Plans for Season 2006/2007

Ballet Director Ivan Liška has announced the plans for the Bayerische Staatsballett (Bavarian State Ballet) in Munich for the next season 2006/2007.
The classical part of the programme features as an overall theme “The World of Marius Petipa” and supports the fact that the Bavarian State Ballet has a most extensive repertoire of Petipa classics. From the existing repertoire, four ballets will be presented (La Bayadčre, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty). Added to these, there will be guest performances by the Bolshoi Ballet Moscow with Don Quixote and the Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg with Giselle and a Petipa Gala. Focal point of the Petipa year in Munich will be the premiere of a new version of Le Corsaire. This will be one of the first attempts at using the original music score by Adam and Delibes, which can be found in the French National Library. Also, using the original Stepanov notations of the choreography of Marius Petipa, which can be found in the American Harvard Library.   The contemporary part of the programme will concentrate on recognised masterpieces, following a season of world premieres in 2005/2006. While the endeavor of new works is indispensable for the development of Dance, it is also necessary to preserve the large heritage of existing works. While paintings can be seen in museums and music pieces studied from written scores, ballets depend on live performances if they want to survive. Therefore, the audience who wishes to see these pieces, rely on companies to perform them. Kenneth Macmillan’s Song of the Earth is a singular masterpiece, and Lucinda Child’s Chamber Symphony, created for the Bavarian State Ballet in 1994, ranks to the masterly contemporary creations which deserve to be continually presented in a repertoire. Other 20th century works include the triple bill Bombana/Simon/Godani, Forsythe’s Limb’s Theorem, Graeme Murphy’s The Silver Rose and John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.     World Premiere Le Corsaire Ballet by Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier New version by Ivan Liška after Marius Petipa Music by Adolphe Adam and Léo Delibes Choreography: Marius Petipa/Ivan Liška Stage and costume design: Roger Kirk Lighting: Christian Kass Musical arrangement and dramaturgy: Maria Babanina   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Myron Romanul   Premiere on Friday, January 26, 2007   Further performances: January, 17 and 31, 2007 February, 2, 16 and 19, March, 19, 27 and 30, April, 30, July 12, 2007 National Theatre     The myth of pirates, corsairs and buccaneers, which still exists today, developed against the background of the tremendous struggles for political power between the great see-faring nations of Europe. Nineteenth-century ballet, always interested in exotic magnificence, adventure and love stories, is therefore not the only cultural genre in which the pirates still live on today.   The name of the choreographer Marius Petipa – a name intrinsically connected with almost everything great in nineteenth-century dance to have lived on – plays a decisive role in connection with the transference of the work “Le Corsaire” to Russia. His various versions lent the piece the glamour of choreographic immortality – and the curse of an almost absurd conglomeration of music and a dramaturgical lack of concern. All attempts so far to keep the ballet lively for our times have had to struggle with this curse. The Bavarian State Ballet set itself the task of fusing the many disparate elements of the tradition, if not into a unit at least into a version which attempts to unite historical research and artistic earnestness with the justified claim to entertainment of a colourful and passionate pirate story: transforming historical knowledge into dance, a feast of the spectacular which impressively presents us with the charm and adventure of the story of Conrad the pirate and his beloved, Medora, who is abducted again and again.       Revival Chamber Symphony Ballet by Lucinda Childs Music: John Adams Chamber Symphony Choreography: Lucinda Childs Stage and costume design: Ronaldus Shamask Lighting: Christian Kass after a concept by Johann Darchinger   First performance by the Bavarian State Ballet The Song of the Earth Ballet by Kenneth MacMillan Music by Gustav Mahler The Song of the Earth Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Stage and costume design: Nicholas Georgiadis Lighting: John B. Read   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   Mezzo-soprano: Daniela Sindram
Tenor: Kevin Conners The Bavarian State Orchestra   Conductor: Ryusuke Numajiri   Premiere on Saturday, April 28, 2007   Further performances: April 29, May 16, 19 and 24, 2007 June 13, July 16, 2007 National Theatre   Lucinda Childs, born in America in 1940, is one of the best known protagonists of post modern dance and paved the way for minimal dance. She has long since been a dance icon and choreographs for the great ballet companies of the world. She began her career with the legendary Judson Dance Theatre in New York before founding her own company and has worked together with Robert Wilson (“Einstein on the Beach”), Philip Glass and Sol LeWitt (“Dance”). The starting point for all her pieces is the music, whose flowing patterns are reflected in the movements of the dancers. Divergences, displacements and minimal differentiations mark the flowing sequence of the movements which, even though they have found their way back to the stage, are not spatially limited to the usual central perspective. In 1994, Lucinda Childs created “Chamber Symphony” for the Bavarian State Ballet to music by John Adams. Meditative and repetitive movements evoke flowing, mysterious images. Constant repetitions can give rise to incredible fascination and turn the dancers into living sculptures, dancing sculptures, all of which is emphasized by the transparency of the optical effects of the costumes and stage designs by Ronaldus Shamask’s.   In 1965, long before it became fashionable to choreograph whole symphonies by Gustav Mahler, Kenneth MacMillan created his choreography for the “Song of the Earth”. It became one of his most important works and one of the ballets to set the standard for the second half of the twentieth century. The great farewell opus of Mahler’s old age, actually his 9th symphony, which superstition prevented him from using as a title, inspired MacMillan to create a ballet which brilliantly renders the bottomless emotional depths of the music, the dramatic nucleus of the poems on which the word is based and the formal severity of the composition. He accords all the anecdotal elements their due – “The Drinking Song of Misery on Earth”, “The Lonely Man in Autumn”, “On Youth”, “On Beauty”, “The Drunkard in Spring”, “The Farewell”, only then to transcend the anecdotal completely into pure dance. To do this required the genius of one of the most important choreographers of the last century who has so far not figured often in the Munich repertoire, the last time being with his narrative piece “Manon”.       The World of Marius Petipa Marius Petipa is considered the greatest choreographer of the 19th century. The Bavarian State Ballet dedicates the programme’s main focus of the season 2006/07 to him. Additionally to Munich’s own Petipa-productions, the two most important Russian ballet companies – the ballet of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg and the Bolschoi Ballet from Moscow, which hasn’t been performing in Munich for 34 years – will be invited.     Who is afraid of Marius Petipa?
Introductory matinee of the Petipa-Season with international guests and the ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet October 29, 2007, National Theatre   La Bayadčre Bavarian State Ballet February 28, March 2, 9, 11 and 14, 2007, National Theatre   Giselle Bavarian State Ballet October 29, November 2 and 7, 2006, National Theatre   Swan Lake Bavarian State Ballet November 23, 26 and 29, December 1, 12 and 15, 2006, National Theatre   Le Corsaire Bavarian State Ballet January 26, 27 and 31, 2007, February 2, 16 and 19, March 19, 27 and 30, April 30, July 12, 2007, National Theatre   The Sleeping Beauty Bavarian State Ballet May 27 and 29, June 3, 15 and 23, 2007, National Theatre   Giselle Guest performances: Ballet of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg March 28, 29 and 30, 2007, Prinzregenten Theatre   Petipa-Gala Guest performance: Ballet of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg March 31, 2007, Prinzregenten Theatre   Don Quixote Guest performances: Bolschoi-Ballet Moscow May 3, 4 and 5, 2007, National Theatre     A series of additional events of lectures, discussions, workshops and Masterclasses to the theme “Marius Petipa and the problem of tradition” will be announced.       La Bayadčre Ballet by Marius Petipa
New version by Patrice Bart Music by Ludwig Minkus Choreography: Marius Petipa/Patrice Bart Stage and costume design: Tomio Mohri
Lighting: Maurizio Montobbio
Musical arrangement: Maria Babanina   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Dieter Rossberg   February 28, March 2, 9, 11 and 14, 2007   National Theatre       Bombana/Simon/Godani   Century Rolls Choreography: Davide Bombana Music: John Adams, piano concert Century Rolls Stage, Lighting: Michael Simon Costumes: Stephen Galloway Video: Chris Ziegler   In the Country of Last Things Choreography, Stage, Lighting, Video: Michael Simon Music: Heiner Goebbels, Surrogate Cities Costumes: Stephen Galloway   EleMental Choreography, Costumes, Lighting: Jacopo Godani Music: Jacopo Godani and 48nord Stage: Michael Simon Video: Gilles Papain   Overall visual concept: Michael Simon   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Myron Romanul   November 11, 14 and 17, December 6 and 8, 2006   National Theatre The Sleeping Beauty Music: Peter I. Tschaikowsky Choreography: Marius Petipa/Ivan Liška
Staging and new choreography: Ivan Liška Stage and costume design after Peter Farmer
Lighting: Christian Kass
Artistic advice: Irina Jacobson   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Valery Ovsianikov   May 27 and 29, June 3, 15 and 23, 2007   National Theatre      

Giselle

Ballet by Théopile Gautier, Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean Coralli Music by Adolphe Adam Choreography: Peter Wright after Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot Stage and costume design: Peter Farmer   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Dieter Rossberg.

October 29, November 2 and 7, 2006   National Theatre       Limb’s Theorem
Ballet by William Forsythe
Music by Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Stage/Lighting: William Forsythe, Michael Simon
Costumes: William Forsythe
Staged by Ana C. Roman, Chris Roman, Noah D. Gelber, Jill Johnson   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   December 20, 25 and 28, 2006   National Theatre   and as guest performance in Taipeh/Taiwan on October 17, 18 and 19, 2006     Romeo and Juliet
Ballet by John Cranko
Music by Sergej Prokofjew
Choreography: John Cranko
Stage and costume design: Jürgen Rose   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Valery Ovsianikov

January 4, 7 and 14 (am + pm), 2007
February 10 and 11, 2007   National Theatre   and as guest performance in the theatre La Fenice in Venice on September 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28, 2006 Conductor: Myron Romanul       Swan Lake Music: Peter I. Tschaikowsky Choreography: Ray Barra after Marius Petipa and Lew Iwanow Stage and costume design: John Macfarlane Lighting: Christian Kass, after a concept by David Finn   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Valery Ovsianikov   Revival on November 23, 2006   Further performances: November 26 and 29, 2006 December 1, 12 and 15, 2006   National Theatre       The Silver Rose (Die silberne Rose) Ballet by Graeme Murphy after Hugo von Hofmannsthals Der Rosenkavalier Music by Carl Vine Choreography: Graeme Murphy Creative Associate: Janet Vernon Stage and costume design: Roger Kirk Lighting: Christian Kass Video-projection: Jason Lam   Soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet   The Bavarian State Orchestra Conductor: Myron Romanul   March 22 and 24, April 2, 4, 9 and 13, 2007   National Theatre     Guest companies in Munich   Guest performance Ballet of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg  

Giselle

Ballet by Théopile Gautier, Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean Coralli Music by Adolphe Adam Choreography: Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa Stage: Igor Ivanov Costumes: Irene Press   Soloists and ensemble of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg Orchestra of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg   Conductor: N.N..

March 28, 29 and 30, 2007   Prinzregenten Theatre     Petipa-Gala Programme will be announced   Soloists and ensemble of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg Orchestra of the Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg   Conductor: N.N.   March 31, 2007   Prinzregenten Theatre     Guest performance Bolschoi-Ballet Moscow   Don Quixote Ballet by Marius Petipa Music by Ludwig Minkus Choreography: Marius Petipa/Alexander Gorski and others Stage: Sergei Barkhin Costumes: after the original designs by Vasily Dyachkov (1906) realised by Tatiana Artamonova and Elena Merkurova Lighting: Mihkail Sokolov   Conductor: N.N.   Soloists and ensemble of the Bolschoi-Ballet Moscow Bavarian State Orchestra   May 3, 4 and 5, 2007   National Theatre       Ballet week 2007 April 28 – May 5, 2007       Chamber Symphony Ballet by Lucinda Childs Music: John Adams Chamber Symphony   The Song of the Earth Ballet by Kenneth MacMillan Music by Gustav Mahler The Song of the Earth   April 28 (premiere) and 29, 2007, National Theatre   Le Corsaire Ballet by Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier New version by Ivan Liska after Marius Petipa Music by Adolphe Adam, Léo Delibes and others   April 30, 2007, National Theatre   Ballet extra A rehearsal day with the Bavarian State Ballet   May 2, 2007, rehearsal building, Platzl 7, 9.45 – 16.00   Guest performances Bolschoi-Ballet Moscow Don Quixote Ballet by Marius Petipa Music by Ludwig Minkus   May 3, 4 and 5, 2007, National Theatre       Touring of the Bavarian State Ballet   Teatro La Fenice, Venice Romeo and Juliet (Cranko) September 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28, 2006   CKS Cultural Center, Taipeh/Taiwan Limb’s Theorem October 17, 18 and 19, 2006 Contemporary Mixed Bill October 21 and 22, 2006   Palais de Congrčs, San Sebastian, Spain Swan Lake February 6 and 7, 2007

Municipal theatre, Ingolstadt Contemporary Mixed Bill May 10, 11 and 12, June 7, 8 and 9, 2007       Children- and youth programme of the Bavarian State Ballet   Adventure ballet Children- and youth programm – free sale   A playful approach to Ballet – Workshops for children   „A playful approach to Ballet“ has been developed for children and youths without any dance experience or knowledge. The participants will approach the artistic medium dance gently by getting closer to certain topics verbally and physically. They evolve their own ideas and try to translate them into motion and movements.   Fairies, Witches and Magicians For 18 boys and girls between 6 and 12 years Direction: Peter Jolesch, Katja Schneider (dancers/pedagogues), musician and make up-artist   November 11 and 18, 2006, 14.00 – 17.30 pm Entrance: 18 Euro Rehearsal building of the Bavarian State Ballet, Platzl 7                  Pirates and Corsaires, Masters of the Seven Seas For 18 boys and girls between 6 and 12 years Direction: Peter Jolesch, Katja Schneider (dancers/pedagogues), musician, make up-artist and costume designer   January 13 and 20, 2007, 14.00 – 17.30 pm Entrance: 18 Euro Rehearsal building of the Bavarian State Ballet, Platzl 7     A Chance to Dance or What has Swan Lake to do with me? For 18 boys and girls between 13 and 16 years Direction: Peter Jolesch (dancer/pedagogue), N.N., dancer and musician   February 3 and 17, 2007, 14.00 – 17.30 pm Entrance: 18 Euro Rehearsal building of the Bavarian State Ballet, Platzl 7   Introductions for children before the performances (Family performances):   Limb’s Theorem (December 25, 2006) – from 11 years on Romeo and Juliet (January 7 and 14, February 11, 2007) – from 11 years on Le Corsaire (February 2 and March 30, 2007) – from 6 years on La Bayadčre (March 11, 2007) – from 6 years on The Sleeping Beauty (May 27 and June 15, 2007) – from 6 years on   National Theatre Capriccio Salon 45 minutes before the performance   Theatre – a living experience Children- and youth programme, organised via schools and/or universities   Studios   Ballet director Ivan Liška and his dramatic advisers introduce different ballet topics in the studios. The pupils learn basic terms of contemporary and classic dance by means of workout and extracts of rehearsals.   With soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet Prinzregententheatre, National Theatre   Pirates and Corsaires, Masters of the Seven Seas For pupils from 10 years Public rehearsals and explanations concerning the ballet “Le Corsaire“ by Marius Petipa With soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet Direction: Ivan Liška March 12, 2007, 10.45 – 12.45 am   Narration – Abstraction. From “The Sleeping Beauty” to “Chamber Symphony” For pupils from 12 years Public rehearsals, workshop and explanations With soloists and ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet Direction: Ivan Liška May 21, 2007, 10.45 – 12.45 am     Ballet in the focus   The Bavarian State Ballet offers for pupil groups a whole package for certain performances which includes a guided tour through the National Theatre, an introduction in work and staging and a ticket for the performance.   Swan Lake, December 12, 2006 Limb’s Theorem, December 20, 2006 Le Corsaire, March 19, 2007 Chamber Symphony/The Song of the Earth, June 13, 2007     „Change your life in a dancing class…“   The 8th grade of the St. Anna grammar school Munich Lehel and pupils of the special school Herrnstreet will exchange their classroom for a ballet studio and work hard on a choreography during the whole month of July. They will be supported by two experienced pedagogues, two lecturers of the schools, three ballet masters of the Bavarian State Ballet and musicians. At the end of July they will present their achievements in a final performance in the Reithalle, Munich. The activities will be accompanied by students of the Ludwig Maximilian University under the direction of the dance scientist Dr. Katja Schneider.   From the beginning of the season 2006/2007 we will work together for three years with pupils of the 2nd grade of a primary school who come from a difficult social environment. We want to awake their potential for new growing and learning possibilities by using the means of dance – just as Maldoom said: “You can change your life in a dancing class.”   Cooperation with the Technical University/Kulturbüro Simone Schulte in the context of advanced teacher training   Cooperation with the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Dr. Katja Schneider, in the context of seminars in the basic study period for students of theatre science where theory and practice are brought together in the projects of the Bavarian State Ballet back