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Semperoper Ballett on tour to New York City, St. Pölten, Paris, Barcelona and Antwerp


New York, USA, Fall for Dance:
William Forsythe
Neue Suite
10 & 11 October 2014

St. Pölten, Austria, Festspielhaus:
William Forsythe
In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Neue Suite
Enemy in the Figure
19 October 2014

Paris, France, Théâtre de la Ville:
William Forsythe
Steptext
Neue Suite
In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated
28, 29 & 30 October 2014

Barcelona, Spain, Gran Teatro del Liceu:
William Forsythe
In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Neue Suite
Enemy in the Figure
20 & 21 February 2015

Antwerp, Belgium, deSingel:
William Forsythe
In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Neue Suite
Enemy in the Figure
27 & 28 February 2015

The Semperoper Ballett has always been enthusiastically received at home, as confirmed by their appearances throughout Saxony, in Berlin or Heilbronn. Following its reformation in 2006 by Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkin, featuring a new and more international repertoire, the ensemble has enjoyed an ever increasing influx of invitations from abroad. In only their third season, a group of dancers travelled across the Atlantic to appear for the first time on the American continent at the »Dance Salad Festival« in Houston.

This quickly led to an invitation to »Fall for Dance« in New York. The company has also travelled to Imatra in Finland and Spoleto in Italy, as well as to that cradle of classical dance, St. Petersburg, where they have displayed their brilliant skills in contemporary productions. At another guest appearance in Abu Dhabi, the Semperoper Ballett chose a suitably oriental programme (»La Bayadère«) to mirror the exotic location. Somewhat closer to home, but no less exciting, was the trip to Weimar in the autumn of 2013 to present a joint programme with The Forsythe Company featuring diverse works by the master. Forsythe’s choreographies are the most popular »exports« of Dresden’s ballet company, whose dancers are widely recognised for their expertise in this repertoire.

And thus the Semperoper Ballett is thrilled to have the opportunity in the 2014 / 15 season to display its great qualities by performing »A William Forsythe Ballet Evening« at five different venues. From the dance festival »Fall for dance« in New York the company goes to the leading centre of contemporary dance in Austria, the Festspielhaus in St. Pölten and shortly after to the french centre of ballet, to Paris. Then in February 2015 comes a return visit to the Teatro Liceu in the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona, after which the dancers will make a brief stopover in Dresden before travelling on to Antwerp for another three performances. There will certainly be a lot of new experiences to be discussed at the end of this tour regarding art, culture, people or places.

An Evening with the Works of William Forsythe

Mixed bill: Choreographies by William Forsythe. Including a specially created and newly arranged suite of pas de deux for the Semperoper Ballett

An homage to that most innovative living choreographer, William Forsythe, many of whose »classical« choreographies have become mainstays of the Semperoper Ballett’s repertoire. These include the four works presented by the company in diverse combinations on its international tour. The astonishingly dynamic »Enemy in the Figure« is certainly one of the choreographer’s most impressive works, in which the dancers are illuminated by a moving spotlight. Here Forsythe plays with audience perceptions.
Similarly, in »Steptext« he subverts stage rituals and accepted structures. »Neue Suite«, specially put together and arranged for the Semperoper Ballett, is a series of pas de deux, which captivates through the highly musical interaction of the dance elements.
For »In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated« Forsythe has transformed traditional ballet figures by means of expansion and acceleration, creating an unexpected energy that is both breathtaking and graceful.