Bayerisches Junior Ballett München
The Bayerisches Junior Ballett München’s origins trace back to the formation of the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in 1978. Munich ballet luminary Constance Vernon, together with her husband Fred Hoffman, established a philanthropic foundation to honour the passing of legendary dancer, Heinz Bosl. Ever since, the foundation has endowed countless generations of students in Munich with access to seminal repertoire of the international choreographic canon.
The formation of the Bayerisches Junior Ballett München (BJBM) in 2010 fulfilled Constance Vernon’s long-awaited dream - that Munich might have its own youth ballet company, to bridge the gap between a dancer’s formal training and the beginning of their professional career. Over the past eight years, the BJBM has hosted over eighty young dancers, with almost all alumni achieving professional engagements with major international ballet companies following their time with the BJBM. The company has quickly solidified itself within Munich’s rich cultural landscape by contributing to long-term sustainability of the city’s thriving ballet-ecosystem.
The BJBM was forged through an innovative cooperation between Munich’s largest dance institutions: Bavarian State Ballet, Ballett-Akademie der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung. Under the artistic leadership of Ivan Liška, the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung manages the BJBM’s daily operations and provides facilities for the company including; rehearsal studios at the Constance Vernon Choreographic Centre; accommodation at the Foundation’s Prinz-Joseph-Clemens-Haus. Both are located in the heart of Schwabing’s bustling Münchner Freiheit district.
Members of the BJBM perform regularly onstage as apprentices of the Bavarian State Ballet. Each year, members gain experience of a professional company environment while performing in the company’s productions; Grigorovic’s Spartacus, Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Patrice Bart’s La Bayadere and Ray Barra’s Raymonda. New additions to the BJBM’s repertoire are traditionally premiered each spring and autumn as part of the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung’s Matinee programs hosted at Munich’s Nationaltheater.
With a curated repertoire of over fifty classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballets, the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung support the BJBM by providing young professionals with the opportunity to study the work of important international choreographers. Current repertoire includes seminal works by George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato, which are all selected to further the artistic development of ensemble’s dancers each season. Artistic Director Ivan Liška’s long-term commitment to commissioning new ballets has amassed an impressive array of acclaimed international choreographers such as Richard Siegal, Davide Bombana and Aszure Barton and has also provided an investigative platform for the emergence of the next generation of choreographers such as DEKKADANCERS Prague, Maged Mohamed and Dustin Klein.
As a cultural ambassador of the City of Munich and the State of Bavaria, each season the BJBM tour their unique repertoire to great acclaim, both nationally and internationally. The company has experienced a resounding success with Gerhard Bohner’s reconstruction of Oscar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus masterpiece “The Triadic Ballet”. Following sold-out performances across Europe, a highlight in the company’s modest history was performing “The Triadic Ballet” at the prestigious Hong Kong International Arts Festival in 2016.
Through the support of Tanzland Deutschland, 2018 marks the beginning of a three-year partnership between the BJBM and the Cultural Department city of Villingen-Schwenningen. This cooperation will not only provide invaluable performance opportunities for the young ensemble, but allow our dancers to share the vibrancy of dance, through a series of specially designed workshops, with the local community of Villingen-Schwenningen.
The BJBM is grateful for the generous support of its cultural ambassador, Irène Lejeune.