Goran M. Subotic
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Mr. Subotic earned a Ph.D. in Economy – Business Management. He also holds a bachelors degree of Economics of Tourism.
In 1982, he became the General Manager of the Economic Office in Belgrade for Sarrio Slovenia former Papirnica Kolicevo, one of the leading paper mills in Europe. He served in this position until the breakup of former Yugoslavia in 1990.
In 1988 Mr. Subotic founded, and served as CEO, of GTM – a worldwide export import company with offices in 6 European, Asian and North American countries, one of the first private international corporations in former Yugoslavia. Three years later, due to unrest, and war leading to the breakup of Yugoslavia, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, with his American wife Desiree. In October of 1992 they settled in Mystic CT, and in April of 1997 with Desiree he founded Mystic Ballet. Even though a businessman by trade, he embraced the arts from a young age. For the last twenty years he devoted most of his time to the development of Mystic Ballet as well as performing arts in New England.
As a choreographer and producer, his credits include Swan Lake, Rite of Spring, Snow White, Firebird, Cinderella, Death and the Maiden, The Little Mermaid, Giselle, the dance adaptation of Broadway musical Peter Pan, and Crazy for You, and Wind in Your Hair to name a few.
The works have been presented across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America, receiving outstanding critics – “Instant Classic”, Sharma Howard, The New London Day, and “Top Notch Ballet”, New York Times.
Von Elrich Muller, dance critic for NortseeZietung, Germany
“Dancers from the Mystic Ballet in Connecticut transformed Goran Subotic’s highly aesthetic contribution into movement.”
During his career Mr. Subotic has worked with and created works on leading artists from around the world, including dancers from Hartford Ballet, Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, including Misty Copland from American Ballet Theater, among others.
His artistic presence, creativity and devotion for the arts has been recognized in the US and abroad.
On September 26th, Mr. Subotic was publicly recognized by the State of Connecticut : Introduced by Representative Diana Urban, and Senator Andrew Maynard.
“In recognition of the ongoing contribution to the cultural and artistic life of the region. The extraordinary talent and creative genius of Goran Subotic and the Mystic Ballet have brought a new dimension of beauty to our community and our state.” – Signed: Donald Williams, President Pro Tempore; Christopher Donovan, Speaker of the House; and Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State
An Official Citation by Edward Haberek Jr., Fist Selectmen, Town of Stonington:
“The first selectman congratulates you as being the most progressive ballet company in the region , and looks forward to working with you to launch a renowned performance festival, establish a local performance venue and making Mystic a location of ballet excellence.” – Ed Haberek Jr. First Selectman.
Mr. Subotic’s persistence in molding the artistic expression and footprints of Mystic Ballet, by engaging renowned artists from the US and abroad, In 1999 he brought Madam Alla Osipenio, and in 2007 Sergei Vanaev, to help develop the highest artistic merit, for the company and its educational programs. Serving as Executive Director and Artistic Director, he is responsible for Mystic Ballet’s artistic growth domestically and internationally, as well as the financial stability of the company.
He served as a director on the founding board of the CT Dance Alliance, as well as served as artistic evaluator for the RI Council of the Arts. As an inventor, he holds a number of copyrights including the US patents for Custom Ballet Pointe Shoes.