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

Ballettdirektion

Christian Spuck

Betriebsdirektorin

Medea Chiabotti

Büroleitung

Leslie Krumwiede

Produktionsleitung

Mikel Jauregui

Dramaturgie

Michael Küster

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Madeleine Wohlfahrt

Ballettmeister

Jean-François Boisnon, François Petit, Eva Dewaele 

Gastballettmeister

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

Ballettkorrepetitoren

Christophe Barwinek, Luigi Largo

Ballettvermittlung und Tanzpädagogik

Bettina Holzhausen

Assistenz Ballettvermittlung

Christina Maria Meyer

 

Guest performances

AUGUST 2014
DO 28ROMEO UND JULIA, Teatro Mayor, Bogota
FR 29ROMEO UND JULIA, Teatro Mayor, Bogota
SA 30ROMEO UND JULIA, Teatro Mayor, Bogota
SEPTEMBER 2014
MI 3WOYZECK, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexiko City
DO 4WOYZECK, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexiko City
JANUAR 2015
DO 29ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv
FR 30ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv
SA 31ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv
FEBRUAR 2015
SO 1ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv
MO 2ROMEO UND JULIA, The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv
FR 6WOYZECK, Arriaga Theatre, Bilbao
SA 7WOYZECK, Arriaga Theatre, Bilbao
DI 10WOYZECK, Campoamor Theatre, Oviedo
MI 25STRINGS, Theater Winterthur, Winterthur
FR 27STRINGS, Theater Winterthur, Winterthur
SA 28STRINGS, Theater Winterthur, Winterthur
MÄRZ 2015
DO 5NEW CREATIONS, Kurtheater Baden, Baden
 

Vacancies

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


Junior Ballett 

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

Audition date: 11 January 2015 (by invitation only) 

 

Please send cv, dance and portrait photo to: audition[at]opernhaus.ch

 

Contact

Ballettbüro
Falkenstrasse 1
8008 Zurich
ballett-zuerich[at]opernhaus.ch
Phone: +41 44 268 64 63

Please direct you requests regarding auditions to:
audition[at]opernhaus.ch