July 23, 2004

  Ensemble, Promotions and new company members
Ballet Director Ivan Liška has promoted some dancers with the beginning of season 2004/2005. Sherelle Charge, until now First Soloist, has been promoted to Principal Dancer. Soloists Valentina Divina and Irina Dimova will be First Soloists. Former corps de ballet dancers Ivy Amista, Fiona Evans, Zuzana Zahradniková, Juan Eymar, Vincent Loermans, Ryan Ocampo and Olivier Vercoutère have been promoted to soloists.

As already announced, Séverine Ferrolier und Erkan Kurt from Leipzig Ballett are joining the Bavarian State Ballet as First Soloists.

New members of the corps de ballet are: Joana de Andrade (Ballett-Akademie München/Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung), Julia Carnicer (Zürcher Ballett), Sophia Carolina Fernandes (Ballettakademie Mannheim), Magdalena Lonska (Ballet de l’Opéra Nationale de Bordeaux), Isabelle Pollet Villard (Zürcher Ballett), Caroline Rocher (Harlem Dance Theatre), Leonor de Távora (Zürcher Ballett), Filip Janda (Ballettakademie Mannheim), Jurgen Paulusma (Meininger Ballett).

Joining the company as apprentices are: Wunsze Chan (Ballettschule Hamburg John Neumeier) Feline van Dijken (Ballett-Akademie München/Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung), Victoria Slavina (Ballett-Akademie München/Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung), Manuel Frederick (Académie Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo), Denis da Silva Melo (Ballettakademie Mannheim) and Ilia Sarkisov (Ballett-Akademie München/Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung).

Season begin 2004/2005

Revival Romeo and Juliet by John Cranko From 24 September 2004
The new season starts with a revival of John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet on
24 September 2004 in the National Theatre. Lucia Lacarra and Cyril Pierre will give their debuts in the title roles. Other casts will be Lisa-Maree Cullum and Alen Bottaini as well as Natalia Kalinitchenko and Lukas Slavicky.

John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet has been part of the repertoire since 1968, when John Cranko himself was Director of the company for two years. The production, with sets and costumes by Jürgen Rose, remains unchanged.
Porträt Mats Ek with A Sort of... und Apartment
From 29. September 2004
Three performances are scheduled for the autumn season of Portait Mats Ek on 29 September, 4 and 7 October. This evening was one of the great artistic successes of last season. Former company principal Maria Eichwald, now with Stuttgart Ballet, will appear as a guest making her debut as a Mats Ek dancer in Apartment.

Ivan Liška’s The Sleeping Beauty with various casts
From 24 October 2004
The Sleeping Beauty, original choreography by Marius Petipa, production and new additional choreography by Ivan Liška, designs (from 1976) by Peter Farmer, will be performed often during the autumn, including two familiy performances (24 October, 14.00, 19 December, 14.30, tickets Euro 8,- for children under 14 years of age). The leading roles will be danced by Lisa-Maree Cullum and Roman Lazik, Lucia Lacarra and Cyril Pierre, Natalia Kalinitchenko and Lukas Slavicky. Alen Bottaini will dance the role of Blue Bird in the early autumn season. Later in the season he will take the main role of Prince Désiré.

Ballettlabor 2
Premiere on 30 Oktober 2004
Ballettlabor was installed in 2002 as an experimental forum for the Bavarian State Ballet. The original idea was that artists – not only choreographers but also fine artists and producers - should work together in a small forum without being forced to produce a complete work. Ballettlabor would like to give the dancers of the Staatsballett as well as the guest artists a possiblity of trying new expressive forms. There is a tradition with these experiments to be part of the renown Munich Festival DANCE by the City of Munich. It started in 1991 when the Bavarian State Ballet participated with ballets by Ohad Naharin and Gerhard Bohner, later with a creation by Wanda Golonka/V.A. Wölfl. Ballettlabor 1, a project by Jean Luc Ducourt, took place in the Art Déco Hall of the Main Customs Building in 2002.

For Ballettlabor 2, Toni Rizzi from Ballet Frankfurt has been invited as guest choreographer. He is also internationally renowned as a performer and photographer – especially Polaroid photos. His style and way of working, corresponds with the Forsythe-Premiere Limb’s Theorem, which will be produced this autumn.
Rizzi’s creation is called For a body of Work, which will be premiered during DANCE 2004. Again, the venue will be a place not designed as a stage. This year the exhibition hall of the Artists Gallery will be the stage for rehearsals and performances. Rizzi will appear himself, along with Irene Steinbeißer, Cheryl Wimperis, Chantal Gagnebin and Martin Blahuta from the Bavarian State Ballet and two freelance artists, Imma Rubio Tomas from Spain and Tamas Moritcz from Hungary. Andreas Baumbecker will be responsible for the musical collage.
Ballett extra
In the intimate framework of one of the studios in the rehearsal house (Probenhaus) Am Platzl, the Ballet-Extra series has gained a loyal public audience which guarantees a sold out event. There will be four events in the autumn 2004. First, an Open Day in the rehearsal house; A Masterclass with Peter Appel, who will work with soloists on Sleeping Beauty, then two events in connection with the Premiere of Limb’s Theorem by William Forsythe: A lecture on Forsythe’s work will be given by Bettina Wagner-Bergelt, and an open rehearsal, led by the Forsythe-Ballet Masters.

Premiere Limb’s Theorem on 7.
December 2004 The continuous occupation with pieces by William Forsythe, which are always present in the repertoire since Ivan Liška became Director (1998 Artifact II, 1999 the second detail) will be continued with the full length Ballet Limb’s Theorem. Rehearsals began already in July 2004 with Forsythe Ballet Masters Ana and Chris Roman. In autumn, Noah Gelber and Jill Johnson, will join them, and Forsythe personally will give the finishing touches to the last phase of rehearsal before the Premiere. Details of the Premiere will be given to the Press in autumn. back