Goldberg-Variations / Gods and Dogs - Biographies

Goldberg-Variationen. Ensemble. ©Wilfried Hösl Goldberg-Variationen. Ensemble ©Wilfried Hösl Gods and Dogs. Ensemble. ©Wilfried Hösl

Goldberg-Variations / Gods and Dogs

Jiří Kylián, Jerome Robbins

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach / Jiří Kylián (Concept) / Dirk Haubrich and Ludwig van Beethoven
Nationaltheater

Friday, 07. June 2013

Music


Jirí Kylián
Jiří Kylián

“I think, that our task as choreographers is to search the extremities of our souls,” says Jiří Kylián. Since the early 1970s, the celebrated Czech choreographer has created more than 100 works – most of them for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). His creations are inspired by many different sources, combine diverse art forms and defy categorisation.

First smitten with the magic of circus, young Kylián started his studies as an acrobat. At the age of nine, he began to train at Prague National Theatre ballet school. Six years later, in 1962, he was accepted at Prague Conservatory and, in 1967, won a one-year-scholarship for London’s Royal Ballet School. There he met the influential choreographer John Cranko, who not only offered him a contract with Stuttgart Ballet but also encouraged him to embark in a career as a choreographer.

In 1975, Kylián left Germany to become artistic co-director at Nederlands Dans Theater, for which had created several pieces before. After the successful premiere of Sinfonietta (1978) at the “Festival of two worlds” in Charleston, South Carolina, he was given full responsibility for NDT’s artistic direction. Symphony of Psalms (also 1978) was the second significant creation of this time. This work had a decisive influence on the further development of the company and its international reputation. In the mid-1980s, Kylián’s work became more abstract as can be seen in the Black and White choreographies. This was due to an encounter with Australian Aboriginals that shaped his understanding of dance as an important “corner stone” of our social structure and an inevitable facet of our “artistic horizon”. Kylián marked NDT’s 35th anniversary by creating Arcimboldo (1994) for the three companies of NDT. The three-dimensional structure of the NDT is unique. Each company employs dancers of a different age, making the NDT one of the most diverse ensembles in the world. Unfortunately, in 2006, NDT III, which was for dancers older than 40, had to be closed due to financial shortages.

In 1999, Kylián resigned from his position as NDT’s artistic director but kept on working as resident choreographer until 2009.

In the course of his career, Kylián received many international honors, including “Officer of the Orange Order”, a doctorate at Juillard School New York, three Nijinsky Awards (Best Choreographer, Best Company, Best Work), the Prix Benoit de la Danse, the Honory Medal of the President of the Czech R Republic, and “Commander of the Legion d’honneur”. In 2008, he was distinguished with one of the highest royal honours, the Medal of the Order of the House of Orange, given to him by Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands.

In 2009, Kylián created Zugvögel for Bavarian State Ballet. Three years later, in 2012, the ensemble will perform another work of the Czech choreographer: Gods and Dogs which premiered in November 2008 with NDT. 


Choreography


Jirí Kylián
Jiří Kylián

“I think, that our task as choreographers is to search the extremities of our souls,” says Jiří Kylián. Since the early 1970s, the celebrated Czech choreographer has created more than 100 works – most of them for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). His creations are inspired by many different sources, combine diverse art forms and defy categorisation.

First smitten with the magic of circus, young Kylián started his studies as an acrobat. At the age of nine, he began to train at Prague National Theatre ballet school. Six years later, in 1962, he was accepted at Prague Conservatory and, in 1967, won a one-year-scholarship for London’s Royal Ballet School. There he met the influential choreographer John Cranko, who not only offered him a contract with Stuttgart Ballet but also encouraged him to embark in a career as a choreographer.

In 1975, Kylián left Germany to become artistic co-director at Nederlands Dans Theater, for which had created several pieces before. After the successful premiere of Sinfonietta (1978) at the “Festival of two worlds” in Charleston, South Carolina, he was given full responsibility for NDT’s artistic direction. Symphony of Psalms (also 1978) was the second significant creation of this time. This work had a decisive influence on the further development of the company and its international reputation. In the mid-1980s, Kylián’s work became more abstract as can be seen in the Black and White choreographies. This was due to an encounter with Australian Aboriginals that shaped his understanding of dance as an important “corner stone” of our social structure and an inevitable facet of our “artistic horizon”. Kylián marked NDT’s 35th anniversary by creating Arcimboldo (1994) for the three companies of NDT. The three-dimensional structure of the NDT is unique. Each company employs dancers of a different age, making the NDT one of the most diverse ensembles in the world. Unfortunately, in 2006, NDT III, which was for dancers older than 40, had to be closed due to financial shortages.

In 1999, Kylián resigned from his position as NDT’s artistic director but kept on working as resident choreographer until 2009.

In the course of his career, Kylián received many international honors, including “Officer of the Orange Order”, a doctorate at Juillard School New York, three Nijinsky Awards (Best Choreographer, Best Company, Best Work), the Prix Benoit de la Danse, the Honory Medal of the President of the Czech R Republic, and “Commander of the Legion d’honneur”. In 2008, he was distinguished with one of the highest royal honours, the Medal of the Order of the House of Orange, given to him by Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands.

In 2009, Kylián created Zugvögel for Bavarian State Ballet. Three years later, in 2012, the ensemble will perform another work of the Czech choreographer: Gods and Dogs which premiered in November 2008 with NDT. 


Set


Jirí Kylián
Jiří Kylián

“I think, that our task as choreographers is to search the extremities of our souls,” says Jiří Kylián. Since the early 1970s, the celebrated Czech choreographer has created more than 100 works – most of them for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). His creations are inspired by many different sources, combine diverse art forms and defy categorisation.

First smitten with the magic of circus, young Kylián started his studies as an acrobat. At the age of nine, he began to train at Prague National Theatre ballet school. Six years later, in 1962, he was accepted at Prague Conservatory and, in 1967, won a one-year-scholarship for London’s Royal Ballet School. There he met the influential choreographer John Cranko, who not only offered him a contract with Stuttgart Ballet but also encouraged him to embark in a career as a choreographer.

In 1975, Kylián left Germany to become artistic co-director at Nederlands Dans Theater, for which had created several pieces before. After the successful premiere of Sinfonietta (1978) at the “Festival of two worlds” in Charleston, South Carolina, he was given full responsibility for NDT’s artistic direction. Symphony of Psalms (also 1978) was the second significant creation of this time. This work had a decisive influence on the further development of the company and its international reputation. In the mid-1980s, Kylián’s work became more abstract as can be seen in the Black and White choreographies. This was due to an encounter with Australian Aboriginals that shaped his understanding of dance as an important “corner stone” of our social structure and an inevitable facet of our “artistic horizon”. Kylián marked NDT’s 35th anniversary by creating Arcimboldo (1994) for the three companies of NDT. The three-dimensional structure of the NDT is unique. Each company employs dancers of a different age, making the NDT one of the most diverse ensembles in the world. Unfortunately, in 2006, NDT III, which was for dancers older than 40, had to be closed due to financial shortages.

In 1999, Kylián resigned from his position as NDT’s artistic director but kept on working as resident choreographer until 2009.

In the course of his career, Kylián received many international honors, including “Officer of the Orange Order”, a doctorate at Juillard School New York, three Nijinsky Awards (Best Choreographer, Best Company, Best Work), the Prix Benoit de la Danse, the Honory Medal of the President of the Czech R Republic, and “Commander of the Legion d’honneur”. In 2008, he was distinguished with one of the highest royal honours, the Medal of the Order of the House of Orange, given to him by Her Majesty the Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands.

In 2009, Kylián created Zugvögel for Bavarian State Ballet. Three years later, in 2012, the ensemble will perform another work of the Czech choreographer: Gods and Dogs which premiered in November 2008 with NDT. 


Costumes


 

Lighting


 

Video Projections


 

Video Projections


 


Choreography


Jerome Robbins. ©Jesse Gerstein
Jerome Robbins

Jerome Robbins is world renowned for his work as a choreographer of ballets as wells as for his work as choreographer and director in theater, movies and television.

He started his career in 1939 when joining the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre. Soon, he was casted for principal roles in the works of Fokine, Tudor, Massine, Lichine, and de Milles. In 1944, Robbins created his first ballet, Fancy Free, which premiered with ABT. More than 60 ballets followed, for example Afternoon of a Faun (1953), The Concert (1956), Les Noces (1965), Dances at a Gathering (1969), In the Night (1970), The Goldberg Variations (1971), In G Major (1975), Other Dances (1976), Glass Pieces (1983) und Ives Songs (1989) which are in the repertoires of major dance companies throughout the world. He has worked closely with New York City Ballet. In 1949, he was given the position of Associate Artistic Director and, several years later, the position of Ballet-Master-in-Chief which he shared with Frank Martin.

Simultaneously, Robbins worked as a choreographer and director for numerous Broadway musicals and plays. Among them are On the Town (1945), Billion Dollar Baby (1946), High Button Shoes (1947), Miss Liberty (1949), Call me Madame (1950), The King and I (1951), Peter Pan (1954), West Side Story (1957), for which he received two Academy Awards, Gypsy (1959) and Fiddler on the Roof (1964). His last musical Jerome Robbins’ Broadway of 1989 won him six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director.

Other awards and citations include five Donaldson Awards, an Emmy Award, the Screen Directors‘  Guild Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. He is a 1981 Kennedy Center Honors Recipient and was awarded the French Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur.

Jerome Robbins passed away in 1998 at the age of 80 years.


Costumes


 

Lighting


 

Paar 1 Frau


Emma Barrowman Foto: Sascha Kletzsch
Emma Barrowman.
Soloist

Emma Barrowman was born in Sherbrook/Canada. She received her dance education at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and gained important experience at the Cannes Jeune Ballet under the direction of Monique Loudières. At the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company she danced in Swan Lake, Nutcracker and The Magic Flute by Mark Godden.

Emma Barrowman became an Apprentice of the Bavarian State Ballet in autumn 2006. One year later she became a member of the corps de ballet and was engaged as a soloist in the season 2010/2011.

Debut 2006/2007
Solo in Chamber Symphony (Childs)

Debut 2008/2009
Odaliske in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Myrtha in Once Upon An Ever After (T. Kohler)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Other Person in Artifact (W. Forsythe)
Bathilde and Myrtha in Giselle - Mats Ek (M. Ek)

Debut 2010/2011
Nymph in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Woman 1 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Pas de Six in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Lady of the Street in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)

Debut 2011/2012
The Girl in The Girl and the Knifethrower (S. Sandroni)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Whore in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)

Debut 2012/2013
The friend's wife in The Moor's Pavane (José Limón)
Athena Parthenos in Helden (T. Kohler)
BIPED (M. Cunningham)

1, Pas de deux Frau


Ekaterina Petina.©Sascha Kletzsch
Ekaterina Petina
First Soloist

Ekaterina Petina was born in Sevastopol. Ten years old she started training at the Waganova Academy in St. Petersburg. In 2001 she assumed her first engagement at the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg where she among others danced solo parts in Balanchine’s Rubies, Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Approximate Sonata, Steptext and several fairies in Sleeping Beauty. She also participated in various Mariinsky Theatre tours across Japan, England, China, Canada and Mexico.

In 2009/2010 she became a Soloist and since the beginning of the season 2011/12 she performs as First Solist at the Bavarian State Ballet.

Debut 2009/2010
Olympia in Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier)
Odaliske in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Girlfriend in Raymonda (M. Petipa)
Odalisk in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Pas de deux 2 in Artifact (W. Forsythe)
Rival in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)

Debut 2010/2011
Woman 3 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Nymph in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Lilac Fairy, Violente fairy, Duchess and Rubin in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa(I. Liška)
Pas de Six in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Princess Odette in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Dulcinea in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Mercedes in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Princess Natalia in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Louise in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Broken Fall (R. Maliphant)
1. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)
1. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Ray Barra/Lew Iwanow/Marius Petipa)

Debut 2012/2013
Nikiya in La Bayadère (M.Petipa/P. Bart)
2. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variations (J.Robbins)
The Woman in Song of the Earth (K. MacMillan)
6. Variation in Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)

Debut 2013/2014
Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)

Paar 1 Herr


Wlademir Faccioni.©Sascha Kletzsch
Wlademir Faccioni
First Soloist

Wlademir Faccioni was born in Brazil and was trained in the Munich Ballett-Akademie/Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung. In 2002 he joined the Bavarian State Ballet as an apprentice and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2003.

His repertoire includes Jiří Kylián's Six Dances and Svadebka, Hans van Manen’s Solo and a prominent part in Itzik Galilis So nah so fern.

His first choreography Vivace (on music by Vivaldi) was created in 2004 as part of the State Ballet’s Young Choreographers Program.

He was promoted to a Soloist at the beginning of the season 2007/2008 and dances as a First Soloist since the beginning of the season 2011/12.

Debuts 2007/2008
Hilarion in Giselle (Ballett und Wildnis)
Caliban in Der Sturm (Mannes), creation
Ebony Concerto (J. Cranko)
Cambio d´abito (S. Sandroni), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2010/2011
Detective in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)
Pan in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Tom thumb in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)

Debut 2011/2012
Paco in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
The Knifethrower in The Girl and the Knifethrower (S. Sandroni)
2. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)

Debut 2012/2013
Joker in Choreartium (L. Massine)
3. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
Epimetheus in Helden (T. Kohler)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), creation

Debut 2013/2014
Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)

1. Pas de deux Herr


Cyril Pierre.©Sascha Kletzsch
Cyril Pierre

Principal dancer

Cyril Pierre was born in Nancy, France, and trained at the Conservatoire of his native town, before joining Serge Golovine's class at the Ballet School of the Opéra National de Paris.
Having graduated, he was engaged at Roland Petit's Ballet National de Marseille, where he was promoted to first solist in 1990 and to étoile (Principal) in 1992. Four years later, Helgi Tomasson invited him to join the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer. His San Francisco repertory included all major classical roles, as well as contemporary creations by Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka and others.

Together with his partner Lucia Lacarra he joined the Bavarian State Ballet as a Principal Dancer in autumn 2002, dancing such important roles as Onegin, Prince Siegfried (Swanlake) and Abderakhman (Raymonda) in his very first Munich season.

During season 2003-04, he enlarged his repertoire with Günther in John Neumeier's Nutcracker, Oberon/Theseus in Neumeier's Midsummer Night's Dream and Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty (Marius Petipa/Ivan Liška).

As a guest dancer, Cyril appears on stages world wide, in full performances (Berlin, Prague, Naples, Milan), as well as in galas, mostly together with his partner Lucia Lacarra.

Debut 2004/2005
Romeo und Mercutio in Romeo und Julia (J. Cranko)
Gaston in Die Kameliendame (J.Neumeier)
Black Cake (H. van Manen)
Bella Figura (J. Kylián)
Agon (G. Balanchine)
Solor in La Bayadère (P.Bart)

Debut 2005/2006
Baron Ochs in The Silver Rose/Die silberne Rose (G. Murphy), creation
Century Rolls (D. Bombana), creation
Hilarion in Giselle (P. Wright)

Debut 2006/2007
Prinz Albrecht in Giselle (P. Wright)

Debut 2006/2007
Lankedem and Birbanto in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa, I. Liška)

Debut 2007/2008
Prospero in Der Sturm (J. Mannes)
Große Fuge (H. van Manen)
Adagio Hammerklavier (H. van Manen)

Debut 2008/2009
Vater in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier)
Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Shariar in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Center Man in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Abderakham in Raymonda (M. Petipa)
Freund der Ballerina des 20. Jahrhunderts in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)

Debut 2010/2011
Tsar in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)
Pas de deux in Artifact (W. Forsythe)
Man 1 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Prince Leopold in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Don Quijote in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
El Trianero, Matador in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Man in Song of the Earth (K. MacMillan)
The Fiancé in Las Hermanas (K. MacMillan)
Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton)


Debut 2012/2013
1. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)
The Moor in The Moor's Pavane (José Limón)
Partner der Primaballerina und Pas de deux in Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)

Debut 2013/2014
Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Zettel in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
The Wise One in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)


Paar 2 Frau


Stephanie Hancox Foto: S. Kletzsch
Stephanie Hancox
Soloist

Stephanie Hancox was born in Australia and started her training at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney. In January 2001, Stephanie came to Munich to complete her training at Ballett-Akademie/Heinz-Bosl-Foundation. Among others she danced the Corsaire-Pas de deux, in Paquita, in Light Fandango (Robert North) as well as a solo in In the Future (Hans van Manen).

In September 2003 she became member of the Bavarian State Ballet. In season 2004/2005 she danced in Forsythe’s Limb´s Theorem and Hans van Manen’s Black Cake.
She was promoted to soloist in the season 2008/2009.

Debut 2007/2008:
Solo-Ariel in Der Sturm (Mannes)
Solo variation in Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett (Balanchine)
Cambio d´abito (S. Sandroni), creation

Debut 2008/2009
Sister in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier)
Aurora in Once Upon An Ever After (T. Kohler)
Prudence in Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation
Henriette in Raymonda (Petipa/Barra)

Debut 2009/2010
Giselle in Giselle - Mats Ek (M. Ek)
Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan (F. Ashton)

Debut 2010/2011
Woman 2 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Solo in Pas Fabergè 3rd Act in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Pas de Six in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Lady of the Street in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)

Debut 2011/2012
Marie's arty aunt/ "The Beauty of Granada" in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Fairy Variation in The Sleeping Beauty (I. Liska after M. Petipa)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Whore in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Sommer 2012
Gala für Tanya Pearson Taming-Pas de deux, Gala Version

Debut 2012/2013
1. and 2. Shade Variation in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
Broken Fall (R. Maliphant)
4. Variation in Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), creation
Hostess in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)

Debut 2013/2014
The Chosen One in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)

2. Pas de deux Frau


Evgenia Dolmatova © Sascha Kletzsch
Evgenia Dolmatova
Soloist

Evgenia Dolmatova was born in Lida, Belarus. She trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. In 2005 she joined the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg where she performed in nearly every classical ballet like La Sylphide, Giselle, La Bayadère, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Anna Karenina, Shéhérazade, The Fire Bird, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, La Valse, Cinderella, Don Quixote, amongst others. Furthermore she took part in tours all over Europe, the USA and Japan.

Evgenia Dolmatova joined the Bavarian State Ballet at the Soloist rank in August 2012.

Debut 2012/2013
3. Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
3. Shadow variation in La Bayadère (M. Petipa / P. Bart)
2. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)
3. Variation in Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
BIPED (M. Cunningham)

Debut 2013/2014
Gamzatti in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/ P. Bart)

Paar 2 Herr


Dustin Klein.©Sascha Kletzsch
Dustin Klein
Corps de ballet

Dustin Klein was born in Landsberg am Lech/Germany, where he started his ballet training. Then he joined the classes of Professor Heinz Manniegel in Munich and the Jaga Antony Ballet School in Luxemburg. He completed his dance training at the Royal Ballet School in London and joined the Ballett der Deutschen Oper am Rhein for the seasons 2006 to 2008.

She joined the Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in 2008.


Debut 2011/2012
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Valet in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)

Debut 2012/2013
Unitxt (R. Siegal), Creation

Debut 2013/2014
Broken Fall (R. Maliphant), Creation
Russian Hip-Hopper in The Girl and the Knifethrower (S. Sandroni)

2. Pas de deux Herr


Maxim Chashchegorov
First Soloist

Maxim Chashchegorov, born in Russia, received his dance education at the Ballet Academy in St Petersburg. Directly after his graduation he became a member of the corps de ballet from the Marijinsky Theatre and started soon to impersonate bigger roles as the prince Siegfried / Rotbart in Swanlake, Blue bird in Sleeping Beauty, and was for example to see in more modern roles like Four Temperaments (G. Balanchine) and different choreographies of William Forsythe.

After his guest-performance as Blue Bird in spring 2007, he now is engaged as a soloist of the Bavarian State Ballet from the season 2007/2008 on. Since 2009/2010 he is a first Soloist.

Debut 2007/2008
Pas de six and Spanish Dance in Swanlake (R. Barra)
Pas de deux in the second movement of Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett (G. Balanchine)
White Couple in Katalyse (J. Cranko)
Alonso in The Tempest (J. Mannes)

Debut 2008/2009
Ghost Birds in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier)
Count Paris in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Athlet in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Benno in Swanlake (R. Barra)
Des Grieux in Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier)
Bernard in Raymonda (M. Petipa)

Debut 2009/2010
Bernard de Ventadour in Raymonda (M. Petipa)
Pas de deux 2 in Artifact (W. Forsythe)
The Russian soloist in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)
Aus Holbergs Zeit (J. Cranko), Pas de deux

Debut 2010/2011
First Soloist in Série Noire - a choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)
Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Prince Désiré in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Eduardo in Don Quijote (R. Barra nach M. Petipa, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
El Trianero, Matador in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
First Soloist in Scènes de ballet (F. Ashton)
Günther in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
The Man in the Shadows in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
2. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)
Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)

Debut 2012/2013
4. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Solor, a warrior in La Bayadère (Marius Petipa, Patrice Bart)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)

Paar 3 Frau


Mai Kono. ©Sascha Kletzsch
Mai Kono
Soloist

Mai Kono, born in Japan, started her dance education at the Hitomi Kikuchi Ballet Studio, and completed it at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in Munich. During her young career she already won different kind of dance awards, such as the NBA Ballet Competition of Japan 2004, the Saitama Dance Competition of Japan 2005 and in 2007 she received the audience award at the Prix de Lausanne.

She was promoted to a Soloist at the beginning of the season 2011/12.

Debut 2010/2011
Chloé in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Fairy Variation and Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Amor in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Rocio in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
"The Chinese Bird" in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Voices of Spring (F. Ashton)


Debut 2012/2013
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
5. Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Pandora in Helden (T. Kohler)
BIPED (M. Cunningham)

Debut 2013/2014
2. shade-variation in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/ P. Bart)
Woman in Love in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)

3. Pas de deux Frau


Lucia Lacarra © Sascha Kletzsch
Lucia Lacarra
Principal dancer 

Lucia Lacarra, born in San Sebastián, knew from earliest childhood that she was born to be a ballerina. Whenever she saw pictures of the ballet school in Monte Carlo, sponsored by Grace Kelly, she cried because she still had no chance to dance. It was only when in her small Basque hometown a studio was opened that she was able to begin with lessons. She was ten at that time. Soon she was sent to a summer course directed by Rosella Hightower. There Lucia´s mother was strongly advised to support her daughter's obvious talent. So she was sent to San Sebastián to Mentxu Medel who worked with Lucia for three years in a completely unselfish way to prepare her for the audition to Victor Ullate´s school in Madrid. Already in her second year there she was given a contract to the Ballet de Victor Ullate. She was just fifteen when she danced Balanchine´s Allegro Brillante. In the course of four seasons this was followed by Concerto Barocco, Fokine´s Les Sylphides, four works by Hans van Manen, Nils Christe´s Before Nightfall, as well as four pieces by her mentor Ullate who gave her the necessary self-confidence.

In 1994 she joined Roland Petit´s Ballets de Marseille as principal. Petit immediately entrusted her with the role of Esmeralda, with Patrick Dupont as her partner, in Notre Dame de Paris, replacing Dominique Khalfouni. From Roland Petit she learned above all to always be emotionally present on stage and she felt that in this company everything was danced in a somewhat more classical style. Within three years she danced the leading roles in seven ballets by Roland Petit, four of which were created on her, most notably Angélique in Le Guépard and, as partner of Nicolas Le Riche, in the famous Le Jeune homme et la Mort. In her pursuit of classicism she then decided to join the San Francisco Ballet. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson she could dance Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty for the first time, i.e. some of the classical roles that a young ballerina has to master. The Cage, In the Night and Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins became part of her repertoire, as well as six Balanchine ballets, from Serenade to Jewels, and Victor Gsovsky´s Grand Pas Classique, three ballets by Helgi Tomasson, MacMillian´s The Invitation, van Manen´s Black Cake, Nacho Duato´s Without Words, Roland Petit´s L'Arlésienne and Desdemona in Lar Lubovitch´s contemporary Othello.

Lucia Lacarra has joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett with the 2002/2003 season in order to return towards the leading European choreographers. In the course of the first three months in Munich she danced Raymonda, Tatjana and Odette/Odile as well as the third pas de deux of In the Night, always together with her partner of many years, Cyril Pierre who has also joined the company as principal. Together they are guests in the big theatres around the world. She also danced in Portrait John Neumeier in Jupiter Symphony and In the Blue Garden. In the autumn 2003 she danced Louise in John Neumeier's The Nutcracker as well as Titania/Hippolyta in his A Midsummer Night's Dream and the title role in Ivan Liška's new production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Lucia Lacarra was awarded with the Prix Nijinsky in Monte Carlo in December 2002, followed by the Prix Benois which she won in Moskau in April 2003. She was nominated in 2004 and 2005 for the Merkur Theaterpreis in Munich. In November 2005 she was awarded with the Spanish Premio Nacional de Danza 2005. This prize, endowed with 30.000,- Euro is one of the highest awards the Spanish government gives out. In 2007 she was announced honorary citizen and cultural messenger of her home town San Sebastián. In 2008, she was awarded the honorary title "Kammertänzerin" by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture.

Debut 2003/2004
Marguerite in Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier)
Brahms-Schoenberg Quartett (G. Balanchine)
the second detail (W. Forsythe)

Debut 2004/2005
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Five Tangos (H. van Manen)
Black Cake (H. van Manen), 3rd pas de deux
Agon (G. Balanchine)
Nikija in La Bayadère (P. Bart)

Debut 2005/2006
Sophie in The Silver Rose (G. Murphy),creation
Century Rolls (D. Bombana), creation

Debut 2006/2007
Giselle (P. Wright)
Medora in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
The Woman in Song of the Earth  (K. MacMillan)

Debut 2007/2008
Ariel in Der Sturm (J. Mannes), creation
Violakonzert/II (M. Schläpfer), creation
Adagio Hammerklavier (H. v. Manen)
Legende (J. Cranko), Pas de deux

Debut 2008/2009
Zobeide in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Odette in Once Upon An Ever After
(T. Kohler), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Pas de deux 1 in Artifact (W. Forsythe)
The French Ballerina in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)

Debut 2010/2011
The Old Men and Me (H. van Manen)
Princess Natalia in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2011/2012
Dulcinea in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Princess Odette in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
The Oldest Sister in Las Hermanas (K. MacMillan)
3. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)

Debut 2012/2013
Solo-Girl 2. suit in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Broken Fall (R. Maliphant)

Debut 2013/2014
Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Spiral Pass (R. Maliphant)

Paar 3 Herr


Karen Azatyan.©Sascha Kletzsch
Karen Azatyan
First Soloist

Karen Azatyan, born in Armenia, started his dance education at the Yerevan Dancing Art State College and completed it in 2007 at the Dance Academy in Zurich. During his time in Zurich he received the second price at the competition “Tanz Olymp Berlin 2005” in the category classic variation and in the same year the Prix de Lausanne scholarship and won the young promising dancer award of the international ballet competition Varna in 2006.

From the season 2007/2008 on, he has joined the Bavarian State Ballet as a member of the Corps de ballet and was promoted to a Soloist in autumn 2010. With the beginning of the season 2012/13 Karen Azatyan became First Soloist.

Debut 2007/2008
Sebastian and Antonio in The Tempest (J. Mannes)

Debut 2008/2009
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Athlet in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)

Debut 2010/2011
Albrecht in Once Upon an Ever After (T. Kohler)
Daphnis in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Count Alexander in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Basilio in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Fritz in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa / I. Liška)
Voices of Spring-Pas de deux (F. Ashton)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Pas de six and Russian dance in Swan Lake (R. Barra)

Debut 2012/2013
Golden Idol in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
4. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
Prometheus in Heroes (T. Kohler)

Debut 2013/2014
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), creation

3. Pas de deux Herr


Lukas Slavický Foto: S. Kletzsch
Lukáš Slavický

Principal dancer

Lukáš Slavický was born in Prague and received his training at the conservatory where his father Jaroslav Slavický is director of the dance department. Since both his parents were ballet dancers dance was in his blood from boyhood and he very soon attracted attention. While still a student he danced solo parts in Nutcracker and La Fille mal gardée. When the school guested at the theatre in Brno he danced the Don Quixote pas de deux. For this and many other performances he chose Zuzana Zahradníková as his partner and together they came to Munich in 1999, Zuzana as apprentice and Lukáš as corps de ballet dancer.

In 1997 Lukáš Slavický won the first prize at the ballet competition in Vienna, was in the finals of the Prix de Lausanne in 1998 and was awarded the third prize at the Nureyev competition in Budapest the same year, and again, one year later, in Nagoya, Japan. Even before his first professional engagement he was invited to dance at galas, e.g. in 1997 and 1998 in Ludwigsburg for the Birgit-Keil-Foundation, and again at the gala on the occasion of the award of the German Tanzpreis to Birgit Keil. In 1999 he appeared at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow with the Jeune Ballet de France and at the Nureyev memorial gala in Budapest.

Since the season 1999/2000 Lukáš Slavický has been a member of the Bavarian State Ballet. Even in his first year in the corps de ballet he was given small solo parts, e.g. in the pas de six in Giselle and as Bird-Spirit in A Cinderella Story by Neumeier. At the beginning of the 2000/2001 season he made his debut as Romeo in John Cranko’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and as Prince in Neumeier’s A Cinderella Story, in both cases as partner of Anna Villadolid. The same season Lucinda Childs created one of the leads in her Händel/Corelli for him. In December 2001 he danced Jean de Brienne in Raymonda for the first time and danced in Balanchine’s Brahms-Schönberg Quartett as well a created role in Jacopo Godani’s After Dark. With the beginning of the 2002/2003 season he was appointed first soloist and in 2003/2004 he was appointed principal.

In May 2003, he received the Prix Benois in the category “best male dancer”.

In 2002/2003 he danced Basilio in Don Quijote (Ray Barra), Lenski in Onegin (John Cranko), After Dark (Jacopo Godani), Lysander in Ein Sommernachtstraum (John Neumeier) und Solo in Jupiter-Sinfonie (John Neumeier).

Debut 2003/2004
Günther in Nutcracker (J. Neumeier,)
Prinz Désiré and Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Bridegroom in Svadebka (J. Kylián)
Apartment (M. Ek)
Brahms-Schönberg Quartett (G. Balanchine) the second detail (W. Forsythe)

Debut 2004/2005
Limb`s Theorem (W. Forsythe)
Agon
(G. Balanchine)
Five Tangos (H. van Manen)
Solo (H. van Manen)

Debut 2005/2006
Ricercare (I. Liška), creation for the Terpsichore-Gala V
Octavian in The silver rose (G. Muphy), creation
Century Rolls (D. Bombana)
My way (S. Toss)

Debut 2006/2007
Konrad in Le Corsaire (M.Petipa, I.Liška)

Debut 2007/2008
Ferdinand in Der Sturm (J. Mannes), creation
Große Fuge (H. van Manen)
Aus Holbergs Zeit (J. Cranko)
Adagio Hammerklavier (H. van Manen)

Debuts 2008/2009
Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Mercutio in Romeo und Juliet (J. Cranko)
Golden Slave in Shéhérazade (M.Fokine)
Armand and Gaston Rieux in Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Hilarion in Giselle - Mats Ek (M. Ek)

Debut 2010/2011
Man 2 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Petruccio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Count Alexander in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2011/2012
Basilio in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Voices of Spring (F. Ashton)
The Eternal One in Song of the Earth (K. MacMillan)
1. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Colas in La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton)

Debut 2012/2013
Solor in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
1. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
The Moor's friend in The Moor's Pavane (José Limón)
Prometheus in Helden (T. Kohler)
Der König in Illusionen - wie Schwanensee (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2013/2014
Konzert für Violine und Orchester (A. Barton)


Paar 4 Frau


Zuzana Zahradníková Foto: S. Kletzsch
Zuzana Zahradníková.
First soloist

Zuzana Zahrdaníková was born in Olomouc (Moravia) and trained at the Prague Conservatory. At competitions in Vienna and Budapest she became finalist and danced in several gala-performances. After being an apprentice in season 1999-2000, she joined the Bavarian State Ballet one year later as a corps de ballet dancer. In autum 2004, Zuzana Zahradníková was promoted to soloist, in 2007/2008 to first soloist. Her repertory includes solo roles in La Bayadère (P. Bart), Don Quichote, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (G. Balanchine), the second detail and Limb´s Theorem (W. Forsythe), as well as the White Lady in Raymonda (R. Barra), Helena in Neumeier’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the fiancée in Kyliáns Svadebka.
She was promoted to first soloist at the beginning of the season 2007/2008.

Debut 2005/2006
Solopartie in Century Rolls (D. Bombana), creation
Myrtha in Giselle (P. Wright)

Debut 2006/2007
Odaliske in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Solopartie in Chamber Symphony (L. Childs)

Debut 2007/2008
Solo-Ariel in Der Sturm (J. Mannes)
Große Fuge (H. van Manen)
White Couple in Katalyse (J. Cranko)

Debut 2008/2009
Sister in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier)
Odaliske in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Prudence in Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), Kreation

Debut 2009/2010
Lady of the House in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)

Debut 2010/2011
Madame Larina in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Fleur de Farine Fairy and Duchess in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Lady of the Street in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Queen Mother in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2011/2012
Frau Konsulin Stahlbaum/ "La fille du Pharao" in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
1. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)

Debut 2012/2013
Gamzatti in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
2. Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), Creation

Debut 2013/2014
Girl with Crown in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)

1. Pas de trois Frau


Mai Kono. ©Sascha Kletzsch
Mai Kono
Soloist

Mai Kono, born in Japan, started her dance education at the Hitomi Kikuchi Ballet Studio, and completed it at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in Munich. During her young career she already won different kind of dance awards, such as the NBA Ballet Competition of Japan 2004, the Saitama Dance Competition of Japan 2005 and in 2007 she received the audience award at the Prix de Lausanne.

She was promoted to a Soloist at the beginning of the season 2011/12.

Debut 2010/2011
Chloé in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Fairy Variation and Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Amor in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Rocio in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
"The Chinese Bird" in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Voices of Spring (F. Ashton)


Debut 2012/2013
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
5. Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Pandora in Helden (T. Kohler)
BIPED (M. Cunningham)

Debut 2013/2014
2. shade-variation in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/ P. Bart)
Woman in Love in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)

Paar 4 Herr


Lukas Slavický Foto: S. Kletzsch
Lukáš Slavický

Principal dancer

Lukáš Slavický was born in Prague and received his training at the conservatory where his father Jaroslav Slavický is director of the dance department. Since both his parents were ballet dancers dance was in his blood from boyhood and he very soon attracted attention. While still a student he danced solo parts in Nutcracker and La Fille mal gardée. When the school guested at the theatre in Brno he danced the Don Quixote pas de deux. For this and many other performances he chose Zuzana Zahradníková as his partner and together they came to Munich in 1999, Zuzana as apprentice and Lukáš as corps de ballet dancer.

In 1997 Lukáš Slavický won the first prize at the ballet competition in Vienna, was in the finals of the Prix de Lausanne in 1998 and was awarded the third prize at the Nureyev competition in Budapest the same year, and again, one year later, in Nagoya, Japan. Even before his first professional engagement he was invited to dance at galas, e.g. in 1997 and 1998 in Ludwigsburg for the Birgit-Keil-Foundation, and again at the gala on the occasion of the award of the German Tanzpreis to Birgit Keil. In 1999 he appeared at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow with the Jeune Ballet de France and at the Nureyev memorial gala in Budapest.

Since the season 1999/2000 Lukáš Slavický has been a member of the Bavarian State Ballet. Even in his first year in the corps de ballet he was given small solo parts, e.g. in the pas de six in Giselle and as Bird-Spirit in A Cinderella Story by Neumeier. At the beginning of the 2000/2001 season he made his debut as Romeo in John Cranko’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and as Prince in Neumeier’s A Cinderella Story, in both cases as partner of Anna Villadolid. The same season Lucinda Childs created one of the leads in her Händel/Corelli for him. In December 2001 he danced Jean de Brienne in Raymonda for the first time and danced in Balanchine’s Brahms-Schönberg Quartett as well a created role in Jacopo Godani’s After Dark. With the beginning of the 2002/2003 season he was appointed first soloist and in 2003/2004 he was appointed principal.

In May 2003, he received the Prix Benois in the category “best male dancer”.

In 2002/2003 he danced Basilio in Don Quijote (Ray Barra), Lenski in Onegin (John Cranko), After Dark (Jacopo Godani), Lysander in Ein Sommernachtstraum (John Neumeier) und Solo in Jupiter-Sinfonie (John Neumeier).

Debut 2003/2004
Günther in Nutcracker (J. Neumeier,)
Prinz Désiré and Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Bridegroom in Svadebka (J. Kylián)
Apartment (M. Ek)
Brahms-Schönberg Quartett (G. Balanchine) the second detail (W. Forsythe)

Debut 2004/2005
Limb`s Theorem (W. Forsythe)
Agon
(G. Balanchine)
Five Tangos (H. van Manen)
Solo (H. van Manen)

Debut 2005/2006
Ricercare (I. Liška), creation for the Terpsichore-Gala V
Octavian in The silver rose (G. Muphy), creation
Century Rolls (D. Bombana)
My way (S. Toss)

Debut 2006/2007
Konrad in Le Corsaire (M.Petipa, I.Liška)

Debut 2007/2008
Ferdinand in Der Sturm (J. Mannes), creation
Große Fuge (H. van Manen)
Aus Holbergs Zeit (J. Cranko)
Adagio Hammerklavier (H. van Manen)

Debuts 2008/2009
Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Mercutio in Romeo und Juliet (J. Cranko)
Golden Slave in Shéhérazade (M.Fokine)
Armand and Gaston Rieux in Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Hilarion in Giselle - Mats Ek (M. Ek)

Debut 2010/2011
Man 2 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Petruccio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Count Alexander in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2011/2012
Basilio in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Voices of Spring (F. Ashton)
The Eternal One in Song of the Earth (K. MacMillan)
1. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Colas in La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton)

Debut 2012/2013
Solor in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
1. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
The Moor's friend in The Moor's Pavane (José Limón)
Prometheus in Helden (T. Kohler)
Der König in Illusionen - wie Schwanensee (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2013/2014
Konzert für Violine und Orchester (A. Barton)


1. Pas de trois Herr 1


Léonard Engel.©Sascha Kletzsch
Léonard Engel
Soloist

Léonard Engel was born in Mulhouse / France and was trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School. In his last year at the Ballet Academy he danced in Cinderella at the Paris Opera Ballet. Then he got engaged for three seasons at the Victor Ullate Ballet Madrid.

He was engaged from the Bavarian State Ballet in the season 2008/2009 as a member of the Corps de ballet and promoted to Soloist rank in July 2012.

Debut 2010/2011
Pan in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
1. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)

Debut 2011/2012
Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
1. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)

Debut 2012/2013
The Moor in The Moor's Pavane (José Limón)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), Creation

Debut 2013/2014
Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)

1. Pas de trois Herr 2


Javier Amo Gonzalez.©Sascha Kletzsch
Javier Amo
First Soloist

Javier Amo was born in Bilbao, started training at the Jon Beitia School in his home town and completed his dance education at the John-Cranko-School in Stuttgart.
In 1999 he joined the Stuttgarter Ballet and danced all important productions of the classical and modern repertoire including several solo parts like Balanchine's Symphony in C, Marguerite Donlon's Somewhere Between Remembering and Forgetting, Daniela Kurz's, Paper Scissor Stone, Christian Spuck's Nocturne, Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering, Hans van Manen's Grosse Fuge, as well as Benvolio in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet.

Since autumn 2005 Javier Amo has been a corps de ballet member of the Bavarian State Ballet. He was promoted to Soloist at the beginning of the season 2007/2008 and to first Soloist in the season 2009/2010.

Debut 2005/2006
Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Limbs Theorem (W. Forsythe)
Pas de six in Giselle (P. Wright)
Grand Pas and male variation in Raymonda (R. Barra)

Debut 2006/2007
Solo (H. van Manen)
Pas de six and russian dance in Swanlake (R. Barra)
Song of the earth (K. MacMillan)
Birbanto in Le Corsaire (I. Liška, M. Petipa)
Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)

Debut 2007/2008
Ferdinand in Der Sturm (J. Mannes)
Große Fuge (H. van Manen)

Debut 2008/2009
Ghost Birds in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier)
Athlet in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Benno in Swan Lake (R. Barra)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation
Béranger in Raymonda (M. Petipa)
Solo (H. van Manen)

Debut 2009/2010
Albrecht in Giselle - Mats Ek (M. Ek)
Chaconne (J. Limón)

Debut 2010/2011
French Soloist in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)
Lenski in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Cavalier in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Pas de Six in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Pepe in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
El Trianero, Matador in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
1. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins

Debut 2012/2013
3. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), Creation

Debut 2013/2014
Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
A Young Man in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)

2. Pas de trois Frau


Gözde Özgür.©Sascha Kletzsch
Gözde Özgür
Soloist

Gözde Özgür was born in Ankara/Turkey and was trained at the State Conservatorium Ankara. At the age of 15 she joined the Ballet Academy Zürich, where she received her diploma in 2008.

She joined the Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in the season 2008/2009.
She danced a solo variation in Jiří Kylián's creation Zugvögel.
She was promoted to a Soloist since the beginning of the season 2011/12.

Debut 2009/2010
Girl in grey in Les Biches (B. Nijinski)
Giselle in Giselle - Mats Ek (M. Ek)
Cello in Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness (N. Duato)

Debut 2010/2011
Amor in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Nieves in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Fairy Variation in The Sleeping Beauty (I. Liska after M. Petipa)

Debut 2012/2013
2. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)
The friend's wife in The Moor's Pavane (J. Limón)
4. Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Marie in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
1. Variation in Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)

2. Pas de trois Herr 1


Karen Azatyan.©Sascha Kletzsch
Karen Azatyan
First Soloist

Karen Azatyan, born in Armenia, started his dance education at the Yerevan Dancing Art State College and completed it in 2007 at the Dance Academy in Zurich. During his time in Zurich he received the second price at the competition “Tanz Olymp Berlin 2005” in the category classic variation and in the same year the Prix de Lausanne scholarship and won the young promising dancer award of the international ballet competition Varna in 2006.

From the season 2007/2008 on, he has joined the Bavarian State Ballet as a member of the Corps de ballet and was promoted to a Soloist in autumn 2010. With the beginning of the season 2012/13 Karen Azatyan became First Soloist.

Debut 2007/2008
Sebastian and Antonio in The Tempest (J. Mannes)

Debut 2008/2009
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2009/2010
Athlet in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)

Debut 2010/2011
Albrecht in Once Upon an Ever After (T. Kohler)
Daphnis in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Count Alexander in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Basilio in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Fritz in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa / I. Liška)
Voices of Spring-Pas de deux (F. Ashton)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Pas de six and Russian dance in Swan Lake (R. Barra)

Debut 2012/2013
Golden Idol in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)
4. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
Prometheus in Heroes (T. Kohler)

Debut 2013/2014
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), creation

2. Pas de trois Herr 2


Ilia Sarkisov Foto: S. Kletzsch
Ilia Sarkisov
Soloist

Ilia Sarkisov was born in Moscow and trained in Israel. At the age of 16 he came to Munich to study at the Ballet Academy/Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung.

He joined the Bavarian State Ballet in season 2004-05 as an apprentice. He received the Bavarian State Award for promising talents in the Performing Arts in autumn 2004. He joined the Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in the season 2005/2006 and was promoted to s Soloist at the beginning of the season 2011/12.

Debut 2006/2007
Tom thumb in The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa, Liška)

Debut 2007/2008
The Golden Idol in La Bayadère (Petipa, Bart)
Cambio d´abito (S. Sandroni), creation

Debut 2008/2009
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), creation

Debut 2010/2011
Sancho Pansa in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Fritz/ "The Dancing Lieutenants" in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Russian Hip-hopper in The Girl and the Knifethrower (S. Sandroni)
2. Pas de trois in Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Alain in La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton)

Debut 2012/2013
Joker in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Epimetheus in Heroes (T. Kohler)

Debut 2013/2014
Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), creation