The company has two premiéres in Győr Theatre a year, which are choreographed by well-known choreographers both from abroad - Robert North, Libor Vaculik, Marie Brolin Tani, Günter Pick, Robert Cohan, Alexander Schneider-Rossmy - and by the own choreographers of the Győr Ballet - William Fomin, Barbara Bombicz and Ottó Demcsák. Since 1995 the company goes on international tours for 3-5 weeks every year, mainly to Germany and Austria, but they had very successful performances in Rome, Thessaloniki, and in the cities of the Netherlands and France. In 2002 the production 'Purim or the Sortilege' brought down the house at Joyce Theatre in New York.
The most successful ballets of the last 10 years still in repertoir:
The company's latest ballet, the 'Hungarian Triptychon' choreographed by Alexander Schneider-Rossmy to the music of Béla Bartók, György Kurtág and György Ligeti will be performed in November 2002.
- Play about Love
- The Fatal Sisters
- Entre dos Aquas
- Carmina Burana
- The Phantom of the Opera
- Stabat Mater
- Troy Games
- Purim of the Fate
- Romeo and Juliet
The Győr Ballet employs 34 dancers, an own technical and management staff.