Tuesday, 21. September 2010
07:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Duration est. 2 hours 30 minutes · 1. Akt (est. 07:30 pm - 08:15 pm ) · Interval (est. 08:15 pm - 08:35 pm ) · 2. Akt (est. 08:35 pm - 09:18 pm )

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Mats Ek
Bühne und Kostüme
Marie-Louise Ekman
Göran Westrup
Adolphe Adam

Gözde Özgür
Matej Urban
Lukáš Slavický
Emma Barrowman
Emma Barrowman
1 Wili
Zuzana Zahradníková
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Swedish choreographer Mats Ek ranks world-wide as a specialist for telling old ballet stories in new forms. Giselle, one of the great ballets of the 19th century, tells of the unrequited love of the country girl Giselle. Duke Albrecht, disguised as a peasant, wheedles his way into her affections until she is forced to realize that he is in fact in love with Bathilde. Giselle loses her mind and dies of a broken heart.

To the traditional music by Adolphe Adam, Mats Ek has created a completely new choreography in his own, modern idiom. He transferred the plot to the present day. The betrayed Giselle does not awaken to a spectral existence as a wili, but rather finds herself in a mental institution. But even in this radically contemporary version, the essence of the work is retained, and the spectator becomes a witness to the shattering purification process which Albrecht lives through.


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First Soloist

Matej Urban was born in Prague and trained at the National Conservatory Prague. After his diploma, he danced at the National Theatre of Prague for two seasons. He became a member of the Corps de ballet of the Bayerisches Staatsballett in the season 2008/2009, became a Soloist in 2010/2011 and was promoted to First Soloist with the beginning of the season 2011/2012.

With the end of the season 2016/2017, Matej Urban has left the Bayerisches Staatsballett.


Debuts with the Bayerische Staatsballett

Athlet in Les Biches (B. Nijinska)
Albrecht in Giselle - Mats Ek (M. Ek)
Man 2 in My Ravel: Whichever Way he Looks... (J. Mannes)
Briaxis in My Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (T. Kohler)
Albrecht in Once Upon an Ever After (T. Kohler)
Solo in Pas Fabergé 3rd Act in Sleeping Beauty (M. Petipa/I. Liška)
Pas de Six in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Count Alexander in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Fernando in Don Quijote (M. Petipa/R. Barra, A. Gorski, tradition)
Pas de six in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Gods and Dogs (J. Kylián)
'Man in the Shadows' in Illusions - like Swan Lake (J. Neumeier)
Birthday Offering (F. Ashton)
BIPED (M. Cunningham)
1st Solo-Boy in Choreartium (L. Massine)
Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (J. Neumeier)
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
The Exiles (J. Limón)
Armand Duval in The Lady of the Camellias (J. Neumeier)
Lucien d'Hervilly in Paquita (M. Petipa/A. Ratmansky)
Onegin in Onegin (J.Cranko)
Birbanto in Le Corsaire (M. Petipa/I. Liška)
Adam is (A. Barton), creation
3rd pas de deux in In the Night (J. Robbins)
For the Children of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. A piece by Pina Bausch (P. Bausch)
Hilarion in Giselle (P. Wright/M. Petipa)
Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (J. Cranko)
Gladiator in Spartacus (Y. Grigorovich)
The duchess in Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland (C. Wheeldon)

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