Première „Portrait Wayne McGregor“

Première Portrait Wayne McGregor - A first performance opens this year’s Ballet Festival Week

Internationally renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor makes his house début at the Bayerisches Staatsballett with Portrait Wayne McGregor, and with it opens the Ballet Festival Week on 14 April in the Nationaltheater. The three-part performance includes his existing pieces, Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet, 2013) and Kairos (Zurich Ballet, 2014), as well as the new piece, Sunyata, which McGregor is currently developing with the dancers of the Bayerisches Staatsballett.
Plus: The Ballet Festival Week performers will include the guest dancers Sergei Polunin, Natalia Osipova, Vladimir Shklyarov and Matthew Golding, among others.

Wayne McGregor on his new piece

Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet London among other positions, is fascinated by movement research and interdisciplinary work – an interest also expressed in his Portrait Wayne McGregor. "I sought out Kairos and Borderlands because I think the collaboration with artists of the most diverse disciplines is so important. The connector between these two will be the new work based on the musical piece Circle Map by Kaija Saariaho, a contemporary Finnish composer who combines poems by the Sufi mystic, Rumi, with orchestral music and electronics. It is less rhythmic than it is spectrally-oblique and structured in six sections, which almost work as individual pieces," says Wayne McGregor about his new creation at the Bayerisches Staatsballett, where he also designs the stage set together with Catherine Smith. As in the other two productions, Lucy Carter is once again responsible for the light design. Koen Kessels will conduct the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.

Sunyata is a piece for three female and four male dancers – currently studying it at the Bayerisches Staatsballett are, among others: Ivy Amista, Laurretta Summerscales, Ksenia Ryzkhova, Jonah Cook, Yonah Acosta, Erik Murzagaliyev and Dukin Seo. 

Borderlands and Josef Alber's colour theory

Borderlands is an optical adventure and is based on Wayne McGregor's examination of the colour theory studies of Bauhaus artist Josef Albers. Bodies, light, form and colours fuse, play with the optical perception of the audience and draw the observer's eyes to the "Sonic Architecture" of the composers Paul Stoney and Joel Cadbury. 
Borderlands is a piece for six female and six male dancers – currently studying it at the Bayerisches Staatsballett are, among others: Ksenia Ryzhkova, Prisca Zeisel, Ziyue Liu, Freya Thomas, Vera Segova, Marina Duarte, Alexey Popov, Osiel Gouneo, Javier Amo, Jinhao Zhang, Dmitrii Vyskubenko and Dukin Seo. 

Kairos and Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Kairos is a religious-philosophical term for the opportune moment for a decision, for the here and now and the right timing. On the other hand the term also quite simply means "the weather". Both contexts are fused into Max Richter's treatment of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Together with the stage set of visual artist Idris Khan, who is renowned for his photographs of musical scores, a space is formed to provide the dancers' movements a powerful echo.
Kairos is a piece for five female and five male dancers – currently studying it at the Bayerisches Staatsballett are, among others: Ivy Amista, Laurretta Summerscales, Shuai Li, Kristina Lind, Séverine Ferrolier, Jonah Cook, Dustin Klein, Alejandro Virelles Gonzalez, Yonah Acosta and Sergio Navarro. 

Sat, 14 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET), Première
Sun, 15 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Sat, 28 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Fri, 11 May 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Fri, 18 May 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Tue, 12 June 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Sat, 23 June 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Tue, 10 July 2018, 7:30pm (CET)

Ballet Festival Week performers

Also on the Ballet Festival Week programme are the three masterpieces by John Cranko, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Onegin Precisely 50 years ago John Cranko accepted the position of Chief Choreographer in Munich, among other tasks. Jonah Cook and Ksenia Ryzhkova play Romeo and Juliet. Guest dancers Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova embody the squabbling couple, Petruchio and Katharina. The main roles of Cranko's triad are then completed with guest dancers Vladimir Shklyarov as Onegin and Ivy Amista as Tatyana.
From the current season's repertoire the Bayerisches Staatsballett also presents John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Ksenia Ryzhkova and Emilio Pavan as Titania and Oberon, Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Laurretta Summerscales and Javier Amo as Alice and the White Rabbit, and Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus with Osiel Gouneo and Jinhao Zhang as Spartacus and Crassus. The Ballet Festival Week closes with Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, which celebrates its première in Munich's Nationaltheater in November 2017. Ksenia Ryzhkova and guest dancer Matthew Golding will dance the passionate lovers Anna Karenina and Count Alexey Vronsky.

Programme of the Ballet Festival Week:
Poirtrait Wayne McGregor
Sat, 14 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET), Première
Sun, 15 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
The Taming of the Shrew
Mon, 16 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Romeo and Juliet
Tue, 17 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Wed, 18 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Thu, 19 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Fri, 20 April 2018, 7:00pm (CET)
Sat, 21 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)
Matinee of the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung
Sun, 22 April 2018, 11am (CET)
Anna Karenina
Sun, 22 April 2018, 7:30pm (CET)