»My vision: Breaking down the borders that traditionally exist between classical and contemporary dance and redefining dance as a culmination of both.« Aaron S. Watkin more...
Principal Dancer Jiří Bubeniček has been invited to present and dance his choreography »Canon in D-Major« at the renowned Dance Open Gala in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jón Vallejo, First Soloist of the company, will dance alongside Jiří and Otto Bubeniček, who is a Principal Dancer with the Hamburg Ballet in »Canon«, originally created for the Semperoper Ballett in 2008. The Dance Open Gala will take place on April 28th, 2014 at the Alexandrinskii-Theatre, start: 7:00 p.m.
First Soloists Anna Merkulova and Jón Vallejo will be guesting at the »Gala de Estrellas de Santo Domingo« in the Dominican Republic on May 31st and June 1st, 2014. The two of them will perform William Forsythe’s »New Sleep Pas de deux« as well as a Pas de deux from Stijn Celis’s »Vertigo Maze«. The annual gala bringing together stars from the world of ballet from Europe as well as the Americas is directed by Paul Seaquist and will, again, take place at the Teatro Nacional de Santo Domingo.
We say good-bye to Coryphée dancer Pavel Moskvito, who will dance his last show with the Semperoper Ballett on May 1st, 2014. Born in Riga, Latvia, Pavel received his training at the renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia where he was awarded with the »Hope of Russia Award« in the year 2001. He started his career with the prestigious Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, before joining the newly founded Semperoper Ballett in 2006. His repertory includes soloist roles in classical full-length productions such as Drosselmeier in »The Nutcracker«, the Friend of the Prince, Baron von Rotbart in »Swan Lake«, The Blue Birds in »The Sleeping Beauty«, Ekavir in »La Bayadère« or Paris in »Romeo and Juliet«. Additionally, he danced a broad modern repertoire including works by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Pascal Touzeau, Johan Inger and Stijn Celis just to name a few. For the last time on stage of the Semper Opera, Pavel will perform Pater Lorenzo in Stijn Celis’s »Romeo and Juliet«. May 1st, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Principals Svetlana Gileva and Denis Veginy will be guesting at the gala of the 23rd »Tanzwoche« (Dance Week) on April 21st, 2014. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Kleines Haus of the Saxon State Theater. Tanzwoche is an annual event, this year taking place from April 19th to 29th, 2014. The gala will, among others, feature dancers of Ballet Koblenz, Ballet Chemnitz, Thuringia State Ballet, Ballet of Teatr Wielki Poznan and Ballet Dessau just to name a few. Denis and Sveta will perform the White Swan Pas de deux from Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkin’s »Swan Lake«.
Many composers have been inspired by this tragic love story of a young couple who get caught up in the machinations of two opposing parties. Perhaps the best-known ballet version is that of Sergei Prokofiev, with choreographies by Leonid Lawrowski, John Cranko or John Neumeier. Semperoper audiences are familiar with the work of Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis through his »Vertigo Maze« and an updated version of »Cinderella« which ran the gamut of emotions from grim ferocity to wild humour. more...
Internationally acclaimed Belgian choreographer and designated Artistic Director of the Ballet of the Saarlandian State Theatre, Stijn Celis started working on his creation of »The Legend of Joseph« with our company on February 18th, 2014. Stijn, already well-known to our audiences as we currently have 4 of his works in our repertoire (»Vertigo Maze«, »Cinderella«, »Noces« and »Romeo and Juliet«), is now focusing his attention on Richard Strauss's thrilling musical depiction of a festive celebration in Potiphars palace. The party turns sour when the host catches his wife attempting to seduce Joseph. Born just before the outbreak of World War I, »Josephs Legende« is now celebrating its 100th birthday. The creation will be premiered on June 28th, 2014, completing our »Legends Homage to Richard Strauss« evening and also featuring a creation of »Tanzsuite« by Alexei Ratmansky. Both works contribute to the Semper Opera's celebrations for the 150th birthday of the famous composer. Further performances on June 30th and July 5th, 9th, 11th, 2014.
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The choreographer of »Josephs Legende« is already a firm favourite with the audiences of Semperoper Ballett. Following the works »Vertigo Maze«, »Cinderella«, »Noces« and »Romeo und Julia«, Stijn Celis has turned his attention to a spectacular ballet: »Josephs Legende« by Richard Strauss, who once declared his wish »to reform the art of ballet, transforming it into a form of music drama without words.« Here Strauss provides a thrilling musical depiction of a festive celebration in Potiphar’s palace. The party, however, turns sour when the host catches his wife attempting to seduce Joseph. more...
Soloists Sara Michelle Murawski and Milán Madar will be dancing at the 13th Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia taking place from April 23rd to 28th, 2014. Founded in 2001, the festival offers master classes, a competition and several gala evenings. It will be the second edition of the prominent festival featuring artists of the Semperoper Ballett: in 2013 a group of twelve dancers presented Jacopo Godani’s »Spazio-Tempo« at the Alexandrinskii-Theater two evenings in a row. The piece Sara Michelle and Milán will be presenting at the concluding gala of the festival on April 28th, 2014, is still a surprise. Nevertheless, get an idea of how they look together dancing here.
Principal Pianist Yevgeny Feldmann is guesting at the 5th »ARTE AMANTI- Chamber Music Festival« 2014 organized by Reinhilde Leyers, musician of the Flanders Opera, in Brussels, Belgium. The festival, ambitious to »serve culinary delicacy« to its audience, gives young and talented musicians a chance to perform alongside international artists.
Principal Raphaël Coumes-Marquet is guesting at the Aalto Ballett Essen, assisting Choreographic Assistant Tim Couchman in setting-up »Giselle« by David Dawson and especially working with the main couple, providing them with maximum first-hand information on their roles. Raphaël danced the main role of »Albrecht« in the production, which was created for our company and premiered in Dresden on March 9th, 2008. Co-produced with Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, David’s »Giselle« will now premiere in Essen on March 29th, 2014. Next performances in Dresden will take place on April 9th, 11th, 17th, 20th and 22nd, 2014.