Casts at the turn of the year
Maria Shirinkina and Vladimir Shklyarov take on the lead roles in the National Theatre's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Spartacus productions on December 26 and January 10. Yonah Acosta and Laurretta Summerscales will also make their role débuts in the title role and as Phrygia in Spartacus, on January 7. Please remember: Ballett Festival Week postal bookings start in January.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the Christmas season
As a special Christmas treat, the Bayerisches Staatsballett whisks away audiences no less than four times to the wonderful world of Alice. The piece was premièred in 2011 in London, and last season celebrated its German première at the Bayerisches Staatsballett. With his choreographic ingenuity, Christopher Wheeldon excels with the colourful stage and costume design by Bob Crowley and imaginative video projections, which impressively breathe new life into Lewis Carroll's literary model of 1865.
In Wheeldon's adaptation, a dancing Alice sets off on a journey through a wonderful dream world, where she encounters the Queen of Hearts, who portrays a superb caricatured variant of the Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty, dancing playing cards, a supple Caterpillar, an uncannily bodiless Cheshire Cat and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter.
On December 22 and 26, Ksenia Ryzhkova can be seen as Alice, Javier Amo and Tigran Mikayelyan as Carroll/White Rabbit and Jonah Cook as Jack/Knave of Hearts. Maria Shirinkina and Vladimir Shklyarov take on the lead roles in the December 26 evening performance. Maria Shirinkina was recently accoladed by Dance Europe in the "Outstanding Performances by a Female Dancer" category for her interpretation of Alice in Munich. Dmitrii Vyskubenko gives his role début as Jack/Knave of Hearts on December 28. Myron Romanul conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester (composition: Joby Talbot).
Friday December 22, 7 pm (CET)
Tuesday December 26, 2 pm and 7:30 pm (CET)
Thursday December 28, 7 pm (CET)
New Year start with Spartacus
2018 commences with Yuri Grigorovich's ballet, Spartacus, which Igor Zelensky presented to Munich audiences as his first première after assuming office as Director of the Bavarian State Ballet. So far, every performance of the heroic epic at the Bavarian State Ballet has been completely sold out. Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus, choreographed in 1968 to music by Aram Khachaturian for the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, was danced for the first time ever by a western European company with the performance at the Bayerisches Staatsballett.
The central and title figure of this heroic epic is the Thracian gladiator Spartacus, for whom the slaves rose up in 71 BC, to fight against Roman oppression and for freedom. Interwoven with the political events, Spartacus and his wife Phrygia's love story is also recounted.
On January 5, Osiel Gouneo – voted “Dancer of the Year 2017” by the German tanz magazine – can also be seen on the stage of the National Theatre for the first time in this season. Alongside him Ivy Amista takes on the role of Phrygia. New first soloists Laurretta Summerscales and Yonah Acosta will enjoy their role débuts as the leads on January 7. On January 10 Maria Shirinkina and Vladimir Shklyarov can be seen in the last performance of this series as guests in Yuri Grigorovich's masterpiece. Karen Durgaryan conducts.
Friday January 5, 7:30 pm (CET)
Sunday January 7, 6 pm (CET)
Wednesday January 10, 7:30 pm (CET)
Advance sales for BallettFestwoche
Postal bookings 2018 for the Ballett Festival Week performances start on January 13. Box office, telephone and online sales for all ballet performances from April 14 to 22 start precisely one month later, on February 13.
Portrait Wayne McGregor celebrates its première at the Bayerisches Staatsballett for the opening of the BallettFestwoche. In addition to the Cranko Festival in February, the three ballet classics, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew are also part of the Ballett Festival Week, continuing the celebrations around legendary choreographer John Cranko, who would have turned 90 in 2017 and who served as Ballet Director in Munich 50 years ago. Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus and Christopher Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland will also provide entertainment par excellence. The program also features John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and students of the Ballet Academy of the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" (music and theatre university) and the "Bayerisches Jugendballett München" (Bavarian youth ballet Munich) present their repertoire in the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung Matinee.