Illusions – like Swan Lake - Biographies

Illusionen - wie Schwanensee. Daria Sukhorukova, Cyril Pierre, Ensemble. © Charles Tandy Illusionen - wie Schwanensee. Lucia Lacarra, Tigran Mikayelyan. © Wilfried Hösl Illusionen - wie Schwanensee. Ensemble. © Charles Tandy

Illusions – like Swan Lake

John Neumeier

Music by Peter I. Tschaikowsky
Nationaltheater

Saturday, 30. March 2013

Choreographie und Inszenierung


John Neumeier. ©Steven Haberland
John Neumeier
Since 1973 John Neumeier has been Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet, since 1996 he has been "Ballettintendant" (General Manager).

He was born in 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A., where he also received his first dance training. He went on to study ballet both in Copenhagen and at the Royal Ballet School in London. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Theater Studies from Marquette University, Wisconsin, where he created his first choreographic works. In 1963 he was "discovered" in London by Marcia Haydée and Ray Barra, leading John Cranko to engage him at the Stuttgart Ballet, where he progressed to solo dancer.

In 1969 Ulrich Erfurth appointed Neumeier as Director of Ballet in Frankfurt, where he soon caused a sensation. This was largely due to his new interpretations of such well-known ballets as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet  and Daphnis and Chloe. In 1973 August Everding brought him to Hamburg. Under Neumeier's direction The Hamburg Ballet became one of the leading ballet companies in the German dance scene and soon received international recognition.


Set and Costumes


Jürgen Rose


Der König


Marlon Dino © Sascha Kletzsch
Marlon Dino
Principal dancer

Marlon Dino was born in Albania and trained at the School of Choreography and Ballet in Tirana. In 1998 he joined the Genève Dance Center under the direction of David Allen. Thereafter in 2001 he danced for the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera.

He became member of the Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in 2002, where he danced a solo part in Jiří Kylián’s Six Dances. He created two choreographies within the State Ballet’s Young Choreographers Programme.
He was promoted to soloist in autumn 2005 and at the beginning of the season 2007/2008 to soloist. During the season 2009/2010 he became principal dancer.

His classical and contemporary repertoire includes the forth movement of George Balanchines Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett. In season 2004/2005 he debuted as Count Paris and Tybalt in Cranko´s Romeo and Julia and assumed an important part in Balanchine´s Agon (second pas de trois). Furthermore he danced the Gaston in the Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier), the solo in Hans van Manen´s Five Tangos and Rotbart in Swanlake (R. Barra). His first own choreography, a Pas de deux for Cheryl Wimperis and himself, was created in summer 2003 in the context of the "Jungen Choreographen". In summer 2004 followed the choreography Nimm´s wie du willst.

Debut 2003/2004
Brahms-Schoenberg Quartett (G. Balanchine)

Debut 2004/2005:
Count Paris and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Agon (G. Balanchine), second pas de trois
Gaston in Lady of the Camelias (J. Neumeier)
Solo in Five Tangos

Debut 2005/2006
Berenger in Raymonda (R. Barra)

Debut 2006/2007
Second Pas de deux in Century Rolls (D. Bombana)
Pas de six in Giselle (P. Wright)
Rotbart in Swan Lake (R. Barra)
Ali and Birbanto in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Photographer in Die Silberne Rose (G. Murphy)
Man in Song of the Earth (K. MacMillan)
Pas Fabergé in The Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa/I. Liška)
Prince Albrecht in Giselle (P. Wright) on the occasion of Ballett und Wildnis

Debut 2007/2008
Onegin in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Alonso in Der Sturm (J. Mannes), creation
Legende (J. Cranko)
Solor in La Bayadère (Bart)

Debut 2008/2009
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Siegfried in Once Upon An Ever After (T. Kohler), Kreation
Zeman in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Siegfried in Swan Lake (R. Barra)
Adagio Hammerklavier (H. v. Manen)
Jean de Brienne in Raymonda (M. Petipa)

Debut 2009/2010
The golden slave in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Armand in The Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier)
Bach in Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness (N. Duato)

Debut 2010/2011
Prince Désiré in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Petruccio in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
The Man in the Shadows in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
The King in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neuemeier)
El Trianero, Matador in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Günther in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Broken Fall (R. Maliphant)

Debut 2012/2013
Choreartium (L. Massine)
Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)

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

Prinzessin Natalia


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)

Der Mann im Schatten


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)

Odette


Daria Sukhorukova.©Sascha Kletzsch
Daria Sukhorukova
Principal dancer

Daria Sukhorukova, born in St. Petersburg, completed her dance education at the famous Waganowa academy in her home town and directly received a contract at the Marijinsky Theatre in 2001. During the six years of her carrier in Russia she got the opportunity to enlarge her repertoire with important dance parts such as the female title role of Romeo and Juliet and different kind of soli in The Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides (M. Fokine), Jewels (G. Balanchine) or La Sylphide (F. Taglioni).

In the season 2007/2008 she joined the Bavarian State Ballet as a first soloist and became a principal dancer in the season 2010/2011

Debut 2007/2008
Medora and Odaliske in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa/I. Liška)
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (R. Barra)
Pas de deux in the second movement of  Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett
Ariel in Der Sturm (J. Mannes)
Nikija in La Bayadère (Petipa, Bart)

Debut 2008/2009
Sister in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier)
Odaliske in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Adagio Hammerklavier (H. v. Manen)
Manon Lescaut in Lady of the Camelias (J. Neumeier)
Leading Nymph in L'après-midi d'un faune (V. Nijinsky)

Debut 2009/2010
Title Role in Raymonda (M. Petipa)
Woman in blue dress in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Zobéide in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)
Sylvia Pas de deux (G. Balanchine)

Debut 2010/2011
Woman 1 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Topas in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Princess Odette in Illusions - like Swanlake (J. Neumeier)
Princess Natalia in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
First Dream Variation in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Louise in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
First Soloist in Scènes de ballet (F. Ashton)

Debut 2013/2014
Hermia in a Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Choreartium (L. Massine), Creation

Prinzessin Claire


Katherina Markowskaja © Sascha Kletzsch
Katherina Markowskaja
First Soloist

Katherina Markowskaja was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she completed her training at the National Ballet Academy of Arts. As a student, she was cast in performances of the National Ballet of Kiev. At the age of sixteen, she accepted a scholarship of the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation, offered to her by Konstanze Vernon. Ms. Markowskaja graduated from the Ballet-Academy Munich and subsequently joined the Saxon State Opera Ballet Dresden under artistic director Vladimir Derevianko. She was promoted to the rank of first soloist two years later. In 1999, she received the Mary Wigman Award.

Her repertory includes, among others, classical principal roles such as Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Giselle, Kitri (Don Quijote), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew – Cranko) and Otilie (Wahlverwandtschaften – Schilling) as well as in John Neumeier's ballets Natalia and Princess Claire (Illusions – like Swan Lake), Marie (Nutcracker), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Rosalind (As you like it) and Chloé (Daphnis and Chloé).

Since 2010, she works as a freelance ballerina and trains with the Bavarian State Ballet. Since the beginning of the season 2012/13 she is a First Soloist.

Debuts in Munich 2010/2011
Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa/ I. Liška)

Debuts in Munich 2011/2012
Marie in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Voices of Spring (F. Ashton)
1. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins
3. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variationen (J. Robbins)
Lise in La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton)

Debut 2012/2013
5. Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Pandora in Helden (T. Kohler)
Unitxt (R. Siegal), Creation

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

Graf Alexander


Matej Urban.©Sascha Kletzsch
Matej Urban
First Soloist

Matej Urban was born in Prague and trained at the National Conservatorium Prague. Then he danced at the National Theatre of Prague for two seasons.

He became a member of the Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in the season 2008/2009, became Soloist in the season 2010/2011 and dances as First Solist since the beginning of the season 2011/12.

Debut 2008/2009
Sidemen in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)

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

Debut 2010/2011
Man 2 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Briaxis in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Albrecht in Once Upon an Ever After (T. Kohler)
Solo in Pas Fabergé 3rd Act in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Pas de Six in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Count Alexander in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Fernando in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
The Clown in The Girl and the Knifethrower (S. Sandroni)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
Pas der six in Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (J. Cranko)
Rotbart in Swan Lake (Ray Barra/Lew Iwanow/Marius Petipa)
Colas in La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton)
Sommer 2012
Gala for Tanya Pearson Taming-Pas de deux, Gala Version

Debut 2012/2013
Broken Fall (R. Maliphant)
1. Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
'Man in the Shadows' in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
BIPED (M. Cunningham)

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

Prinz Siegfried / Prinz Leopold


Norbert Graf.©Sascha Kletzsch
Norbert Graf
First soloist

Norbert Graf was born in Cologne (Germany) and attended a local private Ballet school for six years. He received private individual training for two years, and at the age of sixteen passed the entrance exams at the Munich Ballet Academy/Heinz-Bosl-Foundation under the directorship of Konstanze Vernon.
Directly after having obtained his diploma, he joined the Bavarian State Ballet in 1989. He took over solo parts already during his first season.

Among others he has danced Hilarion in Giselle, Paris and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The great Brahman in La Bayadère, Onegin in Onegin and various solo parts in contemporary choreographies such as Five Tangos, Trois Gnossiennes, Night, Concertante, Three Pieces, Grosse Fuge, and Lieder ohne Worte by Hans van Manen, Svadebka by Jiří Kylián, Fearful Symmetries by P. Martins, Artifact II by W. Forsythe. Albrecht in Mats Ek's Giselle and Des Grieux in The Lady of the Camellias, Teacher and Officer in Shannon Rose by J. Vamos und Tambourmajor in Woyzeck-Fragmente by D. Bombana.

He created roles in Lucinda Childs's Chamber Symphony and in Hammerklavier; Rothbart in Ray Barra’s Swan Lake and the „man with the strong heart“ in Grand-Maître`s Emma B., the father in Neumeier`s A Cinderella Story, leading parts in Forsythe`s Artifact II, The second detail, Teshigawara`s Le sacre du printemps, Mats Ek‘s Apartment and „A Sort of...“
Norbert’s most recent debuts include Forsythe’s Limb’s Theorem and Hans van Manen’s The Old Man and Me. For his creation So nah so fern, Itzik Galili created a prominent role for him.

In 2001 he worked as a choreographer for the first time, creating Loggia and Richard, of which Loggia was performed during two matinees in the National Theatre. One year later he choreographed Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and in 2003 Insections. In 2005 he created Love letters by Frida Kahlo together with Beate Vollack and a solo variation for Tigran Mikayelyan entitled Evolution. In 2007 he created Letter to Leroy to music of the American composer Andersen and in 2008 the pas de deux Avedis to premiere at the Heinz-Bosl-Matinee on November 16, 2008. In 2010 he was in charge of the new production "Whichever Way he Looks" (J. Mannes).

Norbert Graf was awarded the honorary title "Kammertänzer" by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture in spring 2008. In the same year he received the award "Classique" by the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation.

Norbert Graf is also engaged in the programme the Bavarian State Ballet offers for children and young people. 2011 he is in charge of the project "Young horses Lounge II".

He is married with the first soloist Valentina Divina. They have two sons.

Debut 2005/2006
Baron Ochs in The silver rose (G.Murphy)
Elemental (J. Godani), creation

Debut 2006/2007
Lankedem in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa/I. Liska)

Debut 2007/2008
Gremin in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Gonzalo in Der Sturm (J. Mannes), creation
Cambio d'abito (S. Sandroni), creation

Debut 2008/2009
Schah Zeman in Shéhérazade (M. Fokine)

Debut 2009/2010
Seneschal in Raymonda (M. Petipa)
P.S. Norbert Graf - Schütze, Ascendent Skorpion (S. Sandroni)
The Earl in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)
Prince Désiré in Once Upon an Ever After (T. Kohler)

Debut 2010/2011
Prince Leopold in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Bach in Multiplicity - Forms of Silence and Emptiness (N. Duato)
Camacho in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Don Quijote in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Konsul Stahlbaum/ "La fille du Pharao" in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2012/2013
Rajah in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart)

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

Die Königinmutter


Séverine Ferrolier.©Sascha Kletzsch
Séverine Ferrolier
First Soloist
Séverine Ferrolier, born in Toulon/France, was trained in the Centre de Danse Christiane Espitalier de La Valette. Having graduated, she danced with the ballet at the Opéra de Toulon, the Ballet National de Nancy under the direction of Pierre Lacotte and with the English National Ballet in London. Between 1997 and 2004 she was engaged at Leipzig Ballet under the direction of Uwe Scholz, since 2002 as a first soloist. Scholz created several parts for her, e.g. in Bruckner 8, Non, je ne regrette rien and h-Moll- Messe. She also danced Mathilde in Scholz' Le Rouge et le Noir.

In 2004 she became a member of the Bavarian State Ballet, giving her debut with the company in George Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet during the company's guest performances in Athens in June. Her Munich repertoire includes the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa/I. Liška), Olympia in Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias and prominent solo parts in Forsythe's Limb's Theorem.

Debut 2005/2006
Die Nacht, Pavlova solo (N. Legat)
Marschallin in Die silberne Rose (G.Murphy)
First and third solo in Schattenakt in La Bayadère (P. Bart)
Clémence in Raymonda (R. Barra)
Pas de quatre (L. Jacobson)

Debut 2006/2007
Second Pas de deux in Century Rolls (D. Bombana)
Charlotte, fiancé of Prince Siegfried in Swan lake (R. Barra)
Odaliske and Gulnara in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa, I. Liška)

Debut 2007/2008
Miranda in Der Sturm (J. Mannes), creation
Große Fuge (H. van Manen)
Pas de deux in the fourth movement of  Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett (G. Balanchine)
Adagio Hammerklavier (H. van Manen)
Violakonzert/II (M. Schläpfer), creation
Aus Holbergs Zeit (J. Cranko)

Debut 2008/2009
Mutter in A Cinderella Story (J. Neumeier)
Woman in Blue in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Aurora in Once Upon An Ever After (T. Kohler), creation
Marguerite in Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier)
Zugvögel (J. Kylián), Kreation
Henriette in Raymonda (M. Petipa)

Debut 2010/2011
Bathilde, Myrtha in Gisella-Mats Ek (M.Ek)
Ballerina in Série Noire - A choreographic murder mystery (T. Kohler)
Pas de deux in Artifact (W. Forsythe)
Woman 2 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Lykanion in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Lady of the Street in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
The Queen Mother in Illusions - Like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Dulcinea in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Nieves in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)
Five Brahms Waltzes In The Manner Of Isadora Duncan (F. Ashton)

Debut 2012/2013
The Moor's wife in The Moor's Pavane (José Limón)
Soloist 2. suit in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Athena Parthenos in Heroes (T. Kohler)

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