Born in Hamburg by a german mother and a nigerian father, Patrick de Bana studied at the school of Hamburg Ballett (directed by John Neumeier and Truman Finney).
He was engaged at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne (directed by Maurice Béjart) in 1987, where he shortly after got promoted to a principal dancer. He left Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1992 in order to join the Compania Nacional de Danza of Spain (directed by Nacho Duato). As a principal dancer he stayed there over ten years. In his repertoire are choreographers such as: Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Hans van Manen, etc …
In 2003 he created his own company, the Nafas Dance Company. With his company and as a guest artist, Patrick travelled throughout many countries around the world: Turkey, Holland, Cuba, Israel, Colombia, Japan, South and North-America, Australia, New Zealand … Patrick choreographed and performed in the movies „Iberia“ (2004) and „Fados“ (2006), both directed by the well known spanish film director Carlos Saura. One year later he toured around Europe with the world famous Fado singer Mariza.
Rich of all these impressions and experiences, he is creating numerous pieces all over the world with different companies and dancers. This variety is significant for Patrick de Bana himself and his creations. That gives this very rare and special attribute for his oeuvre as choreographer.
In the meanwhile he is continuing his cooperations with star dancers such as Manuel Legris, Agnes Letestu, Aurélie Dupont, Eleonora Abbagnato, Friedeman Vogel, Mizuka Ueno, Farouk Ruzimatov, Ilze Liepa, Eva la Yerbabuena, Helena Martin, Ivan Vasiliev, Isabelle Guérin and Svetlana Zakharova …
Being invited by Nathalia Ozipova and Ivan Vassiliev, he took part in the International Dance Gala „Tour de Force“ (2013) in Los Angeles.
Shanghaï Ballet offered Patrick de Bana the artistic direction of its Shanghaï World Ballet Gala „Baiser vole“ (2014) and „Memories of a kiss“ (2016).
In 2014 he was also commissioned a new creation inspired by the legendary poem „Everlasting Regret“. For this occasion, he chose to entrust the scenery of the famous and talented Jaya Ibrahim and costumes of Agnès Letestu, Paris Opera Etoile.
In terms of new projects for 2016/2017, Patrick de Bana preparing several new production for the ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna, the Moscow State Academy Music Theatre and the Shanghaï Ballet.
Echoes of Eternity
The Song Of The Earth
Creatures (new Version)
Ida Rubinstein – Cleopatra
Rite Of Spring
Ludwig II. – The Swan King
Communication in german, english, spanish, french
„Best Male Dancer“ and „Best Dance Performance“ for his Nafas Dance Company
Nominated as the best choreographer of the year with „Marie Antoinette“
Nominated as the best choreographer of the year with „Windgames“
Lotus 2013 for his choreography „Jane Eyre“
Gold medal for the production of „Jane Eyre“
Two gold medal and one silver medal for the solists of „Jane Eyre“
Four nominations for his choreography of „Rite of Spring“
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