After an absence of almost six months, the company of Semperoper Ballett welcomed back audiences to the opera house in mid-June 2021 with the acclaimed »A Collection of Short Stories«, which gives a foretaste of upcoming productions. The six-part ballet evening featuring choreographies by Aaron S. Watkin, David Dawson, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe and a world premiere by Nicholas Palmquist will celebrate its official premiere in the premiere month of October 2021. It also provides a retrospective on the company’s amazing development under the 15-year directorship of Aaron S. Watkin. For its second ballet premiere of the 2021/22 season, the Semperoper Ballett enjoys the rare distinction of being only the second company in the world to perform choreographer Johan Inger’s »Peer Gynt«, created for Basel Ballet in 2017. The Dresden company’s great admiration for Inger’s work is confirmed by the return of his »Carmen«. These modern choreographies are complemented by the wonderful narrative ballets »Sleeping Beauty« and »Swan Lake« by Aaron S. Watkin and, of course, Aaron S. Watkin’s and Jason Beechey’s version of the Christmas classic »The Nutcracker«, scheduled for the winter season.