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Anna Karenina

Ballet by Christian Spuck
After the eponymous novel by Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Music by Sergej Rachmaninow, Witold Lutosławski, Sulkhan Tsintsadze and Josef Bardanashvili

Choreography Christian Spuck Musical director Paul Connelly Stage design Christian Spuck, Jörg Zielinski Costumes Emma Ryott Lighting designer Martin Gebhardt Video designer Tieni Burkhalter Sound collages Martin Donner Dramaturgy Michael Küster, Claus Spahn Choreologist Birgit Deharde
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Anna Karenina
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Anna Karenina
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Anna Karenina
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Anna Karenina
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina
Alexej Karenin
Graf Alexej Wronski
Konstantin Lewin
Kitty (Jekatarina Schtscherbazkaja)
Stiwa (Fürst Stepan Oblonski)
Dolly (Fürstin Darja Oblonskaja)
Fürstin Betsy Twerskaja
Betsys Begleiter
Gräfin Lidia Iwanowna
Gräfin Wronskaja
Prinzessin Sorokina

Duration 2 H. 20 Min. incl. intermission after 1st part after approx. 1 H. Introduction 45 min before the performance.
A co-production with Den Norske Opera & Ballett / Nasjonalballetten, Oslo.

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Biographies


Christian Spuck, Choreography

Christian Spuck

Christian Spuck comes from Marburg and was trained at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He began his dance career with Jan Lauwers’ Needcompany and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Ensemble Rosas. In 1995 he became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet and served as the company’s resident choreographer from 2001 to 2012. In Stuttgart he created fifteen world premieres, including the story ballet Lulu. Eine Monstretragödie after Frank Wedekind, Der Sandmann and Das Fräulein von S. after E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Christian Spuck has also worked with numerous renowned ballet companies in Europe and the USA. The Return of Ulysses (guest performance at the Edinburgh Festival) was created for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Woyzeck (after Georg Büchner) was premiered at the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo. The ballet Die Kinder, premiered at the Aalto Ballett Theater Essen, was nominated for the «Prix Benois de la Danse». His ballet Leonce und Lena (also after Georg Büchner) likewise premiered in Essen and subsequently was taken over by the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and the Stuttgart Ballet. The world premiere of Poppea//Poppea for Gauthier Dance at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart was voted one of the ten most successful dance productions worldwide by the magazine Dance Europe in 2010 and was awarded the German Theatre Prize Der Faust in 2011 as well as the Italian Danza/Danza Award. Christian Spuck is also active in the field of opera. Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice at the Staatsoper Stuttgart (2009) was followed by Verdi’s Falstaff at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden (2010), Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (2014) and Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer (2017) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. March 2021, his ballet Orlando after Virginia Wolf premiered at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow.

Since the 2012/13 season, Christian Spuck has been director of Ballett Zürich. Thus far, his Romeo und Julia, Leonce und Lena, Woyzeck, Der Sandmann, Messa da Requiem (a co-production of the Oper and Ballett Zürich), Nussknacker und Mausekönig and Dornröschen have been shown here. The ballet Anna Karenina after Lew Tolstoy, which premiered in Zurich in 2014, was taken over by the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo and the Stanislavski Theatre in Moscow in 2016, as well as by the Korean National Ballet in Seoul, and the Bavarian State Ballet in 2017. For Winterreise, which premiered in October 2018 in Zurich, he was awarded with the «Prix Benois de la Danse 2019». In autumn 2019, he staged Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (The Little Match Girl) by Helmut Lachenmann with Ballett Zürich, which was awarded «Production of the Year» by German magazine tanz.

Leonce und Lena21, 23 Nov; 08, 10, 12, 16 Dec 2021 Monteverdi15, 19, 22, 23, 27, 29 Jan; 04, 06, 10, 12, 20, 26 Feb 2022; 26, 29, 31 May; 03, 09, 11, 25 Jun 2023 Dornröschen10, 18, 23, 24, 28 Apr; 06, 11, 12 Jun 2022 Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 25, 27, 29 Nov; 02, 03, 06, 08, 10 Dec 2022 On the Move14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 Jan; 02, 04, 11 Feb 2023 Anna Karenina19, 23, 25 Mar; 01, 02, 05, 06 Apr 2023


Paul Connelly, Musical director

Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly studierte am New England Conservatory in Boston und debütierte als Dirigent mit Gershwins Porgy and Bess im Rahmen einer Tournee der Houston Grand Opera. 1980 wurde er auf Einladung von Michail Baryshnikov Erster Kapellmeister des American Ballet Theatre und arbeitete dort mit Choreografen wie Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine und Anthony Tudor. Während dieser Zeit dirigierte er auch Vorstellungen des New York City Ballet sowie Gala-Veranstaltungen wie Nureyev and Friends und Baryshnikov and Co., ausserdem war er Gastdirigent beim National Ballet of Canada. Während der Zeit beim ABT war er an zahlreichen Film- und Fernsehprojekten beteiligt (u.a. Don Quixote). Zu seinen Opernaktivitäten in dieser Zeit gehören Brittens Death in Venice, Debussys Pelléas et Mélisande sowie Purcells Dido and Aeneas. Nach der musikalischen Leitung einer Ballettgala an der Wiener Staatsoper wurde ihm dort Rossinis Barbiere di Siviglia anvertraut, ein Erfolg, der den Anfang einer intensiven Dirigententätigkeit in Europa markiert. Einladungen führten ihn zum Staatsballett Berlin, das Ballett der Opéra Paris (Verfilmungen von Neumeiers Sylvia, Balanchines Jewels, Giselle, Roland-Petit-Abend), zum Orchestre Colonne in Paris, an das Opernhaus Nizza, ans Teatro di San Carlo in Neapel, an die Oper Oslo, zum Royal Ballet in London und in Birmingham, zum Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, zum Tokyo Ballet, zum Semperoper Ballett Dresden und an die Mailänder Scala, wo er auf Einladung von Riccardo Muti die Opern Il turco in Italia, Die Zauberflöte oder Don Giovanni dirigierte. An der Scala leitete er auch eine Reihe von Ballettaufführungen, unter anderem Giselle, die auch verfilmt wurde. Auf DVD erschienen jüngst Mauro Bigonzettis Caravaggio mit dem Staatsballett Berlin und Nureyews Nussknacker mit dem Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper. Geplant sind weitere Ballettdirigate in Wien, Berlin, Dresden und Mailand.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 25, 27, 29 Nov; 02, 03, 06, 08, 10 Dec 2022 Anna Karenina19, 23, 25 Mar; 01, 02, 05, 06 Apr 2023 The Cellist30 Apr; 06, 14, 18, 20 May; 15, 16, 20, 22 Jun 2023


Jörg Zielinski, Stage design

Jörg Zielinski

Jörg Zielinskistammt aus Berlin und lebt seit 1991 in der Schweiz. Seine Ausbildung und sein Studium absolvierte er in Berlin, Basel und Zürich. Seine Produktionsleitung am Theater Basel und sei­ne leitende Mitarbeit bei «The Really Useful Group» brachten ihm Erfah­rungen mit internationalen Theaterproduktionen. Er arbeitete an der Expo.02 in Yverdon-les-Bains sowie bei der Rauminszenierung Hotel Offen in Baden mit. Seine Designerfahrungen sammelte er bei Vitra. Als Leiter des Ausstattungswesens am Opernhaus Zürich arbeitete er mit dem Shanghai Opera House zusammen. Aus dieser Zusammenarbeit entstanden Kontakte mit der National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Peking und der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, wo er zu Vorträgen eingeladen wurde. Im Rahmen eines Masterstudiums hält Jörg Zielinski Vorträge an der Hochschule der Künste Bern. Er entwirft und realisiert Bühnenbilder und szenische Einrichtungen. Es entstanden Entwürfe für das Opernhaus Zürich, das Zürcher Kammerorchester, das Londoner Studio «United Visual Artists» und diverse freie Projekte. Seine Fotos wurden international publiziert und ausgestellt.

Anna Karenina19, 23, 25 Mar; 01, 02, 05, 06 Apr 2023


Emma Ryott, Costumes

Emma Ryott

Emma Ryott trained at Trent Polytechnic with a BA in Theatre Design. Ever since their first collaboration in 2003, Emma Ryott and Christian Spuck continued working together for ballet and opera productions, such as Lulu. Eine Monstretragödie in Stuttgart, Anna Karenina in Zurich, Oslo and Moscow, Romeo und Julia in Zurich, Woyzeck in Oslo and Zurich, Das Fräulein von S. in Stuttgart, Leonce und Lena in Montréal, Stuttgart und Zurich, Der Sandmann in Stuttgart und Zurich, Poppea/Poppea und Don Q. for Gauthier Dance, The Return of Ulysses for das Royal Ballet of Flanders, La Damnation de Faust at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Falstaff in Wiesbaden and Orfeo ed Euridice in Stuttgart. She also works closely with director Keith Warner. Their collaborations include Mathis der Maler at Theater an der Wien, Manon Lescaut at the English National Opera as well as La Damnation de Faust and Harbison’s The Great Gatsby at the Semperoper Dresden. Other designs were created for Sunset Boulevard and Manon Lescaut (Goteborg), Otello (Salzburg), The Heart of Robin Hood for the Royal Shakespeare Company (awarded with Elliot Norton Award for outstanding design), Rock ‘n Roll by Tom Stoppard (London Royal Court, West End and Broadway), Chekhov-trilogy directed by Jonathan Kent (National Theatre, London) and the New Year’s Day Concert, Vienna, 2016.

Leonce und Lena21, 23 Nov; 08, 10, 12, 16 Dec 2021 Monteverdi15, 19, 22, 23, 27, 29 Jan; 04, 06, 10, 12, 20, 26 Feb 2022; 26, 29, 31 May; 03, 09, 11, 25 Jun 2023 On the Move14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 Jan; 02, 04, 11 Feb 2023 Anna Karenina19, 23, 25 Mar; 01, 02, 05, 06 Apr 2023


Martin Gebhardt, Lighting designer

Martin Gebhardt

Martin Gebhardt war Lichtgestalter und Beleuchtungsmeister bei John Neumeiers Hamburg Ballett. Ab 2002 arbeitete er mit Heinz Spoerli und dem Ballett Zürich zusammen. Ballettpro­duk­­­tionen der bei­den Compagnien führten ihn an re­­­­nom­­­mierte Theater in Eu­ro­­pa, Asien und Amerika. Am Opernhaus Zürich schuf er das Lichtdesign für In­szenie­run­gen von Jürgen Flimm, David Alden, Jan Philipp Gloger, Grischa Asagaroff, Matthias Hartmann, David Pountney, Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier, Da­miano Mi­chie­­letto und Achim Freyer. Bei den Salzburger Festspielen kreierte er die Lichtgestaltung für La bohème und eine Neufassung von Spoerlis Der Tod und das Mädchen. Seit der Spielzeit 2012/13 ist Martin Gebhardt Leiter des Beleuchtungswesens am Opernhaus Zürich. Eine enge Zu­sam­men­arbeit verbindet ihn heute mit dem Cho­reo­grafen Christian Spuck (u.a. Win­ter­­reise, Nussknacker und Mause­könig, Messa da Requiem, Anna Karenina, Woy­zeck, Der Sandmann, Leonce und Lena, Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern). In jüngster Zeit war er ausserdem Lichtdesigner für die Choreografen Edward Clug (u.a. Strings, Le Sacre du printemps und Faust in Zürich; Petruschka am Moskauer Bolschoitheater), Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke, und Douglas Lee. Mit Christoph Mar­tha­ler und Anna Viebrock arbeitete er beim Händel-Abend Sale und Rossinis Il viaggio a Reims in Zürich sowie bei Lulu an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper zu­sam­men und mit Jossi Wieler und Sergio Morabito an der Oper Genf für Les Huguenots. In der Spielzeit 2021/22 gestaltet er das Licht u.a. für Monteverdi und Le nozze di Figaro am Opernhaus Zürich.

Impulse22, 31 Oct 2021 Boléro / Le Sacre du printemps29 Oct; 07, 11, 14, 28, 30 Nov; 03, 04 Dec 2021 Le Comte Ory31 Dec 2021; 07, 09, 14, 16, 20 Jan 2022 Monteverdi15, 19, 22, 23, 27, 29 Jan; 04, 06, 10, 12, 20, 26 Feb 2022; 26, 29, 31 May; 03, 09, 11, 25 Jun 2023 Il turco in Italia20, 24, 27 Feb; 04 Mar 2022 Dornröschen10, 18, 23, 24, 28 Apr; 06, 11, 12 Jun 2022 Le nozze di Figaro19, 22, 25, 28 Jun; 01, 03, 07, 10 Jul; 23, 25 Sep; 07, 13, 15, 22 Oct 2022 Nachtträume30 Sep; 04, 09, 14, 16, 20, 21, 28 Oct; 10, 15 Nov 2022 Horizonte22, 23, 25, 26 Oct 2022; 12, 25 Mar 2023 Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 25, 27, 29 Nov; 02, 03, 06, 08, 10 Dec 2022 On the Move14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 Jan; 02, 04, 11 Feb 2023 Anna Karenina19, 23, 25 Mar; 01, 02, 05, 06 Apr 2023 Orphée et Euridice07, 11, 14, 19, 23 May 2023 Lessons in Love and Violence21, 25, 27 May; 02, 04, 08, 11 Jun 2023


Tieni Burkhalter, Video designer

Tieni Burkhalter

Tieni Burkhalter studierte Bildende Kunst an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), wo er sich auf Video und Videoinstallation spezialisierte. Seine Werke wurden sowohl an Ausstellungen als auch an Experi­mentalfilmfestivals, u.a. der Videoex in Zürich und der Biennale de l’image en mouvement in Genf, gezeigt. Daneben war er als freier Mit­arbeiter für das Schweizer Fernsehen sowie für verschiedene Filmagenturen als Kameramann und Ausstatter tätig und unterstützt bis heute zahlreiche Zürcher Galerien in Zusammenarbeit mit ihren KünstlerInnen. Seit 2009 ist er als Videoproduzent für die Bühne tätig: Am Opernhaus Zürich waren seine Arbeiten bisher Teil von Der fliegende Holländer, Land des Lächelns (Inszenierung: Andreas Homoki), A-Life (Choreografie: Douglas Lee), Anna Karenina (Choreografie: Christian Spuck) und Pelléas et Mélisande (Inszenierung: Dmitri Tcherniakov). Für Dmitri Tcherniakov produzierte er ferner das Videodesign für Senza Sangue/Herzog Blaubarts Burg an der Staatsoper Hamburg, La Fille de Neige an der Opéra National de Paris und Tristan und Isolde an der Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.

Die Odyssee13, 21, 28 Nov; 04, 07, 11, 15, 16, 26 Dec 2021; 08, 16 Jan 2022 Il trovatore17, 24, 27 Sep; 06, 11, 16 Oct 2022 Anna Karenina19, 23, 25 Mar; 01, 02, 05, 06 Apr 2023 Le nozze di Figaro19, 22, 25, 28 Jun; 01, 03, 07, 10 Jul; 23, 25 Sep; 07, 13, 15, 22 Oct 2022


Martin Donner, Sound collages

Martin Donner

Martin Donner, Jahrgang 1974, ist seit Mitte der neunziger Jahre als Komponist, Produzent und Musiker tätig. Musikalisch vielseitig interessiert, arbeitet er seit 2000 als freischaffender Künstler in verschiedenen Projekten und Formationen. Dabei setzte er sich intensiv mit der Ästhetik und Produktion elektronischer Musik auseinander. In Kooperation mit der Agentur «Publikmacher» baute er ein digitales Klangarchiv für das Internet auf und war von 2001-2003 Dozent für Audioproduktion an der Medienwerkstatt Stuttgart. Seit 2002 komponiert er regelmässig Musik für verschiedene internationale Theater und Tanzkompanien. Dabei arbeitete er mit Christian Spuck, Rene Pollesch und Hans Kresnik zusammen. Von 2004 bis 2010 lebte Donner in Berlin, wo er einem fortbildenden Studium der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaften an der Humboldt Universität nachging. In Folge entstanden neben seiner Musik auch theoretische Texte und Klanginstallationen. Seit 2010 lebt Donner wieder in Stuttgart.

Anna Karenina19, 23, 25 Mar; 01, 02, 05, 06 Apr 2023


Filipe Portugal,

Filipe Portugal

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».



Manuel Renard,

Manuel Renard

Manuel Renard was born on Guadeloupe (France). He trained at the Académie Internationale de Danse des Antilles, at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York and at the Atelier Rudra-Béjart in Lausanne, and won first prize in the Confédération Nationale Française de Danse Competition for 1998 and 1999. Subsequent engagements with Maurice Béjart’s Compagnie M, the Monte Carlo Ballet and Ballett Basel saw him dance choreographies by Maurice Béjart, Claude Brumachon, Sidi Labi Cherkaoui, Johan Inger, Jorma Elo, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Richard Wherlock and Angelin Preljocai. He joined Ballett Zürich for the 2012/13 season, since when he has been seen in such roles as Friar Lawrence in Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet, von Rothbart in Heinz Spoerli’s Swan Lake, the doctor in Spuck’s Woyzeck and Karenin in Spuck’s Anna Karenina. He has also appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Mats Ek and Wayne McGregor; and he has presented his works La Part des Anges and Indignons-nous as part of the company’s Young Choreographers programme. Last season his roles included Rotbart in Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of Swan Lake and Coppola in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann.

 



Viktorina Kapitonova,

Viktorina Kapitonova

Viktorina Kapitonova, who is a native of Russia, studied at the Kazan Ballet School and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre Academy. The winner of both the Young Ballet of Russia competition and the Arabesque contest of 2008, from 2005 onwards she danced at the Jalil Opera House in Kazan, performing solo roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Coppélia  and The Nutcracker. She was a member of the Stanislavsky Ballet for the 2008/09 season; and she joined Ballett Zürich in 2010, since when her performances have included Odette/Odile in Heinz Spoerli’s Swan Lake, solos in Spoerli’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wäre heute morgen und gestern jetzt, ...und mied den Wind  and Goldberg Variations, Rosetta in Christian Spuck’s Leonce and Lena, the nurse in Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet and the leading role in Spuck’s Anna Karenina. She has also been seen in choreographies by Balanchine, Ek, Forsythe, Kylián, Lee, McGregor and Schläpfer. She presented her choreography Two Bodies – One Soul as part of the company’s Young Choreographers programme. As Giselle/Myrtha she was seen in Patrice Bart’s Giselle, alongside Roberto Bolle and Friedemann Vogel. She was also the recipient of the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize for 2015. Last season her roles included Odette/Odile in the reconstruction of Swan Lake by Alexei Ratmansky as well as Olimpia in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann.



Juliette Brunner,

Juliette Brunner

Juliette Brunner, who is a native of Switzerland, trained at the Theater Basel Ballet School, at Brenda Hamlyn’s ballet school in Florence, under Malou Fenaroli in Zurich and at the School of American Ballet in New York. After dancing with the Düsseldorf/Duisburg-based Ballett am Rhein, the Leipzig Ballet and the Monte Carlo Ballet, she joined Ballett Zürich for the 2007/08 season. Since then she has been seen in leading roles in numerous productions including Heinz Spoerli’s Peer Gynt, Bella Figura, Wäre heute morgen und gestern jetzt, Orma, Abschied and Don Juan, Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty and William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. Most recently she has danced the title role in Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina, Lady Capulet in his Romeo and Juliet and the governess in his Leonce und Lena, along with choreographies by Martin Schläpfer, Wayne McGregor and Marco Goecke.



Denis Vieira,

Denis Vieira

Denis Vieira is from Brazil. A graduate of his home country’s Bolshoi Theatre School, he danced various roles for the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro including Onegin/Lensky in John Cranko’s Onegin, Romeo in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Adam in Uwe Scholz’s Adam and Eve, Albrecht in Peter Wright’s Giselle and Prince Siegfried in Yelena Pankova’s Swan Lake. He joined Ballett Zürich in 2014, since when he has been seen in Schläpfer’s Forellenquintett, Kylián’s Wings of Wax, Kairos by Wayne McGregor and Sonett by Christian Spuck. He has also danced Tybalt and Romeo in Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet, Vronsky in his Anna Karenina, Leonce in his Leonce und Lena and Albrecht in Patrice Bart’s Giselle. He was also the recipient of the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize for 2015.



Cristian Alex Assis,

Cristian Alex Assis

Cristian Alex Assis is a native of Brazil. He studied at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, on a scholarship awarded by the Brasilia International Dance Seminar. He was a member of the Munich-based Bavarian State Ballet from 2010 to 2012, and came to Ballett Zürich for the 2012/13 season. Since then he has been seen in various roles including Wronski in Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina, Tybalt in Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet and the drum major and the captain in Spuck’s Woyzeck, in further choreographies by William Forsythe andEdward Clug and in Martin Schläpfer’s Forellenquintett. In the reconstruction of Swan Lake by Alexei Ratmansky he was seen as Rotbart.



Tars Vandebeek,

Tars Vandebeek

Tars Vandebeek was born in Belgium, and studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. He won a gold medal at the International Competition of Dance in Biarritz, also earning the Biarritz City Award, and went on to perform for the Cannes Jeune Ballet and Gauthier Dance. After one year with the Junior Ballet, he joined the main company for the season 2014/15. He has already made a number of appearances on the Zurich stage, such as in Marco Goecke’s Deer Vision and as Levin in Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina; and he danced the title role in Spuck’s Woyzeck.



Eric Christison,

Eric Christison

Eric Christison was born in Canada, and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto and the English National Ballet School in London. He was with the Finnish National Ballet from 2010 to 2013, where his performances included John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. His touring activities also took him to the Bolshoi Theatre, where he danced in Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. He joined Ballett Zürich for the 2013/14 season, and his performances to date have included Marco Goecke’s Deer Vision, the role of Paris in Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet and in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (Melancholic).



Katja Wünsche,

Katja Wünsche

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, including as a principal dance from 2006. 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 Future (for promising young artists) and the German Theater Prize Der Faust. Katja Wünsche has been a first soloist with 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».

Leonce und Lena08, 10 Dec 2021 Peer Gynt21, 24, 27, 29 May 2022


Yen Han a.G.,

Yen Han a.G.

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.



Arman Grigoryan,

Arman Grigoryan

Arman Grigoryan trained at the Armenian Ballet School in Yerevan, and was a finalist in the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition. He danced with the Israel Ballet in 2002, and joined the Zurich Junior Ballet for the 2002/03 season. He won the gold medal in the Varna international ballet contest in 2004, and the jury prize at Japan’s Nagoya competition the following year. He joined the Ballett Zürich for the 2004/05 season, and has gone on to dance numerous leading roles in works by Heinz Spoerli such as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Miguel in Don Quixote, the mountain king in Peer Gynt, Kashchei in The Firebird, Béranger in Raymonda, James in La Sylphide, Neptune in Idomeneo and Till in Till Eulenspiegel. He has also been seen on the Zurich stage in Swan Lake, In den Winden im Nichts, Goldberg Variations, moZART and Wäre heute morgen und gestern jetzt; and he has danced further leading roles in choreographies by Hans van Manen, Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Niels Christe, Jiří Bubeniček and Twyla Tharp. He was awarded the Heinz Spoerli Foundation Prize in 2008 and the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize in 2013. His appearances last season included Valerio in Christian Spuck’s Leonce and Lena and the captain in Spuck’s Woyzeck. He was also seen in Sleight of Hand by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, and in Martin Schläpfer’s Forellenquintett.



Tigran Mkrtchyan,

Tigran Mkrtchyan

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.



Galina Mihaylova,

Galina Mihaylova

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.



Esther Pérez Samper,

Esther Pérez Samper

Esther Pérez Samper ist Spanierin. Ausgebildet wurde sie am Konservatorium Valencia. Von 2009 bis 2012 tanzte sie im Ballett Dortmund. Seit der Spielzeit 2012/13 gehört sie zum Ballett Zürich und war u.a. in Choreografien von Jiří Kylián, Douglas Lee und Marco Goecke zu erleben. In der Reihe «Junge Choreografen» präsentierte sie ihre Choreografie Frida.



Giulia Tonelli,

Giulia Tonelli

Giulia Tonelli comes from Italy. She graduated from the Balletto di Toscana and the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera. After her first engagement at the Vienna State Opera, she danced from 2002 to 2010 with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp and from 2004 as a demi-soloist. There she danced Giselle (Petipa) as well as solo roles in choreographies of Forsythe, Balanchine, Kylián, Haydée and Spuck. She has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2010/11 season, where she has performed ballets by Spoerli, Goecke, McGregor, Lee, Forsythe, Kylián and Balanchine. She danced Julia in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Lena in Spuck’s Leonce und Lena and Betsy in Anna Karenina. In Alexei Ratmansky’s Schwanensee reconstruction she danced in the Pas de trois and she also performed in Forsythe’s Quintett and Spuck’s Messa da Requiem. Last season’s highlights include Emergence by Crystal Pite and Gretchen in Edward Clug’s Faust. During the «Junge Choreografen» series she presented the works Mind Games and Klastos together with Mélissa Ligurgo. In 2013 she was awarded the Giuliana Penzi Prize. In 2017 she received the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».



Irmina Kopaczynska,

Irmina Kopaczynska

Irmina Kopaczynska was born in Poland. She studied at the Polish National Ballet School Poznan. She won several prizes in the Polish National Ballet Competition. She also took part in the «Premio Roma» and the «Prix de Lausanne». After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, she became a member of Ballett Zürich starting with the 2011/12 season. She danced the Silver Fairy in Mats Ek’s Dornröschen, Betsy in Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina, and the Nursemaid in Spuck’s Romeo und Julia. She has also appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (In the middle, New Sleep), Hans van Manen (Kammerballett), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs, Bella Figura), Iacopo Godani, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke (including the Mother in Nijinski), Douglas Lee, and Crystal Pite.

Leonce und Lena21, 23 Nov; 12, 16 Dec 2021 Peer Gynt26 May 2022


Wei Chen,

Wei Chen

Wei Chen comes from the USA and received his education at the Boston Ballet School, the Margo Marshall School of Ballet, the Walnut Hill School, and the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. At the Royal Ballet of Flanders he danced in Marcia Haydées Schwanensee (Siegfried) and Dornröschen (Prince Desiré) as well as in Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky). He has also appeared in choreographies by Balanchine, Bournonville, Dawson, Forsythe, Godani, McGregor, Nureyev, Pite, Stevenson, and Wheeldon. He has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2013/14 season and has performed in choreographies by Douglas Lee, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Edward Clug, William Forsythe, and Crystal Pite, among others. He also danced Romeo and Mercutio in Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Benno in Ratmansky’s Schwanensee, Coppelius in Spuck’s Der Sandmann, and Albrecht in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.

Leonce und Lena08, 10 Dec 2021 Dornröschen10, 18, 23, 24, 28 Apr 2022 Peer Gynt24, 29 May 2022


Andrei Cozlac,

Andrei Cozlac

Andrei Cozlac was born in Romania, and studied at the Bucharest Choreography High School and the Zurich Dance Academy. A three-time winner of the Romanian National Dance Competition, he also earned a gold medal at the 2011 Tanzolymp in Berlin and a bronze medal at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition. After two years with the Junior Ballet, he joined the main Ballett Zürich company last season. He has presented two of his own works, Midst Mettle and Milord(s),under the company’s Young Choreographers programme; he won the Friends of Ballett Zürich Dance Prize for 2013; and he has appeared in Marco Goecke’s Deer Vision, in the peasants’ pas-de-deux in Patrice Bart’s Giselle as well as in Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of Swan Lake as Benno.



Eva Dewaele,

Eva Dewaele

Eva Dewaele is from Belgium. After completing training at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp, she was engaged by the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Theater Luzern, the Opera Göteborg, the Opéra de Lyon, the Cullberg Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. She has danced in choreographies by William Forsythe, Mats Ek and Jiří Kylián as well as in world premieres by Jacopo Godani, Douglas Lee, David Dawson and Christian Spuck. Eva Dewaele has also appeared in several feature films. With the start of the 2012/13 season she became a member of Ballett Zürich and was also ballet master of the Junior Ballett. She danced Lady Capulet in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Rosetta in Leonce und Lena and the Dark Lady in Spuck’s Sonett. As a choreographer, Eva Dewaele created the piece Mit Blick auf for the Hodler retrospective of the Fondation Beyeler and presented the piece Miss(es) as a part of the «Junge Choreografen» series. Her choreography Passing by was created for the Junior Ballett. She has been a ballet master of Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season. She staged the production of Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina at the Stanislavski Theatre in Moscow, the Korean National Ballet, and the Bayerisches Staatsballett.



Nora Dürig,

Nora Dürig

Nora Dürig, who is Swiss, was educated at the ballett school of the Opera House Zürich and at the ballett school of the Hamburger Ballett. She was a member of Ballett Zürich from 2008 to 2015 after being with the Junior Ballett for one season. She danced leading roles in Heinz Spoerlis Der Tod und das Mädchen, Wäre heute morgen und gestern jetzt and Goldberg-Variationen, Mats Eks Sleeping beauty (Aurora), Kylians Bella Figura and Falling Angels as well as Hans van Manens Frank Bridge Variations. Furthermore she was part of choreographies by William Forsythe, Edward Clug, Martin Schläpfer and Marco Goecke. She presented her choreography Frühlingswind in the series of «Junge Choreografen». As a guest she will be taking over the part of the queen mother in the Schwanensee reconstruction by Alexei Ratmansky.



Mélanie Borel,

Mélanie Borel

Mélanie Borel comes from France. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse in Marseille and at the École de Danse de l’Opéra de Paris. Engagements have taken her to the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux and, from 2005 to 2008, to the Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark. She has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2008/09 season and has performed as a soloist in choreographies by Twyla Tharp, Heinz Spoerli, and Mats Ek.  She was the Haushofmeister in Spuck’s Leonce und Lena and danced the «Cholerisch» variation in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. In addition, she has appeared in choreographies by Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Martin Schläpfer, Hans van Manen, Edward Clug and Crystal Pite.

Leonce und Lena23 Nov; 12, 16 Dec 2021 Peer Gynt26 May 2022


Alba Sempere Torres,

Alba Sempere Torres

Alba Sempere Torres is Spanish. She 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 Staatsballett Berlin and, from 2004 to 2008 with the Bayerisches Staatsballett. 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 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.

Leonce und Lena08, 10 Dec 2021


Lauren Baznik,

Lauren Baznik

Lauren Baznik, who is from the USA, studied at the Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove, at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart and at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. She won the regional round of the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix in Chicago, and was a finalist in the national finals in New York. After one year with the Junior Ballet, she joined the main Ballett Zürich company for the 2013/14 season



Josiane Marfurt,

Josiane Marfurt

Die Schweizer Pianistin Josiane Marfurt erhielt ihren ersten Klavierunterricht von Yukio Oya, einem Schüler von Claudio Arrau. Nach kurzer Zeit wurde sie in das Kompositionsförderprogramm von Yamaha Europe aufgenommen. Nach drei Jahren in diesem Förderprogramm erhielt sie den ersten Preis für die Komposition ihrer Klaviersonate. In diesen Jahren gewann Josiane Marfurt auch mehrere erste Preise bei «Jugend musiziert. Später folgten weitere Preise bei internationalen Wettbewerben, u.a. beim Concours Géza Anda und beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb. Josiane Marfurt studierte bei Konstantin Scherbakov an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich, bei Gerhard Oppitz an der Münchner Musikhochschule sowie bei Homero Francesch in Zürich. Gemeinsam mit dem Geiger Sasha Rozhdestvensky spielte sie das Gesamtwerk für Violine und Klavier von Pjotr Tschaikowski und Maurice Ravel ein. Die Ravel-Aufnahme wurde vom französischen Magazin «Classica» 2012 mit dem «Choc du mois» ausgezeichnet. Konzerteinladungen führten die Pianistin durch die ganze Schweiz, nach Deutschland, Österreich, Italien, Frankreich, Spanien, England, Polen, Japan und Russland. Josiane Marfurt arbeitete mit verschiedenen Orchestern in ganz Europa zusammen, u.a. mit dem Akademischen Orchester Zürich, dem Berner Kammerorchester, dem Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks und  dem Moscow Chamber Orchestra.