The new season 2018/19 at the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Together with General Manager Nikolaus Bachler Ballet Director Igor Zelensky presented today the program for the season 2018/19. It will open with Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina, which saw its German premiere at Bayerisches Staatsballett last year.
In October 2018 the Bayerisches Staatsballett will hold its first premiere: Jewels. For the first time the Bayerisches Staatsballett will show a full-length ballet of the well-known choreographer and visionary George Balanchine. Andrey Kaydanovskiy and others will also present a new production at the Young Choreographers performance in June.
The Ballet Festival Week 2019 is held from 11 to 18 April.


27 October 2018: Jewels

Ballet Director Igor Zelensky, who himself danced with the New York City Ballet, is intrinsically bound by George Balanchine's aesthetic, and with Jewels he brings a piece to the Bayerisches Staatsballett which is considered the first full-length abstract ballet in dance history.
Dance visionary George Balanchine, who founded the New York City Ballet in the mid-20th century and led it until his death in 1983, was inspired for Jewels, produced in 1967, by the display window of a Fifth Avenue jeweller. He therefore named each of the three parts of the ballet after a jewel. The work is also an homage to the three countries and ballet traditions that heavily influenced his life at the time: Emeralds (France), Rubies (the US) and Diamonds (Russia).

28 June 2019: Young Choreographers

With the Young Choreographers Igor Zelensky continues a format at the Bayerisches Staatsballett that is dedicated to today's talent. For the third time in a row now, promising young performers have the opportunity to work with the dancers of the Bayerisches Staatsballett and present their creations to the Munich audience at the Prinzregententheater. The format will be established as a fixed element of the program. In the interest of sustainability, successive collaborations are also envisaged – as for example Andrey Kaydanovskiy. Kaydanovskiy already presented his Discovery in the 2016/17 season, and will once again showcase his choreographic talent for contemporary dance narration in the 2018/19 season.The full program of the evening will be announced at the beginning of 2019.


9 December 2018: The Nutcracker 

Commemorating Marius Petipa's 200th birthday, Igor Zelensky will this year revive John Neumeier's homage to the renowned choreographer. Neumeier's ballet The Nutcracker premiered in 1971, and was performed for the first time in Munich on 8 May 1973, i.e. 45 years ago. The piece was last performed at the Bayerisches Staatsballett in the 2013/14 season. It now returns to the stage of the Nationaltheater after five years.

10 January 2019: The Lady of the Camellias

To celebrate John Neumeier's 80th birthday, a revival of his ballet The Lady of the Camellias will follow at the beginning of the new year. The ballet was first performed in Stuttgart 40 years ago. It celebrated its premiere at the Bayerisches Staatsballett almost 20 years later on 15 November 1997. Even since its first performance the main roles have been among the most coveted by great dancers around the world.


Furthermore, seven repertoire ballets will be shown in 2018/19: Such as Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina, Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice in Wonderland, Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus and Portrait Wayne McGregor – all of which are productions Igor Zelensky brought to since taking over the helm at the Bayerisches Staatsballett in 2016. Also three revivals will be staged: Ray Barra’s remastered Petipa-classic Raymonda and the well-known John Cranko classics: Onegin and The Taming of the Shrew.

You'll find the full repertoire in our schedule and in our digital season preview.

Press information

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