»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 brandnew Semperoper Ballett Calendar 2014 shows our dancers in fascinating pictures in popular places in Dresden. Get the calendar now from our box office in the Schinkelwache, Theaterplatz 2 or from our opera shop in the foyer of the Semper Opera at only 24,95 €uro. Black-and-white pictures by Ian Whalen.
The Theater Pforzheim is organizing a Ballet Benefit Gala every two years in favor of the AIDS-Aid Pforzheim (Aidshilfe Pforzheim e.V.). First Soloists Courtney Richardson and Fabien Voranger will participate in this gala to support this important cause with David Dawson’s »On the Nature of Daylight«. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on November 30th, 2013.
We will conduct the filming of the Semperoper Balletts participation for our opera houses »New Year’s Concert« on November 19th, 2013, at the luxurious and impressive ballroom of Hotel Dormero in Dresden. Twenty of our ladies and four of our male dancers will be dancing in Principal Raphaël Coumes-Marquet’s choreography. Rehearsals for the dancers started on October 28th, 2013. Everything but a newbie to the task, Raphaël has been working with our dancers on choreographies for this significant event as well as for the Semper Opera’s annual opera ball, for the first time in season 2010/11 and ever since.
»Overcome with fear and dread, Marie’s heart had beaten so strongly, she thought that it must leap from her breast, and she would die; but now she felt as if the blood had frozen in her veins.« (E.T.A. Hoffmann, »The Nutcracker and the Mouse King«) What had happened to the young heroine? The Christmas celebration began so well, with one particular gift vanquishing Marie’s heart – a nutcracker. But the peaceful atmosphere is destroyed by the intrusion of a terrifying band of warlike mice, and the girl needs both great courage and the help of her new guardian in order to defeat this strange army. more...
The Semperoper Ballett is »On the move« again! We will be guesting at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, with »Dance against the body«. At several stations we will explore the body as an objet d’art and work took, we will test its limitations and question the pursuit to perfection. The event will take place twice, at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. within the framework of the exhibition »dance! Moves that move us«. Each circle will take approximately 75 minutes. Entrance is free with a ticket to the general exhibition. For further information, please visit:
The new seasonal brochure for our company for 2013/14 is out! Have a look online here.
Experience the 4th Biennale Dance Education 2014 in Dresden with the »Tanzpass«!
The 4th Biennale Dance Education will take place from 15th to 23rd of February 2014 on invitation of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden.
At only 20,- €, the »Tanzpass« offers two tickets for each of the performances of the Biennale programme at 50% off on their regular price. Additional and subsequent discounts not possible.
Please note the varying seat capacities of the venues, when composing your personal schedule. The »Tanzpass« may be bought at the box offices of the Semper Opera at the Schinkelwache on Theaterplatz as well as at Festspielhaus Hellerau.
Additonally, get 3,- € reduced prize tickets for the exhibition »dance! Moves that move us« from October 12th, 2013 to July 20th, 2014 at the cash desk of the Deutschen Hygiene-Museums.
After the success of »Young Choreographers«, which last season was performed for the first time at Volkswagen’s Transparent Manufactory (Die Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen), Semperoper Ballett now intends to go one step further. Choreographers create danceworks by specifying certain steps and series of movements in space. In a creative process, the artists delineate forms that are realised in space and time. The final work is of course presented by dancers, between whom relationships arise within the piece. more...
Sad news: Tony Fabre, Dancer, Choreographer and Ballet Master passed away on Tuesday, November 3rd aged 49. Born in Nantes, France, Tony trained at the National Conservatoire of Nantes as well as in Brussels and Liège, Belgium. He had a very full and successful career in dance beginning in Karlsruhe Ballet, then moving on to become a Soloist with Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXeme Siécle, and finally a Principal Dancer with Sadler´s Wells Royal Ballet, Basel Ballet and with La Compania Nacional de Danza of Nacho Duato. During his years dancing with La Compania Nacional de Danza, he developed a close professional relationship with Nacho Duato and in 1997 became his Choreographic Assistant, setting Nacho's ballets throughout the dance world. In 1999 he became Co-Artistic Director of the Junior Company of La Compania Nacional De Danza (CND2) where he created six of his own choreographies. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends; he was a wonderful artist and person and will be greatly missed by all who have been fortunate to have known him.
The second 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. Principal Jiří Bubeníček, First Soloist Jón Vallejo and Coryphée Francesco Pio Ricci will be dancing at this 33rd 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. The three of them will present »Canon in D-Major«, an original choreography by Jiří Bubeníček himself.
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.