Bavarian State Ballet announces next season’s program: Jiri Kylián and Terence Kohler to create new works for the Munich company, celebrating their twenty years of existence in 2009.

Munich, April 28, 2008

Ivan Liška presented the plans of the Bavarian State Ballet for the 2008/2009 season in his official annual press conference. He has now been the company’s ballet director for one decade.

The first premiere of the season, on December 7, 2008, is dedicated to the “Ballets Russes”, the legendary troupe of Russian dancers, managed by Serge Diaghilev, who, a hundred years ago, initiated the development towards modern dance.
The three-part ballet program “100 Years Ballets Russes” will present two Munich premieres of works from Diaghilev’s repertoire, “Shéhérazade” by Mikhail Fokine and “Les Biches” by Bronislava Nijinskaja, together with a creation “Once Upon An Ever After”, a work the young choreographer Terence Kohler will produce in close collaboration with design artist Rosalie and thus revive the fundamental idea of the Ballets Russes: the mutual stimulation of choreography and graphic art.

The second premier of the season – and at the same time start of the celebration of the twenty-year jubilee of the Bavarian State Ballet – will present a unique creation in the Munich National Theatre: with “Migratory Birds” Jiri Kyliàn will for the first time create an evening-length work for Munich. Together with fellow artists like Susumu Shingu, Michael Simon, Yoshiki Hishinuma he will present a synthesis of the arts, using the National Theatre with all its “hidden” rooms behind and under the stage as well as public spaces around the theatre for installations, objects, film, drama, music and dance. “Migratory Birds” will first be performed on May 3, 2009, as opening of the Ballet Festival Week 2009.

The new season will open on October 3, 2008, with a revival of John Neumeier’s ballet “A Cinderella story” that has not been danced in Munich for more than six years. In addition, in February 2009 a second Neumeier ballet will return to the repertoire: “The Lady of the Camelias”. In June 2009, after an eight-year pause, “Don Quijote” will be revived, in the Cuivillés Theatre. The program will be completed by classical ballets “Le Corsaire” and “Swan Lake”, the two creations of the last season “The tempest” and the three-part program “Schläpfer/van Manen/Sandroni”. John Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” will also return to the repertoire with a special gala performance on November 12, 2008, to celebrate the 40-year jubilee of the Munich premiere.

The Ballet Festival Week 2009 will be highlighted by “Terpsichore Gala VIII”, centering around the theme “Ballets Russes” both from the December 2008 premiere of the State Ballet and the contemporaneous exhibition on the theme in the Munich Theatre Museum.
In spring 2009 the Bavarian State Ballet will go on tour for several weeks in Spain and also perform, as has become successful habit, in Ingolstadt.

In the forthcoming season the State Ballet will cooperate with two projects in the biennial dance festival of the Bavarian capital Munich “DANCE” and whose curator will again be deputy director and dramaturge of the Bavarian State Ballet Bettina Wagner-Bergelt. There will be a “Long Night of Dance” in the National Theatre on October 18, 2008 as well as guest performance by the Compania National de Danza Madrid, directed by Nacho Duato, in the Prinzregenten Theatre on November 1 and 2, 2008.

With beginning of the new season the Bavarian State Ballet is to be supported by a new partner: Irène Lejeune, president of the foundation “Herz-fürHerz-für Leben” (“Heart-for-Heart-for-Life”). She has supported art and culture in Munich for many years. She will be ambassador of the Bavarian State Ballet and sponsor the company financially to make possible a number of special programs. back
Ivan Liska