Roman Novitzky

Artist in Residence

Roman Novitzky

Artist in Residence


Roman Novitzky was born in Bratislava, Slowakia, and received his dance training at the Ballet Conservatory in Bratislava from which he graduated in 2003. For six years he danced with the National Ballet of Slovakia before joining the Stuttgart Ballet in 2009. In 2011/12 he was promoted to Demi-Soloist, in 2013/14 to Soloist and in September 2015 to Principal Dancer. As of the 2022-23 season Roman Novitzky is Stuttgart Ballet's Artist in Residence.

His repertory includes leading roles in ballets by John Cranko including the title role in Onegin, Paris and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Lucentio and Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew and the Officer in The Lady and the Fool. In addition he has danced leading role in Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and Requiem, Gurn in La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss after Bournonville), des Grieux in The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier), José Antonio in Don Quixote (Maximiliano Guerra) und The Master in Krabat (Demis Volpi). His repertory also includes works by George Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, Glen Tetley, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor and Jorma Elo. Internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke, Christian Spuck und Demis Volpi have created roles especially for him.

In 2012 Roman Novitzky choreographed his first ballet for the renowned Noverre-Society’s Young Choreographers evening. His second work for the Noverre-Society in 2013 – Are You as Big as Me? – was so successful that it was taken into the Stuttgart Ballet repertory immediately where it has become a cult hit. Most recently it was danced by Daniil Simkin, Leonid Sarafanov and Daniel Camargo at the “Princes of Ballet” Gala in Tokyo for which Novitzky also choreographed the finale. In 2014 and 2016, Novitzky created two more works for the Noverre-Society – Cello contra bass, has also been taken into the repertory of the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2018 he created with great success his first piece for the Stuttgart Ballet: Under the Surface. Two seasons later he created Impuls and Everybody Needs Some/Body for the Stuttgart Ballet. In Dance Europe's Critics' Choice 2020 his choreography Everybody Needs Some/Body was named in the category "Best Premiere". In May 2022 Reflection/s, another choreography for the Stuttgart Ballet premiered.

In September 2022 Roman Novitzky was awarded the Prize of the Ministry for the Culture of Slovak Rebublik for artistic mastery in the field of classical and modern dance and exceptional representation of Slovak ballet art at home and abroad. In March 2023 he won the prize for choreography at The international Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize.

In addition, Roman Novitzky is also one of the official photographers of the Stuttgart Ballet. His photos have been published in international dance magazines, books, programs and German newspapers, as well as for ad campaigns for the Stuttgart Ballet. In the summer of 2018 his first book The dancing view. Roman Novitzky’s Stuttgart Ballet was published by Edition Cantz. Since the year 2020 there is also a calendar published every year by Weingarten Verlag with photos from Stuttgart Ballet’s studios by Roman Novitzky. Both publications are for sale in our theatre shop.
Roman Novitzky
Photo Roman Novitzky
Ch: Demis Volpi
D: Roman Novitzky, Daniel Camargo
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett
Ch: Demis Volpi
D: Roman Novitzky, Ensemble
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett
Gaîté Parisienne
Ch: Maurice Béjart
D: Roman Novitzky
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett
Don Quijote
Ch: Maximiliano Guerra
D: Roman Novitzky
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett
Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy
Ch. Christian Spuck
D: Alicia Amatriain, Roman Novitzky
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett
Swan Lake
Ch: John Cranko
D: Alicia Amatriain, Roman Novitzky
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett
Ch: John Cranko
D: Roman Novitzky, Ensemble
Photo Miriam Kacerova
Il Concertone
Ch: Mauro Bigonzetti
D: Alicia Amatriain, Roman Novitzky
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett
Holberg Pas de deux
Ch: John Cranko
D: Miriam Kacerova, Roman Novitzky
Photo Stuttgarter Ballett


Leading and Solo Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet
  • Adagio Hammerklavier (Hans van Manen)
  • Arena (Glen Tetley)
  • Big Blur (Demis Volpi)
  • Bolero (Maurice Béjart): The Rhythm
  • Brouillards (John Cranko): Feuilles mortes, Des pas sur la neige
  • Come neve al sole (Rolando D'Alesio)
  • Das Fräulein von S. (Christian Spuck): La Regnie, President of the Chambre ardente
  • Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra): José-Antonio, Camacho, Gypsy Prince
  • Forgotten Land (Jiří Kylián): Couple in Off-White
  • Gaîté Parisienne (Maurice Béjart): Freund, Ludwig II of Bavaria
  • High (Louis Stiens)
  • IN2 (Fabio Adorisio)
  • Initials R.B.M.E. (John Cranko): Solo role in B.
  • Kammerballett (Hans van Manen)
  • Krabat (Demis Volpi): Der Meister, Tonda
  • La fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton): Widow Simone
  • La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss after August Bournonville): Gurn, Pas de huit
  • Le Sacre du Printemps (Glen Tetley): Solo
  • Leonce and Lena (Christian Spuck): President
  • Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy (Christian Spuck): Dr. Franz Schöning, Jack the Ripper
  • Mayerling (Kenneth MacMillan): Colonel "Bay" Middleton
  • On Velvet (Marco Goecke)
  • One of a Kind (Jiří Kylián)
  • Onegin (John Cranko): Onegin, Gremin
  • Orphée et Euridice (Staging, Choreography: Christian Spuck)
  • Othello (John Neumeier): Soldier
  • Out of Breath (Johan Inger)
  • Pas de deux from: Edward II (David Bintley)
  • Pas de deux from: Radio and Juliet (Edward Clug)
  • Pas de trois from: Suite (Uwe Scholz)
  • Petite Mort (Jiří Kylián)
  • Poème de l'Extase (John Cranko): Vision
  • Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan): Solo role
  • Return to a strange land (Jiří Kylián): Pas de trois
  • Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): Paris, Tybalt
  • Slice to Sharp (Jorma Elo)
  • Spinto (Demis Volpi)
  • Swan Lake (John Cranko): Rotbart, Companion of the Prince, Cavalier of the Princess of Hungary
  • Symphony in C (George Balanchine): leading role 2nd movement
  • The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine): Third Theme
  • The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko): Officer
  • The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): des Grieux, Monsieur Duval, Manon's Lover
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Marcia Haydée after Petipa): Carabosse
  • The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan): Solo role
  • The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko): Lucentio, Hortensio, Pas de six
  • Variations for two Couples (Hans van Manen)

Specially created Roles
  • Aedis (Alessandro Giaquinto)
  • Aurora's Nap (Johan Inger): King
  • Das Fräulein von S. (Christian Spuck): Count Miossens, colonel in the King's guard
  • Double Bass Concerto (Bridget Breiner)
  • Il Concertone (Mauro Bigonzetti)
  • Krabat (Demis Volpi): Michal
  • Lucid Dream (Marco Goecke)
  • No Men’s Land (Edward Clug): Solo role
  • Orlando (Marco Goecke)
  • Overture to a Prelude (Kevin O'Day)
  • Patterns in ¾ (Edward Clug)
  • Salome (Demis Volpi): Herod
  • Source (Edward Clug)
  • Ssss... (Edward Clug)
  • Taiyō to Tsuki (Martin Schläpfer)

Specially created Roles at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers
  • vague distraction (Joseph Morrissey)
  • when tears fall (Martin Winter)

Roles with the Ballet of the State Theatre Slovakia
  • A Midsummernight’s Dream (E. Frey): Lysander
  • La Sylphide (Herman Severin Lovenskjold): James, Gurn
  • Real Time (Lukáš Timulak)
  • Serenade (George Balanchine)
  • Susto (Paul Lightfoot / Sol León)
  • Swan Lake (Lev Ivanov / Marius Petipa): Siegfried
  • The Nutcracker (Fernand Nault): Snow King, Cavalier
  • Un Ballo (Jiří Kylián)
  • a.o.

own choreographies

The Hours World premiere at Noverre- Society: Young Choreographers on May 23rd, 2012, Stuttgart Ballet
Are you as big as me? World premiere at Noverre- Society: Young Choreographers on January 18th, 2013, Stuttgart Ballet
… wie zwei Finger an der Hand World premiere at Noverre- Society: Young Choreographers on July 17th, 2014, Stuttgart Ballet
Cello contra bass World premiere at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers on May 11th, 2015, Stuttgart Ballet
Under the Surface World premiere during the mixed evening “The Fab Five” on March 23rd, 2018, Stuttgart Ballet
Impuls World premiere during the mixed evening “Creations I-III” on November 30, 2019, Stuttgart Ballet
Everybodys Needs Some/Body World premiere during the mixed evening “Response I” on July 25th, 2020, Stuttgart Ballet
Solo for Tonatiuh World Premiere for the project „Creare para Crescere“ on September 25th, 2021
Without title Choreography for „A Dance/ Jazz Fusion Vol. 3“, April 19th, 2022, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Extravaganza World Premiere during the evening „Fasion Ballet 22“ on May 26th, 2022, Slovak National Theatre
Reflection/s World Premiere during the mixed evening "Creations VII - IX" on May 29, 2022, Stuttgart Ballet
A Dialog World Premiere at the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada on March 25th, 2023
The Place of Choice World Premiere during the mixed evening "Novitzky/Dawson" on June 28, 2024, Stuttgart Ballet