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Guest performance of the Bavarian State Ballet in Oman
Thanks to the affinity the Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said bears toward ballet, opera and concert, Muscat can boast of a majestic opera and concert building since its completion in 2011. Incidentally, it is the only opera house in the Gulf States. The German Christina Scheppelmann has been director of that establishment since 2012. She knows the Bavarian State Ballet well and invited the company to the ROHM directly after her inauguration as director there. Together with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the artistic direction of Robertas Šervenikas, the Bavarian State Ballet will show Cranko's Romeo and Juliet on 17., 18. and 19. of April in Muscat as one of the highlights of the Muscat theatre season.
Romeo and Juliet
Royal Opera House Muscat
That's it for the Ballet Festival Week 2014
Three world premieres opened the Festival Week on 4. April: The Yellow Sound, Spiral Pass, Concert for Violin and Orchestra. This thoroughly heterogeneous evening provoked all sorts of reactions – ovations as well as jeers. As a follow-up, the company Sasha Waltz & Guests showed just how magical the symbiosis between dance and opera can be. This, their long awaited guest performance of Dido & Aeneas belonged programmatically to this season’s motto TANZLAND DEUTSCHLAND.
Daria Sukhorukova starred in the tragic role of Nikija in La Bayadère, while Ivy Amista showed herself from her shrewd side in her debut as Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After Amista, Polina Semionova gave her interpretation of those same roles. There were also two world premieres for the Junior Company on Sunday during the matinée of the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation: About:Time by Sebastian Goffin and Pictures at an Exhibition, jointly choreographed by Artistic Director Ivan Liška, Ayman Harper and Norbert Graf. The Ballet Festival Week was further enriched by the exhibition "Wie klingt gelb?" in the National Theatre, in which artist Hubertus Hamm ("Molded Mirrors – Synchronized"), the German Master School for Design in Munich ("Kandinsky Collection") as well as our audience and fans ("Wie klingt gelb in Ihren Ohren?") collectively exhibited their works.
The Bavarian State Ballet is proud to announce the attendance of over 16500 audience members.
Bettina Wagner-Bergelt receives Irène Lejeune Ballet Award
Bettina Wagner-Bergelt has been with the State Ballet since it was founded 25 years ago by Konstanze Vernon, and has been responsible for the conceptualization of each year’s programme, as well as for the strategic development of the company on which its international reputation and profile lies. In her laudation, chamber dancer Judith Turos emphasized Wagner-Bergelt's commendable dedication to the youth programme of the Bavarian State Ballet which came into being on the latter's initiative, without which the youth programme of the opera, CAMPUS, would be equally inconceivable. Additionally, Bettina Wagner-Bergelt has taken on a number of challenges of a more culture-political nature over the past few years, and is considered one of the most important lobbyists for dance.
"The Yellow Sound" in April and May
Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's eponymous concept concerning the commingling of and interaction between sound and colour, the choreographer and stage designer Michael Simon presents his own interpretation of The Yellow Sound. Interestingly, this concept was never realized during its author’s own lifetime due to its technical unfeasibility: The stage-, lighting- and illusion-techniques and apparatuses of Kandinsky’s time simply could never have achieved the effects he sought. Michael Simon's piece, in which colour, sound, projections, lighting and movement continuously melt into new tableaus, is set to an idiosyncratic score by Frank Zappa and is as humourous as it is poetic.
Spiral Pass, a choreography specifically created for the Bavarian State Ballet by the British choreographer Russell Maliphant, will be the second premiere of the evening. The title derives from a technical term in American Football or Rugby which denotes the rapid rotations of the ball in flight. Maliphant's transformation of this image into acrobatic movement is sure to entrance both dancers and audience alike. This choreography features music by Mukul, a multi-facetted underground-composer from London who created the score specifically for this piece.
The program closes with Concert for Violin and Orchestra, Aszure Barton’s first ever production in Germany. In this creation, the dancers as well as the lighting are set in contrast to the minimalistic stage design, as they perform movements reminiscent of neoclassicism, Modern Dance and quotidian gestures, in patterns as complex as lace. Barton’s choreography is set to Mason Bates’ composition entitled Concert for Violin and Orchestra.
Michael Simon / Russell Maliphant / Aszure Barton
The Yellow Sound / Spiral Pass / Concert for Violin and Orchestra
Sun 27.04.14, 7.30 pm, t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Fri 02.05.14, 7.30 pm, t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Thu 08.05.14, 7.30 pm, t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Sun 11.05.14, 7.30 pm, t-i-c-k-e-t-s
Sat 17.05.14, 7.30 pm, t-i-c-k-e-t-s