The Ballet Festival Week traditionally opens with a big premiere. This year, the launch will be marked by the three-part-performance Portrait Wayne McGregor, followed by three Cranko classics The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, und Onegin. Other performances include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Spartacus and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Completing the Ballet Festival Week 2018 programme is Anna Karenina, which celebrates its premiere in November 2017, as well as the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung's spring matinee.  

Opening night

Kairos. Ensemble Ballett Zürich (Foto Judith Schlosser)
Kairos. Ensemble Ballett Zürich (Foto Judith Schlosser)

The Ballet Festival Week opens with the premiere of Portrait Wayne McGregor

at the Bayerisches Staatsballett. Wayne McGregor, born in Britain in 1970, is one of the great experimental choreographers of the 21st Century. It was films like Grease and Saturday Night Fever that sparked his interest in dance. After studying choreography and semiotics, he founded his first dance company, which was eventually to become the world-famous Studio Wayne McGregor - drawing inspiration from art, music, philosophy and scientific research, and melding it together to form a new interdisciplinary whole. McGregor has been the Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet London since 2006, and is the first choreographer from the independent scene ever to have held the post. The three-part evening Portrait Wayne McGregor presents three works by the choreographer, including successes from the not-so-distant past: Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet, 2013) and Kairos (Ballett Zurich, 2014). In addition, he will be creating a completely new piece for the Bayerisches Staatsballett, which will be performed for the first time on April 14, 2018.


Wayne McGregor

Portrait Wayne McGregor

Sat 14.04.18 19:30 Tickets Premiere

Sun 15.04.18 19:30 Tickets

National Theatre

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More from the Ballet Festival Week 2018

The Taming of the Shrew: Yonah Acosta (Petrucchio), Ksenia Ryzhkova (Katharina)

We've dedicated February 2018 to John Cranko, the former Chief Choreographer of the Ballett der Bayerischen Staatsoper, as it was known then. In 1968, he was appointed to the post in Munich. To mark this 50th anniversary, his three greatest works also form an essential part of the Ballet Festival Week 2018. These include the argumentative sisters Kate and Bianca in the The Taming of the Shrew that was revived for the 2017/2018 repertoire. In addition, we'll be performing the narrative ballets Onegin and Romeo und Juliet, both with set-design and costumes by Jürgen Rose.

Alongside the premiere of this season - Anna Karenina (Christian Spuck) - will be performances of last season's premieres: Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus and Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. For the last time this season, John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night's Dream will also be part of the programme of the Ballet Festival Week. Students from the Ballett-Akademie der Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Bayerisches Jugendballett Munich present new works from their repertoire in the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung / Junior Company Matinee.

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Programme overview

Romeo und Julia. Jonah Cook (Foto Wilfried Hösl)
Romeo and Juliet: Jonah Cook (Romeo)

Portrait Wayne McGregor

Sa 14.04.18 19:30 Tickets Premiere

Su 15.04.18 19:30 Tickets


The Taming of the Shrew

Mo 16.04.18 19:30 Tickets


Romeo and Juliet

Tue 17.04.18 19:30 Tickets



Wed 18.04.18 19:30 Tickets


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thur 19.04.18 19:30 Tickets


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Fri 20.04.18 19:00 Tickets



Sat 21.04.18 19:30 Tickets


Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung Matinee

Sun 22.04.18 11:00 Tickets


Anna Karenina

Sun 22.04.18 19:30 Tickets

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