SU 05.01.2020, 2.30 PM

Balanchine | Forsythe | Siegal

Choreographies by George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Richard Siegal

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Theme and Variations

Ballet in one act by George Balanchine
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky

The second detail

Choreography by William Forsythe
Music by Thom Willems

William Forsythe's The Second Detail was first created in 1991, had its premiere with Staatsballett Berlin in 2006 and now returns to the repertory in a new version. This fast-paced work, one of Forsythe's earlier but most typical creations, has long since featured in the schedules of many classical companies worldwide. The Second Detail is an analytical reference to the geometry of classical dance, pushing the dancers to their limits of balance and flexibility. While mastering complex movements, they are compelled to perceive themselves consciously in several perspectives within space. 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.


Choreography by Richard Siegal
Music by Alva Noto (commissioned work)

Richard Siegal represents an individual style of contemporary choreographic work that does not deny its origins in traditional theater dance but rather explores its own identity in ever-changing contexts: His 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, founded in 2016. For the first time, Richard Siegal worked with the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin.

At the end of the third part, sudden strong flashy light, laser and sound effects are triggered which might exceed regular parameters.


»A brilliant world premiere« – Süddeutsche Zeitung

»Fantastically danced and musically interpreted« – Deutschlandfunk

»An ensemble that radiates both skill and joy at an impressively high technical level.« – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Theme and Variations

  • Choreography: George Balanchine
  • Music: Peter I. Tschaikowsky
  • Costumes: Elsie Lindström
  • Staging: Sandra Jennings
  • Musical Direction: Paul Connelly | Marius Stravinsky
  • Performed by: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

The second detail

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


  • Choreography and Stage Design: Richard Siegal
  • Music: Alva Noto
  • Costumes: UY Studio
  • Video and Light Design: Matthias Singer

Find out more about all the choreographers, musicians and set designs before the performances including a showcase of a variety of dance scenes.

Valid only in combination with a visit to a family performance.
Time: 12.30 pm
Location: Deutsche Oper Berlin

Price: 3 euros per person (for children and teenagers up to 18 years old) | 5 euros for adults

Telephone: 030 34 384-166


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