The Sibiu Ballet Theatre was founded in 2008, established with the corps de ballet of the Sibiu House of Culture – an institution subordinated to the Sibiu Local Council and to the Sibiu City Hall. In the year it was founded, SBT was operated with only ten dancers, today the SBT corps de ballet counts with no less than 40 members, coming from Romania, as well as from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, France, Japan, Russia, Dominican Republic and Cuba. The Sibiu Ballet Theatre is the first ballet company in Romania that had an international corps de ballet, a model subsequently adopted by other Romanian ballet companies.
What singles out Sibiu Ballet Theatre from the companies in the Romanian dance scenery is not only its international corps de ballet, but its repertoire, which is not only focused on classical ballet, but it also includes productions of contemporary dance and neoclassical ballet. Furthermore, the Sibiu Ballet Theatre is the only dance company in Romania that increases its repertoire of shows with five new premieres each year. At present, the SBT repertoire includes the most important titles in the classical choreographic repertoire: “Swan Lake”, “La fille mal gardée”, “Le Corsaire”, “Don Quixote”, “Coppelia”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Giselle”, “The Nutcracker”, “Raimonda”, “Scheherazade”, “Paquita”, “Chopiniana”, “Bayadere”, “Harlequinade”. Among all neoclassical choreography and contemporary that SBT has in its repertoire mention must be made of: “I’m a Communist Biddy!” – a show inspired by the novel bearing the same name, written by Dan Lungu (a novel translated in no less than ten languages), “Check, please!”, “Impetus”, “Missa Prophana”, “Seasons”, “The Miraculous Mandarin”, “City Beat”, “The Ionesco Trilogy” (SBT is the only dance company in Romania whose repertoire includes a show inspired by the works of Eugen Ionesco), “Nikita” (inspired by the poetry of Nichita Stănescu), “Peer Gynt”, “Class Concert”, “Senses”, “Einstein”, “Tristan and Isolda.Freedom.Straussiana”, “When in Darkness”, “Bolero”, “Soft Power’’(Performed at the high level international European conference of the Istambul Convention) amoung others .
Another development that SBT has strived for eight years is that of encouraging new generations of dancers. Starting with 2008, SBT has organized in Sibiu “The International Competition of Classical and Contemporary Dance”, an event that hosts over 200 competitors on a yearly basis, coming from all over the world, as well as important and prestigious names of the international dance scene, included in the jury and also performing on stage.