Ilana Werner's new start as a ballet master at Lucerne Theatre

Ilana Werner, our ex scholarship taker, has been studying for her master degree (Master of Arts in Teaching and Coaching Dance Professionals) at ZHdK since August 2019. Starting from the season 2020/2021, Ilana will work as a ballet master at the Luzerner Theater where she can share and pass on her own professional experiences and her know-how that she gained as a worldwide acclaimed soloist. The Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation is very proud of Ilana and we wish her all the best and lots of success as well as toi, toi, toi for her new start at Luzerner Theater. Ilana Werner was born in Zurich in 1983 and studied at the Swiss ballet professional school in Zurich. She completed the most part of her studies at the Academie de Dance Classique in Monte-Carlo and at the Heinz-Bosl Foundation in Munich. Ilana was able to study due to contributions of the Migros Kulturbund and the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation. She was the first soloist at the Bavarian Staatsballett for 12 years, followed by 2 years at the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse and the Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest. Ilana performed a lot of parts of the classical and contemporary repertoire staged by well-known choreographs: i.a. John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian, John Cranko, Marius Petipa, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kenneth MacMillan, Frederic Ashton and Mary Wigman. Several pieces were also created for her specifically and she participated in a lot of international tours and projects. She works mainly as a guest teacher since 2017 and organises summer workshops and events. Most recently she staged “Living Sculptures” at Kunsthaus Zurich. She is also a certified translator (German-English) and worked for the Swiss company “Custom Tours” as an event manager. She studied at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) her master in “teaching and coaching dance professionals” since 2019. She has been hired as ballet master for the ballet company “Tanz Luzerner Theater” at the Luzerner Theater as from the season 2020/2021.