Artists of Ballet BC in "Bedroom Folk", photo by Michael Slobodian

This year, the launch will be marked by the triple bill premiere Ratmansky / Dawson / Eyal will open this year's Ballet Festival Week on May 23, 2020, followed by Christopher Wheeldon's  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,  Roland Petit's Coppélia and last year's premiere Jewels. Returning to our stage is the ballet classic Swan Lake.  Also on owr playbill are Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus and John Neumeier's The Lady of the Camellias. Completing the Ballet Festival Week 2020 programme is the annual Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung's spring matinee.  

Alexey Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was created for the New York City Ballet in 2014 to Modest Mussorgsky’s composition. The music intertwines with the constantly changing projections of Wassily Kandinsky’s Colour Study, Squares with Concentric Circles, which itself served as an inspiration to costume designer Adeline André. The three elements create an organically accomplished piece, contributing to the wholeness of the theme.

David Dawson is creating a new choreography together with our company. For his work he has chosen Marjan Mozetich’s Affairs of the Heart concerto for violin and strings, a dramatically charged composition. Dawson is famously reinventing and pushing the boundaries of classical ballet and is one of the most sought after contemporary choreographers.

Sharon Eyal created her work Bedroom Folk with the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in 2015. Ori Lichtik’s music is rich on looping elements, constantly bringing the dancers back to the beginning of their dance sequences. Without disturbing the dance formation, Eyal’s choreography feeds upon the power of the group. Initially Bedroom Folk was created for 8 dancers, but the choreographer will revise her work for a larger group for the Bayerisches Staatsballett.

Also on the playbill for the Ballet Festival Week 2020

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland guarantees fun for the whole family. Joby Talbot’s music rounds up the wondrous world in which Alice finds herself: a scenery with an explosion of colours and imagination. The ballet premiered in 2011 at the Royal Ballet London.

Roland Petit’s Coppélia puts the wish to find the perfect partner to the test. With lots of humour and liveliness Petit tells the story of lonely Dr. Coppélius and his self-invented doll Coppélia. Losely based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s The Sandman Petit’s version celebrated its premiere in 1870 to Léo Delibes’ music.

George Balanchine’s Jewels is a celebration of the ballet traditions of France, Russia and the USA. Each part of the ballet evening has it’s own coulour theme, inspired by the name of a jewel: Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds.
With Emeralds to Gabriel Fauré’s  lyrically charged music the evening opens with noble arrangements and light lifts. In Rubies Igor Strawinsky’s jazzy Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra highlights the dynamic, but precise movements, characterized by high legs and quick turns. Last but not least, Diamonds celebrates the opulence of the Russian Tsarist era to Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony.

With Swan Lake, a ballet classic par excellence returns to our stage. Ray Barra’s version is based on Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa’s production of 1895. Prince Siegfried, unready to comply with society’s expectations towards him, seeks escape in a world of dreams. His inability to differentiate between illusions and reality eventually causes his death.

Premiered in 1968 at the Bolshoi Ballet Spartacus is the very definition of masculinity and guarantees lots of energy and vigour. The Bayerisches Staatsballett was the first Western European company to dance Yuri Grigorovich’s spectacular adaptation of the Thracian gladiator’s story.

John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias is one of many adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ novel La dame aux camélias. Telling the tragic story of prostitute Marguerite Gautier this ballet is marked by emotional pas de deux, reinforced by Fréderich Chopin’s music.

At the Matinée of the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung students of the Ballet Academy of the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munich will demonstrate their talent and will round up the Ballet Festival Week 2020.

What's on


Sat, 23.05.20 7:30 p.m. and Mon, 25.05.20 7:30 p.m.


Russischer Volkstanz. (Foto: Charles Tandy, Design: IntoBranding)

Sun, 24.05.20 11:00 a.m.



Tue, 26.05.20 7:30 p.m.


Wed, 27.05.20 7:30 p.m.


Jewels: Diamonds, Ensemble

Thu, 28.05.20 7:30 p.m.



Fri, 29.05.20 7:30 p.m.



Sat, 30.05.20 7:30 p.m.

Die Kameliendame: Anna Laudere, Edvin Revazov

Sun, 31.05.20 7:30 p.m.


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