Ballet Festival Weeks 2010 – The Bavarian State Ballet will celebrate the finale of the jubilee year from April 25 till May 9, 2010

Munich, April 2010 – From April 25 to May 9 the Bavarian State Ballet will celebrate the finale of the jubilee year and present milestones from two decades of ballet and dance history – from classics to contemporary dance.

With the premiere of William Forsythe´s Artifact, the guest performances of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and the two Terpsichore Galas, with international guest stars, the program presents three special highlights. It will be completed by successful pieces from the rich repertoire of the Bavarian State Ballet: Le Corsaire, The Tempest, One Hundred Years Ballets Russes, Migratory Birds and Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness.

One of the key works of modern ballet marks the beginning: the Munich Company will present Artifact, the first evening-length ballet by William Forsythe from his early time with the Ballet Frankfurt (1984). For the Bavarian State Ballet this is the second great Forsythe premiere after Limb´s Theorem some six years ago. In the four-part choreography to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eva Crossmann-Hecht acts one and three advance the action, acts two and four show abstract neoclassical dance. Thus Forsythe´s work follows the structure of a classical story ballet, yet presents it under a new perspective – full of irony, surprise and highly dynamic.

In Masurca Fogo the Tanztheater Wuppertal invokes the spirit of Pina Bausch, the great protagonist of German dance, in the National Theatre. Pina Bausch can no longer accompany her long awaited guest performances in Munich. She died in the summer last year. Masurca Fogo was created in Lisbon in 1998, a hymn to life and dance. Pina Bausch and her company received inspiration for this work in everyday Portuguese life and encounters with different representatives of Portuguese art and cultural scene. It led to a richly colourful work of dance theatre, celebrating the South, a profession of beauty, intimacy, closeness and tenderness.

The two Terpsichore Galas IX and X will complete the Ballet Festival Weeks with a retrospective of twenty years of Munich dance history. Two different, though thematically coherent programs promise a new encounter with choreographies selected from 63 premieres and 42 creations throughout these two decades.

The ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet and international guests – among them Alina Cojocaru (Royal Ballet, London), Uljana Lopatkina (Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg), Daniil Simkin (American Ballet Theatre, New York), Viengsay Valdes (Cuban National Ballet) will undertake a tour through the history of dance. They will show their personal interpretation of outstanding works of the Munich repertoire and choreographers closely related to it. From the Pas de Quatre by Leonid Jacobson, a Pas de Deux from Emma B and Shannon Rose to the Chaconne by José Limón – an encounter with the past that strives for the future.

Furthermore, even in the frame of a dance retrospective a special accent is set on future: the ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet will start both gala performances with a creation of the young Australian choreographer Terence Kohler to a movement form Camille Saint-Saëns` first piano con-certo. A ballet especially created for the jubilee. Thus Terence Kohler, after his Once Upon An Ever After and before his creation of Série Noire – A Choreographic Murder Mystery demonstrates his close connection to the Bavarian State Ballet.

For press tickets and further information please contact the press office of the Bavarian State Ballet (Bayerisches Staatsballett). Photo material can be directly downloaded through the press section of the website of the Bavarian State Ballet or may be ordered from the press office.

Terence Kohler: Once Upon An Ever After