Assistent Ballet Director
Jean-François Boisnon, Anastacia Holden, Daniel Otevrel
Christophe Barwinek, Luigi Largo
Ballet and dance education
Vittoria Girelli, Marco Goecke, Shaked Heller, Samantha Lynch, Cathy Marston, Wayne McGregor, Marcos Morau, Bronislava Nijinska †, Mthuthuzeli November, Jerome Robbins †, Christian Spuck, Meryl Tankard
Marco Armiliato, Daniel Capps, Paul Connelly, Jonathan Lo, Valterri Rauhalammi, Sebastian Schwab
Hildegard Bechtler, Max Glaenzel, Natalia Goncharova †, Patrick Kinmonth, Michael Levine, Samantha Lynch, Julian Opie, Jerome Robbins † / Ronald Bates †, Christian Schmidt, Michaela Springer, Magda Willi
Bregje van Balen, Ben Benson, Silvia Delagneau, Natalia Goncharova†, Moritz Junge, Patrick Kinmonth, Samantha Lynch, Emma Ryott, Michaela Springer
Lucy Carter, Jon Clark, Chris Ekers, Martin Gebhardt, Udo Haberland, Regis Iansac, James F. Ingalls, John B. Read
Dores André, 1. Solist:in
Esteban Berlanga, 1. Solist:in
Esteban Berlanga comes from Spain. After his training at the Royal Conservatory of Albacete and the Professional Dance Conservatory of Madrid, he danced at the English National Ballet from 2006 to 2013, where he was appointed principal dancer in 2012. Here he appeared as Prince Siegfried in Schwanensee by Derek Dean, the Prince in Kenneth MacMillan’s Dornröschen, Albrecht in Giselle by Mary Skeaping, the Nutcracker in the choreography by Wayne Eagling and Frédéric in L’Arlésienne by Roland Petit, among others. He also appeared in choreographies by Jiří Kylián and Maurice Béjart. He was nominated for the «Prix Benois de la Danse» for Faun(e) by David Dawson. He was principal dancer in the Compañia Nacional de Danza España from 2013-2018. There he performed as a soloist in choreographies by William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Roland Petit, Aleix Mañé and Kenneth MacMillan. He has appeared with the English National Ballet, the Australian Ballet, the Nariko Kobayashi Ballet, and the Carmen Cortès Flamenco Company. He has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2018/19 season, where he has performed in Christian Spuck’s Winterreise and in the title role of Marco Goecke’s Nijinski.
Max Cauthorn, 1. Solist:in
Brandon Lawrence, 1. Solist:in
Giulia Tonelli, 1. Solist:in
Giulia Tonelli comes from Italy. She graduated from the Balletto di Toscana and the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera. After her first engagement at the Vienna State Opera, she danced from 2002 to 2010 with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp and from 2004 as a demi-soloist. There she danced Giselle (Petipa) as well as solo roles in choreographies of Forsythe, Balanchine, Kylián, Haydée and Spuck. She has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2010/11 season, where she has performed ballets by Spoerli, Goecke, McGregor, Lee, Forsythe, Kylián and Balanchine. She danced Julia in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Lena in Spuck’s Leonce und Lena and Betsy in Anna Karenina. In Alexei Ratmansky’s Schwanensee reconstruction she danced in the Pas de trois and she also performed in Forsythe’s Quintett and Spuck’s Messa da Requiem. Last season’s highlights include Emergence by Crystal Pite and Gretchen in Edward Clug’s Faust. During the «Junge Choreografen» series she presented the works Mind Games and Klastos together with Mélissa Ligurgo. In 2013 she was awarded the Giuliana Penzi Prize. In 2017 she received the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».
Elena Vostrotina, 1. Solistin
Elena Vostrotina comes from St. Petersburg. She received her ballet education at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. In 2003 she became a member of the Mariinsky Ballet. There she danced among others Odette/Odile in Schwanensee (Petipa/Ivanov), Myrtha in Giselle (Coralli/Perrot), Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote (Gorsky) and in Approximate Sonata (Forsythe). In 2006 she was engaged by Aaron S. Watkin at the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. Here she was appointed principal dancer and danced a wide repertoire of classical, neoclassical and modern ballets. She has collaborated with renowned choreographers and performed at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater in Moscow, at the State Theater Novosibirsk, at the gala «Roberto Bolle and Friends», and at the Ballets Bubeníček. Elena Vostrotina has been a first soloist at Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season, where season she has appeared as Odette/Odile in Ratmansky’s Schwanensee reconstruction, as the nursemaid in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Myrtha in Patrice Bart’s Giselle as well as in Christian Spuck’s Nussknacker und Mausekönig, Winterreise and Nocturne.
Charles-Louis Yoshiyama, 1. Solist:in
Inna Bilash, Solo
Inna Bilash comes from Ukraine. She studied ballet at the Kharkov Choreographic School, the Perm State Choreographic College and the Perm State Academy of Arts and Culture. She was a principal dancer in the Perm Ballet, where she appeared as Julia in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo und Julia, Odette/Odile in Natalia Makorova’s Schwanensee, Giselle in the choreography of Perrot/Coralli/Petipa, the Bride in Kylián’s Les Noces and Masha in MacMillan’s Winter Dreams. She has also appeared as a soloist in choreographies by Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Douglas Lee. She won the Arabesque Competition in Perm and the Bolshoi Ballet Television Competition. In 2017 she was awarded the prize from the ballet magazine «The Soul of Dance». Inna Bilash has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2018/19 season and has appeared in a variety of roles, including as the title role in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.
Wei Chen, Solo
Wei Chen comes from the USA and received his education at the Boston Ballet School, the Margo Marshall School of Ballet, the Walnut Hill School, and the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. At the Royal Ballet of Flanders he danced in Marcia Haydées Schwanensee (Siegfried) and Dornröschen (Prince Desiré) as well as in Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky). He has also appeared in choreographies by Balanchine, Bournonville, Dawson, Forsythe, Godani, McGregor, Nureyev, Pite, Stevenson, and Wheeldon. He has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2013/14 season and has performed in choreographies by Douglas Lee, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Edward Clug, William Forsythe, and Crystal Pite, among others. He also danced Romeo and Mercutio in Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Benno in Ratmansky’s Schwanensee, Coppelius in Spuck’s Der Sandmann, and Albrecht in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.
Shelby Williams, Solo
Solo mit Gruppe
Sean Bates, Solo mit Gruppe
Chandler Dalton, Solo mit Gruppe
Francesca Dell'Aria, Solo mit Gruppe
Francesca Dell’Aria comes from Italy. She received her training at the Elmhurst School and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. After an engagement with the Slovak National Ballet, she was a member of the Bayerisches Staatsballett from 2010 to 2014. She has belonged to Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season and has appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (New Sleep, workwithinwork, In the middle, The Second Detail), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs, Falling Angels), George Balanchine, Hans van Manen (Kammerballett) Jacopo Godani, Douglas Lee, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke (Nijinski), and Crystal Pite. She also appeared in the title role of Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina and as Myrtha in Patrice Bart’s Giselle. She was awarded with the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2019.
Jesse Fraser, Solo mit Gruppe
Jesse Fraser was born in Saskatoon, Canada. He trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet with the 2010/11 season. There he danced in choreographies by Cranko, MacMillan, Spuck, Haydée, Neumeier, Béjart, Forsythe, Cherkaoui, Goecke, Clug, Volpi, and Stiens. He created the choreographies Back and Forth and Second Self(ie) as a part of the «Young Choreographers» of the Noverre Society series. He has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season. He has appeared as Paris in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, as Levin in Spuck’s Anna Karenina, as Hilarion in Patrice Bart’s Giselle, in Marco Goecke’s Petruschka and in choreographies by Jacopo Godani, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, and Crystal Pite. In the 2019/20 season he appeared in Forsythe’s The Second Detail.
Jorge García Pérez
Jorge García Pérez, Solo mit Gruppe
Daniela Gómez Pérez
Daniela Gómez Pérez, Solo mit Gruppe
Irmina Kopaczynska, Solo mit Gruppe
Irmina Kopaczynska was born in Poland. She studied at the Polish National Ballet School Poznan. She won several prizes in the Polish National Ballet Competition. She also took part in the «Premio Roma» and the «Prix de Lausanne». After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, she became a member of Ballett Zürich starting with the 2011/12 season. She danced the Silver Fairy in Mats Ek’s Dornröschen, Betsy in Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina, and the Nursemaid in Spuck’s Romeo und Julia. She has also appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (In the middle, New Sleep), Hans van Manen (Kammerballett), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs, Bella Figura), Iacopo Godani, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke (including the Mother in Nijinski), Douglas Lee, and Crystal Pite.
Mlindi Kulashe, Solo mit Gruppe
Mlindi Kulashe hat die südafrikanische und die britische Staatsbürgerschaft. Seine Tanzausbildung absolvierte er an der English National Ballet School. Beim Margot-Fonteyn-Wettbewerb 2011 gewann er die Bronzemedaille. Von 2013 bis 2023 tanzte er im Northern Ballet in Leeds. Dort war er in Hauptrollen in Balletten von Cathy Marston (Jane Eyre, Victoria), David Nixon (Dracula, The Little Mermaid, The Great Gatsby, Der Nussknacker), Jean-Christophe Maillot (Romeo und Julia) und Kenneth MacMillan (Gloria) zu erleben. Seit Anfang 2023 ist er Mitglied des Balletts Zürich
Daniel Mulligan, Solo mit Gruppe
Daniel Mulligan comes from Great Britain and studied at the Royal Ballet School in London. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, he joined Ballett Zürich in the 2009/10 season. He has appeared as a soloist in many of Heinz Spoerli’s choreographies. He danced Mercutio/Benvolio in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia as well as in ballets by Mats Ek (Dornröschen), Hans van Manen (Solo, Kammerballett), Edward Clug (Chamber Minds, Le Sacre du printemps), Sol León/Paul Lightfoot (Skew-Whiff, Speak for Yourself), William Forsythe (Quintett), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs, Stepping Stones, Sweet Dreams), Ohad Naharin (Minus 16), Marco Goecke (Petruschka), Filipe Portugal (Corpus), Douglas Lee, and Crystal Pite. Recent leading roles have included Mephisto in Faust by Edward Clug, Fritz and the Clown in Spuck’s Nussknacker und Mausekönig, as well as Stiva in Spuck’s Anna Karenina.
Pablo Octávio, Solo mit Gruppe
Constanza Perotta Altube
Constanza Perotta Altube, Solo mit Gruppe
Italian-Argentinian dancer Constanza Perotta Altube studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and at the La Scala Ballet School in Milan. After her first engagements in the ballet of the Teatro Colón and the Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, she joined Ballett Zürich in the 2009/10 season. Here she appeared in choreographies by Christian Spuck (including the Snow Queen in Nussknacker und Mausekönig), Marco Goecke (Nijinski), Patrice Bart (Myrtha in Giselle), Mats Ek, Iacopo Godani, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, Edward Clug, Mats Ek, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Alexei Ratmansky, and William Forsythe.
Max Richter, Solo mit Gruppe
Lucas Valente, Solo mit Gruppe
Lucas Valente comes from Brazil. He studied performing arts and philosophy at the University of São Paulo. His first engagement was with the Ballet Company Laura Alonso in Havana and he was involved in the «Arsenale della Danza» project at the Venice Biennale in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he danced in the São Paulo Companhia de Dança, where he appeared in choreographies by Edouard Lock, Marco Goecke, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, and Jiří Kylián, among others. He danced in choreographies by Richard Siegal at the Ballet of Difference in 2017. He has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season. He presented his choreography Trees Die Standing as a part of the «Junge Choreografen» series. He has appeared as Tybalt/Count Capulet in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia and appeared in Crystal Pite’s Emergence.
Gruppe mit Solo
Aurore Aleman Lissitzky
Aurore Aleman Lissitzky, Gruppe mit Solo
Aurore Aleman Lissitzky comes from France. She received her training with Monique Loudières, at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo and at the Hamburg Ballet School. In 2008 she won the gold medal at the Concours International de Grasse. At the age of 16 she became a member of the Hamburg Ballet and danced solos in numerous choreographies by John Neumeier. After half a season in the Junior Ballet, she joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2017/18 season. She danced solos in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Johann Inger, Jiří Kyliáns (Stepping Stones) as well as in Patrice Bart (Peasant Pas-de-deux in Giselle) and William Forsythe (The Second Detail).
Iacopo Arregui, Gruppe mit Solo
Iacopo Arregui is from Italy. He trained at the Balletto di Verona and the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and he has appeared in various productions of the Ballets de Monte Carlo. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, he joined Ballett Zürich with the 2019/20 season. He appeared in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite, among others.
Mélanie Borel, Gruppe mit Solo
Mélanie Borel comes from France. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse in Marseille and at the École de Danse de l’Opéra de Paris. Engagements have taken her to the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux and, from 2005 to 2008, to the Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark. She has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2008/09 season and has performed as a soloist in choreographies by Twyla Tharp, Heinz Spoerli, and Mats Ek. She was the Haushofmeister in Spuck’s Leonce und Lena and danced the «Cholerisch» variation in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. In addition, she has appeared in choreographies by Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Martin Schläpfer, Hans van Manen, Edward Clug and Crystal Pite.
Giorgia Giani, Gruppe mit Solo
Marià Huguet, Gruppe mit Solo
Sujung Lim, Gruppe mit Solo
Sujung Lim comes from South Korea. She was educated at the Yewon Arts High School and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim. She was with the Ballett Karlsruhe from 2011-2018, where she performed in Rusalka by Jiří Bubeníček, La Sylphide by Peter Schaufuss, Der Nussknacker by Youri Vamos, Le Sacre du printemps by Terence Kohler, Giselle by Peter Wright and Anne Frank by Reginaldo Oliveira. She won gold medals at the Tanzolymp Berlin in 2008 and 2011. Sujung Lim has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season.
Ruka Nakagawa, Gruppe mit Solo
Kilian Smith, Gruppe mit Solo
Dustin True, Gruppe mit Solo
Greta Calzuola, Junior Ballett
Greta Calzuola is Italian. She completed her training at the ballet school of the Umbria Ballet in Italy and at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. She won the International Ballet Competition in Longiano in 2014. This is her second season as a member of the Junior Ballett.
Chandler Hammond, Gruppe
Chandler Hammond comes from the USA. She was educated at the Patel Conservatory and at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. She performed in Schwanensee, Jeu de cartes and Dornröschen with the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2014 she won the grand prize at the «Star of the 21st Century» competition. After two seasons as a member of the Junior Ballett, she joined Ballett Zürich with this season. She has appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Goyo Montero, Louis Stiens, and Filipe Portugal.
McKhayla Pettingill, Gruppe
Hélian Potié, Gruppe
Since its inception in 2001, the Junior Ballet has established itself as the third form of artistic advancement at the Opernhaus Zürich, next to the International Opera Studio and the Orchestra Academy. Young dancers from all over the world are given the opportunity to make the transition from the end of their ballet education to their entry into the full professional life. In the context of an engagement lasting no longer than two years, they work together with the members of the Zurich Ballet to dance with them in selected performances of the repertoire and thus collect the stage experience necessary for a dancer's run. This season, the Junior Ballett will be presenting Horizonte, with choreographies by Vittoria Girelli, Samantha Lynch and Shaked Heller
Supported by patrons and the Friends of Zurich Opera.
Martí Gutiérrez Rubí
Martí Gutiérrez Rubí
Martí Gutiérrez Rubí kommt aus Mexiko. Seine Ausbildung erhielt er an der Ballettschule Theater Basel. 2021 war er Finalist beim Prix de Lausanne. Seit dieser Saison ist er Mitglied des Junior Balletts.
Chloe Muller ist Amerikanerin. Ihre Tanzausbildung erhielt sie an der Academy of International Ballet (AIB) und an der Ballettschule Theater Basel. Sie war Preisträgerin beim Youth America Grand Prix. Seit dieser Saison ist sie Mitglied des Junior Balletts.
Quentin Nabor ist Kanadier. Er studierte an der Ecole Supérieure de Ballet du Québec und am Cégep du Vieux Montréal. Von 2018 bis 2022 war er Mitglied der Grands Ballets Canadiens. Seit dieser Spielzeit ist er Mitglied des Junior Balletts.
Juan Sebastian Valdez
Juan Sebastian Valdez
Juan Sebastian Valdez stammt aus Kolumbien. Seine Ausbildung erhielt er beim Incolballet in Kolumbien, an der Kansas School of Classical Ballet, an der Dutch National Ballett Academy und an der Ballettschule Theater Basel.2022 war er Mitglied des Junior Balletts Dortmund und gehört seit dieser Spielzeit zum Junior Ballett.
Lucas van Rensburg
Lucas van Rensburg
Inara Wheeler hat die amerikanische und die lettische Staatsbürgerschaft. Sie wurde am Colorado Conservatory of Dance und an Canada’s National Ballet School ausgebildet. Sie tanzte in verschiedenen Produktionen des National Ballet of Canada und wurde mit dem Peter Dwyer Award ausgezeichnet. Seit dieser Saison ist sie Mitglied des Junior Balletts.
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