This year, the launch will be marked by the three-part-performance Jewels, followed by John Neumeiers The Lady of the Camellias and two Cranko classics The Taming of the Shrew und Onegin. Other performances are the premiers of the 2016/17 season Spartacus, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the new productions of the 2017/18 season Portrait Wayne McGregor, Anna Karenina. Completing the Ballet Festival Week 2019 programme is the annual Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung's spring matinee.
Opening of the Ballet Festival Week
The Ballet Festival Week opens with a special performance of Jewels, as guests stars from around the globe will join the ensemble of the Bayerisches Staatsballett on stage. Choreographed by one of the biggest ballet icons - George Balanchine. As ballet student he created his first Pas de deux La Nuit (Music by Anton Rubinstein). In 1925, at age 21, he got engaged as chief choreographer of the Ballet Russes. For the piece Le Chant du Rossignol George Balanchine worked the first time together with Igor Stravinksy, who later became a close friend of him. 1948 he founded the world-renowned New York City Ballet, for which he choreographed Jewels in 1967. The inspiration for this creation was the jewellery display of a jeweller on the famous Fifth Avenue.
The three-part ballet evening Jewels presents three works by the choreographer: Emeralds, representing the elegant French style, the jazzy Rubies, representing the american style and Diamonds, which stands for the pompous classical ballet of the Russian tsarist era. The dancing styles are as diverse as the pieces of music: Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Strawinsky (Rubies) and Peter I. Tschaikowsky (Diamonds).
Premiere with the Bayerisches Staatsballett: 27.10.18
More from the Ballet Festival Week 2019
In addition to Jewels, we present the grand premiere of last season: Portrait Wayne McGregor. The evening includes the pieces Kairos (Ballett Zürich, 2014), Sunyata (Bayerisches Staatsballett, 2018) and Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet, 2013). The three independent pieces with music of Max Richter, Kaaja Saariaho, Joel Cadbury and Paul Stoney present a diverse but harmonious overview of Wayne McGregor's choreographical works. Also the reopening of the season, The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier), should not be missed during the Ballet Festival Week. It deals - just like Verdi's opera La Traviata - with the dramatic decision between love and duty. Two of John Cranko's classics are in the program as well: the humorous The Taming of the Shrew and Onegin. The latter is based on Alexander Puschkin's book, which tells the tragic love story of young Tatjana, who falls in love with the arrogant Dandy Onegin, who turns her down brutally. As dramatic as Onegin is Tolstoi's story Anna Karenina choreographed by Christian Spuck (premiere of the season 2017/18). Set in Russia, 19th century, the protagonist Anna Karenina faces social exclusion and chooses suicide after several romantic adventures. Furthermore, Yuri Grigorovich's touching ballet Spartacus will be danced again by the Bayerisches Staatsballett after it premiered in December 2016 as first western company. The story is about Spartacus, a hero who died fighting for freedom. As contrast program Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is on the schedule. The innocent and colourful piece fascinates all generations of spectators. Alongside these pieces the annual Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung / Junior Company Matinee is part of the Ballet Festival Week. Students from the Ballett-Akademie der Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Bayerisches Junior Ballett München present new works from their repertoire.
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Matinee of the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung
Sun 14.04.19 11:00 a.m. (Tickets through Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung)
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