Ballett Zürich

Ballett Zürich - a portrait

Switzerland’s largest professional ballet company has been directed by Christian Spuck since the 2012/13 season. Resident at Opernhaus Zürich, 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, Edward Clug, Mats Ek and Crystal Pite work in Zurich ensuring that the company’s repertoire remains stylistically varied. In the series Junge Choreografen, members of the ensemble assume artistic responsibility for their own creations.

The Junior Ballett 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 for maximum two seasons, they train together with the members of Ballett Zürich, dance with them in selected performances from the repertoire, and in 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 premieres; 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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Ballett Zürich

Ballet director
Christian Spuck

Operation director
Medea Chiabotti

Office management
Leslie Krumwiede

Production manager
Mikel Jauregui

Dramaturgy
Michael Küster

Public relations
Marion Maurer

Ballet masters
Jean-François Boisnon, Eva Dewaele, Daniel Otevrel

Ballet répétiteurs
Christophe Barwinek, Luigi Largo

Ballet and dance education
Bettina Holzhausen

Guest ballet masters
Yannick Boquin, Lucia Geppi, Cynthia Harvey, Johanna Hwang, Ibrahim Önal, Raffaella Renzi, Ethan Stiefel

Teams

Conductors
Mikhail Agrest, Pavel Baleff, Paul Connelly, Karina Canellakis, Matthias Hermann, Michail Jurowski, Fabio Luisi

Choreographers
William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Hans van Manen, Christian Spuck

Stage design
Keso Dekker, Rufus Didwiszus, William Forsythe, Johan Inger

Costumes
Keso Dekker, Stephen Galloway, Johan Inger, Issey Miyake, Emma Ryott, Yumiko Takeshima

Lighting
Erik Berglund, Joop Caboort, William Forsythe, Martin Gebhardt

Dancers

Anna Khamzina

Anna Khamzina, 1. Solistin

Anna Khamzina, 1. Solistin

Anna Khamzina comes from Russia and received her dance education at the Natalia Trishina and Yuly Medvedev School of Classic Dance. She was a principal dancer at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater in Moscow, where she appeared as Giselle, in the title role of John Neumeier's Die kleine Meerjungfrau (for which she was awarded the Golden Mask Theater Prize), as well as in Vladimir Burmeister's Schwanensee and La Esmeralda, Dmitry Bryantsev's Illusive Ball and Pierre Lacotte’s La Sylphide. She has also worked with choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Jorma Elo and Nacho Duato. From 2013 to 2015 she danced at the Aalto Ballet Theater Essen. There she was seen as the Good Fairy (Cinderella), Titania (Ein Sommernachtstraum) and Giselle (David Dawson). She has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season. She has appeared as Odette/Odile in Alexei Ratmansky's Schwanensee reconstruction, as Olympia in Christian Spuck's Der Sandmann, in Forsythe's Quintett and Godani’s rituals from another when, as well as in the title role of Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina.


Ksenia Ryzhkova

Ksenia Ryzhkova, 1. Solistin

Ksenia Ryzhkova, 1. Solistin

Ksenia Ryzhkova comes from Russia and received her dance education at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. In 2013 she was engaged at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater in Moscow. She was a principal dancer at the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich from 2016 to 2019, where she appeared as Julia in Romeo und Julia, Katharina in Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung and Tatjana in Onegin (all by John Cranko), Aegina in Spartacus (Yuri Grigorovich), Alice in Alice im Wunderland (Christopher Wheeldon), Hippolyta/Titania in Ein Sommernachtstraum (John Neumeier), Anna Karenina (Christian Spuck), Giselle (Peter Wright), Manon (Kenneth MacMillan), Coppélia (Roland Petit), Odette/Odile in Schwanensee (Vladimir Burmeister) and Marie in Der Nussknacker (Vasily Vainonen). She also appeared as a lead in works by Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Patrice Bart, Ray Barra and Wayne McGregor. She has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix des Mikhaiovsky Theaters, the Ulanowa Foundation Prize and the First Prize in the Grigorovich Competition Junges Ballett. Ksenia Ryzhkova is a first soloist at the Ballett Zürich as of the 2019/20 season.


Giulia Tonelli

Giulia Tonelli, 1. Solistin

Giulia Tonelli, 1. Solistin

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 the 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. Other highlights include Emergence by Crystal Pite and Gretchen in Edward Clug's Faust - Das Ballett. During the «Junge Choreografen» 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

Elena Vostrotina, 1. Solistin

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 the 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.


Katja Wünsche

Katja Wünsche, 1. Solistin

Katja Wünsche, 1. Solistin

Katja Wünsche comes from Dresden and was trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin. She has won prizes at numerous ballet competitions. From 1999 to 2012 she danced in the Stuttgart Ballet, since 2006 as a principal dancer. She danced leading roles in choreographies by John Cranko (Romeo und Julia, Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung, Onegin), John Neumeier (Endstation Sehnsucht, Die Kameliendame), Marcia Haydée (Dornröschen, La Sylphide, La fille mal gardée) and Christian Spuck (Lulu, Der Sandmann, Leonce und Lena, Das Fräulein von S.) and ballets by Forsythe, Kylián, León/Lightfoot and Goecke. In 2007 she was awarded the German Dance Prize Zukunft (for promising young artists) and the German Theater Prize Der Faust. Katja Wünsche has been a first soloist with the Ballett Zürich since the 2012/13 season. She has been seen in Zurich as Julia in Spuck's Romeo und Julia, Lena in Leonce und Lena, Marie in Woyzeck, Anna Karenina and Kitty in Anna Karenina and Clara in Der Sandmann. She has also performed in choreographies by Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Douglas Lee, Martin Schläpfer, Wayne McGregor and Marco Goecke. In 2014 she was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».


Yen Han a.G.

Yen Han a.G., 1. Solistin

Yen Han a.G., 1. Solistin

Chinese-American dancer Yen Han studied with Stefan Mucsi and Paul Maure in Los Angeles, at the Hartford Ballet School, at the San Francisco Ballet, and at the Beijing Dance Academy. After engagements with the Jeune Ballet de France and the Ballet de Nice, she was engaged as a principal dancer in the Ballett Zürich in 1994, where she has proven to be one of the most versatile and charismatic dancers in a variety of leading roles. Heinz Spoerli choreographed Le Sacre du printemps, Peer Gynt, Daphnis et Chloé, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for her. She worked with Mats Ek on Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), and at the Royal Swedish Opera on Romeo and Juliet (Juliet). Other important choreographers she has worked with include Nicholas Beriozoff, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Patrice Bart, Lin Hwai Min, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Martin Schläpfer, and Filipe Portugal. She has been seen in works by Christian Spuck, as Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Court Master (Leonce and Lena), Kitty (Anna Karenina), in Messa da Requiem and as the Clown (Nutcracker and Mouse King). In 2013 she was honored with the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich and the Outstanding Female Dancer prize at the Swiss Dance Awards.


Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones, 1. Solist

Alexander Jones, 1. Solist

Alexander Jones comes from Great Britain. He received his dance training at the Royal Ballet School in London. In 2004 he won the gold medal in the Adeline Genée Competition and the Dame Ninette de Valois Prize. In the 2005/06 season he became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed principal dancer in 2011/12. In Stuttgart he has appeared as Armand Duval in Neumeier's Kameliendame, Romeo in Cranko’s Romeo und Julia, in the title roles of Cranko’s Onegin and Kevin O'Days Hamlet, as Basilio in Maximiliano Guerra's Don Quixote and in MacMillan's Lied von der Erde. He has also danced in choreographies by Balanchine, Robbins, Ashton, Schaufuss, Tetley, Béjart, Haydée, van Manen, Forsythe, Lee, McGregor, Clug and Spuck. Alexander Jones has been first soloist of the Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season. Here he has danced Prince Siegfried in Alexei Ratmansky's Schwanensee reconstruction, Albrecht in Patrice Bart’s Giselle and Romeo in Romeo und Julia, Nathanael in Der Sandmann and Wronsky in Anna Karenina (all by Christian Spuck), among others.


William Moore

William Moore, 1. Solist

William Moore, 1. Solist

William Moore is British and studied at the Royal Ballet School in London. He has won prizes at international ballet competitions. He has belonged to the Stuttgart Ballet since 2005 and was appointed as principal dancer there in 2010. Important roles were Siegfried in Schwanensee, Lensky in Onegin and Lucentio in Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (all by John Cranko), Armand in Neumeier's Kameliendame, Leonce in Christian Spuck's Leonce und Lena, the title role in Marco Goecke's Orlando, Albrecht in Giselle by Anderson/Savina, Colas in Ashton's La fille mal gardée. In 2012 William Moore was awarded the German Theater Prize Der Faust. Since the 2012/13 season he has been first soloist with the Ballett Zürich. Important roles include Romeo in Spuck's Romeo und Julia, Wronsky in Anna Karenina, the Nutcracker in Spuck's Nussknacker und Mausekönig, Mephisto in Faust by Edward Clug and Petrushka in the choreography by Marco Goecke. He has also appeared in pieces by Wayne McGregor, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Douglas Lee and Jiří Kylián. In 2018 he received the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».


Filipe Portugal

Filipe Portugal, 1. Solist

Filipe Portugal, 1. Solist

Filipe Portugal studied in Lisbon and, after his first engagement with the Portuguese National Ballet, was engaged by the Ballett Zürich in 2002. Here he danced solo roles in numerous choreographies by Heinz Spoerli (including Cinderella, Der Nussknacker, Schwanensee, Don Quixote, Coppélia, Giselle and Ein Sommernachtstraum). From 2009 to 2011 he was principal dancer at the Portuguese National Ballet. He returned to the Ballett Zürich in 2011 and has starred in numerous ballets by Christian Spuck, including Pater Lorenzo in Romeo und Julia, King Peter in Leonce und Lena, Doctor in Woyzeck, Karenin in Anna Karenina and Spalanzani in Der Sandmann. He has also appeared in choreographies by Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Douglas Lee and Martin Schläpfer. Parallel to his dancing career, Filipe Portugal works successfully as a choreographer. Among his most recent works for the Ballett Zürich are Dialogos to the music of Swiss jazz musician Nik Bärtsch and disTANZ. He also choreographs for the Charlotte Ballet (USA) and the Stuttgart Noverre Society. In 2014 Filipe Portugal was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».

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Esteban Berlanga

Esteban Berlanga, Solo

Esteban Berlanga, Solo

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. Among others he danced 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. 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. From 2013 to 2018 he was principal dancer in the Compañia Nacional de Danza España. 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 the 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.


Inna Bilash

Inna Bilash, Solo

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 and danced 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 of the «The Soul of Dance» ballet magazine. Inna Bilash has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2018/19 season and has appeared among others as the title role in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.


Jan Casier

Jan Casier, Solo

Jan Casier, Solo

Jan Casier was born in Belgium. He studied at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp. From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders where he danced in ballets by John Cranko, William Forsythe, David Dawson and Christian Spuck. He appeared in David Dawson's Faun(e) as a guest at the English National Ballet. From 2012 to 2014 he was a member of the Ballett Zürich, where he performed roles in numerous Christian Spuck ballets, including Leonce in Leonce und Lena, Paris in Romeo und Julia and the title role of Woyzeck. He also danced in choreographies by Edward Clug, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Marco Goecke and Wayne McGregor. From 2014 to 2016 he was a member of the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. There he performed in choreographies by Aaron Watkins (Prince in The Nutcracker), William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson and Alexander Ekman. Jan Casier returned to the Ballett Zürich in 2016. Since his return, he has danced in Forsythe's Quintett, Godani’s rituals from another when and the title role in Edward Clug’s Faust and Marco Goecke’s Nijinski. He also appeared as Drosselmeier in Christian Spuck’s Nussknacker und Mausekönig. In 2019, he was named «Dancer of the Year» by the tanz magazine and was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».


Wei Chen

Wei Chen, Solo

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 the Ballett Zürich since the 2012/13 season and has performed in choreographies by Douglas Lee, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Edward Clug and Crystal Pite, among others. He also danced Romeo in Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Benno in Ratmansky's Schwanensee and Coppelius in Spuck’s Sandmann.


Jonah Cook

Jonah Cook, Solo

Jonah Cook, Solo

Jonah Cook is from England. He studied at the Royal Ballet School in London. He danced with the Bavarian State Ballet from 2012-2019, from 2017 as a principal dancer. Important roles in Munich include Romeo in Romeo und Julia, Lenski in Onegin, Lucentio in Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (all by John Cranko), Drosselmeier in Der Nussknacker, Lysander in Ein Sommernachtstraum und Gaston in Die Kameliendame (all by John Neumeier). In addition, he danced principal roles in choreographies by Yuri Grigorovich, Patrice Bart, Ray Barra, George Balanchine, Christian Spuck (Wronski and Lewin in Anna Karenina), Christopher Wheeldon and Pina Bausch, as well as in world premieres by Wayne McGregor, Aszure Barton, Russell Maliphant and Richard Siegal. This is Jonah Cook’s first season as a member of the Ballett Zürich.


Francesca Dell'Aria

Francesca Dell'Aria, 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 Bavarian State Ballet from 2010 to 2014. She has belonged to the Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season and has appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (New Sleep, workwithinwork, In the middle), 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.


Irmina Kopaczynska

Irmina Kopaczynska, Solo mit Gruppe

Irmina Kopaczynska, Solo mit Gruppe

Irmina Kopaczynska was born in Poland. She studied at the Polish National Ballet School Poznan. She has 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 the 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 in Nijinski), Douglas Lee and Crystal Pite.


Mélissa Ligurgo

Mélissa Ligurgo, Solo mit Gruppe

Mélissa Ligurgo, Solo mit Gruppe

Mélissa Ligurgo comes from Belgium and studied at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp. She danced in John Cranko’s Onegin (Tatiana), as well as in ballets by Forsythe, Kylián, Dawson and Robbins, at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. At the Ballet Basel she performed in Preljocaj’s Romeo und Julia (Julia) in the 2011/12 season. Since the 2012/13 season she has belonged to the Ballett Zürich and has danced Lena in Leonce und Lena by Christian Spuck and Frau Mauserinks in Nussknacker und Mausekönig. She has also appeared in choreographies by Wayne McGregor and Douglas Lee. As part of the Junge Choreografen series, she presented Mind Games, Individuo and Klastos.


Constanza Perotta Altube

Constanza Perotta Altube, Solo mit Gruppe

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 Ballet School of Milan’s La Scala. After her first engagements in the ballet of the Teatro Colón and the Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, she joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2009/10 season. Here she danced the Emerald Fairy in Mats Ek’s Dornröschen and appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (New Sleep, workwithinwork, In the middle), Ohad Naharin (Minus 16) and Jiří Kylián (Falling Angels, Gods and Dogs, Bella Figura, Stepping Stones).


Rafaelle Queiroz

Rafaelle Queiroz, Solo mit Gruppe

Rafaelle Queiroz, Solo mit Gruppe

Rafaelle Queiroz is from Brazil. She received her training in Rio de Janeiro and – with a stipend from the -Keil-Stiftung – at the Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim. She was a finalist at the «Prix de Lausanne» and won the Langham Award at the Youth American Grand Prix 2009. She was a member of the Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe from 2009 to 2019, where roles included Odette/Odile in Schwanensee by Christopher Wheeldon, Myrtha in Giselle by Peter Wright, the title role in La Sylphide by Peter Schaufuss, Katharina/Bianca in Cranko’s Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung, Julia in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo und Julia und the title role in Rusalka von Jiří Bubeníček. In addition, she appeared in choreographies by Hans van Manen, Heinz Spoerli, Davide Bombana and Reginaldo Oliveira.  She joins the Ballett Zürich with the 2019/20 season.


Michelle Willems

Michelle Willems, Solo mit Gruppe

Michelle Willems, Solo mit Gruppe

Michelle Willems is French. She studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and at the Atelier Rudra-Béjart in Lausanne. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, she joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2016/17 season. After solo roles in Giselle and Schwanensee, she danced Kitty in Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, Marie in Spuck's Nussknacker und Mausekönig and Gretchen in Edward Clug's Faust - Das Ballett. She has also appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite und Filipe Portugal. She was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2018.


Elizabeth Wisenberg

Elizabeth Wisenberg, Solo mit Gruppe

Elizabeth Wisenberg, Solo mit Gruppe

Elizabeth Wisenberg comes from the USA. She studied at the Washington School of Ballet and the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. Her first engagement took her to the Boston Ballet from 2004 to 2006. She won a bronze medal at the Youth America Grand Prix in the junior division in 2001 and a silver medal at the National Youth Ballet Competition in 2003. In the 2006/07 season, she became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet, where she has danced as a demi-soloist since 2013. There she performed in choreographies by John Cranko (Olga in Onegin), Christian Spuck (Lena and Hofmeister in Leonce und Lena), Demis Volpi (Kantorka in Krabat), John Neumeier, George Balanchine, Peter Schaufuss, Kenneth McMillan, Jiří Kylián, Marcia Haydée and Marco Goecke. She has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season, where she has appeared as Julia in Romeo und Julia, as Clara in Der Sandmann and as Kitty and Dolly in Anna Karenina (all by Christian Spuck).


Matthew Knight

Matthew Knight, Solo mit Gruppe

Matthew Knight, Solo mit Gruppe

Matthew Knight is British. He completed his training at the Elmhurst School and the Royal Ballet School in London. After a season with the Junior Ballett, he joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2013/14 season. He presented Jane Doe and Mocambo as part of the Junge Choreografen series. He has danced in choreographies by Mats Ek (Cavalier in Dornröschen), William Forsythe, Marco Goecke (Moor in Petrushka), Jiří Kylián, Douglas Lee, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Hans van Manen, Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and Filipe Portugal. He was Leonce in Christian Spuck's Leonce und Lena, Nathanael in Spuck's Der Sandmann and the Clown in Spuck's Nussknacker und Mausekönig. He also appeared as the title roles in Edward Clug's Faust and in Marco Goecke’s Nijinski. In 2016 he was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».


Daniel Mulligan

Daniel Mulligan, Solo mit Gruppe

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 the 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 - Das Ballett by Edward Clug, Fritz and the Clown in Christian Spuck's Nussknacker und Mausekönig and Stiva in Spuck's Anna Karenina.


Kevin Pouzou

Kevin Pouzou, Solo mit Gruppe

Kevin Pouzou, Solo mit Gruppe

Kevin Pouzou is French. He studied at the École de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. In 2007 he became a member of the Berlin State Ballet, where he was appointed principal dancer in 2015. He has performed as Benno in Patrice Bart’s Schwanensee, as Paris in John Cranko’s Romeo und Julia, as well as in choreographies by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Stanton Welch, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Ohad Nahrin, Vladimir Malakhov and Jiří Kylián. He has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season, where he has appeared as Prince Siegfried in Alexei Ratmansky's Schwanensee, Diaghilev in Marco Goecke’s Nijinski and Albrecht in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.


Dominik Slavkovský

Dominik Slavkovský, Solo mit Gruppe

Dominik Slavkovský, Solo mit Gruppe

Dominik Slavkovský is from Slovakia. After training at the Bratislava Dance Conservatory, he danced for five years in the ballet of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, most recently as a demi-soloist. He has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season. He has appeared in numerous choreographies by Christian Spuck, including the title role of Woyzeck, Drosselmeier in Nussknacker und Mausekönig, Coppelius in Der Sandmann and as Paris in Romeo und Julia. He has also danced in choreographies by George Balanchine, Uwe Scholz, Alexei Ratmansky, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Nacho Duato, Marco Goecke, Edward Clug, James Kudelka, Vladimir Malakhov and many others. He showed his choreographies How to save the world and Conspiracy as a part of the Junge Choreografen series.


Mélanie Borel

Mélanie Borel, Gruppe mit Solo

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 the 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.


Sujung Lim

Sujung Lim, 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. From 2011 to 2018 she danced at the Ballett Karlsruhe. There 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. In 2008 and 2011 she won gold medals at the Tanzolymp Berlin. Sujung Lim has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season.


Aurore Lissitzky

Aurore Lissitzky, Gruppe mit Solo

Aurore Lissitzky, Gruppe mit Solo

Aurore Lissitzky comes from France. She received her training with Monique Loudières, at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo and at the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet. In 2008 she won the gold medal at the Concours International de Grasse. Starting in 2012, she appeared at the Hamburg Ballet in numerous choreographies by John Neumeier. After half of a season with the Junior Ballett, she joined the Ballett Zürich with the 2017/18 season, where he has appeared in Filipe Portugal’s Behind the Mirror, Jiří Kylián’s Stepping Stones and Patrice Bart’s Giselle (Bauern-Pas-de-deux).


Meiri Maeda

Meiri Maeda, Gruppe mit Solo

Meiri Maeda, Gruppe mit Solo

Meiri Maeda is Japanese. She received her training at the Nobuko Okamoto Ballet Academy, at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington and at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, she joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2016/17 season. She has appeared as Marie in Christian Spuck’s Nussknacker und Mausekönig, Forsythe’s In the middle, Ratmansky's Schwanensee reconstruction (Four Small Swans), in Emergence by Crystal Pite and Bella Figura by Jiří Kylián.


Alba Sempere Torres

Alba Sempere Torres, Gruppe mit Solo

Alba Sempere Torres, Gruppe mit Solo

Alba Sempere Torres is Spanish. Trained at the Institut del Teatro in Barcelona and at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, she won the Castellón Ballet Competition and danced with the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Berlin State Ballet and, from 2008 to 2014 with the Bavarian State Ballet. She has appeared in choreographies by Jo Strømgren, Peter Wright, Jiří Kylián, Vladimir Malakhov, John Neumeier and Mats Ek, among others. She has belonged to the Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season, where she has been seen in choreographies by Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, George Balanchine, Patrice Bart, Martin Schläpfer and Christian Spuck.


Cohen Aitchison-Dugas

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Gruppe mit Solo

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Gruppe mit Solo

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas is Canadian. He studied at the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and at Canada's National Ballet School. In the 2015/16 season he danced in the Nutcracker with the Grands Ballets Canadiens. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, he joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2018/18 season. He has performed in Jacopo Godani’s rituals from another when, in Filipe Portugal's Behind the mirror and danced the role of the Mouse King in Christian Spuck's Nussknacker und Mausekönig, among others. He was awarded with the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2018.


Jesse Fraser

Jesse Fraser, Gruppe mit Solo

Jesse Fraser, Gruppe mit Solo

Jesse Fraser was born in Saskatoon, Canada. He trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet in 2010/11. 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 the Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season. He has appeared as Paris in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, as Lewin 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.


Mark Geilings

Mark Geilings, Gruppe mit Solo

Mark Geilings, Gruppe mit Solo

Mark Geilings comes from Australia, where he was trained at the Australian Ballet School. From 2012 to 2015 he danced with the Leipzig Ballet and performed in choreographies by Uwe Scholz, Mario Schröder (the title role in Otello), Meryl Tankard (Cinderella), Ohad Naharin and Cayetano Soto. In the 2015/16 season he was a member of Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart, where he performed in Marco Goecke's Nijinsky. He has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2016/17 season, where he has appeared in Petruschka by Marco Goecke, Kammerballett by Hans van Manen, Gods and Dogs by Jiří Kylián, Lady with a Fan by Douglas Lee and as Mercutio in Spuck’s Romeo und Julia among others.


Lucas Valente

Lucas Valente, Gruppe mit Solo

Lucas Valente, Gruppe mit Solo

Lucas Valente comes from Brazil. He studied performing arts and philosophy at the University of São Paulo. He first danced in the Ballet Company Laura Alonso in Havana and 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 the Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season. He presented his choreography Trees Die Standing as a part of the Young Choreographers series. He has appeared among others as Tybalt/Count Capulet in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia and in Crystal Pite’s Emergence.


Emma Antrobus

Emma Antrobus, Gruppe

Emma Antrobus, Gruppe

Emma Antrobus comes from Australia. She studied at the Lamont Dance Theatre, at the Conlan College in Sydney and at the Ballett Akademie of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. She joined the Junior Ballett in the 2017/18 season and danced in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Crystal Pite and Ohad Naharin. She joins the Ballett Zürich from this season. She was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2018.


Luca Afflitto

Luca Afflitto, Gruppe

Luca Afflitto, Gruppe

Luca Afflitto is Italian. He studied at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and already performed with the Ballets de Monte Carlo during his training period. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, this season he is a member of the Ballett Zürich. He has appeared in choreographies by Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke, Cayetano Soto, Louis Stiens and Goyo Montero, among others. He showed his piece Come gli occhi sotto le ciglia as a part of the Junge Choreografen series. He was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2019.


Iacopo Arregui

Iacopo Arregui, Gruppe

Iacopo Arregui, Gruppe

Iacopo Arregui is from Italy. He trained at the Balletto di Verona and the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and has appeared in various productions of the Ballets de Monte Carlo. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, this season he is a member of the Ballett Zürich. He appeared in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite, among others.


Riccardo Mambelli

Riccardo Mambelli, Gruppe

Riccardo Mambelli, Gruppe

Riccardo Mambelli was born in Italy. He received his education at the Tanz Akademie Zürich. During this time he performed with the Ballett Zürich in Alexei Ratmansky's Schwanensee. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, this season he is a member of the Ballett Zürich. He has appeared in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Ohad Naharin, Edward Clug and Crystal Pite.


Junior Ballet

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 Kreationen, choreographies by Louis Stiens, Goyo Montero and Filipe Portugal

Partner Ballett Zürich

Jessica Beardsell

Jessica Beardsell

Jessica Beardsell

Jessica Beardsell has British and Australian citizenship. She completed her dance training at the Alegria Ballet School in Sydney and at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp. She was awarded one of the First Prizes at the Tanzolymp Berlin in 2018. This is her second season as a member of the Junior Ballett where she has appeared in choreographies by Goyo Montero, Louis Stiens and Filipe Portugal. She was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2019.


Isabelle Bratt

Isabelle Bratt

Isabelle Bratt

Isabelle Bratt is from Canada. She trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and is the recipient of the Peter Dwyer Award. During her time there, she appeared in Jera Wolfe’s Arise and in La Bayadère. She appeared in James Kudelka’s Nussknacker with the National Ballet of Canada. This year is her first as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Lauren Draper

Lauren Draper

Lauren Draper

Lauren Draper is Canadian. She received her training at Canada’s National Ballet School, at the School of Cadence Ballet and at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington. She appeared in James Kudelka’s Nussknacker with the National Ballet of Canada. This year is her first as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Mariana Gasperin

Mariana Gasperin

Mariana Gasperin

Mariana Gasperin comes from Brazil. She received her ballet education at the Ballet Vera Bublitz in Porto Allegre and at Canada's National Ballet School. This is her second season as a member of the Junior Ballett, where has appeared in choreographies by Goyo Montero, Louis Stiens and Filipe Portugal.


Chandler Hammond

Chandler Hammond

Chandler Hammond

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. This is her second season as a member of the Junior Ballett, where she has appeared in choreographies by Goyo Montero, Louis Stiens and Filipe Portugal.


Arianna Soleti

Arianna Soleti

Arianna Soleti

Arianna Soleti is Italian. She received her dance training at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She performed in Raymonda and Excelsior with the Ballet Company of the Teatro alla Scala. This is her second season as a member of the Junior Ballett, where she has appeared in choreographies by Jiří Kylián (Sechs Tänze), Goyo Montero, Louis Stiens and Filipe Portugal.


Natatia Warzabluk

Natatia Warzabluk

Natatia Warzabluk

Natatia Warzabluk comes from the USA. She was trained at the Colorado Ballet Society and the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. She has won several prizes at the Denver Ballet Guild Competition, as well as the Esther Geoffrey Ballet and Jazz Competition. This is her second season as a member of the Junior Ballett, where she has appeared in choreographies by Goyo Montero, Louis Stiens and Filipe Portugal.


Luca D'Amato

Luca D'Amato

Luca D'Amato

Luca D’Amato is from Italy and was trained at the Tanz Akademie Zürich. He was the winner of the Spoleto Competition in 2015 and of the Tanzolymp Berlin 2018. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates was born in Great Britain and studied at the Royal Ballet School in London. There he was the recipient of the Valerie Adams Award. He has appeared as Fritz in Der Nussknacker with the Royal Ballet. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Achille De Groeve

Achille De Groeve

Achille De Groeve

Achille de Groeve is Belgian and was trained at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp. He was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in 2019. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Wolf Hoeyberghs

Wolf Hoeyberghs

Wolf Hoeyberghs

Wolf Hoeyberghs is from Belgium. He received his training at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp and at the European School of Ballet (ESB) in Amsterdam. He was the winner of the Munich International Ballet Competition in 2017 and a prizewinner at Tanzolymp Berlin. He has performed with the Royal Ballet of Flanders, the Dutch National Ballet and the Ballett Zürich. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Théo Just

Théo Just

Théo Just

Théo Just is French. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and at the Tanz Akademie Zürich. He was a prizewinner at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2015 and at the Spoleto Competition in 2018. He was a member of the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw during the 2018/19 season, where he appeared in choreographies by Krzysztof Pastor, Liam Scarlett, Wayne Eagling and John Neumeier. Additionally, he presented his own choreography entitled Me to Me, by Us. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Gary Solan

Gary Solan

Gary Solan

Gary Solan is from Ireland. He graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London in 2018. He has performed with the Royal Ballet in Schwanensee, Manon, Der Nussknacker, Sylvia, Alice im Wunderland and Giselle. This is his second season as a member of the Junior Ballet and he has appeared in choreographies by Goyo Montero, Louis Stiens and Filipe Portugal.


George Susman

George Susman

George Susman

George Susman is from Australia and was trained at the Tanz Akademie Zürich. He was a prizewinner at the Tanzolymp Berlin in 2018 and won the gold medal at the European Ballet Grand Prix in Vienna. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballett.


Guest performances

To the travel diary of the guest performance in the last season 2O18/19:
St. Petersburg

To the travel diaries of the guest performances in the last season 2O17/18:
Moscow
Hong Kong
Tel Aviv

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