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For more than ten years now the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich has been offering young dancers the opportunity to develop into professional performers after completing their studies, and that within a protected framework. The ensemble consists of 16 dancers between 17 and 20 years old and forms an important bridge between the end of training and the beginning of a professional career. During these two years maximum, which the young members dance in the company, artistic director Ivan Liška and training and rehearsals manager Olivier Vercoutère prepare them intensively every day for their professional career.
As the first Junior Company in Germany, the Bayerisches Junior Ballett was formed in 2010 as an innovative partnership between Munich’s biggest dance institutions. The Heinz Bosl Foundation is a leading light in this cooperation with the Bayerisches Staatsballett and the Ballet Academy of the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Munich. The initiative owes its existence to Konstanze Vernon, Bettina Wagner-Bergelt, Jan Broeckx and Ivan Liška.
As cultural ambassadors of the Free State of Bavaria and the city of Munich, along with the Nationaltheater in Munich, the young ensemble also appears with enormous success on stages across the whole of Germany, Europe and worldwide.
You’ll find all information about the Junior Ballet’s dates, history and sponsors and ensemble video portraits at the Heinz Bosl Foundation’s website.
The targeted building up of a repertoire for the company includes both important classical, neoclassical and contemporary works from the international canon and commissioned works of young and established choreographers.
This requires a protected environment in which the young dancers can experiment and feel free to make mistakes – a repertoire that supports and promotes them, a stage experience to help them grow. Big and small stages, cordial and critical audiences, calm and stress before the performances. So many little tests of courage. And not forgetting of course, people that empathetically accompany them along this path.
Thanks to the support of its ambassador Dr. Irène Lejeune, the Heinz Bosl Foundation also offers the young performers a comprehensive and wide-ranging repertoire. The demanding works of renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Nacho Duato, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen and Marius Petipa allow them access to the diverse forms of ballet and dance.
The young performers’ future paths are distilled and shaped by cooperating and developing new creations with selected choreographers, such as Aszure Barton, Caroline Finn, Eric Gauthier, Jörg Mannes or Richard Siegal. Regular appearances with the Bayerisches Staatsballett on the stage of the Nationaltheater, as part of the cooperation, provide the young dancers the stage experience they so dearly crave.
The invigorating young company has already danced its way into the hearts of audiences far beyond Bavaria’s borders: As cultural ambassadors of the Free State of Bavaria and the city of Munich the ensemble has to date performed on stages right across Germany and in Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Israel and Hong Kong.
The youthful vigour with which the young dancers conquer the stage is a well-established recognition feature for audiences and critics alike. The ensemble members in turn benefit from the multitude of guest performances, with which they gather stage experience and therefore with bolstered self-confidence are engaged by the best ensembles all over the world. Former members of the Bayerisches Junior Ballett Munich dance today with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Stuttgart Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Ballet of Difference at Schauspiel Köln, and in Helsinki, Oslo, Prague, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Seoul, Pilsen, Graz, Wiesbaden, Antwerp, Berlin, Warsaw, Ostrava, Vienna, Saarbrücken, Magdeburg, Brno, Flensburg, Innsbruck, Essen, Leipzig, San Francisco and Paris.