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No new works for Berlin State Ballet in 2012/2013, Artistic Director Vladimir Malakhov declared that they want to save money for the next season, which will be the tenth birthday of this young company.

 

The premieres in 2012/2013 will be revivals of Maurice Béjart’s "Ring around the Ring", a four hour evening with music from Richard Wagner’s "Ring des Nibelungen", and a revival of Malakhov’s "La Bayadère".

 

According to German newspapers Polina Semionova will not dance with Berlin State Ballet next season, "maybe later", as Malakhov said. He is still angry with her because she declared her decision to leave his company by Facebook and not through official channels, also this seems to be a question of money. Semionova will dance some guest performances at Dresden Semperoper Ballet.

 

Longtime Berlin principal dancer Bettina Thiel finished her career. She has been with the Ballet of the State Opera Unter den Linden since 1991 and with its successor, the State Ballet, since 2004.

 

 

 

 

No new works for Hamburg Ballet either, which presents a „Jubilee season“ in 2012/2013, when John Neumeier will be director of the company for an unbelievable 40 years (since 1973).

 

The season will see five revivals: an evening called "Nijinsky Epilogue" with Neumeier’s version of "Le Pavillon d’Armide" from 2009 and his "Sacre" from 1972, then "Shakespeare Scenes" with key moments from Neumeier’s Shakespeare ballets, his "Romeo and Juliet" and his "Préludes CV". The revival of Cranko’s "Onegin", which has not been seen in Hamburg for a very long time, is announced as a premiere.

 

The Ballett-Tage in June will be three weeks long, presenting two guest companys: The Bavarian State Ballet and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, both being led by former Hamburg dancers Ivan Liška and Jean-Christophe Maillot.

 

A special evening called "Gala for Piano, Voice and Dance" will unite Neumeier’s "Vaslaw" (music by Bach), a new version of his "Rückert Lieder" (music by Mahler) and "Kinderszenen" (music by Schumann), with pianist Christoph Eschenbach and baritone Matthias Goerne at the Philharmonie in Essen in May and at Hamburg in June.

 

Principal guest Alina Cojocaru will dance "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Liliom" and "Lady of the Camellias", dates to be announced.

 

The Hamburg Ballet will tour to Brisbane with "Nijinsky" and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in August/September 2012, to Baden-Baden with "Liliom" and "Illusions – Like Swan Lake" in October 2012, to St. Petersburg (Alexandrinsky Theater) with "Lady of the Camellias" in November 2012, and it will tour the US in February with "Nijinsky" (Chicago, San Francisco) and "The Little Mermaid" (Orange County).

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Re Ring around the ring: I thought it was longer than 4 hours when I saw it in Edinburgh! From my recollection (including a "supper break interval) it was well over 5 hours. It was so long that the huge firework display had well finished by the time we got out! I did enjoy it tremendously and would love to see it again.

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Did anyone see The Bavarian State Ballets "Goldberg Variation" and "Gods and Dogs"? Premiered on Sunday.

 

Also their ballet festival starts this week. Sadly I'm not able to go this year but hope to get out later to see "La Fille" and also "Goldberg Variations".

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I just wondered did Vasiliev and Osipova actually do their Sleeping Beauty on 9th April in Munich ... If so and someone saw it ... would love a report. I am having withdrawal symptoms I think from NOT seeing them.

 

Cheers, Meunier

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Vasiliev was there, Osipova cancelled due to injury. I did not see it (nor the Goldberg Variations), but Vasiliev received friendly reviews saying that Prince Desire was maybe not the perfect role to show off his virtuoso qualities... He danced with Katherina Markowskaja, former Dresden dancer and now guest at Munich, where many ballerinas are injured, pregnant or off.

 

The ballet festival at Munich continued with Birmingham Royal Ballet, one more performance tonight with Checkmate, the Dave Brubeck piece and The Dream.

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And wonderful BRB were too!! I'll report more in the performances forum when I have collected my thoughts...

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Kevin O’Hare was seen at the premiere of a triple bill at Berlin State Ballet yesterday. I suppose he knows the pieces by Nacho Duato (Arcangelo) and William Forsythe (Herman Schmerman) already, both of them are some years old, so presumably he was there for the new ballet by Marco Goecke. Maybe you should prepare for looking at dancers‘ backs and fluttering, nervous hands at the Royal Ballet. I fear for Clement Crisp’s health.

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Must be his German weekend, yesterday he was in a performance at Stuttgart.

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Must be his German weekend, yesterday he was in a performance at Stuttgart.

 

maybe he is looking for new male top dancers... they need them

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Principal guest Alina Cojocaru will dance "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Liliom" and "Lady of the Camellias", dates to be announced.

 

 

Do you mean that she is dancing them in Hamburg next season? I know that for the moment she is dancing again just Liliom. (and of course she is dancing the Lady of Camellias in June and A Midsummer Night's Dream during the Australian tour). I hope in many other Hamburg shows and roles for Alina :D

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Do you mean that she is dancing them in Hamburg next season?

That's what the press release for next season said. In print, I can't find it online on the Hamburg website.

If you're thinking about visiting Hamburg, go and see her Lady of the Camellias - she is absolutely incredible in the role, the best dancer since Marcia Haydée.

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maybe he is looking for new male top dancers...

*grrr* ... I hoped he was shopping for choreographers.

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That's what the press release for next season said. In print, I can't find it online on the Hamburg website.

If you're thinking about visiting Hamburg, go and see her Lady of the Camellias - she is absolutely incredible in the role, the best dancer since Marcia Haydée.

 

I was in Hamburg also on the 21st for the Little Mermaid :)

I've seen Alina and Sascha the first night and also on the 1st of November, this time with Silvia Azzoni as Manon: these three (and the rest of the cast too) made for me the best show I've ever seen in my life! I bought a ticket for the next one (24th of June) in January :D

I loved your comment on the first show (what a compliment to be defined the new Marcia Haydée by you!!!) and I'd have loved to discuss some things with you but it took a long time to return to this world and put together all my ideas! :wub:

 

I asked Alina about next season and she talked of Liliom only for the moment...of course I hope in much more!

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To be fair to Kevin O'Hare, with Polunin's departure and Acosta (and perhaps Kobborg?) winding down the Royal probably do need some new virtuoso male dancers who can perform roles such as Don Quixote, unless there are some at soloist level who I'm not familiar with.

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Looking elsewhere for a moment, Cathy Marston's Bern:Ballett premiered a double bill "Lions, Tigers, and Women...." on 18 April. Her contribution is "Hunting Me" with a live band onstage. The other ballet "For Play" is by New Yorker Andrea Miller, who contributed "Howl" to the bill the company brought to London (ROH Linbury Studio) last May. As ever, the relevant link is all in German, but there is a short video clip with Cathy (top right) and, from what I can tell, the reviews look OK:

 

http://www.stadttheaterbern.ch/848-lions-tigers-and-women.html

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Stuttgart Ballet has published its plans for next season. There will be two full-length creations by resident choreographer Marco Goecke and Argentinian corps de ballet dancer/choreographer Demis Volpi. Goecke will develop „Dancer in the Dark“ after the film by Lars von Trier as a coproduction with the Stuttgart playhouse, Volpi’s new work is „Krabat“ after a well-known German youth novel by Otfried Preussler about a young miller’s apprentrice who deals with Black Magic.

 

Two triple bills will include Cranko’s „Concert for Flute and Harp“ (Mozart), Jorma Elo’s „Slice to sharp“ (Biber/Vivaldi) and Béjart’s „Bolero“, the other one 4T by Balanchine, „Dances at a Gathering“ by Robbins and Glen Tetley’s „Sacre“. After 12 years, DQ will return to the repertory, it’s a classic version by Maximilano Guerra that comes with new sets.

 

There will be gala events for the 50th jubilee of Cranko’s „Romeo“ on Dec. 2nd, 45 years of Cranko’s „Onegin“ on Oct. 27th 2012, 100 years „Sacre“ on May 29th 2013 and a gala DQ on new year’s eve.

 

Principals Katja Wünsche and William Moore will leave with former resident choreographer Christian Spuck for Zurich. Elisa Badenes, Rachele Buriassi and Arman Zazyan were promoted to soloists.

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The next season at Ballett am Rhein at Düsseldorf/Duisburg:

- „Concerto Barocco“ by Balanchine, „Kleines Requiem“ by Hans van Manen and a creation by Marco Goecke

- „The Leaves are fading Pas de deux“ and „Jardin aux Lilas“ by Tudor, „Five Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan“ by Ashton and „Johannes Brahms – Symphonie No. 2“, new creation by Martin Schläpfer

- an evening with new creations by Martin Chaix, Antoine Jully, Amanda Miller, Regina van Berkel and „Pond Way“ by Merce Cunningham

- „Afternoon of a Faun“ by Robbins, „Without words“ by Hans van Manen and „Nacht umstellt“, creation by Martin Schläpfer

- „A German Requiem“ by Martin Schläpfer

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Elisa Badenes is doing very well at Stuttgart Ballet. She only graduated from RBS in 2009 and has been promoted to soloist, which is the rank below principal in this company. Well done to her!

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Oh, she's GREAT, a wonderful dancer in everything she does, if classical or modern.

 

Forgot something important for Stuttgart Ballet: they were invited to the Bolshoi in May 2013, they will show two performances of Cranko's "Romeo" and a modern evening.

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Thanks very much Angela for continuing to keep us informed. Sounds like very varied seasons coming up; interesting that the RB is also doing Onegin next season. Respect!! We look forward to having some reviews of the performances from you!

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News from Stuttgart Ballet: principal dancer Friedemann Vogel and (still-) house choreographer Christian Spuck have been awarded prizes for best dancer and best choreographer by the Italian dance magazine Danza & Danza, the first presumably for his performance in "Raymonda" at La Scala, Spuck for his production of "Poppea//Poppea" for Gauthier Dance which was guesting at the Festival Bolzana Danza.

All awards here

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Stuttgart Ballet is on a tour to Japan and Korea, they keep posting pictures in a tour diary on their website

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The programme for the Nijinsky Gala No. XXXVIII at Hamburg Ballet has been published yesterday. Guests include Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva and dancers from San Francisco Ballet. Alina Cojocaru will dance in excerpts from Neumeier’s „Midsummer Night’s Dream“ and „Liliom“.

Complete programme here

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Alina Cojocaru will dance in excerpts from Neumeier’s „Midsummer Night’s Dream“

 

With a change of partner: she seems to dance with Sascha Riabko and not Thiago Bordin...

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