»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...
The French Dance-Blog Danses avec la plume rated the Semperoper Ballett’s guest performances in Paris this autumn the top »Not to be missed« event of the contemporary dance scene. The company will present works by grandmaster William Forsythe on October 28th and 30th, 2014 at Théâtre de la Ville. The second and third position respectively have been assigned to the performances of the Royal Swedish Ballet of Mats Ek’s »Juliet and Romeo« as well as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s »Drumming« by the Ballet of the Opera Lyon.
The third year in a row, dancers from the Semperoper Ballett will be participating at the »International Ballet Gala« for the Italian Red Cross organization in Udine, Italy. Coryphées Alice Mariani and Francesco Pio Ricci will be dancing at this 34rd edition of the gala taking place at the »New Theatre Giovanni da Udine«. Presented and organized by the Dance and Ballet Association in cooperation with the Italian Red Cross Province comity, the gala’s profits will be donated to the Red Cross’s activities for children in undeveloped countries.
Principal Jiří Bubeníček will be guesting at the Dortmund Ballet for his newest choreographic work, which is to be premiered within their mixed bill evening »Drei Streifen: Tanz« at the Opera Dortmund. The evening will be featuring Benjamin Millepied's Pas de deux »Closer«, a new creation by Ballet Stuttgart's Resident Choreographer Demis Volpi and a creation by Jiří based on the Oscar-winning movie »The Piano« by Jane Campion. The movie, set in the 19th century, depicts the story of a mute woman, whose only means of expression is her piano. Together with producer Jane Campion, Jiří and Otto Bubeníček visited the original sites of the movie in a search for the meaning of art to man in extreme situations. The final work will be premiered on Feb 14th, 2015.
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...
The Semperoper Ballett made it into BBC Online’s »News in Pictures« section with a photo of Svetlana Gileva and Jiří Bubeniček as Potiphar’s Wife and Joseph in Stijn Celis’s »The Legend of Joseph«. The piece was premiered on June 28th as a part of »Legends – Homage to Richard Strauss«, the company’s contribution to the Saxon State Opera’s celebrations of the famous composer Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday. The mixed bill evening was completed by Alexei Ratmansky’s »Tanzsuite«. More...
Coming soon: The Semperoper Ballett on tour to New York City, St. Pölten and Paris. The company will present works by William Forsythe. Staged and rehearsed among others, by Ballet Master and Choreographic Assistant Laura Graham. Trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Laura danced as Principal at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and subsequently for Ballet Frankfurt under the directorship of William Forsythe. A specialist of his work, she has been working as Ballet Master and Choreographic Assistant to William Forsythe internationally ever since resigning from stage. Currently she is staging »In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated« and »Händel« Pas de deux, part of »Neue Suite« for the Semperoper Ballett’s shows at New York City Center, October 10th and 11th, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, October 19th and Théâtre de la Ville, October 28th, 29th and 30th, 2014.
The Semperoper Ballett has been chosen to be one of the 16 institutions entitled to submit nominations for the »Saxon Dance Award«, which will be awarded for the first time next year, 2015. The Ursula-Cain-Prize, initiated 2014 by the Saxon Minister for Arts and Sciences, Sabine von Schorlemer, is endowed with 10.000,- Euro. The prize money as well as the work of the jury have been enabled by the support of the Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen. For further information, please visit: tanzpreis-sachsen.de
Anchored deeply in the past, we find the origins of the oldest occidental love story »Tristan and Isolde«. A saga of Celtic origin tells the story of a magic spell that binds Isolde, the Princess of Ireland, and Tristan, her suitor and enemy, together in true love. A love, too powerful to resist. A bond, too strong for all earthly things. Neither Tristans fidelity to his uncle Mark, nor Isoldes guilty conscience towards her fallen fiancé can weaken the mutual attraction. For Tristan and Isolde, only one thing counts: their deep, eternal, burning love. more...
We are happy to confirm the following six young and promising dancers as members of the Apprentice-program for season 2014/15. We are especially happy to be able to again offer a contract to two students from Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden
Anya Kulas (US-American)
Rebecca Storani (Italian)
Ayaha Tsunaki (Japanese)
Tim Leonard (British)
Alejandro Martínez Azorin (Spanish)
Our special scholarship from the Stiftung zur Förderung der Semperoper and Ostsächsische Sparkassenstiftung will go to Nacho Lopez Toral, who will be with the company as a guest artist of the Corps de ballet next season.
»For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.«
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The following dancers will be leaving our company by the end of this season to pursue other goals:
• Coryphée Mario Hernandez
• Artist of the Corps de Ballet Jan Oratynski
• Artist of the Corps de Ballet Mykola Abramenko (will retire from dance)
• Artist of the Corps de Ballet Boris Richir (will join the Boston Ballet)
• Artist of the Corps de Ballet Saverio Pescucci (will retire from dance to pursue a free-lance career in the general field of culture and TV)
• Artist of the Corps de Ballet Charlie Peters (will leave to join the Company of the Friedrichstadt Palast, Berlin)
We wish all of them all the best for this new stage of their lives and thank them for the all the work they have done for our company.
Keeping in tune with Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote, we will welcome eight members to our company with the beginning of season 2014/15.
• István Simon, Hungarian, from the Hungarian National Ballett, Soloist of the Semperoper Ballett until 2013, joins as Principal.
• Jan Casier, Belgian, from Zurich Ballet, joins as Coryphée.
• Craig Davidson, Australian, from Tanz Luzerner Theater, joins as Coryphée
• Aidan Gibson, Canadian, from Ballett im Revier, joins as artist of the Corps de Ballet.
• Houston Thomas, US-American, former apprentices of the Semperoper Ballett, trained at School of American Ballet, joins as artists of the Corps de Ballet.
• Joseph Hernandez, US-American, from Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, joins as artist of the Corps de Ballet.
• Christian Bauch, German, from balletmainz, trained at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, joins as artists of the Corps de Ballet.
• Vaclav Lamparter, Czech, trained at American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company and Dance Conservatory Brno, joins as artist of the Corps de Ballet.
• Skyler Maxey-Wert, US-American, trained at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, joins as artist of the Corps de Ballet.
We look forward to having them join our company!