Olga Kostel


Winner of international competitions

Olga Kostel graduated from the Belarusian Choreographic College. From 1999 to 2004 she worked with the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. Kostel trained at the renowned Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden under Mikhail Dikamp (department of choreography). In 2008 she graduated from the Ernst Busch Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Berlin where she had studied under Professor Dietmar Seiffert (department of choreography).
In 2006 she was awarded the “Debut” prize at the International Festival of Modern Choreography in Vitebsk. She is a recipient of a grant of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the EU for outstanding success in the search for new techniques in choreography (2008) and laureate of the prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus for Support of the Talented Youth (2016).
Since 2011 she has been a choreographer of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.  a


On the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre she staged Sechs tänze by Jiří Kylián (ballet master and répétiteur together with the  Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus Kanstantsin Kuzniatsou, 2013), one-act ballet Metamorphoses to the music by Johann Sebastian Bach (libretto, choreography and production, 2012), Theatrical Comic Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music Admirers (Larisa Aleksandrovskaya Chamber Hall, 2014),opera Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo (choreography, 2014), Love and Death to the music by Polad Bülbüloğlu (Libretto after the ancient Turkic epic The Book of Dede Korkut, choreography and staging, 2016), opera La bohème by Giacomo Puccini (choreography, 2018). Olga directed various concerts of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus, as well as gala concerts of the festival "Ballet Summer at the Bolshoi", etc.


From 2004 to 2008 Kostel worked with numerous renowned choreographers, including Dietmar Seiffert, William Forsythe, Ingo Reulecke, Xavier Le Roy, Reinhild Hoffmann, Ismael Ivo etc. She has repeatedly represented the Republic of Belarus at several international festivals of modern choreography. In 2010 she represented Belarus at the International Choreographic Festival in Görlitz (Germany) with a choreographic performance Beware: Fragile!. Olga Kostel's choreography was performed in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia, Finland, Russia and Belarus. In 2008 she was the curator of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and teacher at the Bern Academy of Arts (Switzerland). In 2010 she was invited to the position of Associate Professor in the department of choreography in the Academy of Arts in Berlin, where she taught choreography, composition, improvisation and history of dance.

She was an artistic director of the Innovative International Summer School Sypemeda (Stage for Young Performing Media Artist) (2012). In 2015 she staged many choreographic miniatures, noted by international ballet critics, among her works: Leda and the Swan to the music by Jules Massenet, Faust to the music by Antonio Vivaldi, Paradise Lost to the music by Nizoryan, Conscience to the music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Tango to the music by Astor Piazzolla.

Her works include Seltsam, aber wahr on the stages of bat-Studiotheater and Theater Putbus in Berlin (Germany, 2005), White House at the bat-Studiotheater in Berlin (Germany, 2006) and International Festival of Modern Choreography in Vitebsk (2006), Not only you within the International Competition of Young Performers in Kiev and Sochi (2006); ballets Das Spitzentuch der Königin in Staatsoperette Dresden (Germany, 2007), Game within the International Competition of Young Performers (Sochi, 2007), Transparency at the Uist International Festival of Contemporary Arts (Germany, 2007), Unusual Suspects and Coppélia-2 at the Ivan Vazov National Theatre in Sofia (Bulgaria, 2008 and 2010), Beware: Fragile! in Berlin (Germany, 2009), Her name is Carmen to the music by Georges Bizet at the English National Opera (London, 2016), musical Sherlock Holmes and the Dancing Men and opera Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky at the Rostov State Musical Theater (2017 and 2018).