Traditionally the Ballet Festival Week opens with a grand première. This year it is the Germany première of Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. As guests we welcome the Stanislavski Ballet Moscow with Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling. Our permanent guest Sergei Polunin will be dancing the main role of Crown Prince Rudolf. Selected works from the archive amongst others the first new production Spartacus and the most recent revival La Fille mal gardée as well as the spring matinee of the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung complete the schedule of the Ballet Festival Week 2017.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
For the opening of the Ballet Festival Week Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland celebrates its Germany première. The piece which is also referred to as the musical amongst the ballets was created in 2011 by Christopher Wheeldon for the Royal Ballet in London and is an absolute darling of the audience. As in the original by Lewis Carroll, the dancing Alice also embarks on a journey through a wondrous dream world. She encounters the famous Queen of Hearts who dances a strange and hilarious version of the Rose-Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, dancing playing cards, a flexible caterpillar, a miraculously body less Cheshire Cat as well as a mad hatter. Christopher Wheeldon uses different styles of dance for his characters which reflect themselves in Joby Talbots multilayered composition and in the imaginative costumes and stage worlds of Bob Crowley. For the special effects magician Paul Kieve who also did the magic in the Harry Potter movies created stunning tricks.
Guest Performance Stainslavski Ballet Moscow
As another highlight of the Ballet Festival Week we welcome the ballet ensemble of the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre with Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. The ballet revolving around the double suicide of the Austrian heir to the throne Crown Prince Rudolf and his lover Mary Vetsera at the imperial hunting lodge at Mayerling had its world premiere in 1978 at the Royal Ballet. To this day it is regarded as one of the most passionate abysmal dance tragedies which were told by a choreographer in the 20th century. MacMillan uses compositions by Franz Liszt which were arranged to a score by John Lanchbery. Sergei Polunin, permanent guest at the Bayerisches Staatsballett for this season, will be dancing the main male role. Natalia Somova will perform as his Mary Vetsera.
Also during the Ballet Festival Week
From the repertoire we present Yuri Grigorovich'sSpartacus, the first big premiere of the season. With John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée two lovestories are on schedule that could not be more different. Tragic on one side and cheerful on the other. The mixed bill Sinfonie in C / In the Night / Adam is shows choreographies by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Aszure Barton. In the Matinee of the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung / Junior Company the students of the Ballet Academy of the University for Music and the Performing Arts as well as the Bayerisches Staatsballett II show the newest works from their repertoire.
Matinee der Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung / Junior Company
Sun 09.04.2017, 11.00 am
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