Ballett Zürich – a portrait


Switzerland’s largest professional ballet company has been directed by Christian Spuck since the 2012/13 season. Resident at Zurich Opera House, the 36-strong ensemble not only features prominently in the Opera House’s programme; its international guest performances are also regularly acclaimed.
Formerly the Ballet of the Zurich City Theatre, the company was shaped by its directors Nicholas Beriozoff, Patricia Neary, Uwe Scholz and Bernd Bienert. Within a few short years, Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli, Ballet Director from 1996 to 2012, established the company as one of the leading European ballet ensembles.

Under the direction of German choreographer Christian Spuck, the company continues to cultivate its established traditions and to tread new artistic paths, continuously developing the genre of traditional narrative ballet using innovative choreographic techniques. The dancers also dedicate their energies to contemporary, abstract dance. Internationally renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot, Sol León, Douglas Lee, Martin Schläpfer, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke and Mats Ek work in Zurich, ensuring that the company’s repertoire remains stylistically varied. In the Young Choreographers series, members of the ensemble assume personal artistic responsibility.

The Junior Ballet was established in 2001 as an institution aimed at promoting talented young dancers, giving fourteen young dancers from all over the world the opportunity to enjoy a supervised transition from the end of their training to full entry into professional life. During an engagement lasting no more than two years, they train together with the members of Ballett Zürich, dance with them at selected performances from the repertoire, and at a ballet evening arranged especially for them once every season. They thus gather the stage experience necessary for a dance career.

Ballett Zürich's performances are accompanied by a comprehensive supporting programme featuring matinees before ballet premières; introductions to works before the performances; regular ballet discussions; and a wide variety of special projects for children, young people and schools.





Ballett Zürich


Christian Spuck


Medea Chiabotti


Leslie Krumwiede


Mikel Jauregui


Michael Küster


Nila Chea




Jean-François Boisnon, François Petit, Eva Dewaele 


Sylviane Bayard, Rolando d'Alesio, Lucia Geppi, Cynthia Harvey, Marc Ribaud


Christophe Barwinek, Luigi Largo

Ballettvermittlung und Tanzpädagogik

Bettina Holzhausen

Assistenz Ballettvermittlung

Christina Maria Meyer



BALLETT ZÜRICH (Artistic Director: Christian Spuck) is looking for a Ballet Master/Mistress as of the season 2016/17

•    teaching company class
•    leading rehearsals for repertoire works
•    assisting choreographers with staging new works
•    collaborating closely with leading team
•    touring with the company

•    several years of experience as ballet master/mistress
•    strong background in classical, neo classical and contemporary ballet
•    excellent communication skills

Repertoire includes works by
George Balanchine, Patrice Bart, Edward Clug, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke, Jiří Kylián, Douglas Lee, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin, Alexei Ratmansky, Martin Schläpfer, Christian Spuck and Hans van Manen

Please send your application to balletmaster-application[at]




Auditions for the 2016/2017 season

Audition Junior Ballett Zürich (Artistic Director: Christian Spuck)

Sunday, 17 January 2016, Opera House Zurich

Requirements: Age 18-22, solid classical training and experience in modern technique.

Audition by invitation only.

Please send cv, photos, videos to: audition[at] 



For ticket requests please contact the ticket office: + 41 44 268 66 66 or buy tickets in our webshop.

Falkenstrasse 1
8008 Zurich
Phone: +41 44 268 64 63 

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