Christian Spuck

Christian Spuck is a native of Marburg, Germany since season 2012/13. After receiving his initial ballet training at the renowned John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, he embarked on his subsequent dance career with Jan Lauwers’s Needcompany and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's Rosas ensemble. He joined the Stuttgart Ballet in 1995 and was appointed choreographer-in-residence of the Stuttgart Ballet in 2001. Choreographies for the Stuttgart ballet include das siebte blau (2000), Lulu. Eine Monstretragödie (2003), Der Sandmann (2006) and Das Fräulein von S. (2012).

Christian Spuck has produced further choreographies for several renowned ballet companies in Europe and the USA. For the Royal Ballet of Flanders he created The Return of Ulysses (2006) (with guest performance at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2009) and Woyzeck (2011) for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo. His full-length ballet Die Kinder (2005) for the Aalto Ballett Theater of Essen was nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse and Leonce und Lena (2008), which also premiered in Essen, has also been incorporated into the repertoires of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Stuttgart Ballet and Ballett Zürich. His original production of Poppea//Poppea for Gauthier Dance at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart was named one of the world's ten most successful dance productions of 2010 by Dance Europe magazine and also won Germany's theatre prize DER FAUST 2011 as well as the Italian Danza/Danza Award. Marcia Haydée als Penelope, a 25-minute dance film featuring Marcia Haydée and Robert Tewsley, was broadcasted by ARTE in 2006.

In recent years Christian Spuck has extended his artistic reach to musical theatre. Amongst others, he directed Orphée et Eurydice (2009) for the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Falstaff (2010) for the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and La damnation de Faust (2014) for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In 2012, Christian Spuck became director of Ballett Zürich. Since season 2012/13 his choreographies with the company include Romeo und Julia, Leonce und Lena, Woyzeck and Der Sandmann. Anna Karenina which was first performed in Zurich has further been incorporated into the repertoires of the Norwegian National Ballet as well as the Stanislavski Theatre in Moscow. His world premieres this season include Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da requiem, a co-production between Zurich opera and ballet, as well as Der fliegende Holländer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The Bayerisches Staatsballett dances his Anna Karenina as of November 2017. (Information as of Nov 2017)