Breaking down the borders that traditionally exist between classical and contemporary dance and redefining dance as a culmination of both.«
(Aaron S. Watkin)
Eight seasons have passed since the start of our newly branded company, the Semperoper Ballett, and we now begin to say goodbye to one generation of dancers, the pioneers that carved our identity onto the world dance scene. With this change come feelings of sadness and uncertainty, as these experienced artists have defined our artistic and technical level and fed our younger generation a wealth of invaluable knowledge. At the same time, this natural cyclectic evolution brings feelings of excitement and inspiration, new challenges and the opportunity to nurture our next generation to blossom into the soloists of tomorrow. Both of these generations are essential players in our evolution: The former have paved the road at home in Dresden and created our internal identity, our »company culture«. The next generation can continue to define our external identity by promoting and presenting us to the world through touring. We now have a world-class ensemble of highly sophisticated individual artists who can move through an enormous all-encompassing dance repertoire with an impeccable standard. Our repertoire now includes iconic works of most of the great masters of our time, as well as creations especially made for our dancers by new up-and-coming choreographers. Respecting the past while looking towards the future – as Sarah Weir put it »You can look to the past but be careful not to stare«. My vision for our company has been resolute from the beginning: to break down the boarders that traditionally exist between different styles of dance, to embrace all dance styles from classical, neo-classical and modern with the same respect and integrity. We define our identity as a current »contemporary dance company« of today.
Our two premiers this season will include firstly, on 15 February 2015, a world premiere of »Tristan + Isolde« a full-length narrative by prominent British choreographer David Dawson. Our second premiere on 22 May 2015 will be world renowned choreographer William Forsythe’s iconic abstract full-length »Impressing the Czar«. At the end of season we will participate in the International Dance Festival Dresden. This festival will be held over three weeks beginning on 25 June 2015 and we will present four very diverse programs.
On another note, I am happy to announce that my contract as the Artistic Director of the Semperoper Ballett has been extended until 2018. My main focus now will be to foster our international presence. This season we will tour to New York, St. Pölten, Paris, Barcelona and Antwerp. I look forward to finally having the opportunity to present our unique company to the world.
Weather you have the opportunity to see us here at the Semperoper Dresden or abroad, I wish you an exciting and inspiring season with the Semperoper Ballett.
Aaron Sean Watkin