John Neumeier – Lifetime Achievement Award 2017


As part of the 45th edition, the Prix de Lausanne wished to honour the work of the choreographer John Neumeier. All of the contemporary variations offered to the students this year are exclusively his creations.

For our many years of collaboration and his devotion to the education of young dancers, the Prix de Lausanne has the great pleasure to offer him a « Lifetime Achievement Award ».

Sasha Waltz and John Öhman take over the direction of the Staatsballett Berlin in 2019


Berlin-based choreographer Sasha Waltz and the director of the Royal Swedish Ballet Stockholm, Johannes Öhman, will jointly take over the direction of the Staatsballett Berlin as co-directors in the summer of 2019. They follow Nacho Duato, whose contract expires in July 2019. The Governing Major of Berlin, Michael Müller, made this announcement today at a press conference

Meet the new dancers at the Staatsballett Berlin


With the start of the new season, the company welcome ten new dancers from all over the world: The troop of new company members is headed by the native Russian Ksenia Ovsyanick, who comes from the English National Ballet to the Staatsballett Berlin and joins the ensemble as a new Principal Dancer. On 19 October 2016, she will make her Berlin debut in the role of Clara in Nacho Duato’s version of “The Nutcracker”. That night, the title role will be danced by another new company member: Denis Vieira, who until this summer was a Soloist at Zurich Ballet. As new Soloists we also welcome Ekaterina Petina from the Bavarian State Ballet and Julia Weiss from the Semperoper Ballet. Joining the corps de ballet are Cameron Hunter, Joaquin Crespo Lopes, Katherine Rooke, Alicia Ruben (not in the photo), Shahar Dori and Pamela Valim (parental leave replacement).

On February 24, 2016 first soloist Beatrice Knop made her farewell to the company after 25 successful years on the stage at a sold out show in Deutsche Oper. At the end of the season Caroline Bird, Lisa Breuker, Stephanie Greenwald, Arman Grigoryan, Sven Seidelman, David Simic, Martin Szymanski, Michael Wagley and Alice Williamson also left the company.

Staatsballett Berlin goes on holiday


Staatsballett Berlin writes on Facebook:

After the last performance of the beloved classic “Sleeping Beauty” on 09 July 2016, the Staatsballett Berlin closes its doors for the #summerholidays. We will return on 11 September 2016 for the new 2016/2017 season with “Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness” at the Komische Oper Berlin. The first premiere of the season will be Nacho Duato’s “The Nutcracker” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 07 October 2016. Tickets sales for all performances of the coming season have already started. So don’t wait to get tickets for your favourite seats. Have a great summer! We look forward to seeing you again in the season 2016/2017!

Edwaard Liang: “Dancing In The Street” (Music by David Bowie)


The Washington Ballet Company Premiere

Rounding out the diverse program is a World Premiere choreographed by Edwaard Liang and set to sections of music composed by Gabriel Gaffney Smith, intermixed with selections from rock legend David Bowie.

Edwaard Liang explores the consummate musical enigma, David Bowie, and his ongoing reinvention of his iconic persona as folksinger, androgyne, alien, art-rocker and the Thin White Duke, among others. This fifth TWB commission with Liang promises daring choreography set to sections of music composed by Gabriel Gaffney Smith, intermixed with selections from rock legend David Bowie.

Music: David Bowie, Gabriel Gaffney Smith

Choreography: Edwaard Liang

Read more about the performance here.