Igor Zelensky, Artistic Director of the Bayerisches Staatsballett starting with the 2016/2017 season, has announced his plans for the upcoming year. Major premieres, revivals, a gala, guest performances by the main company and junior ensemble in Hong Kong, and continuations from the 2015/2016 season’s repertoire will be combining in this wide-ranging inaugural program of his tenure as director.
The Bayerisches Staatsballett is the first Western ballet company to perform Yuri Grigorovich’s version of Spartacus, which was created in 1968 for the Bolshoi Ballet and has been celebrated since as a milestone in Soviet ballet history.
The premiere thus fits in perfectly with the Munich company’s project of presenting hallmark productions from the history of ballet. Grigorovich’s heroic epic is based on the life of Thracian gladiator Spartacus; when his slave rebellion in the south of the Italian peninsula was crushed in 71 B.C., he along with 6000 other insurgent slaves was crucified.
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was world premiered in London in 2011. The Royal Ballet’s first full-length piece in nearly 20 years, it was an instant hit and continues to be popular to this day.
Alice suddenly disappears into a world of dreams hidden behind reality, where she encounters a medley of strange characters – the famous Queen of Hearts, dancing playing cards, and the raving Mad Hatter. The highlight is when Alice and the Knave of Hearts dance a tender, breathtakingly beautiful pas de deux love duet. In addition, the well-known characters from Lewis Carroll’s children’s book work their mischief, while places become eerily alive: a nightmarish kitchen, an uncannily disembodied Cheshire Cat, and the mad tea party.
The new season opens with a revival of Giselle. After nearly ten years, this classic is appearing once again with the Staatsballett.
John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet will be enhancing the winter season with one of the 20th century’s superlative narrative ballets, a work that continues to be an active part of the repertoire under Igor Zelensky.
Recently seen on the stage of the Prinzregententheater, Frederick Ashton’s comedy ballet La Fille mal gardée will return to the main stage in late January.
The second ballet based on a work by Shakespeare will be presented in early summer – John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ballet Festival Week 2017
The premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will open the 2017 Ballet Festival Week.
The Staatsballett will also be welcoming the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater with Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. With Mayerling, MacMillan dedicated a full evening to the tragic heir to the throne, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, and his life story.
The program will include Grigorovich’s Spartacus, Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée and the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung Spring Matinee, along with the acclaimed performance featuring George Balanchine’s Sinfonie in C, Jerome Robbins’ In the Night, and Aszure Barton’s male-dancer-only production Adam is.