Team Gentian Doda

First Ballet Master

Born in Tirana in 1978, Gentian Doda began his career with the Albania´s National Theater of Opera and Ballet. This was followed by positions at the Azerbaijan State Theater of Opera and Ballet, at Teatro Arena di Verona, at Balletto di Parma, and at the Compañía de la Comunidad de Madrid, directed by Victor Ullate. During this period, Doda performed a vast range of principal roles of the classical repertoire as well as in various international galas. In 2002, he was invited by Maurice Béjart to interpret the lead role in "Firebird" with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne.

In 2003, Gentain Doda became a member of the Compañía Nacional de Danza (C.N.D.), Artistic Director by Nacho Duato, where he performed most of the renowned choreographer’s repertoire as well as other works by Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Orjan Anderson, Mats Ek and Wim Vandekeybus, among others.

Doda started to choreograph when he created "Nuk e di" and "Korridor" (2005) for the choreographic workshops at C.N.D. He was later commissioned to create "Axis" (2006) and "Sin lo cual no" (2007) for CND2 and shortly after that also created "Us vs." (2008). Gentian’s work received continued support from Nacho Duato, who invited him to do two pieces for his main company: "De paso" (2009) and "Aksak" (2010). 

In 2011, Gentian collaborated with Dimo Kirilov to create "1/2 waltz" and was awarded with First Choreography Prizes in the Copenhagen and Hanover contests as well as with the Scapino Production Prize. This was followed by a new collaboration, "S.O.S", which premiered at the Madrid en Danza Festival.

In 2012 he created "Fragmentum II" and "Nameless" for the New York Choreographic Institute in collaboration with dancers from New York City Ballet and composers from the Julliard School of Music. During the same year, he created "34" in Copenhagen in collaboration with other international artists, and participated in an independent project with the Beijing Dance Company.

In 2013, he choreographed two solos, "A NA" and "KJAJ", and premiered a new creation "KHA" for Scapino Ballet. In March 2014, he premiered "SONN" with Ballet Nacional Dominicano.

Gentian Doda continues performing, creating in different independent projects, galas and international workshops, as well as assisting and setting Nacho Duato´s ballets worldwide.

In August 2014 he becomes First Ballet Master of the Staatsballet Berlin.