Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Ballet in one prologue and two acts by Christian Spuck
after the fairytale «La Belle au bois dormant» by Charles Perrault
Duration approx. 2 H. 35 Min. incl. intermission after approx. 1 H. 20 Min. Introduction 45 min before the performance.
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Six fairies were invited to Princess Aurora’s christening, and together, they will in turn gift her all of the good traits she might need. But the evil fairy Carabosse was not invited, and she gets her revenge with a curse: Aurora will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. The good fairy Fliederfee cannot undo the evil fairy’s curse, but she can weaken it. And when a grown-up Aurora does prick her finger, she and all of the castle’s inhabitants fall into a hundred-year sleep, from which only a prince can awaken her.
Dornröschen premiered in St. Petersburg in 1890, with Piotr Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music serving as the basis for Marius Petipa’s choreography. For this version for the Ballett Zürich, Christian Spuck reimagines this classic work with his own signature artistic style. He takes another look at the age-old story of Sleeping Beauty, and, in the process, positions the fairy Carabosse in the center. She is a wounded, deeply feeling, and passionate figure, capable of rejecting revenge on her path of personal growth. Princess Aurora, in turn, matures into a confident young woman.
Christian Spuck takes a look at the difficult process of growing up from a perspective full of humor: conflicts with parents, the path of maturing into an adult, and love and sexuality. Whenever possible, Spuck releases the characters from their traditional and clichéd roles. He uses Petipa’s interpretation as a model, occasionally quoting from it, questioning and countering it, and infuses his own interpretation with irony and moments of friction. Robertas Šervenikas will conduct the Philharmonia Zurich.
The royal couple’s desire to have children has long gone unfulfilled. Their unanswered prayers have pushed the pair to the extreme. They travel to the realm of the fairies – where babies wait to be brought to their future families – and steal Aurora, a little girl entrusted to the care of the fairy Carabosse.
At the court, the preparations for little Aurora’s christening are in full swing. Everyone – from the host of servants to the governess and the master of ceremonies – has their hands full, readying the castle for the arrival of a multitude of illustrious guests. Among them will be six fairies, who will present the little princess with their good wishes. Just as the glittering celebration is reaching its climax, Carabosse appears. She had, wisely, not been among those invited. She punishes the royal couple for their act by placing a curse on Aurora: in the bloom of her youth, the princess will prick herself on a spinning wheel and die. The other fairies try to drive Carabosse away from the celebration.
Carabosse has never recovered from the loss of little Aurora and is distraught over her furious outburst at the baptism. Even more of a burden, though, is the guilt she feels for having burdened Aurora with the irreversible curse; she had meant to place it upon the royal couple.
Princess Aurora is celebrating her 16th birthday. Many guests are there, including four princes. But none of them can seem to win Aurora’s affection. The king expresses his desire to protect Aurora from disappointment, and to keep all painful experiences away from her. Now he, too, tries to comfort her.
Amid the wild frenzy of the party, Aurora notices a strange woman, who hands a spindle to the girl. Carabosse fails to intervene and snatch the ominous gift from the princess. In an instant, Aurora pricks herself on the spindle, and appears to be lost for all time. The king angrily accuses Carabosse; deeply humiliated and distressed that Aurora is the innocent victim of her curse, Carabosse leaves.
The lilac fairy appears and alters the deadly curse: she places Aurora and everyone else present in a deep sleep. The spell can only be broken when Aurora is awakened by true love’s kiss.
A long time has passed. Out on a journey, Prince Désiré and his betrothed, accompanied by a large entourage, come upon an enchanted castle, overgrown with thorn bushes. The prince feels especially drawn to the magical power of the castle. Once he is alone, the lilac fairy appears to him. She shows him a vision of Princess Aurora, and he is captivated. He must find her!
In search of the woman he saw in his vision, he happens upon Carabosse and her entourage. Thinking only of Aurora, Carabosse wants to find out if Désiré’s heart really beats for the princess.
The other fairies find the motionless prince a short time later. The lilac fairy revives him, so that he in turn can awaken Aurora with his kiss. But to the horror of the prince and the fairies, his kiss fails to rouse the princess! Carabosse, too, is distraught – she has seemingly lost Aurora forever. Tenderly, she kisses the sleeping beauty’s forehead in farewell – and Aurora opens her eyes. With that kiss of true love, Carabosse returns the princess to life. Aurora’s eyes fall on Désiré, and it is love at first sight.
The slumbering court is also awakened. In disbelief, Aurora realizes that, as a “fairy child,” she possess magical powers – and can free herself from everything that constrains her and determine her own path in life. She makes everyone fall asleep again, including her parents. Then, with a kiss, she awakens the prince, to whom her heart now belongs.
Christian Spuck, Choreografie und Inszenierung
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.
Robertas Šervenikas, Musical director
Robertas Šervenikas studierte Dirigieren am Konservatorium in St. Petersburg. Er ist Leiter des Litauischen Kammerorchesters und Erster Gastdirigent des Nationalen Litauischen Sinfonieorchesters. Von 2008 bis 2018 war er Musikdirektor des Litauischen Nationaltheaters für Oper und Ballett. Dort leitete u.a. Aufführungen von Jewgeni Onegin, La traviata, Der fliegende Holländer, Herzog Blaubarts Burg/Der wunderbare Mandarin und Cornet, eine Oper der litauischen Komponistin Onutė Narbutaitė. Beim Evian Festival dirigierte er Konzerte mit der Philharmonie der Nationen und dem Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Mit dem Litauischen Sinfonieorchester brachte er zahlreiche Werke litauischer Komponisten zur Uraufführung und wurde mit dem litauischen Nationalpreis ausgezeichnet. Seit 2008 ist Robertas Šervenikas dem Bayerischen Staatsorchester verbunden und dirigierte dort zahlreiche Aufführungen des Bayerischen Staatsballetts (u.a. Der Sturm von Jörg Mannes, Ballettabend Forever Young, Romeo und Julia von John Cranko bei einem Gastspiel im Oman). Christian Spucks Ballett Anna Karenina dirigierte er nicht nur in München, sondern auch beim Norwegischen Nationalballett in Oslo. Mit Dornröschen debütiert Robertas Šervenikas beim Ballett Zürich.
Rufus Didwiszus, Stage design
Rufus Didwiszus studierte Bühnen- und Kostümbild in Stuttgart bei Jürgen Rose und arbeitet seither als freier Bühnenbildner in Theater-, Opern- und Tanzproduktionen, u. a. mit Barrie Kosky (La Belle Hélène, Die Perlen der Cleopatra und Anatevka an der Komischen Oper Berlin; La fanciulla del West, Die Gezeichneten und Boris Godunow am Opernhaus Zürich; Orphée aux enfers, Salzburger Festspiele; Fürst Igor, Opéra de Paris; Der Rosenkavalier, Bayerische Staatsoper), Thomas Ostermeier (Unter der Gürtellinie, Shoppen &Ficken in der Baracke des Deutschen Theaters Berlin mit Einladung zum Berliner Theatertreffen und nach Avignon); Der blaue Vogel am Deutschen Theater, Feuergesicht am Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Der Name bei den Salzburger Festspielen und an der Berliner Schaubühne, The Girl on the Sofa beim Edinburgh International Festival und an der Schaubühne, Der starke Stamm und Vor Sonnenaufgang an den Münchner Kammerspielen, Sasha Waltz (Dialoge 2 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Foi mit Les Ballets C de la B in Gent), Tom Kühnel (Wagners Ring des Nibelungen am TAT Frankfurt) sowie Christian Stückl, Stefan Larsson, Tomas Alfredson und Christian Lollike. Seit 2004 entwirft und inszeniert Rufus Didwiszus mit Joanna Dudley eigene Musik-Theater-Performances, u. a. in den Sophiensaelen, an der Schaubühne und im Radialsystem in Berlin sowie im BOZAR in Brüssel. Mit seiner Band «Friedrichs» war er in Der weisse Wolf am Staatstheater Stuttgart zu sehen. Zudem war er als Gastdozent an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste München und an der Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee tätig. Er entwarf Bühnenbilder für Medea an der Königlichen Oper Stockholm und Macbeth am Maximtheater Stockholm. Für Christian Spuck entstanden die Bühnenbilder zu Der fliegende Holländer an der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Nussknacker und Mausekönig, Winterreise, Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern und Dornröschen beim Ballett Zürich sowie Orlando am Moskauer Bolschoitheater.
Buki Shiff, Costumes
Buki Shiff wurde in Israel geboren und studierte an der Universität Tel-Aviv. Seit 1984 ist sie als Bühnen- und Kostümbildnerin für Theater, Film, Fernsehen und Oper in Israel, Europa und den USA tätig. Dabei arbeitet sie regelmässig mit den Regisseuren Barrie Kosky, David Alden, Richard Jones und Robert Carsen zusammen. Zu ihren Arbeiten zählen Ausstattungen für Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, Sweeney Todd, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Boris Godunow, Madama Butterfly und Don Giovanni an der New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Tannhäuser, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Rinaldo, Rodelinda, La Calisto, Orlando und Semiramide an der Bayerischen Staatsoper in München, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tristan und Isolde und Der fliegende Holländer an der Berliner Staatsoper, Boris Godunow an der Wiener Volksoper, Tristan und Isolde am Teatro Real Madrid, Lulu an der English National Opera, Wozzeck und Meistersinger an der Welsh National Opera, Candide am Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris und an der Mailänder Scala, Wozzeck und La belle Hélène an der Komischen Oper Berlin, Die Nase am Royal Opera House Covent Garden sowie Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen an der Deutschen Oper Berlin. 2006 wurde Buki Shiff in Tel-Aviv als Bühnen- und Kostümbildnerin des Jahres ausgezeichnet, 2008 erhielt sie den Rosenblum-Preis als Künstlerin des Jahres. 2013 wurde sie bei den International Opera Awards in London als beste Bühnen- und Kostümbildnerin geehrt. Darüber hinaus war sie an Kunstausstellungen in Tel Aviv und Europa beteiligt.
Martin Gebhardt, Lighting designer
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.
Michelle Willems, Aurora
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 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, and in Spuck’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern. She has also appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite, George Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, Douglas Lee, and Filipe Portugal She was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2018.
Emma Antrobus, Aurora
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. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, she joined Ballett Zürich with the 2019/20 season. She danced in choreographies by Christian Spuck (including Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern), Edward Clug, Crystal Pite, and Ohad Naharin. In 2018, she was awarded the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich».
William Moore, Carabosse
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 Ballett Zürich. Important roles include Romeo in Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, the Nutcracker in Spuck’s Nussknacker und Mausekönig, Mephisto in Faust by Edward Clug, Petruschka in the choreography by Marco Goecke, and Diaghilev in Goecke’s Nijinski. 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».
Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Carabosse / Goldfee
Cohen Aitchison-Dugas is Canadian. He studied at the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and at the National Ballet School in Canada. In the 2015/16 season he danced in The Nutcracker with the Grands Ballets Canadiens. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, he joined Ballett Zürich in the 2017/18 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.
Jan Casier, Fliederfee
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 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 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».
Matthew Knight, Fliederfee / Zeremonienmeister
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 Ballett Zürich in the 2014/15 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 Petruschka), 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. In 2018 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».
Lucas Valente, König
Lucas Valente comes from Brazil. He studied performing arts and philosophy at the University of São Paulo. His first engagement was with the Ballet Company Laura Alonso in Havana and he was involved in the «Arsenale della Danza» project at the Venice Biennale in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he danced in the São Paulo Companhia de Dança, where he appeared in choreographies by Edouard Lock, Marco Goecke, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, and Jiří Kylián, among others. He danced in choreographies by Richard Siegal at the Ballet of Difference in 2017. He has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season. He presented his choreography Trees Die Standing as a part of the «Junge Choreografen» series. He has appeared as Tybalt/Count Capulet in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia and appeared in Crystal Pite’s Emergence.
Inna Bilash, Königin / Verlobte des Prinzen
Inna Bilash comes from Ukraine. She studied ballet at the Kharkov Choreographic School, the Perm State Choreographic College and the Perm State Academy of Arts and Culture. She was a principal dancer in the Perm Ballet, where she appeared as Julia in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo und Julia, Odette/Odile in Natalia Makorova’s Schwanensee, Giselle in the choreography of Perrot/Coralli/Petipa, the Bride in Kylián’s Les Noces and Masha in MacMillan’s Winter Dreams. She has also appeared as a soloist in choreographies by Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Douglas Lee. She won the Arabesque Competition in Perm and the Bolshoi Ballet Television Competition. In 2017 she was awarded the prize from the ballet magazine «The Soul of Dance». Inna Bilash has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2018/19 season and has appeared in a variety of roles, including as the title role in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.
Francesca Dell'Aria, Königin
Francesca Dell’Aria comes from Italy. She received her training at the Elmhurst School and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. After an engagement with the Slovak National Ballet, she was a member of the Bayerisches Staatsballett from 2010 to 2014. She has belonged to Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season and has appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe (New Sleep, workwithinwork, In the middle, The Second Detail), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs, Falling Angels), George Balanchine, Hans van Manen (Kammerballett) Jacopo Godani, Douglas Lee, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke (Nijinski), and Crystal Pite. She also appeared in the title role of Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina and as Myrtha in Patrice Bart’s Giselle. She was awarded with the «Tanzpreis der Freunde des Balletts Zürich» in 2019.
Elena Vostrotina, Gouvernante
Elena Vostrotina comes from St. Petersburg. She received her ballet education at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. In 2003 she became a member of the Mariinsky Ballet. There she danced among others Odette/Odile in Schwanensee (Petipa/Ivanov), Myrtha in Giselle (Coralli/Perrot), Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote (Gorsky) and in Approximate Sonata (Forsythe). In 2006 she was engaged by Aaron S. Watkin at the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. Here she was appointed principal dancer and danced a wide repertoire of classical, neoclassical and modern ballets. She has collaborated with renowned choreographers and performed at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater in Moscow, at the State Theater Novosibirsk, at the gala «Roberto Bolle and Friends», and at the Ballets Bubeníček. Elena Vostrotina has been a first soloist at Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season, where season she has appeared as Odette/Odile in Ratmansky’s Schwanensee reconstruction, as the nursemaid in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia, Myrtha in Patrice Bart’s Giselle as well as in Christian Spuck’s Nussknacker und Mausekönig, Winterreise and Nocturne.
Rafaelle Queiroz, Gouvernante
Rafaelle Queiroz is from Brazil. She received her training in Rio de Janeiro and, with a stipend from the Tanzstiftung Birgit Keil, 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, and 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 joined Ballett Zürich with the 2019/20 season.
Kevin Pouzou, Zeremonienmeister / Vier Prinzen
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 Staatsballett Berlin, 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 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.
Matthew Bates, Silberfee / Vier Prinzen
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 third season as a member of the Junior Ballett.
Esteban Berlanga, Silberfee / Vier Prinzen / Prinz Désiré
Esteban Berlanga comes from Spain. After his training at the Royal Conservatory of Albacete and the Professional Dance Conservatory of Madrid, he danced at the English National Ballet from 2006 to 2013, where he was appointed principal dancer in 2012. Here he appeared as Prince Siegfried in Schwanensee by Derek Dean, the Prince in Kenneth MacMillan’s Dornröschen, Albrecht in Giselle by Mary Skeaping, the Nutcracker in the choreography by Wayne Eagling and Frédéric in L’Arlésienne by Roland Petit, among others. He also appeared in choreographies by Jiří Kylián and Maurice Béjart. He was nominated for the «Prix Benois de la Danse» for Faun(e) by David Dawson. He was principal dancer in the Compañia Nacional de Danza España from 2013-2018. There he performed as a soloist in choreographies by William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Roland Petit, Aleix Mañé and Kenneth MacMillan. He has appeared with the English National Ballet, the Australian Ballet, the Nariko Kobayashi Ballet, and the Carmen Cortès Flamenco Company. He has been a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2018/19 season, where he has performed in Christian Spuck’s Winterreise and in the title role of Marco Goecke’s Nijinski.
George Susman, Goldfee
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 third season as a member of the Junior Ballett.
Dominik Slavkovský, Blaue Fee
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 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 presented his choreographies How to save the world and Conspiracy as a part of the «Junge Choreografen» series.
Riccardo Mambelli, Blaue Fee
Riccardo Mambelli was born in Italy. He received his education at the Tanz Akademie Zürich, and while a student there, he performed with Ballett Zürich in Alexei Ratmansky’s Schwanensee. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, he joined the Ballett Zürich with the 2019/20 season. He has appeared in choreographies by Christian Spuck, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Edward Clug, and Crystal Pite.
Wei Chen, Grüne Fee / Vier Prinzen / 1. Diener
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.
Daniel Mulligan, Grüne Fee / Vier Prinzen / 1. Diener
Daniel Mulligan comes from Great Britain and studied at the Royal Ballet School in London. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, he joined Ballett Zürich in the 2009/10 season. He has appeared as a soloist in many of Heinz Spoerli’s choreographies. He danced Mercutio/Benvolio in Christian Spuck’s Romeo und Julia as well as in ballets by Mats Ek (Dornröschen), Hans van Manen (Solo, Kammerballett), Edward Clug (Chamber Minds, Le Sacre du printemps), Sol León/Paul Lightfoot (Skew-Whiff, Speak for Yourself), William Forsythe (Quintett), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs, Stepping Stones, Sweet Dreams), Ohad Naharin (Minus 16), Marco Goecke (Petruschka), Filipe Portugal (Corpus), Douglas Lee, and Crystal Pite. Recent leading roles have included Mephisto in Faust by Edward Clug, Fritz and the Clown in Spuck’s Nussknacker und Mausekönig, as well as Stiva in Spuck’s Anna Karenina.
Mark Geilings, Rote Fee / Vier Prinzen
Mark Geilings comes from Australia, where he was trained at the Australian Ballet School. He danced with the Leipzig Ballet from 2012-2015, where he performed in choreographies by Uwe Scholz, Mario Schröder (the title role in Otello), Meryl Tankard (Cinderella), Ohad Naharin, and Cayetano Soto. He was a member of Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart for the 2015/16 season, where he performed in Marco Goecke’s Nijinsky. He has been a member of 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.
Luca Afflitto, Rote Fee / Vier Prinzen
Luca Afflitto is Italian. He studied at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and, while still a student, appeared with the Ballets de Monte Carlo. After two seasons with the Junior Ballett, he is a member of Ballett Zürich since the 2019/20 season. He has appeared in choreographies by William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke, Ohad Naharin, Cayetano Soto, Louis Stiens, and Goyo Montero. He presented 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.
Loïck Pireaux, Vier Prinzen
Loïck Pireaux is French. He trained at the École de Danse de l’Opéra de Paris. He danced with the Paris Opera Ballet from 2012-2016 in choreographies by Nureyev, Balanchine, Cranko, Petit, Neumeier, Kylian, and McGregor. After that, he danced with the ballet of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma for four seasons, where he appeared in choreographies by Forsythe, Robbins, Lifar, McMillan, Bubeniček, and Ekman. He joined Ballett Zürich with this season.
Alexander Jones, Prinz Désiré
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 a first soloist of 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 Vronsky in Anna Karenina (all by Christian Spuck), among others.
Aurore Lissitzky, 1. Hausdame
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. She won the gold medal at the Concours International de Grasse in 2008. 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 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 (peasant pas de deux).