Ballett Zürich - Ensemble - Opernhaus 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.





Ballett Zürich

Ballet director

Christian Spuck

Operation director

Medea Chiabotti

Office management

Leslie Krumwiede

Production manager

Mikel Jauregui


Michael Küster

Public relations

Nila Chea

Ballet master

Jean-François Boisnon, Eva Dewaele, Daniel Otevrel

Ballet coaches

Christophe Barwinek, Luigi Largo

Ballet and dance education

Bettina Holzhausen

Guest ballet masters

Yannick Boquin, Lucia Geppi, Cynthia Harvey, David Peden, Susana Riazuelo, Marc Ribaud, Raffaella Renzi


Guest performances

September 2016

SA 17   Chamber Minds, Slovene National Theatre, Maribor

March 2017

TU 28     Junior Ballett: Un Ballo, Theater Winterthur

FR 31     Junior Ballett: Un Ballo, Theater Winterthur

April 2017

SU 2     Junior Ballett: Un Ballo, Theater Winterthur

FR 7     Junior Ballett: Un ballo, Kurtheater Baden

SA 22    QUINTETT, Sala Teatro LAC, Lugano


July 2017

TH 13     Romeo und Julia, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
               in the context of Colours International Dance Festival

FR 14     Romeo und Julia, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
              in the context of Colours International Dance Festival

SA 15     Romeo und Julia, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
              in the context of Colours International Dance Festival


Guest performances 17/18

Christian Spuck, Choreography
Ballett Zürich

28, 29 Nov 2O17, Moskau, Bolschoitheater

Christian Spuck, Choreography
Ballett Zürich

23, 24, 25 Feb 2O18, Hongkong, Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

26, 27, 28, 29, 3O Jun 2O18, Tel Aviv, The Israeli Opera



For ticket requests please contact the ticket office: + 41 44 268 66 66 or buy tickets in our webshop.

Falkenstrasse 1
8008 Zurich
Phone: +41 44 268 64 63 

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