Hello summer break!
With the last performance of DUO by Nanine Linning the 2018/19 season came to an end recently. After 78 performances of twelve productions, our ensemble is now looking forward to several weeks of summer vacation before the new season will kick off on September 21, 2019 with Jewels.
With the end of the season, the following dancers have decided to pursue their careers with other compagnies in the future. Principals Ksenia Ryzhkova and Jonah Cook will leave the company after three years and seven seasons, respectively, to join the Ballet Zurich in September 2019. Ksenia Ryzhkova performed in almost all major roles in the last three seasons, including amongst others. Phrygia and Aegina in Spartacus, Julia in Romeo and Juliet, Tatjana in Onegin, the title roles in Raymonda und Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Especially her performances in the role of Anna Karenina, choreographed by Christian Spuck, will remain a dear memory to many spectators. Jonah Cook had joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett as a trainee in 2012 and quickly rose through the ranks. His last performances included Jack in Cecil Hotel, Portrait Wayne McGregor, Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker, Lenski in Onegin, Kostja and Coount Vronsky in Anna Karenina. The soloist Arianna Maldini and corps de ballet member Jan Špunda will join the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Both recently performend in Portrait Wayne McGregor and Jewels. Also corps de ballet danceres Blanka Paldi and Evgeniya Gonzalez will leave the ensemble. Both danced in almost all perfermances with corp de ballet parts. Blanka Paldi also recently performed in the Sitzkissenkonzert: Die Spielzeugschachtel. We wish all dancers leaving the company a heartfelt toi toi toi for their future engagements!
New faces in the ensemble
Joining the company with the beginning of the 2019/20 season as principals will be Virna Toppi and Maria Baranova. The Italian Virna Toppi previously danced at the ballet of the Teatro alla Scala in Milano. The Finnish born Maria Baranova joins us from Boston Ballet. The Brazilian Denis Vieira, currently at the Staatsballett Berlin, will join the First Soloists. New members in the ladies corps de ballet are Tomoka Kowazoe, Margaret Whyte, Chelsea Thronson, Jana Nenadovic, Mariia Malinina, Madeleine Pastor, Valeriia Sklotskaya and Anastasiia Uzhanskaia. Severin Brunhuber, trainee in the 2018/19 season, will join the men's corp de ballet.
Congratulations are in order for Prisca Zeisel, Kristina Lind, Emilio Pavan and Alexey Popov, who will be promoted to principals with the beginning of the new season. Jeanette Kakareka, Vera Segova und Ariel Merkuri rise from the corp de ballet to soloists. Congratulations to all of them!