Start of the 2002/3 Season (September-November 2002)

Guest performances in Venice/Italy (18-22 September)
The Bayerische Staatsballett begin the new season with a guest appearance at the Teatro Palafenice, the temporary venue for opera and ballet in Venice during the rebuilding of La Fenice.  They will give five performances of Ray Barra’s production of Don Quixote (18, 19, 20, 21, 22 September). Myron Romanul conducts the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice.

Opening Gala Performance at the Nationaltheater in Munich (26 September) The ballet season at the Nationaltheater opens on 26 September with a special gala performance of The Taming of the Shrew. This will be the 100th performance of John Cranko’s ballet in Munich and to mark the occasion all the current interpreters of the principal roles will take it in turns to perform on the same evening. In addition, distinguished former dancers who have appeared in the ballet in Munich since the first performance in 1976 will take cameo roles. These will include Ivan Liska, Colleen Scott, and Munich’s first Katharina, Konstanze Vernon.

Autumn debuts There will be two new Tatyanas in Cranko’s Onegin, Maria Eichwald on 24 October and Lucia Lacarra on 22 November. Miss Lacarra, who  joins the company this season as a principal dancer, has two other major debuts in the autumn. She will dance the title role in Ray Barra’s recent new production of Raymonda for the first time on 7 October, and her first Munich Swan Lake on 8 November. Cyril Pierre, who also joins the company as a principal dancer this season, will be her partner for Swan Lake and Onegin. Barbora Kohoutkova, who joins the company as a soloist, makes her debut as Clémence in Raymonda (6 October), as Olga in Onegin (24 October) and as Charlotte, Prince Siegfried’s fiancée, in Swan Lake (8 November).

Ballett Extra The popular series of events Ballett Extra, which began in the 2001/2 season, continues this autumn. On 20 October, Egon Madsen will take a masterclass on the role of Lensky in Onegin. On 26 October there will be another open day at the Bayerische Staatsballett. On 19 November Hans Knill will lead a ballet workshop on Jiri Kylián, and on 25 November the critic Eva-Elisabeth Fischer will give a lecture to introduce the new Kylián triple bill.

Ballettlabor Ballettlabor is a new series of experimental dance events performed by the Bayerische Staatsballett. It opens with Vom Körper zum Raum, a work by the French choreographer Jean Luc Ducourt, renowned for his collaboration with Anne Therese de Keersmaeker. The ballet will be performed in the spectacular art nouveau atrium of the Munich Hauptzollamt as part of the DANCE 2002 festival organized by the City of Munich.
Using the formal language of classical ballet Ducourt explores the possibilities of interaction between the dancers and the architectural setting. Vom Körper zum Raum is choreographed for a group of eight female dancers and is set to piano music by Giacinto Scelsi. back