Van Cleef & Arpels

From the very beginning, i.e. since 1978, Konstanze Vernon associated the idea of regular Sunday matinees at the National Theater with the establishment of the foundation that would carry the name of her great dance partner Heinz Bosl, who died so young, into the future. She had always regarded the stage of their joint triumphs in Swan Lake, Onegin or Romeo and Juliet as a kind of sacred place. And inseparable from the educational thought of the Foundation was the desire that the young people who wanted to devote themselves to the art of dance should have this experience from childhood.

To experience what it means to stand on a great stage, and one of the most traditional and important in the world. To be able to dance on this stage and in front of this enormous auditorium, five tiers high, shimmering in red and gold - Vernon had never forgotten what a privilege this means for every artist.

And she conceived the programs of the Bosl Matinees in such a way that they soon became a natural part of Munich dance life: the little ones of the Ballet Academy were given tasks of artistic substance. The same was true for the adolescents and students of the upper school, for whom the Foundation engaged world-class choreographers. Here the students could experience what their art is capable of in the most demanding cases. Vernon was no less concerned about the audience: the matinees were to be a family celebration, inspiring the children as well as the parents and even the experienced ballet-goer, who is accustomed to the highest artistic expectations of a program.