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The Press

"It was clear to anyone watching the first night performance on 1 December that this new staging was no mere novelty, but one destined to last in the repertoire."

"It was a great success, but the success was due to the inventive way Boyadjiev and Jon Bausor had refreshed the story for modern audiences while steering clear of any heavy-handed psychological reinterpretations of the libretto."

"The ballet looked and felt like a storybook fairy tale, one that was charm and wonderment." The Nutcracker, Norwegian National Ballet,  Jonathan Gray, The Dancing Times, Jan 2017

Kaloyan Boyadjiev


Kaloyan's video reel is here.

A native of Bulgaria, Kaloyan Boyadjiev studied at the National Ballet School in his hometown of Sofia. He later moved to South Africa and was a soloist at Pact Ballet in Pretoria and performed in his native Bulgaria with the National Ballet in Sofia.

He became a member of the Norwegian National Ballet in 2002, and the following year was appointed soloist and is today a leading dancer and director of the Junior Company. With the company he has danced both Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet , the Prince in Scarlett's Firebird , the Prince in The Nutcracker, Ariel in The Tempest and the title role in The Rite of Spring - both of Glen Tetley. In addition,  he has performed the roles of court jester in Cinderella , Cassio in Lubovitchs Othello , Lucentio in Cranko Taming of the Shrew , Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Lysander and Puck in Sund's A Midsummer Night's Dream . 

He has danced prominent parties in works by Balanchine (Agon, The Four Temperaments and Symphony in Three Movements); Wheeldon (Polyphonia); Duato (Por vos muero and White Darkness);  Forsythe (StepText, Workwithinwork and The Second Detail); and numerous ballets by Jiri Kylián.

As choreographer Boyadjiev has been developing a well respected career in Norway, choreographing  Uncle Vanya at the National Theatre in a production directed by Liv Ullmann. For the Norwegian National Ballet is has created Lost in Time , Frozen Silence , Fade in Black , Open for Discussion and Roundabout.


In 2016 he created the acclaimed new full length production of The Nutcracker which received critical acclaim. which was nominated for Best Premiere by Dance Europe. In 2025 and 2026, he will stage this acclaimed production of Nutcracker for Bordeaux Ballet in France and for Leipzig Ballet in Germany in a co-production between both companies.

In 2018, he took part in the New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute and in 2019, Kaloyan won NW Dance Project's Pretty Creative choreographic competition in the USA. 

In May 2020, Kaloyan was a finalist in the Young Ballet Choreographer Competition in Biarritz, France and the Competition winner in 2022.

In 2024, Kaloyan returns to his native Bulgaria to create a new Romeo and Juliet for the National Ballet at the Opera House in Sofia and will also stage his acclaimed Nutcracker for the Bordeaux Ballet in a co-production partnership with Leipzig Ballet.


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