Shoko Nakamura from the Staatsballett Berlin at the Masse rehearsals



Premiere, World premiere
Saturday, 04.05.2013
20.00 h
27 – 42 €

Further Events:
04 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 14 | 16 | 18 | 22 | 24 | 25 May 2013

Chorography: Nadja Saidakova
Xenia Wiest
Tim Plegge
Music: Henrik Schwarz, Marcel Dettmann & Frank Wiedemann und DIN (Efdemin & Marcel Fengler)
Set Design: Norbert Bisky
Costume Design: Julia Mottl

Koproduktion: Staatsballett Berlin – Club Berghain

Chinese dancers pursue ‘Korean dreams’


Fang Mengying and Huang Zhen rehearse at the Universal Ballet Company in western Seoul last week.

It is the dream of many ballet dancers to pursue a career in France or Russia, home to some of the oldest companies in the world.

But some Asian dancers have come to Korea to develop their careers, as in the case of Huang Zhen, a ballerino from Hong Kong, and Chinese dancer Fang Mengying.

The two dancers will make their debut as main characters in “Swan Lake” by the Universal Ballet Company (UBC), a leading ballet troupe in Korea, next week. The company will stage “Swan Lake” at Seoul Arts Center as a season opener starting Friday through next Tuesday.

Fang is one of the six dancers, along with longtime principal dancer Kang Ye-na and Hwang Hye-min that will dance the lead role of Odette.

The Chinese dancer graces the official poster for the production as well. It is unusual for a soloist, not a principal, to appear in the poster of a season opener or dance a lead role in such a large-scale production as the “Swan Lake.”

Read the full article in The Korean Times here.

Tickets for UBC’s production of “Swan Lake” ranges from 10,000 won to 100,000 won. For more information, call 070-7124-1737 or visit

Russian Police Say Dancer and Two Others Confess to Bolshoi Attack

The New York Times have published three articles about the Bolshoi acid attack:


A dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet and two other men have confessed to carrying out an acid attack in January on the company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, a crime that gripped Moscow and left one of Russia’s most revered institutions in turmoil, the police announced on Wednesday.

Read the full article.


Prosecutors have yet to lay out a possible motive in the January attack on the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, but the revelations of the past few days suggest that it may boil down to a ballerina.

Read the full article.


The Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko on Thursday tried to deflect blame for the January attack on Sergei Filin, the company’s artistic director. Mr. Dmitrichenko said he had agreed that an ex-convict acquaintance would “knock him around,” but that he was unaware that the man planned to douse Mr. Filin’s face with sulfuric acid, jeopardizing his eyesight.

Read the full article.

Ballets Russes – A moderated ballet concert


The Russian group of artists of the Ballets Russes toured in the early 20th Century Western art capitals in order to impress an entire generation and set the art world on its head. Around the impresario Serge Diaghilev gathered not only dancers and innovative theater people, but also visual artists and composers. For tours of the Ballets Russes created works – have found their way into the concert repertoire – mostly intended for a dance implementation. In Concert Film Orchestra Babelsberg some of the most famous compositions are on the program. Vladimir Malakhov is master of ceremonies and presents soloists and corps de ballet of the Berlin State Ballet, which convert some of the works of dance. Ticket sales available at the cash register at the Konzerthaus Berlin. [Source]

Berlin Konzerthaus

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 20:00.
Thursday, February, 21, 2013 – 20:00.


Musik von Igor Strawinsky, Auszug
Choreographie in der Tradition von Michail Fokin
Vladimir Malakhov

“Le Spectre de la rose”
Musik von Carl Maria von Weber, “Aufforderung zum Tanz” (orchestriert von Hector Berlioz)
Choreographie in der Tradition von Michail Fokin
Iana Salenko – Dinu Tamazlacaru

“L’Après-midi d’un faune”
Musik von Claude Debussy
Choreographie in der Tradiotion von Waslaw Nijinsky
Nadja Saidakova – Vladislav Marinov

“Les Sylphides”
Musik von Frédéric Chopin, Walzer op. 64 Nr. 2(orchestriert von Alexander Glasunow)
Choreographie in der Tradition von Michail Fokin
Shoko Nakamura – Mikhail Kaniskin

Musik von Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow op. 35, Auszüge
Choreographie in der Tradition von Michail Fokin
Elisa Carrillo Cabrera – Ibrahim Önal

“Der sterbende Schwan”
Musik von Camille Saint-Saëns
Choreographie in der Tradition von Michail Fokin
Beatrice Knop

Yuriko Kikuchi Receives Commendation from Japanese Government


The residence of Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Consul General of Japan in New York, was filled with dancers on Wednesday, January 30. They gathered to celebrate the life and career of Yuriko Kikuchi, a Japanese American dancer, choreographer, and instructor who was an influential member of the Martha Graham Dance Company for fifty years as well as the first Japanese American star on Broadway.

Known throughout the dance world simply as Yuriko, she is the recipient of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Japanese government, recognized for her outstanding achievements in the field of dance and for her contribution to friendly relations between Japan and the United States. Through dance she promotes cultural exchanges and inspires collaborations between different American dance companies, cultural institutions, and government agencies.

The ceremony began with remarks from Ambassador Hiroki, who described Yuriko as “a pioneer of the modern dance movement,” someone who merged East with West and changed the concept of dance during her time with Martha Graham.


[via Lars Boe Jarvad]

John Cage: Song and Dance


Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Joan La Barbara, vocalist
Meredith Monk, vocalist
Jessye Norman, soprano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Yuval Sharon, director
Jesse Stiles, electronics
Brandon Collwes, dancer
Andrea Weber, dancer

Solo dancers from Merce Cunningham’s celebrated company perform the lead roles in a new realization of Second Hand, a major collaboration of Cage and Cunningham based on music by Erik Satie. Cage used I-Ching chance operations to deconstruct Satie’s music and reform it into a Dada-esque musical coloring book, asking such questions as: “Of those orchestra instruments that easily play all the notes of the phrase, how many and which actually do?”

MTT, Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, Jessye Norman, Marc-André Hamelin and NWS musicians join forces for a multimedia production of Cage’s mind-bending and provocative Song Books. With texts by Henry David Thoreau, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie and others, each of the work’s solos explores the boundaries of song, live electronics and theater.