STUTTGART BALLET 2013 – 2014 SEASON
World premieres by Marco Goecke, Demis Volpi, Edward Clug, Katarzyna Kozielska and Louis Stiens
Tour to London with appearances at Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Celebrating Shakespeare with The Taming of the Shrew, Othello
and Romeo and Juliet
Artistic Director Reid Anderson has announced the company’s 2013-2014 Season. Highlights include the commissioning of five world premieres, the company premiere of William Forsythe’s workwithinwork and the revival of Maurice Béjart’s Songs of a Wayfarer, as well as appearances at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. The company will also present three ballets based on works by William Shakespeare to celebrate the playwright’s 450th birthday.
MADE IN GERMANY (Mixed Repertory Evening)
Premiere: September 27th, 2013, Playhouse
With the mixed repertory evening MADE IN GERMANY, the Stuttgart Ballett presents twelve works or excerpts from works which were all made for the Stuttgart Ballet. It is the first time so many pieces made exclusively for the company have been assembled and in many respects the evening represents a “Best Of” in terms of choreographers or creations. Many of the choreographers stem from the company itself or have worked closely with the company for many years. The evening includes Resident Choreographer Marco Goecke’s Fancy Goods and Äffi, new Resident Choreographer Demis Volpi’s Little Monsters and Allure, the Pas de Deux from Mauro Bigonzetti’s Kazimir’s Colours, Itzik Galili’s Mono Lisa, Douglas Lee’s Fanfare LX, the finale from Christian Spuck’s the seventh blue as well as Spuck’s Le Grand Pas de Deux. In addition, creations by two very young choreographers – Katarzyna Kozielska’s Symph and Roman Novitzky’s Are You as Big as Me? – will be part of the evening.
GROUND BREAKERS (Mixed Repertory Evening)
Choreographies by William Forsythe (CP), Hans van Manen, Marco Goecke (WP)
Premiere: November 8th, 2013, Opera House
The mixed repertory evening GROUND BREAKERS unites works by three choreographers who can undisputedly be considered to have broken new ground with their work and their highly individual styles: Hans van Manen, William Forsythe and Stuttgart Ballet Resident Choreographer Marco Goecke. Goecke’s world premiere is one of the highlights of the 2013-2104 season, marking the first time he will create a work for the Opera House stage since his highly acclaimed full length
Orlando in 2010. For his new work, Goecke has chosen music by the young Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud: “Segue for cello and orchestra” (2008) as well as Edward Elgar’s “March of the Mogul Emperors” (1911-12). As always, the audience is sure to be confronted with Goecke’s unique dance vocabulary which dissects and magnifies movements – thus injecting them with a feverish quality – as well as his haunting images and fleeting bursts of gentle humor.
Also new for the Stuttgart Ballet will be William Forsythe’s workwithinwork. Created for Ballet Frankfurt in 1998, workwithinwork is one of the American choreographer’s “ballet-ballets” and provides the cast of 18 dancers ample opportunity to exhibit the inimitable Forsythe style with its intelligent, virtuosic deconstruction of the music and the classical dance vocabulary. Set to Italian composer Luciano Berrio’s “Duetti for two violins” and featuring costumes by Stephen Galloway, workwithinwork will be a welcome addition to the Stuttgart Ballet’s considerable Forsythe repertory.
Hans van Manen’s Frank Bridge Variations completes this triple bill. Set to Benjamin Britten’s composition of the same name, this piece for five couples features van Manen’s trademark clarity of line and sparsity of movement resulting in a deceptively calm surface under which intense emotions roil and fight their way to the surface. All three choreographers – Goecke, Forsythe, van Manen – have been hailed as revolutionary, progressive and innovative for their time and their generation. This mixed repertory evening unites these three ground breakers for what promises to be an exceptional evening of pure dance.
WAYFARERS (Mixed Repertory Evening)
Choreographies by Demis Volpi (WP), Maurice Béjart, Edward Clug (WP)
Premiere: April 17th, 2014, Opera House
Maurice Béjart’s celebrated Songs of a Wayfarer reenters the Stuttgart Ballet repertory after an absence of over 20 years. Set to Gustav Mahler’s famous song cycle, this moving pas de deux for two men was originally created for Rudolph Nureyev and Paolo Bortoluzzi and was danced with great success in Stuttgart by, among others, Richard Cragun and Egon Madsen.
Joining Béjart’s masterpiece will be world premieres by Demis Volpi and Edward Clug. This will be Volpi’s first creation for the company since being appointed Resident Choreographer as of the 2013-2014 season. For his new work, Volpi has commissioned a score from the American composer Michael Gordon whose music embodies, in the words of The New Yorker‘s Alex Ross, “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Volpi is
planning a ballet for an all-female cast, intending to further explore the possibilities of pointe work – one of the elements which have become a trademark of his work.
The Romanian Edward Clug will create his third work for the Stuttgart Ballet and his first for the Opera House stage. Clug has also commissioned new music from the Slovenian composer Milko Lazar and is planning on using an all-male cast.
DANCELAB (Mixed Repertory Evening)
Choreographies by Katarzyna Kozielska (WP), Louis Stiens (WP) and Douglas Lee
Premiere: May 23rd, 2014, Play House
Stuttgart Ballet’s Artistic Director Reid Anderson is recognized the world over for his
encouragement of young choreographers and for providing them opportunities to create new works.
Many of them come from within the company and receive their first commissions for the smaller stage of the State Theater Stuttgart’s Play House. British choreographer Douglas Lee is a prime example of this policy. Lee subsequently created over 10 works for the Stuttgart Ballet before moving on to a successful free-lance career. The last work he created for the company was Miniatures, an abstract work to music by Simeon ten Holt, Dustin O’Halloran and Frank Henne which premiered in June 2011. Lee’s sculptural and precise choreography provides a brilliant showcase for his dancers and Miniatures is no exception: as if viewed under a microscope the
movements are clear and distilled, creating a sense of an organism which has been dissected into its smaller parts.
Joining Lee’s Miniatures will be world premieres by two very young choreographers from within the company: Katarzyna Kozielska and Louis Stiens. Both have created works for the Stuttgart based Noverre Society’s “Young Choreographers Evening” as well as short experimental works for the Stuttgart Ballet in smaller venues. For her first official piece for the company, Kozielska will collaborate with American sculptor Janet Echelman. Kozielska’s works are characterized by a high musicality, and a decidedly classical movement vocabulary which she then subverts with a wry,
humorous twist. Stiens – who has already established a reputation for creating provocative and disturbing works – is sure to polarize audiences with his new creation.
In 2014, the famous playwright William Shakespeare will celebrate his 450th birthday and to commemorate this event, the Stuttgart Ballet is presenting three of its most famous ballets based on the Bard’s plays: John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet as well as John Neumeier’s Othello. Thus comedy, romance and tragedy will be filling the Opera House stage, providing the Stuttgart Ballet dancers ample opportunity for the superb dramatic dance-acting for which they are so famous.
Returning to the company’s repertory will be the great romantic classic Giselle, in a staging by Reid Anderson and Valentina Savina, based on traditional versions. With delightful costumes and sets by David Walker, this timeless story of deceit, a broken heart and a love which transcends even death is sure to captivate audiences old and young.
Aimed directly at a young audience, Demis Volpi’s Krabat, based on the eponymous award-winning novel for young adults, was such a resounding success with viewers of all ages at its world premiere in March 2013, that all 12 performances were completely sold out within days. Back by popular demand, Volpi’s Krabat is a classic coming of age story about a penniless orphan who defeats an evil and cruel magician with the help of a friend and the love of a young girl. Katharina Schlipf’s
fantastical sets and costumes – including stunning raven costumes for Krabat and his friends and a mill made entirely of 1,200 sacks of flour – as well as evocative music by Pēteris Vasks, Philip Glass and Krzysztof Penderecki combine with Volpis original choreography for an unforgettable theatrical dance experience.
In addition, the Stuttgart Ballet will present Orpheus and Eurydice, a co-production with the Stuttgart Opera choreographed and directed by former Resident Choreographer Christian Spuck.
TOUR TO LONDON: SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE
Monday 18 – Saturday 23 November 2013
The Stuttgart Ballet returns to London and will present two programmes showcasing the diversity of its repertoire and the versatility of its dancers at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
The mixed repertory evening Made in Germany includes seven UK premieres: two works by resident choreographer Marco Goecke, one by resident choreographer Demis Volpi, one by British choreographer Douglas Lee as well as pieces by Mauro Bigonzetti, Itzik Galili, Christian Spuck and Edward Clug. In addition, there will be excerpts from works by John Cranko and John Neumeier.
All twelve pieces were created for the Stuttgart Ballet and have been specially assembled for this evening. (Please note: The Made in Germany progamme for Sadler’s Wells is not the same as the one performed in Stuttgart. The exact works will be announced at a later date).
The company will also present a full length classic by its founder John Cranko, The Taming of the Shrew, based on William Shakespeare’s famous comedy. Set to a delightful score by Domenico Scarlatti, Cranko’s witty and touching masterpiece is full of spectacular dancing and hilarious, fast paced action.
Upon the invitation of Reid Anderson, the Tokyo Ballet will present its signature work The Kabuki at the Opera House in Stuttgart on June 7th and 8th, 2014. Created especially for the Tokyo Ballet by Maurice Béjart, this highly theatrical work tells the gripping story of 47 Samurai who revenge the death of their lord before taking their own lives together.
The traditional “Young Choreographers Evening” organized by the Stuttgart based Noverre Society will take place on July 17th and 18th 2014 in the Play House of the State Theatre Stuttgart. As always, the bulk of the choreographies will be by dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet creating works on their colleagues.
The highly popular “Backstage with the Stuttgart Ballet” Series will take place in February, 2014 and promises insights into dance training, the choreographic and rehearsal process as well as other topics around and about what goes into bringing a ballet onto the stage.
For the 8th year in a row, the Stuttgart Ballet will present “Ballet in the Park” in July 2014, with the live broadcast of a performance from the Opera House stage onto Europe’s largest Video-Screen,placed in the central park of downtown Stuttgart. In 2013, over 7000 people attended the “Ballet in the Park” performance of Demis Volpi’s Krabat. In 2014, the company will dance Giselle.
Promotions for the 2013-2014 Season: Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo have been promoted to Principal Dancer. Angelina Zuccarini, David Moore and Roman Novitzky have been promoted to Soloist. Ami Morita, Elisabeth Wisenberg, Constantine Allen, Matteo Crockard-Villa and Robert Robinson have been promoted to Demi-Soloist. Joining the corps de ballet are Aiara Iturrioz Rico, JiWoo Kwon, Ruiqi Yang, Alexander McGowan and Pablo von Sternenfels. All five are graduates of the John Cranko School. Alexander Zaitsev, long time Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet departed the company after a moving final performance in which he danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring.
Principal Dancer Elisabeth Mason also departed the company to return to her native country, the United States, where she has joined Tulsa Ballet.