21/22 Season

Ballet for all! – Four premieres plus extensive fringe programme

Berlin, June 18, 2021 --- 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. Tickets to all performances in September are now on sale.

The first premiere of the season, DAWSON, boasts two works by the renowned choreographer David Dawson at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 26 September 2021. Created during the pandemic, VOICES comprises 14 dancers who explore the universal quality of human existence, accompanied by Max Richter’s eponymous music. The solo piece CITIZEN NOWHERE completes the double bill.

With SYM-PHONIE 2020 at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden on 13 March 2022, Sasha Waltz premieres a new work for dance and music with the Staatsballett Berlin, featuring original ballet music by contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas. Marcia Haydee's SLEEPING BEAUTY revels in fairytale opulence including new costume and stage designs by Jordi Roig at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 13 May 2022. Finally, LAB_WORKS 2022 features the young Fellows of the Mentorship Programme together with the ensemble at the Komische Oper on 26 May 2022.

Víctor Ullate's version of DON QUIXOTE marks one of this year's major revivals with complete stage set for the first time and a variety of different casts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 3 December 2021. John Cranko's ONEGIN, George Balanchine's JEWELS, Patrice Bart's SWAN LAKE and the double bill FORSYTHE | EYAL including THE SECOND DETAIL and STRONG is also part of next season's programme, a wide-ranging arc of great stylistic diversity; an invitation to examine established ballet tradition.

In order to bring the art form of ballet even closer to the audience, the company offers insights into the work behind the scenes through a variety of fringe events. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the curtain rises for BALLET CLASSES UP CLOSE, so everyone can catch a glimpse behind the scenes of everyday life at the Staatsballett studios; the essential foundation of the dancers' art which they master so skilfully. INTRODUCTORY MATINEES before premieres, for which the entire artistic team gathers, provide audiences with unique insights which are normally unveiled through personal exchange with the entire team only.In addition, the Staatsballett Berlin opens up the debate and questions historic ballet performance practices with BALLET FOR FUTURE? WE HAVE TO TALK!, together with the audience, dancers, critics, activists and academics alike.

On top, we offer 12 alumni of the Staatliche Ballett- und Artistikschule Berlin to participate in the ENHANCE Mentorship Programme. Based on their completed training, the programme is a bridge between school life and professional life, including morning classes, cognition, health aspects and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Dr. Christiane Theobald, acting artistic director of the Staatsballett Berlin, is looking forward to a varied season:

"A season full of new impulses lies ahead of us! We want to make ballet accessible to as many people as possible which is why we have significantly expanded our fringe programme on top of our long-awaited premieres.

I am particularly pleased with the overwhelming female force, not only manifesting through our premiere choreographers Sasha Waltz and Marcia Haydée, but also through Alondra de la Parra and Alevtina Ioffe at the baton.”

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