Gregor Hatala was born in Vienna in 1974, of Czechoslovakian descent. Two years later he was granted Austrian citizenship.
In 1981 he began to study dance at the Austrian Federal Theatre Ballet School in Vienna and in the same year he made his debut on stage as a 'skittle' in Puppenfee
. In 1990 he received a contract as a member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet and was the youngest dancer in the corps de ballet.
1992 was a particularly productive year. He won a bronze medal at the Fifth Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers in Stockholm while he was still a student at secondary school. This was his first International appearance and led to his first contract working in a production of Vayamos al diablo
from Five Tangos
with choreography by Hans van Manen and dancing Act 3 of Rudolf Nureyev's Sleeping beauty
Having being nominated as a semi-solist in 1993, 1994-1995 was the most challenging season of his career. After an audition with the Boston Ballet, he was offered a contract as a soloist. Despite being the youngest soloist in a new company, he was still able to demonstrate his remarkable abilities. Thanks to his determined work in partnership with Tatiana Legat, widow of Sergej Soloviev, he also gained considerable experience.
In 1996, when he returned to Vienna, he made his debut as the Prince in The Nutcracker
by Grigorovich and was then promoted to the postion of soloist.
During the 1998-1999 season, he was a finalist in the "International Competition of Paris". This resulted in his receiving a contract to work for two months in the produciton of Dali folies
in Paris in 1999, co-produced by Pierre Cardin and Janine Charrat who created two 'pas de deux' for him. At the same time he accepted an invitation by Gyula Harangozo, director of the Hungarian National Ballet, to go to Budapest, where Laszlo Seregi recognised his talent and asked him to dance the lead role in his production of Spartacus
the following September.
In 2002, Gregor Hatala was promoted to Principal Dancer at the Vienna State Opera Ballet.
- The Nutcracker (1995)
- Swan Lake (1996)
- Swan Lake in Wiesbaden (1997)
- Raymonda (1999)
- Spartacus (1999)
Engagements as a visitor abroad:
1996: La Chambre in Stuttgart
1997: World Stars Gala in Prague
1997: Swan Lake in Wiesbaden
1998: Gala in Nijmwegen and Arnheim
1999: Spartacus in Budapest
2000: Gala in Braislava
2000: International Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga
2000: Manon in Madrid
2000: Spartacus in Budapest (twice)
2001: Spartacus in Mexico
2001: Giselle in Budapest
2001: Spoleto Festival
2001: Romeo e Giulietta in Rome
2001: Gala in Verona
2002: The Nutcracker in Seville
2002: La fille mal gardée in Budapest
2002: Sylvia in Budapest
2002: Aida and Zorba The Greek in Verona (Arena and Teatro Romano respectively).