Semperoper Ballett


Artistic Director Peter Theiler and Ballet Director Aaron S. Watkin in conversation about the season 2019/20

Since becoming Artistic Director of Semperoper Ballett in 2006, Aaron S. Watkin has injected fresh creative energy into the company, developing its international profile through numerous tours around the world and thereby cementing its role as a cultural ambassador. Now, under Artistic Director Peter Theiler, Aaron S. Watkin’s contract has been extended to 2023. A perfect opportunity for the two men to take a joint look at the future ...

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Peter Theiler I am an opera man, so I need a ballet director I can trust. I am confident that Aaron S. Watkin brings a high level of artistic quality to all the company’s work. This was already clear to me when we met during my preparations to take over my current position. Aaron S. Watkin has been building the company for many years, ensuring a continuity that we wish to maintain and enrich. He is and remains the creative force behind Semperoper Ballett – I see myself as an enabler
of ideas.

Aaron S. Watkin I greatly appreciate the fostering of artistic autonomy under the capable hands of Peter Theiler. He is very open, is fascinated by new projects and is an admirer of ballet. This means that, through our combined courage and many new ideas, we are able to shape the future. The hard work of the past years is paying off. It is a great privilege to pursue our artistic path together.

Semperoper Ballett

Peter Theiler Our aim with Semperoper Ballett is to strike a balance between classical and modern choreography, thereby taking our audiences on a journey through the entire history of dance. This is precisely the unique strength of Aaron S. Watkin: In his programming he tackles the enormous diversity of dance with great rigour and deep understanding. This manifests itself not least in the way the company has been built up: The dancers are perfectly trained in the classical repertoire but are also able to interpret modern works with great expression. The company’s national as well as international reputation has grown through this flexibility and artistic excellence. In the 2018/19 season Semperoper Ballett made their very first, highly successful tour to Australia and Singapore!

Aaron S. Watkin While Dresden audiences have a strong connection to opera and to particular composers, in the field of dance there are some recent historical trends that still have to be explored. That is why I see it as my task to combine classical and contemporary choreographies, for example in multi-part ballet evenings. This can reveal new perspectives to the audience and show how these various currents build on each other and are interrelated. Semperoper Ballett gives me the opportunity to honour tradition as well as to experiment and create something entirely new.

Swan Lake


Semperoper Ballett’s Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkin and the company have developed a Covid-friendly version of his »Swan Lake« production. The trailer series provides insights into the rehearsals and accompanies the soloist couple Sangeun Lee and Gareth Haw, who have been dancing together for a very long time but will be on stage together for the first time as Swan Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried.




The Company

The international artistic team and dancers making up Semperoper Ballett ensure the company’s brilliant reputation both in Dresden and around the world.


Information on auditions for the 2022/23 season

For season 2022/23, Semperoper Ballett is looking for corps de ballet dancers and soloists. Please send your CV, pictures and video material until 1 December 2021 to Svenja Martin,



Young talents

Apprentice Programme

The Apprentice Programme offers young dancers the opportunity to gain practical experience with the Semperoper Ballett for an entire season while studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden.

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