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.
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Jean-François Boisnon, François Petit, Eva Dewaele
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Ballettvermittlung und Tanzpädagogik
Christina Maria Meyer
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|DO 28||ROMEO UND JULIA, Teatro Mayor, Bogota|
|FR 29||ROMEO UND JULIA, Teatro Mayor, Bogota|
|SA 30||ROMEO UND JULIA, Teatro Mayor, Bogota|
|MI 3||WOYZECK, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexiko City|
|DO 4||WOYZECK, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexiko City|
|DO 29||ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv|
|FR 30||ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv|
|SA 31||ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv|
|SO 1||ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv|
|MO 2||ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv|
|FR 6||WOYZECK, Arriaga Theatre, Bilbao|
|SA 7||WOYZECK, Arriaga Theatre, Bilbao|
|DI 10||WOYZECK, Campoamor Theatre, Oviedo|
|MI 25||STRINGS, Theater Winterthur, Winterthur|
|FR 27||STRINGS, Theater Winterthur, Winterthur|
|SA 28||STRINGS, Theater Winterthur, Winterthur|
|DO 5||NEW CREATIONS, Kurtheater Baden, Baden|
Auditions for the 2015/2016 season
Male and female dancers (principals and soloists)
Requirements: Minimum height men 180cm, ladies 165cm, extensive stage experience
Repertoire: George Balanchine, Patrice Bart, Edward Clug, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Marco Goecke, Jiří Kylián, Douglas Lee , Paul Lightfoot / Sol León, Wayne McGregor, Hans van Manen, Christian Spuck.
Please send cv, dance and portrait photo to: audition[at]opernhaus.ch
Individual auditions by invitation only.
Male dancers for the Junior Ballett
Requirements: Age 18-22, minimum height 180cm, solid classical training and experience in modern technique.
Please send cv, photos, videos to: audition[at]opernhaus.ch
Individual auditions by invitation only.