|Staatsballett Berlin, Germany, 2013|
Tour Dates: 1 June - 15 June, 2013
With 88 dancers from 25 nations and two apprentices, the Staatsballett Berlin is currently Germany´s biggest ballet company....
5 June, 19:30, mixed program, National Center for the Performing Arts, 010-66550000
Since January 1st, 2004 Berlin has once again one big independent ballet institution: The Staatsballett Berlin. With 88 dancers from 25 nations and two apprentices, the Staatsballett Berlin is currently Germany´s biggest ballet company. Appointed as the artistic director from 2004, Vladimir Malakhov is entrusted with a heritage; one of the most famous and renowned artist-personalities in the world of ballet. Vladimir Malakhov's goal is to create a distinctive company out of previously excellently educated personalities and to strengthen the team spirit that roots in a diversified local ballet history.
The main emphasis in the composition of the repertoire of the Staatsballett Berlin is first of all on the classical repertoire which is complemented by neoclassical works. In order to evolve the individual style of the ensemble and to personally work with the company, contemporary choreographers are invited (e.g.: Mauro Bigonzetti, Giorgio Madia, Angelin Preljocaj). Company members with choreographic ambitions are given an experimental platform in the show SHUT UP AND DANCE!.
The Staatsballett Berlin claims to not only make its location Berlin the capital of dance but also to radiate from there into the international world of dance. For the first time in 2006 the Staatsballett Berlin presented the INTERNATIONAL DANCE SUMMIT BERLIN with the goal to unite the performances of the Staatsballett Berlin with those of guest companies, to discover similarities and to open doors. The INTERNATIONAL DANCE SUMMIT BERLIN has become the annual important international dance event in the world now.
In the 2011-2012 season, the Staatsballett Berlin presented 94 performances, including 4 premieres and 2 world premieres, on the stage of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and Komische Oper Berlin.
Artistic Director: Vladimir Malakhov
Vladimir Malakhov is one of the most famous and renowned artistic-personalities in the world of ballets. In 2004, he became the artistic director and first soloist of the Staatsballett Berlin.
Vladimir Malakhov is born in 1968 in Ukraine. He began his dance training at the age of four. From age ten on, he was under the tutelage of Peter Pestov. Upon graduation in 1986, he joined the Moscow Classical Ballet as the company's youngest principal dancer.
In 1992, Malakhov joined the Vienna State Opera Ballet as a principal artist and the National Ballet of Canada in 1994. In the spring of 1995, he had his debut with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Since that time, he has remained a principal dancer with ABT and has continued to dance principal roles in Vienna as well as the renowned Stuttgart Ballet.
Music by Friedrich Burgmüller
Vladimir Malakhov has drawn inspiration from historic lithographs to create a new staging of the romantic ballet LA PÉRI for the Staatsballett Berlin. Like the sylphids, the wilis and all the other unattainable fairy and elfin beings that populated on the 19th century ballet stage in great numbers and in many new interpretations, the péris are oriental heavenly creatures that embody Prince Achmed's yearning for another form of existence. A beautiful péri appears to him with her retinue and promises him redemption: she promises that the barrier between Heaven and Earth can be overcome by the power of love.
The ballet LA PÉRI was first performed in 1843 at the Paris Opéra. Friedrich Burgmüller composed the music, and Théophile Gautier's libretto was translated into dance by the choreographer Jean Coralli. Vladimir Malakhov's interpretation of the ballet is expressed in a refined and delicate dance style, which was characteristic of the romantic era and follows naturally from the music. The stage and costume designer, Jordi Roig, has lovingly created an opulent, historic setting in which the atmosphere of the exotic scene is brought to life and the ballet can work its unique magic.
Choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti
Caravaggio is renowned for the dramatic intensity of his paintings. He was always walking on a tightrope between the permissible and the forbidden, between admiration for his art and vehement protest against the unusual realism of his human portrayals.
Because of his quick-tempered and passionate personality, he got into conflict with the people, his patrons, and with the law over and over again. One of his stylistic devices was the extreme contrast between bright and dark, light and shadow. He used to accentuate that with a clear ray of light.
"When I think of Caravaggio, I always think of an artist and a human being at a same time. These are the two aspects of humanity I'm most interested in. The relation between these two worlds-the inside on the one hand and the way this is expressed artistically on the other hand-is the inspiration for my work."Mauro Bigonzetti was born in Rome, is one of the leading choreographers of the Italian ballet world, which managed to free itself from the dominance of the opera companies with their focus on classical style in the eighties. Mauro BigonzettiHis choreographies, which he developed primarily for his Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia, are considered to be pioneering and helped him to international renown. Bigonzetti created Caravaggio for the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin.