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 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.

Partner Ballett Zürich

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

Choreographers
Patrice Bart, Marco Goecke, Jiří Kylián, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Goyo Montero, Crystal Pite, Filipe Portugal, Christian Spuck, Louis Stiens

Conductors
Pavel Baleff, Paul Connelly, Michail Jurowski, Emilio Pomàrico

Stage design
Rufus Didwiszus, Jiří Kylián, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Filipe Portugal, Christian Schmidt, Michael Simon, Luisa Spinatelli, Michaela Springer, Jay Gower Taylor

Costumes
Linda Chow, Jiří Kylián, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Goyo Montero, Christopher John Parker, Emma Ryott, Buki Shiff, Luisa Spinatelli, Michaela Springer, Louis Stiens, Joke Visser

Lighting
Tom Bevoort, Alan Brodie, Joop Caboort, Martin Gebhardt, Udo Haberland, Jiří Kylián, Michael Simon, Reinhard Traub

Dancers

Yen Han

Yen Han, 1. Solistin

Yen Han, 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 the United Kingdom. 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 Lady of the Camellias, Romeo in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, 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 principal dancer of the Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season. Here he has danced Prince Siegfried in Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction, Albrecht in Patrice Bart’s Giselle and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Nathanael in Der Sandmann and Vronsky in Anna Karenina (all by Christian Spuck), among others.


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 The Little Mermaid (for which she was awarded the Golden Mask Theater Prize), as well as in Vladimir Burmeister's Swan Lake 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 (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) 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 Swan Lake 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.


Galina Mihaylova

Galina Mihaylova, 1. Solistin

Galina Mihaylova, 1. Solistin

The Bulgarian dancer Galina Mihaylova completed her education at the Bulgarian State Choreographic School and the Swiss Professional Ballet School, where she was a Nureyev Foundation scholarship holder. In the 1999/2000 season she became a member of the Ballett Zürich. She danced here in numerous choreographies by Heinz Spoerli. She has appeared as Effie (La Sylphide), Amor (Don Quixote), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), in Wäre heute morgen und gestern jetzt, as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) and Henriette (Raymonda). She has also performed in ballets by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Twyla Tharp, Uwe Scholz, and Jiří Bubeniček. She danced the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Margret in Woyzeck and Dolly in Anna Karenina (all by Christian Spuck). She has also appeared in choreographies by Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke, and George Balanchine.


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 Swan Lake, Lensky in Onegin and Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (all by John Cranko), Armand in Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias, Leonce in Christian Spuck's Leonce and 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 Moore was awarded the German Theater Prize DER FAUST. Since the 2012/13 season he has been principal dancer with the Ballett Zürich. Important roles include Romeo in Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, the Nutcracker in Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King, 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 Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett 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, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppélia, Giselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). 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 Father Lorenzo in Romeo and Juliet, King Peter in Leonce and 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 Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.

Kreationen23, 24, 25 Oct 2018; 26 May 2019

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 Juliet in Christian Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, Lena in Spuck's Leonce and Lena and Betsy in Anna Karenina. In Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction she danced in the Pas de trois, and she also performed in Forsythe's Quintet and Spuck's Messa da Requiem. Last season's highlights include Emergence by Crystal Pite and Gretchen in Edward Clug's Faust - The Ballet. During the "Young Choreographers" presentation she performed the works Mind Games and Klastos together with Mélissa Ligurgo. In 2013 she was awarded the Giuliana Penzi Prize. In 2017 she received the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett 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 Swan Lake (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 “Roberto Bolle and Friends” gala and at the Ballets Bubeníček. Elena Vostrotina has been a principal dancer at the Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season. Last season she appeared in Zurich as Odette/Odile in Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction and as Witch/Helena of Troy in Edward Clug's Faust - The Ballet.


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 and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Onegin), John Neumeier (A Streetcar Named Desire, Lady of the Camellias), Marcia Haydée (Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, La fille mal gardée) and Christian Spuck (Lulu, Der Sandmann, Leonce and Lena, Das Fräulein von S.), and ballets by Forsythe, Kylián, León/Lightfoot, and Goecke. In 2007 she was awarded the German Dance Prize Future (for promising young artists) and the German Theater Prize DER FAUST. Katja Wünsche has been a principal dancer with the Ballett Zürich since the 2012/13 season. She has been seen in Zurich as Juliet in Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, Lena in Leonce and 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 Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.


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 Swan Lake by Derek Dean, the Prince in Kenneth MacMillan's Sleeping Beauty, 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. This is his first season as a member of the Ballett Zürich.


Inna Bilash

Inna Bilash, Solo

Inna Bilash, Solo

Inna Bilash comes from Ukraine. She studied ballet at the Kharkov Choreographic School, Perm State Choreographic College and Perm State Academy of Arts and Culture. She was a principal dancerß in the Perm ballet and danced Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, Odette/Odile in Natalia Makorova's Swan Lake, 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. This is Inna Bilash first season as a member of the Ballett Zürich.


Yannick Bittencourt

Yannick Bittencourt, Solo

Yannick Bittencourt, Solo

Yannick Bittencourt is Swiss. He was born in Bern and he studied at the AS Ballettschule in Switzerland, the Opéra de Paris Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School in London. After an engagement with the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in New York, he became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet in 2007, where he was appointed demi-soloist (Sujet) in 2010. In Paris he has danced Prince Siegfried in Nureyev's Swan Lake, James in Pierre Lacotte's La Sylphide, Daphnis in Benjamin Millepieds Daphnis et Chloé, and Benvolio and Paris in Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet. He has also appeared in key roles in ballets by William Forsythe, John Neumeier, José Martinez, Serge Lifar, Wayne McGregor, and George Balanchine. He has performed in galas at the National Theatre Tokyo and the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (Benois de la Danse Ceremony Gala). This is his first season as a member of the Ballett Zürich.


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 and Lena, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, 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. In 2015 he appeared at the ballet gala in Taipei (Taiwan). He returned to the Ballett Zürich in 2016. Since his return, he has danced in Forsythe's Quintett, Godani’s rituals from another when and performed the title role of Faust - The Ballet by Edward Clug.


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 Swan Lake (Siegfried) and Sleeping Beauty (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 and Juliet, Benno in Ratmansky's Swan Lake and Coppelius in Spuck’s Sandmann.


Eléonore Guérineau

Eléonore Guérineau, Solo

Eléonore Guérineau, Solo

Eléonore Guérineau is French. After her training at the Paris Opera Ballet School, she danced at the Paris Opera Ballet from 2005 to 2018, since 2013 as a Sujet (demi- soloist). Her main roles in Paris were Gourouli in Les deux pigeons by Albert Aveline, Lise in La fille mal gardée by Frederick Ashton and the title role in Giselle by Perrot/Coralli. She danced other important roles in Bergamasques by Jean-Guillaume Bart, Donizetti by Manuel Legris, Seasons Canon by Crystal Pite and Faun by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She has also appeared in Artifact, In the Middle, of any if and, and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe. In 2009 she was awarded the AROP Award of the Paris Opera Ballet. She performed as Kitri in Don Quichote in Bangkok. She also completed studies as a ballet teacher. This is Eléonore Guérineau’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 Slowak 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, and Hans van Manen (Kammerballett). She appeared in the title role of Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina and danced in choreographies by Jacopo Godanis, Douglas Lee, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke, and Crystal Pite.


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 Ballet, he joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2013/14 season. He presented works by Jane Doe and Mocambo as part of the Young Choreographers series. He has danced in choreographies by Mats Ek (Cavalier in Sleeping Beauty), 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 and Lena, Nathanael in Spuck's Sandmann and the Clown in Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King. In 2018 he also appeared as Faust in Edward Clug's ballet of the same name. In 2016 he was awarded the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.


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 in 2008. After two seasons with the Junior Ballet, she became a member of the Ballett Zürich starting with the 2011/12 season. She danced the Silver Fairy in Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty, Betsy in Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina and the Nursemaid in Spuck's Romeo and Juliet. She has also appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (In the middle, New Sleep), Hans van Manen (Kammerballett), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs), Iacopo Godani, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke, 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 and Juliet (Juliet) in the 2011/12 season. Since the 2012/13 season she has belonged to the Ballett Zürich and has danced Lena in Leonce and Lena by Christian Spuck and Frau Mauserinks in Nutcracker and Mouse King. She has also appeared in choreographies by Wayne McGregor and Douglas Lee. As part of the Young Choreographers series, she presented Mind Games, Individuo and Klastos.


Tigran Mkrtchyan

Tigran Mkrtchyan, Solo mit Gruppe

Tigran Mkrtchyan, Solo mit Gruppe

Tigran Mkrtchyan comes from Armenia. He was trained at the Armenian Ballet School and at the Zurich Dance Academy. He was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne. After two seasons with the Junior Ballet, he has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2011/12 season. He has danced in choreographies by Heinz Spoerli, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, George Balanchine, and Eric Gautier (Ballett 101). He has also appeared as Tybalt in Christian Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, as Stiva in Anna Karenina, as the Moor in Goecke's Petrushka and as the Prince in Ratmansky's Swan Lake. He presented his choreography The Rose that Grew from Concrete as a part of the Young Choreographers series. He was awarded the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich in 2017.


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 Ballet, 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 and Juliet as well as in ballets by Mats Ek (Sleeping Beauty), 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), Ohad Naharin (Minus 16), Marco Goecke (Petrushka), Filipe Portugal (Corpus), Douglas Lee, and Crystal Pite. Recent leading roles have included Mephisto in Faust - The Ballet by Edward Clug, Fritz in Christian Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King and Stiva in Spuck's Anna Karenina.


Constanza Perotta Altube

Constanza Perotta Altube, Solo mit Gruppe

Constanza Perotta Altube, Solo mit Gruppe

Italian-Argentinian dance 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 has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2009/10 season. Here she danced the Emerald Fairy in Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty and appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (New Sleep, workwithinwork, In the middle) and Jiří Kylián (Falling Angels, Gods and Dogs).


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 Swan Lake, as Paris in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, 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 last season, where he danced Prince Siegfried in Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake, among others.


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 Ballet, she joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2016/17 season. She danced Kitty in Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, Marie in Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King, and Gretchen in Edward Clug's Faust - The Ballet. She has also appeared in Quintett, workwithinwork and In the middle by William Forsythe, as well as in choreographies by Jiří Kylián.


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. She has performed in choreographies by John Cranko (Olga in Onegin), Christian Spuck (Lena and School Master in Leonce and 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. She has appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, as Clara in Der Sandmann and as Kitty and Dolly in Anna Karenina (all by Christian Spuck).


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 performed Spoerli choreographies at the Salzburg Festival in 2012. Recently she has danced in choreographies by Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, and Martin Schläpfer. She was the Caretaker in Spuck's Leonce and Lena and danced the "Choleric" variation in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments.


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. Since the 2015/16 season he has been a member of the Ballett Zürich. He has appeared as Paris in Christian Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, as Lewin in Spuck's Anna Karenina, in Marco Goecke's Petrushka, and in choreographies by Jacopo Godani and Hans van Manen.


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 (including 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 Petrushka by Marco Goecke, Kammerballett by Hans van Manen, Gods and Dogs by Jiří Kylián, and Lady with a Fan by Douglas Lee, among others.


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 2011-2018 she danced at the Ballett Karlsruhe. There she performed in Rusalka by Jiří Bubeníček, La Sylphide by Peter Schaufuss, The Nutcracker 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. This is Sujung Lim’s first season as a member of the Ballett Zürich.


Aurore Lissitzky

Aurore Lissitzky, Gruppe mit Solo

Aurore Lissitzky, Gruppe mit Solo

Aurore Lissitzky comes from France. She received her training at the École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, at the Académie Princesse Gracea 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. Since 2012 she has danced in the Hamburg Ballet in numerous choreographies by John Neumeier. After a season with the Junior Ballet, she joined the Ballett Zürich last season, including in performances of Filipe Portugal’s Behind the Mirror.


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 Ballet, she joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2016/17 season. She has appeared in Forsythe’s In the middle, Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction (Four Small Swans), and Emergence by Crystal Pite.


Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker, Gruppe mit Solo

Christopher Parker, Gruppe mit Solo

Christopher Parker comes from the United Kingdom and graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London. After his first engagement with the Scottish Ballet, he was a member of the Ballett Zürich from 2007 to 2010. He then danced at the Aalto Ballett Essen and at the Dortmund Ballet. He returned to the Ballett Zürich with the 2012/13 season. He has appeared as Benvolio/Valerio in Christian Spuck's Leonce and Lena, in Martin Schläpfer's Trout Quintet, and as the Magician in Marco Goecke's Petrushka. He also had solo roles in Spuck’s Sonett, Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, New Sleep and In the middle by William Forsythe, as well as in Faust – The Ballet by Edward Clug. As costume designer for Filipe Portugal, he worked for the Charlotte Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, and the Junior Ballet.


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 2004 to 2008 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, weere she has been seen in choreographies by Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, George Balanchine, Patrice Bart, Martin Schläpfer, and Christian Spuck.


Dominik Slavkovský

Dominik Slavkovský, Gruppe mit Solo

Dominik Slavkovský, Gruppe mit Solo

Dominik Slavkovský is Slovak. 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. In choreographies by Christian Spuck he has appeared in the title role of Woyzeck, as Drosselmeier in Nutcracker and Mouse King, as Coppelius in Der Sandmann, and as Paris in Romeo and Juliet. 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 Young Choreographers series.


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 last season. He presented his choreography Trees Die Standing as a part of the Young Choreographers series.


Cohen Aitchison-Dugas

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Gruppe

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Gruppe

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 Ballet, he joined the Ballett Zürich this 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 Nutcracker and Mouse King, among others.


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

Emma Antrobus

Emma Antrobus

Emma Antrobus

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 Ballet last season and danced in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Crystal Pite, and Ohad Naharin.


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 first season as a member of the Junior Ballet.


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 first season as a member of the Junior Ballet.


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 Swan Lake, Jeu de cartes, and Sleeping Beauty with the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2014 she won the Grand Prize at the Star of the 21st Century competition. This is her first season as a member of the Junior Ballet.


Michelle Pinelis

Michelle Pinelis

Michelle Pinelis

Michelle Pinelis comes from Israel. She received her training at the Jerusalem Ballet School and at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo. In 2013 she won the gold medal at the Youth Russian Grand Prix in St. Petersburg. She has been a member of the Junior Ballet since last season and has danced in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Crystal Pite and Ohad Naharin, among others. She showed her piece Paint. Erase. Redo. during the Young Choreographers series.


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. She joins the Junior Ballet with this season.


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 first season as a member of the Junior Ballet.


Luca Afflitto

Luca Afflitto

Luca Afflitto

Luca Afflitto is Italian. He studied at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and performed with the Ballets de Monte Carlo during his training period. He joined of the Junior Ballet last season and has appeared in choreographies by Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke, and Cayetano Soto, among others. He showed his piece Come gli occhi sotto le ciglia as a part of the Young Choreographers series.


Iacopo Arregui

Iacopo Arregui

Iacopo Arregui

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. He joined the Junior Ballet last season and has appeared in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Ohad Naharin, and Crystal Pite, among others.


Gustavo Chalub

Gustavo Chalub

Gustavo Chalub

Gustavo Chalub was born in Brazil. He studied at the ITEGO em Artes Basileu França in Goiânia (Brazil) and at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. He joined the Junior Ballet last season, and has danced in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Crystal Pite, and Ohad Naharin.


Riccardo Mambelli

Riccardo Mambelli

Riccardo Mambelli

Riccardo Mambelli was born in Italy. He received his education at the Zurich Dance Academy. During this time he performed with the Ballett Zürich in Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake. He has been a member of the Junior Ballet since last season. He danced in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Ohad Naharin, Edward Clug, and Crystal Pite.


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 in Swan Lake, Manon, The Nutcracker, Sylvia, Alice in Wonderland, and Giselle with the Royal Ballet. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballet.


Adrià Vilar Algueró

Adrià Vilar Algueró

Adrià Vilar Algueró

Adrià Vilar Algueró is Spanish. He was trained at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and at the English National Ballet School. He performed with the English National Ballet in The Nutcracker and with the Ballett Zürich in Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake. He joined the Junior Ballet last season and has danced in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Edward Clug, Crystal Pite and Ohad Naharin, among others. His piece Maybe was shown as a part of the Young Choreographers series.


Luigi Amado Vilorio

Luigi Amado Vilorio

Luigi Amado Vilorio

Luigi Amado Vilorio is Italian. He was trained at the ballet school of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. This is his first season as a member of the Junior Ballet.


Guest performances

Ballet Zurich
DANCE OPEN
International Ballet Festival
Alexandrinsky Theatre
St. Petersburg
17th of April 2O19

Junior Ballet
Linbury Studio Theatre
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
London
18th-19th of June 2O19

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

Vacancies

Junior Ballet Zürich

Audition for the season 2019 / 2020

The auditions (by invitation only) will be held in small groups in November, December and January.

From the season 2018/19 Ballet Zurich supports the International Audition Pre-Selection Guidelines. The application must be done in accordance with the guidelines, other formats will not be accepted.


Requirements:
Solid classical training, age 18 – 21,
Minimum height ladies: 162 cm, minimum height men: 180 cm


The applicant is required to submit the following material in one single e-mail:

1. A video with no introduction or fancy editing, consisting of the following performed in leotard and tights for women and tight fitting dance attire for men:

- A short classical variation drawn from the standard repertoire, danced in pointe shoes by female applicants

- A short contemporary variation (that could consist of something drawn from repertoire, phrases from classwork or an applicant-created work) that illustrates the applicant’s command of a range of movement different from that demonstrated in the classical variation

- 3-5 minutes of barre work, incorporating both sides, danced in soft shoes by male applicants and pointe shoes by female applicants

- 3-5 minutes of centre work that includes adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro, danced in pointe shoes by female applicants

2. A one-page cv in pdf format (height in cm and date of birth must be stated), no fancy layout and colored background

3.  A head shot

4.  2-3 dance photos in jpeg format taken in front of a clear and uncluttered background that reveal the body proportions and line

Applications to be sent to:
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