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Wed 06.07.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Fellows 21/22

With the end of the season, we also say goodbye to our first ever Mentorship Programme fellows.

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Wed 06.07.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Ballet for future? Podcast - Episode Five

PODCAST - Are the working conditions of a ballet dancer healthy? Is it possible to end a career in dance without lasting injuries?

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Fri 17.06.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE – on the Spree

The Staatsballett Berlin charters a boat once more, performing excerpts from the repertory in an unusual setting on August 26 from 6 p.m.

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Wed 15.06.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

360° Onegin

John Cranko's ONEGIN is a milestone in ballet history. Take a look behind the scenes with our digital introduction.

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Fri 03.06.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

360° Sleeping Beauty

VIDEO - Take a look behind the scenes of Marcia Haydée's SLEEPING BEAUTY which we'll stage at the Deutsche Oper Berlin until the end of the season.

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Tue 31.05.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Ballet for future? Podcast - Episode Four

Despite the political agenda of a "culture for everyone", only a small part of the population in Germany visits publicly funded culture institutions on a regular basis. With diverse events, theatres, museums and libraries try to change this to reach a more diverse audience.

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Wed 25.05.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

LAB_WORKS 2022: Behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes of our latest production LAB_WORKS 2022 featuring choreographies from the company.

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Wed 18.05.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Sleeping Beauty: Trailer

Our brand-new SLEEPING BEAUTY trailer is here, just in time for our B premiere!

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Sat 14.05.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Sleeping Beauty: Curtain call

After the premiere is before the premiere! After last night's A premiere of Marcia Haydée's SLEEPING BEAUTY, we're looking forward to our B premiere on Wednesday, May 18!

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Fri 06.05.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

»Carabosse is a diva«

Marcia Haydée on the character of Carabosse in SLEEPING BEAUTY, celebrating its premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on May 13 and 18.

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Wed 04.05.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Sleeping Beauty: rehearsal teaser

Marcia Haydèe's SLEEPING BEAUTY will celebrate its premiere with two star-studded casts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on May 13 and 18.

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Fri 29.04.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

22/23 season: Tickets on sale now

Tickets to the upcoming 22/23 season are now available via our website as well as the box offices of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper unter den Linden.

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Mon 25.04.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Alongside

Our dancers creativity knows no bounds when it comes to expressing the issues of our present in the language of movement.

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Fri 08.04.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

BALLET FOR LIFE by Iana Salenko

Principal dancer organises charity gala to support the Ukraine with humanitarian aid

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Thu 07.04.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Welcome to the company! – Four new additions to the ensemble

David Motta Soares joins the Staatsballett Berlin as principal dancer with immediate effect. Demi-soloist Bruna Fernanda Cantanhede Gaglianone and corps de ballet dancer Erick Swolkin complete the ensemble. In addition, Maria Valter is now part of the Enhance Mentorship Programme.

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Wed 30.03.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Sleeping Beauty: behind the scenes

First impressions of SLEEPING BEAUTY rehearsals with the legendary Marcia Haydée as well as Polina Semionova, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera and Arshak Ghalumyan. The ballet classic premieres at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on May 13.

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Mon 21.03.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

22/23 Season: Transitions

We're thrilled to announce our 22/23 season programme. Three premieres and seven repertory productions showcase the ensemble's wide range and present iconic compositions for orchestra and chorus.

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Thu 10.03.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Ballet for future? Podcast - Episode Three

High-performance sport or educating artistic expression? Between discipline and big goals, between partnership and pedagogy, traditional training for professional dancers is called into question.

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Wed 09.03.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Statement by the management of the Staatsballett Berlin on the attack on Ukraine

We are stunned, full of anger, sadness, fear and horror about the war in Ukraine. Several employees of the Staatsballett Berlin come from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, China, Latvia and many other countries around the world. Our self-image unites the different nations and speaks a common language in dance that connects everyone and transcends political borders.

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Fri 25.02.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

In Solidarität sind wir im Herzen bei den Menschen in der Ukraine

Wir stehen solidarisch zu all jenen, die weiter fest an die Möglichkeiten eines vielfältigen und friedlichen Miteinanders, an die Kraft der Kunst und die befriedende Wirkung der Kultur glauben und die jetzt dafür streiten müssen. In der Ukraine, aber auch in der russischen Zivilgesellschaft. Es gibt viele gute Beispiele, wie gerade kultureller Austausch und künstlerische Zusammenarbeit über Grenzen hinweg die Grundlage für Frieden und Verständigung schaffen können. Wir werden alles uns Mögliche dafür tun.

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Thu 24.02.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

The last Don Quixote

Tonight, we'll stage Víctor Ullate's DON QUIXOTE for the last time this season. Our Acting Artistic Director Christiane Theobald on this last performance.

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Mon 14.02.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

World Premiere: SYM-PHONIE MMXX

On March 13, 2022, the Staatsballett Berlin stages the world premiere of Sasha Waltz and Georg Friedrich Haas' SYM-PHONIE MMXX for dance, light and orchestra co-produced by Sasha Waltz & Guests.

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Mon 10.01.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Ballet for Future? Podcast - Episode Two

What is the current status of power relations at the theatre and in other cultural institutions? This and other issues will be discussed in our new episode.

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Wed 05.01.2022 Staatsballett Berlin

Reflecting on 18 years of repertoire

NEWS - At the beginning of 2022, the Staatsballett Berlin turned 18! As a small birthday surprise, we made a new section available on our website.

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Fri 17.12.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

360° Don Quixote

VIDEO - Take a look behind the scenes of Víctor Ullate's DON QUIXOTE.

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Thu 02.12.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

The history of »gitanos« in Spain

DON QUIXOTE choreographer Víctor Ullate grew up with Spanish dance. »Gitanos« have always been an integral part of Spanish dance history. Learn more about the history of Roma in Spain.

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Wed 01.12.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Dance in Spain

What's the difference between »bailar« and »danzar«? And how do classical ballet and flamenco fit together? Learn more about the different dance styles in Víctor Ullate's DON QUIXOTE with our guide.

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Tue 30.11.2021 Víctor Ullate

Why Don Quixote?

In an interview, choreographer Víctor Ullate told us why he set out to create his own version of the ballet classic, which will celebrate its revival at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on December 3.

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Fri 26.11.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

We love The Nutcracker

THE NUTCRACKER banned? The ultimate Christmas ballet cancelled? In the last few days, various newspapers and social media posts said, the Staatsballett Berlin removed the classic from its repertory without warning. Click here to read why it's not part of our programme this year.

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Fri 19.11.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Casts: Don Quixote and Jewels

NEWS - Casts for Víctor Ullate's DON QUIXOTE and George Balanchine's JEWELS in December are now online.

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Wed 17.11.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Wir trauern um Martina Feldt

NACHRUF - Am 4. November verstarb Martina Lux, geb. Feldt, die nach ihrem Abschluss an der Staatlichen Ballettschule Berlin 1973 ins Ballett der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin engagiert wurde. Das Staatsballett Berlin wir ihr immer in dankbarer Erinnerung verbunden bleiben.

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Mon 15.11.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

In rehearsal: Don Quixote

Spanish ambiance galore at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in December! Rehearsal for Victor Ullate's DON QUIXOTE are well underway.

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Thu 11.11.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

360° Dawson

VIDEO - A behind-the-scenes look at DAWSON, our double bill featuring two choreographies, CITIZEN NOWHERE and VOICES, by David Dawson.

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Wed 10.11.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Half Life at Kraftwerk Berlin

PRESS RELEASE - In January 2022, the Staatsballett Berlin will be part of a series of live performances titled 'Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar: Love is Life' at Kraftwerk Berlin.

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Thu 04.11.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Programme changes: SYM-PHONIE MMXXand SWAN LAKE

PRESS RELEASE - The Staatsballett Berlin announces changes in the second half of the 21/22 season: SYM-PHONIE MMXX will be staged three times as a collaborative production of Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Staatsballett Berlin. In addition, SWAN LAKE will return to its origins at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in December 2022.

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Mon 25.10.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Ballet for Future? – A Staatsballett Berlin podcast

Today, the Staatsballett Berlin released the first episode of its podcast BALLET FOR FUTURE? In five episodes, topics related to the institution of ballet, its values and structures will be controversially discussed.

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Sat 23.10.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Solo mit Sofa

NEWS - As part of today's Deutscher Tanzpreis award ceremony, Principal Dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick will perform Reinhild Hoffmann's iconic piece SOLO MIT SOFA. Our photo depicts Ksenia during one of the last rehearsals with Hoffmann at our studios. Toi toi toi for tonight's performance.

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Tue 19.10.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

World Ballet Day 2021

VIDEO - Happy World Ballet Day! Celebrate with us and join the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin as well as fellows of the Enhance Mentorship Programme and Nodira Burchanowa on piano for a ballet class on the stage of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden at 4pm CET today.

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Tue 05.10.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Dawson Trailer

VIDEO - Have a look at our trailer for DAWSON, our double bill at the Deutsche Oper Berlin feat. CITIZEN NOWHERE and VOICES by choroeographer David Dawson.

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Fri 01.10.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Ticket sales November to January

PRESSE - Tickets to all shows of Don Quixote, Dawson, Jewels and Onegin between November and January are on sale now.

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Mon 27.09.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Dawson Premiere

NEWS - After the successful premiere of our double bill DAWSON, the artistic team gathered for a quick snapshot.

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Mon 20.09.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Dawson: pre-premiere conversation

NEWS - Last Sunday, we held our first pre-premiere conversation. Acting Artistic Director Christiane Theobald invited choreographer David Dawson to talk about his pieces VOICES and CITIZEN NOWHERE which will premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on Sunday, September 26.

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Mon 06.09.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Fellows 21/22

NEWS - Welcome to all fellows of the first ever ENHANCE Mentorship Programme.

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Fri 03.09.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

promotions: part two

NEWS - Apart from the already mentioned six, we have one more promotion to announce! Congratulations to Cecile Kaltenbach on her promotion to Demi-Soloist this season!

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Thu 26.08.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

October Ticket sale

NEWS - Tickets to all October performances are available from August 27 (advance) and from September 3 (regular ticket sales).

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Fri 20.08.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Casts: Onegin

NEWS - On Sep 9, we kick off our 21/22 season with a classical ballet masterpiece: John Cranko's ONEGIN. Between the beginning of September and the end of November, you can choose between eight performances and a variety of casts.

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Thu 12.08.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Promotions and new dancers

NEWS - Congratulations to Yuria Isaka, Alizée Sicre, Alexander Bird and Alexandre Cagnat on their promotion to Demi-Soloist! And a warm welcome to Timothy Dutson, our newest dancer in the corps de ballet, as well as Wei Wang, who has returned to the company after a one-year hiatus.

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Fri 18.06.2021 Dr. Christiane Theobald

Welcome to our 21/22 season

Our 2021/22 season programme is out, including four premieres by established and up-and-coming choreographers as well as new fringe events and a mentorship programme for Berlin dancers. Our Acting Artistic Director welcomes you and introduces you to our new season.

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Tue 15.06.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Christian Spuck übernimmt die Intendanz des Berliner Staatsballetts

PRESSE - Christian Spuck wird ab der Spielzeit 2023/2024 neuer Intendant des Staatsballetts Berlin. Um seine Intendanz mit entsprechender Vorbereitungszeit verantwortungsvoll angehen zu können, wird er in der Spielzeit 2022/2023 der kommissarischen Intendantin, Dr. Christiane Theobald, bereits künstlerisch beratend zur Seite stehen.

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Fri 04.06.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Dancing on the river Spree

VIDEO - In addition to indoor performances with limited seating capacity, the Staatsballett Berlin charters a boat, conquering the inner-city Spree.

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Mon 03.05.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Staatballett Berlin Future prospect for Berlin's young generation of dancers

PRESS RELEASE - The Staatsballett Berlin launches a ten-month Mentorship Programme for alumni of the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin at the beginning of next season, providing 16 dancers with future prospects during the pandemic.

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Wed 21.04.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

»It is a wake-up call.« – Staatsballett Berlin and dancer reach settlement

PRESS RELEASE - A settlement was reached in today's arbitration concerning the case of Lopes Gomes. Furthermore, the Staatsballett Berlin insistently continues its diversity-oriented structural transformation.

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Wed 10.03.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

David Dawson started working on his first creation for the Staatsballett Berlin

PRESS RELEASE - Renowned choreographer David Dawson is currently developing a creation with the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin that will premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in November 2021.

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Tue 23.02.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

3 legends

INTERVIEW - Originally, Patrice Bart, Marcia Haydée and Víctor Ullate were scheduled to come to our studios to work on SLEEPING BEAUTY, SWAN LAKE and DON QUXOTE. However, Covid-19 not only turned all planning upside down, but our entire lives as well. Seeking the advice of the three living legends, who devoted their entire lives to dance, we asked them a few questions nonetheless – not in person but via a digital conversation.

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Tue 12.01.2021 Staatsballett Berlin

Du bist die Ruh

VIDEO - Last year, nine choreographers contributed "pieces from isolation" to our contemporary programme LAB_WORKS COVID_19. Andreas Heise's DU BIST DIE RUH featuring Yolanda Correa, Arne-Christian Pelz (cello) and Alina Pronina (piano) was one of them. And we're excited to share it with you today.

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Thu 12.11.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

Wir trauern um Birgit Brux

NACHRUF - Uns hat ein besonderer Mensch verlassen, liebenswürdig und herzensgut. Wir werden ihre Fröhlichkeit vermissen. Birgit Brux hat für das Ballett gelebt. Wir werden sie nicht vergessen. Das Staatsballett Berlin und Tanz ist KLASSE! trauern um Birgit Brux.

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Thu 05.11.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

Meet the Company

VIDEO - We are still absent from the theatre stage this month, but we're more than happy to invite you backstage. Welcome to the Staatsballett Berlin!

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Thu 29.10.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

World Ballet Day 2020

VIDEO - Featuring the the Grand Pas de Deux from LE CORSAIRE with Iana Salenko and Daniil Simkin as well as PAS DE QUATRE by Anton Dolin with Yolanda Correa, Evelina Godunova, Sarah Hees-Hochster and Aya Okumura.

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Fri 16.10.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

Diorama

VIDEO - Dance film with Daniil Simkin, Maria Kochetkova and the Kronos Quartet

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Tue 29.09.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

Behind the scenes of LAB_WORKS COVID_19

VIDEO - Take a look behind the scenes with Artistic Director Christiane Theobald and find out how all our dancers' "choreographies from isolation" were created.

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Thu 03.09.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

Locked in

VIDEO - On September 3, LAB_WORKS COVID_19 premieres at the Komische Oper Berlin. On the night, eight Staatsballett dancers* presented choreographies which were created during the lockdown period. Today, as a digital preface, we post LOCKED IN by one of the choreographers, Vivian Assal Koohnavard.

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Thu 13.08.2020 Tanz ist Klasse! e.V.

»Distance« streaming now

DOCUMENTARY - Last year, the dance pedagogues of Tanz ist KLASSE! went to four Berlin-based schools to talk about »Grenzen«, which translates to »limits« but also implies »borders«, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall.

The participating children not only choreographed their own dances but also engaged in the medium of film. The outcome is the 60-minute dance film DistANCE documenting the children's dances and in doing so becoming a form of dance itself.

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Tue 30.06.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

From Berlin with Love – Berlin streams digital gala

VIDEO - We have reached the end of a more than unusual 19/20 season. However, we have a surprise up our sleeve for all dance enthusiasts out there. On Friday, July 3, 7pm CET, we'll stream FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE via YouTube!

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Fri 26.06.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

I can't get no...

VIDEO - Our dancers can't wait to get back on the stages of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Berlin!

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Fri 19.06.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

Sunny in the Park

VIDEO - At the end of August, our dancers might be back on stage, however, with a limited amount of people only. So, we decided to take Emanuel Gat's SUNNY with music by Awir Leon to the park, keeping the necessary distance, of course.

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Thu 14.05.2020 Michael Hoh

Back in the Studio

VIDEO - The dancers are back in the studio!

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Fri 10.04.2020 Michael Hoh

LA BAYADERE | Nikiya Solo Variation

VIDEO - Just prior to all of Berlin's cultural institutions shutting down due to the Corona pandemic, we went to the studio with Principal Dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick to record one last solo from Alexei Ratmansky's LA BAYADERE to compensate for all the cancelled performances this season.

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Wed 08.04.2020 Michael Hoh

Swan Lake Rehearsal with Patrice Bart - Part 2

VIDEO - On March 16, we filmed one of the last SWAN LAKE rehearsals with choreographer Patrice Bart, dancers Aurora Dickie and Alejandro Virelles, ballet mistress Christine Camillo and Peter Hartwig on piano. All performances might have been cancelled, however, we still want to treat you to an extended clip. Enjoy!

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Wed 25.03.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE | Creating in Times of Corona

VIDEO - Even in isolation, our wonderful dancers are connected and ready to create!

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Mon 23.03.2020 Michael Hoh

Swan Lake Rehearsal with Patrice Bart - Part 1

VIDEO - Last week, we filmed one of the last SWAN LAKE rehearsals with choreographer Patrice Bart, dancers Yolanda Correa and Alejandro Virelles, ballet mistress Christine Camillo and Peter Hartwig on piano. All performances might have been cancelled, however, we still want to treat you to an extended clip. Enjoy!

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Thu 02.01.2020 Staatsballett Berlin

One Day in One Minute

VIDEO - We are speeding into 2020 with a behind-the-scenes time lapse recorded by our dancer Vladislav Marinov.

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Thu 21.11.2019 Michael Hoh

La Bayadere – Rehearsal with Polina Semionova and Alejandro Virelles

VIDEO - On World Ballet Day, Polina Semionova and Alejandro Virelles allowed us to witness the first rehearsal with Christine Camillo since their stage performances last season.

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Wed 23.10.2019 Michael Hoh

World Ballet Day 2019

VIDEO - On Wednesday, October 23, we celebrated #WorldBalletDay presenting an hour-long programme featuring classical and contemporary morning classes, »Plateau Effect« rehearsals and »La Bayadère« rehearsals with Polina Semionova and Alejandro Virelles. Enjoy!

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Tue 17.09.2019 Staatsballett Berlin

Wir trauern um Bernd Dreyer

NACHRUF - Bernd Dreyer ist am 16. September 2019 verstorben. Das Staatsballett Berlin wird dem Meistertänzer Bernd Dreyer als herausragende Künstlerpersönlichkeit seiner Geschichte ein besonderes Andenken bewahren. Kolleginnen und Kollegen, die teilweise über Jahrzehnte hinweg mit ihm arbeiteten, werden mit ihm auch einen sensiblen, herzlichen und humorvollen Menschen vermissen.

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Wed 21.08.2019 Staatsballett Berlin

Staatsballett Berlin honoured as »Company of the Year«

PRESS RELEASE - A total of 25 dance journalists from all German-speaking countries voted for the Staatsballett Berlin Company of the Year. The annual survey by the magazine tanz thus confirms what viewers' voices and critics have already shown: the first season of the Staatsballett Berlin under new artistic direction was a success. In its statement, the jury emphasized not only the reorientation of the repertoire but also the impressive ensemble performance.

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Mon 10.06.2019 Michael Hoh

»It's like coming home«

INTERVIEW - The end of the season is approaching fast, but we still have five performances of John Cranko's »Romeo and Juliet« coming up at Deutsche Oper Berlin. We talked to Reid Anderson, former director of the Stuttgarter Ballett and Cranko student, about the masterpiece.

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Mon 13.05.2019 Michael Hoh

»Once I know it doesn't work, I want to do it«

INTERVIEW - Dutch composer Thom Willems predominantly composes music for ballet. Since 1985, he has been collaborating with choreographer William Forsythe, both working on over 65 pieces together. In 1991, they premiered The Second Detail which is now staged as part of our triple bill, Balanchine | Forsythe | Siegal at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in May and June. After soundcheck, we asked the composer to give us an interview.

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