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Start of the 2018/2019 season: New artistic direction, ensemble grows from 84 to 93 members and the cast for September/October 2018

Berlin, 20 August 2018 - - - The Staatsballett Berlin begins the 2018/2019 season with the new Artistic Director Johannes Öhman (with Sasha Waltz from 2019/2020 on) as well as a larger ensemble of 93 dancers. Many of the new dancers will already be taking part in the performances during this September and October. The casting for the lead roles in these shows and the first premiere can be found online from tomorrow on. As a start of the new season the contemporary evening "Celis | Eyal" is having its premiere on 7 September 2018 at the Komische Oper Berlin.

The Staatsballett Berlin with its new Artistic Director Johannes Öhman (with Sasha Waltz from 2019/2020 on) has grown from 84 to 93 dancers to the start of this season including three principal dancers: Yolanda Correa, Daniil Simkin and Alejandro Virelles.
Yolanda Correa, born in Cuba, was a longtime member of the Cuban National Ballet and danced with the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo from 2010 on, as well as with various companies as a guest soloist. In 2014, she was nominated for the "Benois de la Danse" after her debut as Tatjana in Crankos "Onegin". Her repertoire includes both classical and contemporary roles. In the first performance of "Swan Lake" she interprets the double role of Odette / Odile on the side of Marian Walter.
Daniil Simkin is known as a ballet star and began his professional career in 2006 as a demi-soloist at the Vienna State Ballet. In 2008 he became a soloist at the American Ballet Theater in New York City and in 2012 Simkin was promoted to principal dancer. Since then he has danced many lead roles in classic and neoclassical productions of the company’s repertoire, touring internationally in North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. In Berlin he will perform for the first time on 21 September 2018 as Lenski in "Onegin".
Alejandro Virelles, also Cuban, danced with the Cuban National Ballet, the Barcelona Ballet and the Boston Ballet. In 2014, he became a principal dancer at the English National Ballet and performed as a guest in Russia, the USA and South America. From 2017 on he was a principal dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet. As Prince Siegfried in "Swan Lake" he will dance with Polina Semionova on 19 September 2018 for the first time with the Staatsballett Berlin.

Furthermore, the company has been expanded by the soloists Sarah-Jane Brodbeck, Evelina Godunova, Vahe Martirosyan and Daniel Norgren-Jensen as well as demi-soloists Jenna Fakhoury, Ross Martinson and Jonny McMillan. Corps de ballet dancer Murilo de Oliveira is now promoted to demi-soloist. The new dancers can be seen on stage during the performances this September and October; the cast is online from tomorrow on.

The season kicks off with the opening festivities on 1 September 2018 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, to which the Staatsballett invites the audience to public rehearsals on the main stage as well as in the rehearsal rooms. The program at Deutsche Oper is continuing with "Swan Lake" that is performed again with full stage design and lighting. Highlights of this season are the premieres "Celis | Eyal" on 07 September 2018 at the Komische Oper Berlin, "La Bayadère" on 04 November 2018 at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, "Van Dijk | Eyal" on 15 February 2019 at the Komische Oper Berlin, "La Sylphide" on 01 March 2019 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and "Balanchine | Forsythe | Siegal" at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden on 04 May 2019.

Cast of the lead roles and the premiere in September and October 2018

"Celis | Eyal"
Premiere 07 September 2018, Komische Oper Berlin

Stijn Celis "Your passion is pure joy to me"
Jenna Fakhoury, Sarah Hochster, Xenia Wiest
Jonny McMillan, Ross Martinson, Eoin Robinson, Lucio Vidal

Sharon Eyal "Half Life"
Sarah Brodbeck, Filipa Cavaco, Weronika Frodyma, Mari Kawanishi, Ilenia Montagnoli, Danielle Muir
Gregor Glocke, Olaf Kollmansperger, Konstantin Lorenz, Ross Martinson, Jonny McMillan, Daniel Norgren-Jensen, Federico Spallitta

"Swan Lake", Deutsche Oper Berlin
15 September, 07 and 14 October 2018
Yolanda Correa as Odette/Odile, Marian Walter as Prince Siegfried

19 September, 11 October 2018
Polina Semionova as Odette/Odile, Alejandro Virelles as Prince Siegfried

28 September, 06, 21, 26 October 2018
Iana Salenko as Odette/Odile, Dinu Tamazlacaru as Prince Siegfried

Aurora Dickie as queen on 15 September 2018
Vahe Martirosyan as Rotbart on 15 September 2018
Denis Vieira as Benno on 15 September 2018
Luciana Voltolini in the Pas de trois on 15 September 2018
Sarah Brodbeck as queen on 19 September 2018
Yuria Isaka in the Pas de trois on 28 September 2018
Olaf Kollmansperger as Benno on 07 October 2018
Evelina Godunova in the Pas de trois on 07 October 2018

Musical lead:
15 and 19 September, 21 and 26 October 2018
Alevtina Ioffe

28 September, 06, 07, 11 and 14 October 2018
Robert Reimer

"Onegin", Staatsoper Unter den Linden
21 September, 19 October 2018
Elisa Carrillo Cabrera as Tatjana, Mikhail Kaniskin as Onegin

More information on the cast can be found online.