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Chiara Ajkun - Artistic Director
Chiara Ajkun-artistic-director

One of the most well-known and respected ballet professionals in the world, Dr. Chiara Ajkun is the artistic director of Ajkun Ballet Theatre, overseeing the professional company, the ballet school, and the financial fund for dancers. 

Award-winning choreographer, teacher of classical ballet and dance medicine pioneer, Chiara is a tireless advocate for multiculturalism, dancer's choice and equal opportunities embodied by the many programs she created for the Ajkun Ballet Theatre. 

Thanks to her leadership, Ajkun Ballet Theatre is a vital part of New York's thriving arts and cultural scene and home to the Ajkun Ballet Company, the Ajkun Ballet School and the AjkunBT Fund. 

Chiara Ajkun 's accomplishments as a cultural leader have been key to the global success of the Ajkun Ballet Company, the international attendance of the Ajkun Ballet School and the public grants for dance students of the AjkunBT Fund.

Who is Chiara Ajkun?

· life and ballet career

· world leadership

· accolades and awards

· original art

Who is Chiara Ajkun?

Chiara was born in Mantova, a historic city in the northern region of Lombardy (Italy), in the landmark “Palazzo Valentini” (1830) home to her family for four generations. She comes from a distinguished lineage of patrons of the arts, tracing back 1200 years, that proudly advanced women's education. Her mother Daniela, a professor and university's chancellor, and her late father Demetrio, an academic, raised her with an emphasis on education and the arts. Chiara also credits her grandparents Umberto and Rina for her love of classical music and opera which she calls “the soundtrack of my childhood”. Her sister Valentine is a published author and professor at the University of Padua. Chiara has two sons: Wolfrantz, a journalist, and Alexeij, a film producer.

Chiara treasures traveling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures and is especially interested in history, philosophy, law, and scientific innovations. She also enjoys fashion, horseback riding, yoga and Pilates, watching movies, trying diverse cuisines, and spending time with her family and friends around the world. Chiara lives in New York City and travels the world to choreograph.

Chiara Ajkun-Palace-Mantova-Italy

Palazzo di Mantova, hometown of Chiara Ajkun. 

Leadership

Dr. Chiara Ajkun became Artistic Director in 1985, appointed by the University of Dance, Theater and Liberal Arts where she is still a Guest Artist in residence, therefore directing the company “Balletto Regionale di Mantova” until her return to NYC.  Chiara created and directed the European dance competition “Premio DanzaEuropa”, the European Opera competition “Premio Katia Ricciarelli” in collaboration with National Opera Houses of Italy, Hungary and Albania, and the Festival “Dance in Italy” for the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Ajkun served a as a panelist for the Boards of Education in Lombardy, Lazio, Puglia, Calabria (Italy) and currently serves as an expert in the public school districts of New York City and Westchester County (USA).

Choreographer

Multi Award-winning choreographer Chiara has created ballets for foremost national companies and theaters and collaborates with artists from all over the world. To date, Chiara Ajkun's works have been performed in 27 countries and her collaborations with artists of 76 countries include notable dancers of American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera, Het National Ballet, Australian Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, among others. Chiara’s choreography has also been commissioned for movies and from national televisions such as ABC, BBC, FOX, RAI.

You are preserving our culture and heritage and demonstrating that our diversity is our greatest strength.

Hilary Clinton, former USA Secretary of State, to Chiara Ajkun
Chiara Ajkun’s choreography is a work of genius, combining beautifully coordinated motion with astute interpretation of the composer’s intention.

Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald

Ballet Teacher

Chiara Ajkun is the creator of the Ajkun © Methodology, a science based ballet system that facilitates the understanding of complex training concepts, foster a constructive learning approach and aims to prevent occupational health hazards . Chiara is credited for the achievements of many notable dancers who have performed with Australian Ballet, Ballet de Montecarlo, Hong Kong BalletNew York City Ballet, Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Vienna Staatsoper, etc. Dancers, Dance Students and Teachers travel every year from all over the world to attend the Ajkun Ballet School and benefit from Chiara’s outstanding teaching. Chiara Ajkun has created the first Trainee Program of its kind, accredited for H3 visa by the United States since its conception. The Ajkun Methodology can be sampled during master classes held in Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America.

Performing Career & Education

Chiara Ajkun has danced most of the great classical roles and neoclassical choreography as principal dancer. Chiara’s magnificent technique and acting sensibilities allowed her to excel in many different roles, although she is perhaps best known for her performances of Kitri (Don Quixote), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Nikiya (La Bayadère), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) and Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty) gracing the stages of the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, the State Opera in Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and International Festivals and Ballet Galas in Italy, France, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the USA. Fundamental to her performing career has been the collaborations with Rudolf Nureyev, George Balanchine, Oleg Vinogradov, and impresario Dimitri Papoutsis.

Chiara studied ballet in Italy, France, England, and New York with Serge Peretti (Paris Opera), John Field (Royal Ballet), Ninel Kurgapkina (Mariinsky Theater), Felia Doubrovska (School of American Ballet), and Milorad Miskovitch (La Fenice), pas de deux with Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vassiliev (Bolshoi Ballet) and Víktor Róna (La Scala) and perfected her artistry with the invaluable coaching of Alexandra Danilova (New York City Ballet). Chiara’s formal education includes degrees in "International Literature", specializations in Pedagogy and Business Administration, a Master's in "Performing Arts" and a Ph.D. in “Pathology in Ballet”.

Awards
  • Medal for the Arts by the Prime Minister of Malta (1990)

  • Best Choreography in “Malta Festival” by The London Times (1991)

  • Best Choreography in “Fiuggi Europa Platea” (1995)

  • Best Choreography in “Manfredonia Awards” (1996 & 1997)

  • “Dame Grand Cross” appointed by Grand Master H.R.H. Prince Humbert Ferdinando the Third (1999)

  • Honorary Membership to “New Rochelle High School – Performing And Visual Arts Education, PAVE” (2008).

The Originals

The collection of the extraordinary art choreographed by Chiara Ajkun for national dance companies across 5 continents including the signature repertory of the Ajkun Ballet Company.  View: Chiara Ajkun - Original Art

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