Marina Kesler

Marina Kesler graduated from the Tallinn School of Choreography in 1988 from the class of Tiiu Randviir and joined the ballet troupe of the Estonian National Opera. In 1992–2010 she worked as a teacher at the Tallinn Ballet School. Since 2010 she works as a repetiteur at the Estonian National Ballet. In 1997 she obtained master’s degree from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS, Moscow). She made her debut as a choreographer in Helsinki tanssiopisto in 2000 with “Jota” to the music of Glinka. At the Estonian National Opera she has been the choreographer for several opera and operetta productions. She has created short ballets “One Day” (2006), “Bernarda Alba’s House” (2008) and “Undine” (2016, all for Tallinn Ballet School students), “Werewolf” (to the music of L. Sumera, R. Kangro, A. Pärt and L. Auster; Estonian National Opera, 2007), “Othello” (to the music of A. Pärt, Estonian National Opera, 2010; nominated for the special prize of the jury at the annual Estonia Theatre Awards 2011). In August 2012 she staged her “Othello” at Tel Aviv Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre within the festival “Maholohet Summer Dance Festival 2012”. In the summer of 2013 the Estonian National Ballet participated in ESTO Days in San Francisco with the same production. In autumn 2012 she staged her first full-length ballet, Prkokofiev’s “Cinderella” In 2015 it was followed by Tubin’s ballet “The Goblin”. She has also created choreography for several gala performances, such as “Estonia 100” (2006) and the Estonian Indepence Day concert (2011, Stage Director: E.-L. Semper, Music Director: T. Kaljuste) and 2016 2016 (stage director: E. Koldits, music director: Tõnu Kaljuste). Within Nargenfestival Kesler choreographer a dance production “The Generous Tree” (composer Tauno Aints, 2011). She came among the three best at the X International Moscow Choreographers’ Competition 2005 and received a prize for the dance piece “Danse sacral” (I. Stravinsky) and for “Ne me quitte pas” (J. Brel). Marina Kesler received the Annual Estonian Theatre award 2007 in the category of ballet for “Werewolf” (Estonian National Opera) and was awarded the Colleague Prize of the Estonian Professional Dancers’ Union in 2011.

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