BALLET FESTIVAL WEEK FROM 11 TO 18 APRIL 2019
Grand opening with George Balanchine's JEWELS
Jewels by George Balanchine - the icon of neoclassical ballet - will open this year's Ballet Festival Week. The work premiered at the Bayerisches Staatsballett on 27 October 2018. At the young age of 21 George Balanchine was named chief choreographer of the Ballet Russes and worked on Le Chant du Rossignol, which was the first collaboration with Igor Strawinsky, with whom he had a close and long-term friendship and work relationship. 1948 saw the foundation of the New York City Ballet, where Balanchine created Jewels in 1967. The piece was inspired by the window display of a jewellery shop on New York's famous Fifth Avenue. Accordingly, Balanchine named the three parts of the evening after jewels: starting with the green Emeralds, that represents the French influence in Balanchine's work and life, the jazzy red Rubies, reminding us of the US Broadway, and Diamonds, which clearly displays the Russian pompous ballet of tsarist times. The diverse choreographies are mirrored and met by the three different composers: Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies) and Peter I. Tchaikowsky (Diamonds).
What else to see
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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