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Andrea Paolini Merlo


Andrea Paolini Merlo has been in the ballet world since he was born as his mother, Liliana Merlo, was a ballerina and an established ballet teacher in Italy. Andrea got his diploma in ballet at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest and since then he has been a member of the Ballet of Pécs and of the Hungarian National Ballet.

He danced several choreographies of different styles from classic pieces like Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus, Coppelia, Silvia, La fille mal gardée, The Nutcracker, Onegin, Mayerling, The Taming of the Shrew, The Miraculous Mandarin and more, to neoclassical and modern pieces of established choreographers like László Seregi, George Balanchine, William Worsythe, Boris Eifman, Jiří Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Krzysztof Pastor, David Dawson, Gyula Harangozó and others.

Andrea has made several own choreographies for Ballet performances and Opera performances which were also performed by the Hungarian National Ballet and by the Hungarian National Ballet Foundation also around the world. Andrea is the artistic director of the Young Choreographic Studio which runs under the HNBF and is also a Ballet Master at the HNB.

Since 1988 he has been seriously involved in such important Art forms as photography, another way to express himself and the magic world of Ballet.

He got several International Recognitions for his creations in photography.

“My primary profession is that of a dancer and choreographer at the Hungarian National Ballet Company and I think photography is an ideal instrument to catch the harmony and beauty of dance. The body, as a visible form of our existence, is the most direct instrument of communication man can have and this instrument can be greatly controlled by the dancer. With their sculpture figure endowed with a strong, flexible and slender body they can be considered as athletes who devoted themselves to art, always in continuous evolution. My intention is to immortalize the never-ending moments of this motion art by photography where artists become “living instruments” by their own histories and personalities. I deeply believe that connection with dancers both in my profession of choreography and in photography is vital. This connection is always bidirectional and is based on mutual inspiration.”

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International Photographic Awards:

– PX3 2015: Gold in category Non-Professional Press-Performing Arts for the entry entitled “Swan Lake – Back Stage”.
– PX3 2015: 3 Silver in 3 different categories (Beauty, Advertising, Book Proposal) for the entries entitled “Simply Ballet Dancers” and “Folded With Elegance”.
– PX3 2015: Bronze in category Non-Professional Press-People-Personality for the entry entitled “Simply Ballet Dancers”.

– IPA 2013: Awarded in the IPA 2013 Competition with 3 Honorable Mentions in 3 different categories for the “Folded” entitled photo series.

– PX3 2012: Third Prize in category Book Proposal (Series Only) for the entry entitled ” Visions “.

– IPA 2012: Awarded in the IPA 2012 Competition with:

– Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards 2012: Top 30 in the “Open” category.

– ONE EYELAND 2012: Awarded Silver as Photographer Of The Year in the Fine Art (Amateur) category in the ONE EYELAND Photography Award 2012.
His Photos from the In Motion series were also awarded Silver in 3 different categories: Fine Art – Abstract, Fine Art – Other, Special – Others.

IPA 2011: 1st place in Special – Moving Images category for the winning entry “InMotion” .

PX3 2011: Bronze in category Non-Professional Press for the entry entitled “InMotion”.

Ballet News 2011 Photography Competition: Winner.

– PX3 2010: Awarded with an Honorable Mention in category Non-Professional Photojournalism/Performing Arts for the entry entitled “Shades”.