Time to celebrate – the Staatsballett Berlin turns 20! What a wonderful reason to host a glamorous gala and celebrate together with dancers, guests and the Berlin audience. Artistic Director Christian Spuck will personally host the evening with Maria Seletskaja who will conduct the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Once a soloist with the Staatsballett Berlin herself, she now enjoys a career as a sought-after conductor.
A lot has happened since the company was founded in 2004: the ensemble danced 2000 performances in front of more than 2 million spectators, and the curtain opened to 72 premieres, many of them uniting several works. Over the past two decades, the ensemble has presented an extensive and diverse repertoire ranging from romantic classics to radically modern pieces on the stages of Berlin's three opera houses and other venues.
All of this – and above all the art of ballet and the people who allow themselves to be touched by it – is worth celebrating.
On the birthday weekend, the gala will be framed by two great repertoire pieces and a Ballettgespräch special edition: With Giselle at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Messa da Requiem at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsballett will show its artistic range, appropriately celebrating the company's anniversary.