TU 14.09.2021, 7.00 PM

Ballet for Future? We have to talk!

Panel discussion


Free entry, registration via required. Please make sure to follow current corona safety guidelines.

Ballet repertory past, present and future

What may, what can and what should a ballet company perform today? Are the works of the classical ballet repertoire still up to date? What exactly are the critical contents and how can they be dealt with? How can communication about it be established in the performance? Can questions on this subject , that arise in dance itself also be answered in dance?

What the team of authors describes in their "Rapport sur la diversité à l'Opéra de Paris" from spring 2021, commissioned by the Paris Opera House, is also the focus of this evening's discussion at the Staatsballett Berlin: "Our mission seemed to us not to create space for social issues within an artistic institution, but rather to contribute to the definition of its artistic mission, which includes the desire for openness, better representation of diversity on stage, the questioning of the repertoire and its echo in the contemporary world, and furthermore, the renewal of interpretations and possibilities, as well as exemplary personnel policies as a whole, so that discrimination and racist expressions are banished. "

It is not a matter of answers, but rather the concern is: what are the key questions that need to be asked in order to bring about awareness and, ideally, a significant change in one's own actions and external perceptions? On the topic of "Diversity and Ballet Repertoire," experts will meet at the invitation of Acting Artistic Director Dr. Christiane Theobald at the round table of the Staatsballett Berlin: the multi-voiced panel, chaired by dance journalist Claudia Henne, includes Ingrid Lorentzen (Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo), dance critic Arnd Wesemann (tanz), Black Pearl De Almeida (freelance dancer), Federico Spallitta (principal dancer, Staatsballett Berlin), and dance scholars Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter (FU Berlin) and Dr. Mariama Diagne (currently university assistant for gender studies at the University of Performing Arts, Vienna).


Further dates

14 September 2021, 7pm
Ballet repertory past, present and future

4 November 2021, 7pm
Power relationships and discrimination in the culture industry

13 January 2022, 7pm

3 March 2022, 7pm

31 May 2022, 7pm

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