Bahri Gürcan.

He graduated from Hacettepe University State Conservatory Ballet Main Art Branch in 1990 with an honors degree. In the very same year, he started to work in Paris upon the invitation of “Jeune Ballet de France”. He danced in 300 performances in many cities and went on tour to the Far East with “Jeune Ballet de France” for four months. He danced in many masterpieces such as The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Napoli, Grand pas Classic and Ober in many countries namely; China, the Phippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand. He was invited twice to “La Bolle Ballet Festival” in France. In 1993, he joined the Ankara State Opera and Ballet and started to perform as the leading ballet dancer (premier danseur). He had the opportunity to work with numerous well-known choreographers both nationally and internationally.

Bahri Gürcan has represented our country; Turkey with success and has taken part in shows in countries such as Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, England, France, Croatia, Belguim, Spain, Russia. Most recently he won the “Grand Prix 1st Prize” with Özge Başaran in a ballet competition held in Russia.

To name but a few of the famous choreographers he has worked with :

Krzysztof Pastor

Moura Bigonzetti

Christopher Dam Boise

Moris Bejart

Valentin Yelizariev

Valery Panov

Yuri Grigorovich

Marcia Haydee

Jean Christof Blavier

He has danced in the title roles of the following ballets;

“Sleeping Beauty”

“Don Quixote”

“The Seven Beauties”

La Fille mal Gardée”

“The Seasons”


“Le Corsaire”

“Anna Karenina”

La dame aux camélias

“La Bayadere”

“The Three Musketeers”

“Giselle”, “Cinderella”

“The Nutcracker”

“Romeo and Juliette”

“Ferhat and Shirin”

“The Taming of the Shrew”

“Swan Lake”

and many other modern ballets. He is still the leading ballet dancer (premier danseur) at the State Opera and Ballet.

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