Unfortunately, Mrs. Georgette Gebara did not receive permission to come to Slovenia in time, so we were forced to cancel her participation in the TUTU GRAND PRIX jury. She will be replaced by Mirna Sporiš.
Mirna Sporiš was born in Zagreb, where she graduated at the High School for Classical Ballet in Zagreb in 1990. In the same year she became a member of the Ballet of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, in 1993 she was promoted to soloist and in 2003 to the Principle.
In 2016 she finished her studies at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she graduated from classical ballet pedagogy in the first generation of students.
In addition to being active in the field of dance, Mirna Sporiš also works all the time as a teacher, choreographer, choreographer’s assistant and director. For many years she collaborated with the Croatian Ballet Group, Opera b. b. and with the Carlotta Grisi Ballet studio in Umag. She led many workshops for professional ballet dancers, and as a teacher she regularly cooperates with the Liberdance dance center from Zagreb and the Lujo Sarkočević Secondary Ballet School in Dubrovnik. In 2021 she became a professor of classical ballet at the Ana Maletić College of Contemporary Dance.
She has choreographed for various cultural events, and in 2016 she was one of the main creators of the installation of the Nutcracker exhibition at MUO Zagreb. Her choreographies Resurrection and Forever were performed at the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb.
During her long career, she collaborated with many world-renowned choreographers such as Hans van Mannen, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke, Ashley Page, Patrick Armand, Derek Dean, Vladimir Derevianko, Vasco Wellenkamp, Youri Vàmos, Renato Zanella, Waczlaw Orlykowski, Milko Šparemblek, Dinko Bogdanić, Leo Mujić, Staša Zurovac and many others.
She toured in Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Austria, Slovenia, Portugal, Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Sweden, Serbia, Macedonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and elsewhere. Mrs. Sporiš has made many documentaries and TV shows about Ballet for television.
She also achieved notable success at various ballet competitions (first place at the Federal Competition of Ballet Schools in Zemun in 1988, bronze medal at the Yugoslav Ballet Competition in Novi Sad in 1988, first place at the Yugoslav Competition of Ballet Dancers in Belgrade in 1990).
She is the recipient of several awards, including the Ana Roje Award for the theater season 2005/06 for the roles of Pas de deux in Giselle, the Child in the ballet Maestro, the Fairy of Temperament in Sleeping Beauty and for the entire professional attitude towards the profession of a ballet dancer, in 2006, the award of the Croatian Theater for the role of Swanilda in the ballet Coppélia in Montmartre by Leo Delibes, choreographed by Youri Vàmos and performed by the Croatian National Theater Zagreb, and in 2013 the Mare Nostrum Croaticum for his contribution to cultural art.
Since 2022, she is the head of the Carlotta Grisi Dance Center in Umag, where she also teaches.