La Bayadère - Biographies

Marius Petipa: La Bayadère La Bayadère. Ekaterina Petina. ©Wilfried Hösl Marius Petipa: La Bayadère

La Bayadère

Patrice Bart, Marius Petipa

Music by Ludwig Minkus


Munich Opera Festival 2013
Sunday, 30. June 2013


Marius Petipa


Patrice Bart
Patrice Bart
Patrice Bart is a French choreographer and was ballet-master and member of the Board of Ballet at the Opéra National de Paris until 2011. He has been connected with this theatre for over fifty years now. This is where his career began and this is where he won international acclaim.
Patrice Bart was born in Paris. He was twelve years old when he took his first steps and joined the École de Danse of the Opéra National de Paris, and just two years later he joined the theatre’s corps de ballet. He was then not yet fifteen, and so he had to obtain special permission to work. In 1963 Patrice Bart was made a coryphée and won the René Blum Prize for talented young French dancers for his achievements. As a first soloist of the Opéra de Paris, in 1969 he was a prize-winner at the I International Ballet Competition in Moscow, where he performed with Francesca Zumbo.
In 1972 Patrice Bart was awarded the honorary French title of 'danseur étoile', while in 1974 he won the Prix Nijinski, which is presented by Paris’ Université de la Danse.

Patrice Bart's repertoire at the Opéra de Paris included lead roles in the ballets The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Pétrouchka, Prodigal Son, Serge Lifar's Constellations (1969), Roland Petit's Mouvances (1976), Kenneth MacMillan's Métaboles (1978) and Rudolf Nureyev's production of Swan Lake (as Rothbart, 1984). Bart won acclaim as a brilliant virtuoso dancer (the pas de six in Auguste Bournonville's Napoli and the soloist in Arthur Saint-Léon's La Vivandière) and as a wonderful partner (Balanchine's Symphony in C and Le Corsaire), as well as an artist with an unexpected gift for comedy (Pierre Lacotte's version of Coppélia after Saint-Léon and Heinz Spoerli's La Fille mal gardée).
Patrice Bart's career as a dancer came to an end in 1986, but for a few more years he appeared on stage in character roles. At this time he also started coaching with the company's younger performers, and in 1987 became its ballet-master.

Patrice Bart has won acclaim for his active support of high standards and the preservation of the great traditions of the ballet company of the Opéra National de Paris. In 1991 together with Yevgeny Polyakov he prepared a classical version of the ballet Giselle to mark one hundred and fifty years since the work's premiere.
In 1992 Patrice Bart was Rudolf Nureyev's assistant on his production of the ballet La Bayadère at the Opéra National de Paris.
In 1993 Patrice Bart made his debut as a choreographer at the Berliner Staatsoper with a new production of the ballet Don Quixote, and in 1995 he staged this work with the Finnish National Ballet. In 1996 Patrice Bart staged productions of Giselle at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Coppélia at the Opéra National de Paris. In 1997 the choreographer created a new version of Swan Lake at the Berliner Staatsoper and in 1998 a new and completed version of Petipa's La Bayadère for the Bayerische Staatsballett in Munich.
In 1999 Patrice Bart staged a production of Verdiana, his own first original ballet to music from operas by Giuseppe Verdi, and he also staged The Nutcracker with the Staatsballett Berlin. In 2001 Patrice Bart set the ballet Verdiana for the Teatro Comunale in Florence. In 2002 at the Staatsballett Berlin the choreographer staged a production of his own version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, while in 2003 he presented yet another new ballet at the Opéra de Paris – La Petite danseuse de Degas to new music by Denis Levaillant. His next ballet was to be Tchaikovsky, staged in 2005 for the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, while in 2008 the Swedish Royal Ballet invited Bart to stage the grandiose historic production Gustav III to music by Carl Maria von Weber and Joseph Martin Kraus.

Before accepting Waldemar Dombrowski's invitation to stage his new ballet Chopin, the Romantic Artist in Warsaw for the Polish National Ballet, Patrice Bart returned to Berlin, where in 2009 he staged the ballet Das Flammende Herz to music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy about the English romantic poet Percy Shelley.
Patrice Bart holds several honorary French titles, among them Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite and Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.

Set and Costumes

Tomio Mohri


Maurizio Montobbio
Maurizio Montobbio
Geboren am 10. Juni 1957 in Genua, ausgebildet in den USA. Arbeitet für Oper, Schauspiel und Tanz. U.a. Opéra Paris, Mailänder Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin. Häufiger Lichtdesigner für Patrice Bart und den kanadischen Choreographen Jean Grand-Maitre. In München bislang Lightdesign für La Bayadère, Ecclesia und Emma B.. Als Beleuchtungschef auch mehrere Jahre lang verantwortlich für die europäischen Vorstellungen von Mikhail Baryschnikow und seinem White Oak Dance Project.

Musical Arrangement

Maria Babanina Foto: Sascha Kletzsch
Maria Babanina


Maria Babanina was born in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) on July 2nd, 1952. She studied the piano and musicology at the Leningrad Conservatory and specialised in historic research of ballet music. She taught at the Waganowa Academy, worked as music coach at the Maly Theatre in St. Petersburg and became pianist with the Kirov Ballet in 1978. Since September 1990 she has been pianist for the Bayerische Staatsballett and performed on stage, too, e.g. in Trois Gnossiennes, Other Dances , Songs without words, Zakouski, Jerome Robbins’ In the Night, and, most recently Hans van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier. She has been responsible for the musical research and new music arrangements of the score for La Bayadère as well as for the musical arrangement of Ray Barra’s Raymonda and Le Corsaire (Liska/Petipa) for the Bavarian State Ballet.

Maria Babanina is chairwoman of the Alexander Glasunow foundation. 


Wolfgang Oberender. ©Sascha Kletzsch
Wolfgang Oberender

Assistant Director of Bavarian State Ballet

He studied German literature and history in Stuttgart, and opera direction in Hamburg. He was engaged as a dramatic adviser at the music theatre in Gelsenkirchen, in Essen, worked in Basel with Heinz Spoerli and in Regensburg.

Since 1992 he has been press officer and head of production at the Bavarian State Ballet. Ivan Liska promoted him - with Bettina Wagner-Bergelt - to Assistant Director.



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
Motherly Figure in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)


Ivy Amista.©Sascha Kletzsch
Ivy Amista

Ivy Amista, grew up in São Paolo, Brasil, where she achieved professional level at the Camilla Ballet School. She won the gold medal at the IX. International Seminar of Dance in Brasilia. Receiving a scholarship for the Munich Ballet Academy/Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung she came to Munich and became a member of the company of the Bavarian State Ballet in 2001.

In October of the same year she was invited by the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung to perform Paquita under the assembly of Konstanze Vernon. At the beginning of the season 2004/2005 Ivan Liška made her Soloist. She was promoted to First Soloist at the beginning of the season 2007/2008.

In autumn 2005 Ivy Amista was awarded with the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis-Dance.

As of the season 2014/15, she was promoted to Principal Dancer.

Debut 2003/2004
Pas Fabergé, Fairy Fleur de farine, Fairy Miettes qui tombent in Sleeping Beauty (M.Petipa/I. Liška)
Six Dances (J. Kylián)
Friends in Raymonda (R. Barra)
3 Solo Ladies in Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett (G. Balanchine)
Olympia in The Lady of the Camelias (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2004/2005
Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa/I. Liska)
First Shadow Variation and Nikija in La Bayadère (P. Bart)

Debut 2006/2007
Pas de six in Giselle (P. Wright)
Charlotte, fiancé of Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (R. Barra)
Odaliske and Gulnara in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa, I. Liska)
Solo in Song of the Earth (K. MacMillan)

Debut 2007/2008
Olga in Onegin (J. Cranko)
Solo-Ariel in Der Sturm (J. Mannes)
Pas de deux in the third movement of Brahms-Schönberg-Quartett (G. Balanchine)
Große Fuge (H. van Manen)
Ebony Concerto (J. Cranko)

Debut 2008/2009
Second Variation in Once Upon An Ever After (T. Kohler), creation
Lady in blue in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Manon Lescaut in Die Kameliendame (J. Neumeier)

Debut 2010/2011
Nymph in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Solo in Pas Fabergé 3rd Act in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa, I. Liška)
Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Princess Claire in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Kitri in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2011/2012
Second Dream Variation in Don Quijote (M. Petipa, new choreography by R. Barra, A. Gorski, Tradition)

Debut 2012/2013
1. Solo-Girl in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Lise in La Fille mal gardée (F. Ashton)
Gamzatti, Radscha´s daughter in La Bayadère (Marius Petipa, Patrice Bart)
2. Variation in Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)

Debut 2013/2014
1. Pas de trois and 1. Pas de deux in Goldberg-Variations (J. Robbins)
Julia in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
3. shade-variation in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/ P. Bart)
Marie in The Nutcracker (J. Neumeier)
Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)


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)


Peter Jolesch
Peter Jolesch
Character dancer / Assistant to the Ballet Director

started his training at the ballet school in Rosenheim before he joined the ballet classes of Gustav Blank and Michel de Lutry at the conservatory in Munich. In 1970 he became apprentice in the ballet company of the Bavarian State Opera and one year later was engaged as a dancer of the Corps de ballet. Further engagements led him to the London Festival Ballet and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf before he returned to Munich in 1977.
Peter Jolesch danced in more than 90 ballet productions with partners like Marcia Haydée, Eva Evdokimova and Natalia Makarova.

Still a guest dancer of the Bavarian State Ballet he appears in several character roles, such as Gremin (Onegin), Monsieur G.M. (Manon), Don Quijote and Manolo (Don Quijote), Father Lorenzo (Romeo and Juliet) and The Duke (The Lady of the Camellias).

In January 2005, he joined the staff of the Bavarian State Ballet as Assistant to the Director, being responsible - among others - for the rehearsal schedules.

Since the Bavarian State Ballet started its extended programme for children, Peter Jolesch has been active in leading workshops for children and is part of the leading team for the projects Dancing Anna and The dancing Classroom.
In 2009, Jiri Kylian created a solo variation for him in his ballet Zugvögel.


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)
The Wise One in Le Sacre du printemps (M. Wigman)


Elaine Underwood Foto: Sascha Kletzsch
Elaine Underwood
Pointe shoe administration
Character roles

Elaine Underwood was born in Northampton, Great Britain, and started her professional dance education in Newcastle-u-Lyme. She then joined the Royal Ballet School in London for two years where she received her diploma. A two-year engagement in Graz followed, first as a member of the Corps de ballet, then as soloist, before she was engaged at the Bavarian Opera Ballet by John Cranko in 1969. Here she danced for 15 years, 12 years as a soloist, and during that time participated in all ballet premieres in various roles. Her repertoire included f. ex. parts in all the works of Balanchine and Cranko that were performed by the State Ballet; she performed the Myrtha in Giselle as well as Tatjana in Onegin.
In 1984 Elaine finished her active career as a dancer, she started a retraining in office management and received a German language diploma. Since 1996 she has helped the students at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung and in 2001 she was engaged at the Bavarian State Ballet to supervise the department of ballet shoes.
In autumn 2012 she returned on stage and played the part of Aiya (Gamzatti's servant) in La Bayadère (M. Petipa/P. Bart). 

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

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

Das Goldene Idol

Ilia Sarkisov Foto: S. Kletzsch
Ilia Sarkisov
First 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. As of the season 2014/15, he was promoted to First Soloist.

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