Junior Company

Bayerisches Staatsballett II / Junior Company (Foto Charles Tandy)
Bayerisches Staatsballett II / Junior Company (Foto Charles Tandy)

You can only win if you dare to try! was our motto during the first seasons. The Junior Company has long since come of age, and despite its members' young years, is a professional ensemble that performs worldwide, dances on the great German stages, and commands a varied repertoire. The Junior Company has been in existence since 2010, the fruit of a cooperation between the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and Heinz Bosl Foundation. Over the nearly seven years since its founding, the young ensemble has built up a wide repertoire of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary ballets, ranging this season from Petipa to Balanchine and Davide Bombana, from modern dance in the style of Nacho Duato and Richard Siegal to works by young choreographers like Dustin Klein, who are themselves part of the ensemble. 

It also includes one of the most successful ballets, a legacy of classical modernism - Oskar Schlemmer's legendary Triadisches Ballett in Gerhard Bohner's 1977 version. Sponsored by the KSB, it is a co-production with the Academy of Arts, Berlin, which has preserved the magnificent costumes for years. Following performances in Israel, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Spain, in 2016/17 the Juniors will be touring a number of cities throughout Germany, also appearing at the THINK BIG! Festival in Munich and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

"Temperament on thirty-two legs," as a critic aptly characterized the ensemble - and there is ample reason to look forward to the next performances by the sixteen young rising stars, who join the junior ensemble every two years to earn their first artistic stripes. In addition to their tours, the members of the Junior Company receive world class training in Munich from outstanding international teachers and coaches, acquire valuable experience with the Bayerisches Staatsballett's main ensemble, learn a wealth of group and solo parts, study important ballets from the international canon, and collaborate with contemporary choreographers to create new works that they then present during their travels throughout the world. After this they are ripe for a professional engagement, which they usually find - if not in Munich, then in other renowned ensembles!

Ivan Liška
Chairman of the Heinz Bosl Foundation