Igor Zelensky is leaving the Bayerisches Staatsballett
With effect from 4 April 2022 Igor Zelensky is stepping down as director of the Bayerisches Staatsballett for private family reasons.
The Bavarian Ministry of Science and Art will be conducting a search for a successor, who will be appointed within the next weeks. During this interim period, the ballet masters Judith Turos and Thomas Mayr will jointly cover and secure a continuity.
“Running a ballet company demands absolute concentration and authority,” says Igor Zelensky. “At present, however, private family circumstances require my full attention and time, and it is impossible for me to reconcile these circumstances with running a ballet company. After giving the matter serious thought, I have decided, therefore, to step down as director of the Bayerisches Staatsballett with effect from 4 April 2022 and to withdraw from all of the commitments associated with this post. My family needs my full support.”
The general director of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Serge Dorny, has issued the following statement: “I fully respect his decision, which I know has not been an easy one. I wish Igor Zelensky and his family all the very best. Over the past few years he has consolidated the Bayerische Staatsballett's international reputation. This allows us to look with confidence to the future. I would like to thank Igor Zelensky for his work with the Bayerisches Staatsballett.”
Markus Blume, Bavaria’s minister for the arts, adds: “I have nothing but respect for this very personal decision. Under Igor Zelensky’s leadership, the Bayerisches Staatsballett has enjoyed a number of major artistic triumphs. Above all we shall remember the many appearances by world-famous ballet stars whom Igor Zelensky invited to Munich. I wish him all the best for his private and professional future.”
Igor Zelensky took over the running of the Bayerisches Staatsballett in September 2016 and right from the outset signed up a whole series of outstanding dancers to work in Munich. In addition to his work maintaining the company’s highest artistic standards, he has also taken a particular interest in expanding the repertory. Alongside the classic productions of Roland Petit, Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Grigorovich he has above all presented works by contemporary choreographers who are now at the top of their profession but who until then had not featured in the Munich repertory. Among these artists, suffice it to name David Dawson, Sharon Eyal, Marco Goecke, Andrey Kaydanovskiy, Wayne McGregor, Christian Spuck and Christopher Wheeldon. With his series <i>Today is tomorrow</i>, he has also created a format that offers aspiring choreographers a chance to develop their own productions. He has additionally continued to cultivate the rich legacy of the Bayerisches Staatsballett. Under Igor Zelensky’s leadership the company has over the course of the last six years built up a national and international reputation for itself as an ensemble made up of outstanding dancers performing an exceptionally wide range of works.