Bundesjugendballett| First international tour to China
The NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET (Bundesjugendballett) has launched its first international tour. From October 6th to 16th the company is taking part in guest performances at the LANXESS Young Euro Classic Concerts in China with shows in Beijing (October 11th), Changzhou (October 13th) und Shanghai (October 15th). On their tour throughChina, the young company will present three highlights of their repertoire with works by John Neumeier, Wang Sizheng and Patrick Eberts. Furthermore, Iris Tenge’s new ballet “But a beautiful ballroom soul”, a piece commissioned for Young Euro Classic, will be premiered to the music of Bernhard Weidner.
The LANXESS Young Euro Classic China Concerts have already reached their sixth year of bringing the best young artists from China and Germany together for joint rehearsals and a concert tour. This year, musicians of the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, the Berlin University of the Arts and the Beijing Conservatory are participating. The participation of the NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET marks the first appearance of a ballet company. The programme draws an arc from Germany to China, from the traditional to the modern.
The music piece “Les yeux verts cheveux noirs” by the young Chinese composer Guo Yanwa has been interpreted by Patrick Eberts, a German choreographer and ensemble member of the NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET. In return, the Chinese choreographer Wang Sizheng has brought movement to Marko Zdralek’s piece “Ich flamme – Tänze im Sonnenwind” arranged for marimba and woodwind-quintet. John Neumeier, General Director and Artistic Supervisorof the NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET, has created a choreography to excerpts from Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 B flat major op. 130. The three ballets were premiered on August 9th at the Konzerthaus Berlin, which hosted the Young Euro Classic festival.
This exciting cross-cultural exchange will provide a musical framework for the official ceremony marking “40 years of diplomatic relations between The People’s Republic China and the Federal Republic of Germany inBeijing”.