Michael Clark Company – animal / vegetable / mineral

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On the occasion of Tanz im August

Choreography MICHAEL CLARK
Lighting design CHARLES ATLAS
Costumes STEVIE STEWART & MICHAEL CLARK
Dancers HARRY ALEXANDER, JULIE CUNNINGHAM, MELISSA HETHERINGTON, OXANA PANCHENKO, DANIEL SQUIRE, BENJAMIN WARBIS

The British dance icon Michael Clark is back in Berlin with his most recent production in which he masterfully returns to his roots in ballet, naturally with a touch of glam and punk. The neo-classical repertoire of movement blends congenially with the raw energy of music bands like the Sex Pistols, Scritti Politti and Jarvis Cockers Relaxed Muscle. The six dancers and the light design of the video artist Charles Atlas might be architects inscribing lines and patterns upon empty space, creating images of meditative beauty.




Michael Clark has never left any doubt that for him life and art are one and the same. Details from his colourful biography have repeatedly been reflected in his provocative works. Born in Scotland, Clark graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London and danced with the famous Ballet Rambert. Inspired by Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Karole Armitage, he rebelled as dancer and choreographer extraordinaire against the crustiness of the ballet world and the impositions of politics and hypocrisy. In 1984 he founded his own company and toured the world many times with often audacious productions. He continues to collaborate closely with fashion designers, artists and avant-garde musicians. The Michael Clark Company has been based at the Barbican Centre in London since 2005.





ORGANIZER Tanz im August
Tanz im August is supported by means of the Capital City Cultural Funds from means of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of the governing mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
http://www.tanzimaugust.de

Comissioned by Barbican, London. Co-produced by Barbican, London, Michael Clark Company, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Tramway, Glasgow.
Michael Clark Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Staatsballett Berlin: Don Juan – Ballet by Giorgio Madia

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Don Juan is one of the most dazzling figures in European cultural history. His origins are unclear, but since the early baroque period the legend surrounding his seductive powers and the inevitable punishment this brings him forms the centre of dramas as well as comedies. He provided improvisation-based folk theatres and puppet theatres with material for frivolity; the most famous adaptation for the courtly opera stage is that by Mozart/Da Ponte – it highlights the tragic elements contained within the comic, and envisions his boundless desire as the brilliant characteristic of an intellectual.

The choreographer Giorgio Madia views Don Juan as a figure of the theatre. Part of his myth is the delicate influence of the supposed coincidence which heightens pleasure as well as the never-ending movement which provides the only means for understanding the transience of the present moment. It is the seducer’s masterful use of illusion and fantasy which his female “victims” as well as the audience succumb to. Don Juan has a great gift when it comes to the game and magic of eroticism. He represents that which seems illusory but which is the measure of all things when the whole world becomes a stage.

Giorgio Madia stages this legend as a piece of irresistibly seductive, intimate baroque theatre in modern form. He has drawn inspiration from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s ballet pantomime DON JUAN, the first piece in which the medium of dance was given the sole responsibility for conveying emotions when it premièred in 1761. Complemented by additional compositions by Gluck’s contemporaries, the Zeitgeist of this baroque piece about surrendering to illusion, about desire and transience, could hardly have been given a more fitting expression.

KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Monday, 30.06.2014
19.30 h

Further Events:
21 | 24 | 26 | 30 June 2014
02 | 06 July 2014
02 | 09 | 29 December 2014
01 January 2015

Choreography and Production: Giorgio Madia
Stage design: Cordelia Matthes
Costumes: Bruno Schwengl
Light: Diego Leetz
Dramaturgy: Annegret Gertz
Choreographic assistance: Adriana Mortelliti
Musical preparation and solo-violin: Lidia Baich
Music (recorded) and with live violin: Musik vom Tonträger und live
Dancing: Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Don Juan: Leonard Jakovina
Zanni: Vladislav Marinov
Diavolo: Michael Banzhaf
Elisa: Iana Salenko
Donna Anna: Elena Pris
Donna Isabella: Ilenia Montagnoli
Donna Elvira: Nadja Saidakova
Carino: Marian Walter
Don Ottavio: Dominic Hodal
Komtur: Oliver Wulff

1:30 h | no intermission

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24 Hours in a Berlin ballerina’s life (as seen on Instagram)

Patricia Zhou is a ballet dancer at the Staatsballett Berlin. She also runs a food blog, The Ballerina Chef. She does modelling for Adidas and others. She is hyperactive on numerous social media channels including Instagram and Twitter. Oh, and she sells her own homebaked cakes at a Thai market in West Berlin on Sundays!

This is a typical day for Patricia:



















Béjart Ballet Lausanne is coming to Berlin

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The Béjart Ballet Lausanne is a Swiss ballet company. It is based in the city of Lausanne, but tours other countries. It was founded in 1987. It was established by Maurice Béjart, a well-known choreographer who had previously founded and managed the “Ballet du XXe Siècle” (Ballet of the 20th Century) in Brussels, Belgium. Current Artistic Director is Gil Roman.

Read the programme from Deutsche Oper Berlin here.

The Nights at Deutsche Oper

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“One Thousand and One Nights”, the collection of stories from the Orient, forms the focus of this ballet, newly choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj for the Staatsballett Berlin and staged as a coproduction with his own company, the Ballet Preljocaj. With this work, which fills an entire evening, he investigates those motifs hidden within the Arabian, originally Persian, and Indian traditions of folk fairytales and stories, and tells his narrative from the perspective of the female protagonists: “I venture forth like a painter expressing his vision of a fantastical Orient. My vision is given shape as a type of calligraphy consisting of affects and atmospheres,” says Preljocaj when talking of his creation.

The evening is largely based on the music of Natacha Atlas; her work is a cross-over between the oriental and the western world, and has brought her international acclaim. The costumes have been created by the celebrated fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa. Born in Tunisia, he now runs his studio in Paris, creating works which set international trends. Constance Guisset, the exceedingly successful French designer, is a long-time colleague of Angelin Preljocaj. She is responsible for the stage design featured in THE NIGHTS.

Regarded as one of the leading choreographers of the French avant-garde, Angelin Preljocaj has previously presented a number of his works in Berlin, including his 2009 production of SNOW WHITE, which was greeted with great enthusiasm by audiences.

Premiere:
DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN
Saturday, 01.02.2014
19.00 h
Tickets: 29 – 90 €

Further Events:
01 | 07 | 21 | 25 February 2014
01 | 06 | 12 March 2014
03 April 2014

Dancers: Iana Balova, Maria Boumpouli, Anissa Bruley, Weronika Frodyma, Cécile Kaltenbach, Marina Kanno, Mari Kawanishi, Ilenia Montagnoli, Danielle Muir, Jordan Muir, Krasina Pavlova, Haney Schwan, Arshak Ghalumyan, Leonard Jakovina, Vladislav Marinov, Alexander Shpak, Federico Spallitta, Wei Wang.

Choreographie und Inszenierung: Angelin Preljocaj
Bühne: Constance Guisset
Kostüme: Azzedine Alaïa
Einstudierung: De Smet Claudia
Es tanzen: Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Musik: vom Tonträger

1:30 h | no interval
Staatsballett Berlin | Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence)

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Malakhov & Friends – The Final Ballet Gala

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In the great, international world of ballet, gala events play an important role: they are a meeting place for the elite of the dance world; they are glamorous social events, and they serve as a melting pot for the new and the traditional, for young talent and big stars. Many trends which have shaped the history of ballet had their origins in a gala programme. The fact that dance in general, and ballet in particular, is traditionally imbued with a love of display may explain the success which is always enjoyed by the ballet gala MALAKHOV & FRIENDS. A theatre evening could hardly be any more ingenious, entertaining, or surprising. The mix is the thing: a rediscovered piece of bravura ballet may stand alongside a première performance, but both pieces immediately reveal to the audience the pure energy of dancers who are masters of their art form.

In January 2014, the gala MALAKHOV & FRIENDS will be dedicated to the 10-year jubilee of the Staatsballett Berlin, which was founded under the theatrical management of Vladimir Malakhov in January 2004 as part of the Stiftung Oper in Berlin (the Opera in Berlin Foundation).

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International Guest solists:

Julie Kent and Sascha Radetsky/Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theater
Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino, Bavarian Staateballet
Matthew Golding, Het National Ballet
Mizuka Ueno and Mika Yoshioka, Tokyo Ballet
Irina Perren and Marat Shemiunov, Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg

Soloists from Staatsballett Berlin:

Elisa Carrillo Cabrera
Wieslaw Dudek
Mikhail Kaniskin
Beatrice Knop
Rainer Krenstetter
Vladimir Malakhov
Vladislav Marinov
Nadja Saidakova
Iana Salenko
Dinu Tamazlacaru
Marian Walter

DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN

PREMIERE: Tuesday, 21.01.2014, 19:30
TICKETS: 38 – 122 €

Further Events:
21 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 27 January 2014
27 | 28 | 31 March 2014

Conductor: Robert Reimer
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin