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Premiere of Balanchine | Forsythe | Siegal – A creation and two modern classics with the Staatsballett Berlin on 4 May 2019

Berlin, 26 April 2019 --- On 4 May 2019 Staatsballett Berlin will celebrate the premiere of Balanchine | Forsythe | Siegal at Staatsoper Unter den Linden. In addition to Theme and Variations by George Balanchine and The Second Detail by William Forsythe, the evening also features Oval, an exclusive creation by American choreographer Richard Siegal.

Directors Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman see this evening as an ideal example of their programming: »With Balanchine | Forsythe | Siegal, we trace an arc, showcasing intensive examinations of classical ideals. We want to honor tradition and at the same time bring it into the present. In particular, we are delighted that Richard Siegal, himself a former dancer under William Forsythe's direction, contributes to the evening with a creation for Staatsballett and thus consciously explores his origins in classical dance in a new context.«

Johannes Öhman will also take part in a panel hosted by Dr. Christiane Theobald about the expressions of neoclassical ballet and their artistic development. On the podium, they'll be joined by Richard Siegal, Sandra Jennings - responsible for staging Balanchine's Theme and Variations - and Noah Gelber - responsible for staging Forsythe's The Second Detail. The conversation will take place at 4:45 pm in the Apollosaal of Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Admission starts at 4:30 pm via Staastoper’s Portikus. The event is free of charge.

With a simple ›battement tendu‹ George Balanchine opens his work Theme and Variations to present the basic movements of classical ballet in their development from a simple to a virtuoso element in twelve variations. Balanchine’s intention to evoke the great era of classical Russian ballet would not have been possible without the input of Peter I. Tchaikovsky, whom he venerated all his life as a genius.

William Forsythe's The Second Detail had its premiere with Staatsballett Berlin in 2006 and now returns to the repertory in a new version. This fast-paced work is an analytical reference to the geometry of classical dance, pushing the dancers to their limits of balance and flexibility. Despite this intellectual approach, The Second Detail reaches the spectator in a direct and sensual way. This effect is also due the music: Thom Willems developed the electronic sounds especially for this choreography.

Richard Siegal’s conviction attracts international acclaim, and his work has received multiple high-profile awards. His commissions from various art institutions include media and architecture projects, workshops, experiments and a series of dance performances. His artistic concern is with a ›ballet of difference‹, hence the name of his own company. Creating Oval, Richard Siegal will be for the first time working with the dancers of Staatsballett Berlin, thus contributing to the evening Balanchine | Forsythe | Siegal with a virtuoso experiment with the possibilities of contemporary ballet. Another world premiere is the music by Alva Noto, which the artist and musician composed especially for Oval.

Premiere | World Premiere
Choreographies by George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Richard Siegal

Ballet in one act by George Balanchine
Music by Peter I. Tschaikowsky
Choreography: George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust
Costumes: Elsie Lindström
Staging: Sandra Jennings
Musical direction: Paul Connelly
Staatskapelle Berlin

Choreography by William Forsythe
Music by Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Stage and Light Design: William Forsythe
Costumes: Issey Miyake | Yumiko Takeshima
Staging: Noah Gelber | Amy Raymond
Music from recording

World premiere
Choreography by Richard Siegal
Music by Alva Noto (commissioned work)
Choreography and Stage Design: Richard Siegal
Costumes: UY Studio
Video and Light Design: Matthias Singer
Music from recording

Dancers of Staatsballett Berlin

Ca. 2 hours 30 minutes incl. two intermissions

4 May 2019

Further Performances
6, 10, 11, 17, 18 and 24 May, 4, 6, 19, 21 and 22 June 2019

Tickets: 15-75 Euro, reduced 7,5-37,5 Euro

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