Aleksandar Nikolić graduated from the Theatre and Radio Directing Department at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and currently attends doctoral studies at the Audio-Visual Arts Department in the class of Professor Svetozar Rapajić at the same Faculty. Nikolić studied History of Arts (Faculty of Philosophy) and Industrial Design (Belgrade Polytechnic College). He attended advanced training courses in Brescia (Italy), Hanover (Germany) and Thessaloniki (Greece). Since season 2009/10, he has been engaged in the Opera of the National Theatre in Belgrade at maintaining and renewal of the repertoire: The Love for Three Oranges, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Adriana Lecouvreur, The Masked Ball…
Staged pieces (selection): Mysterious Stranger / Studies on Greyleg Geese (Theatre Filodrammatica, Rijeka, Croatia), Shakespeare: Sonnets (National Theatre in Belgrade), Nella note densa… In the Dark Night…(National Theatre in Belgrade), Milutin Milanković (Opera and Theatre Madlenianum, Belgrade), Pierrot Lunaire / Poet Lentz (Opera and Theatre Madlenianum, Belgrade), In the Praise of Love – Tristan and Isolde (Theatre Filodrammatica/ HKD Sušak, Rijeka and the Belgrade Youth Centre), Istar – world premiere of Ivan Brkljačić’s piece (Danubefest, the Fortress of Belgrade); The Christmas Journey (National Theatre in Belgrade), Nachtklänge (Danubefest, the Fortress of Belgrade), Le Chat botte by Charles Perrault (Pavilion “Veljković”, Belgrade); Lily of the Valley or Jacob Apfelbek by Bertolt Brecht (TIBA Festival, Belgrade), Stories My Grandmother Told Me (CC Pavilion, Hanover, Germany); Europe (UN)limited (CC Pavilion, Hanover, Germany); a series of children’s musical shows Cruise with Marina on the “Three in One” Boat – A Stolen Doll, Far away from Home, Honesty and Bravery, Mercy (National Theatre in Belgrade and Marina Milić Apostolović, 2013/14).
Aleksandar Ilić is the principal soloist of the Ballet Company in the National Theatre in Belgrade, as well as a choreographer and a professor at the Alpha University. In the course of his career, Ilić has cooperated with numerous local and international artists and interpreted the whole soloist repertory in classical, neoclassical and contemporary productions in the National Theatre and in the Madlenianum Opera and Theatre. Ilić choreographed the following ballets and productions: Viva la vida! (2009), The Lisbon Story (2010), The Magic Bean (2009); Behind a Mirror (2011), The Festival of Love (2011), The Ballad about the Stray Moon (2012), The Valet’s Broom (2012), Dance Theatre “Mrs” (2014)... In 2012, he presented his Master’s thesis My phobia – Pteronophobia at the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London; his presentation was inspired by the second act of Swan Lake and his own fear of feathers. Aleksandar Ilić wrote two books of poetry, The Holiday of the Heart (1999–2010) and In Presence of Whispers (2013). Ilić is the founder of the Association of Professional Ballet Dancers, Choreographers and Ballet Pedagogues of Serbia. He is the editor in chief of Stepart, a publication on dance. He is a founder of the Institute of Dance in Belgrade. Ilić won recognitions for his work from the National Theatre, the City of Belgrade, two “Dimitrije Parlić” Awards and the “Filip Višnjić“ Award for Lifetime Accomplishment.