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Faust - The Ballet

World première by Edward Clug
Music by Milko Lazar
After «Faust. A Tragedy» by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Choreografie und Inszenierung Edward Clug Musical director Mikhail Agrest Composer Milko Lazar Stage design Marko Japelj Costumes Leo Kulaš Lighting designer Martin Gebhardt Video designer Tieni Burkhalter Dramaturgy Edward Clug und Michael Küster

Duration 2 H. 10 Min. incl. interval after 1st part after approx. 50 Min. Introduction 45 min before the performance.
Introductory matinee on 22 Apr 2018.

Partner Ballett Zürich      

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April 2018

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Faust - The Ballet

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Backstage: Composer Milko Lazar talks about «Faust – The Ballet»

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    Our dramaturge Michael Küster gives an insight into «Faust - The Ballet» (11 minutes). Live introductions take place 45 minutes before the performance in the opera house.

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Faust - The Ballet

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Biographies


Edward Clug, Choreografie und Inszenierung

Edward Clug

Edward Clug vollendete seine Ballettausbildung 1991 an der Nationalen Ballettschule in Cluj-Napoca (Rumänien). Im selben Jahr wurde er als Solist an das Slowenische Nationaltheater (SNG) in Maribor engagiert. 2003 wurde er am selben Theater Ballettdirektor und führte die Compagnie auf neue,unverkennbare Wege. In den vergangenen fünfzehn Jahren zog Edward Clug mit seinem unverwechselbaren choreografischen Stil die Aufmerksamkeit eines internationalen Publikums auf sich. Gleichzeitig gelang es ihm, das Mariborer Ensemble mit Gastspielen in ganz Europa, Asien, den USA und Kanada in der internationalen Tanzszene zu etablieren.
Seit mehreren Jahren ist Edward Clug dem Stuttgarter Ballett und dem Ballett Zürich verbunden. In Zürich waren seine Choreografien Le Sacre du printemps, Hill Harper’s Dreamund Chamber Minds zu sehen. Ausserdem entwickelte sich eine enge Beziehung zum Nederlands Dans Theater, mit dem er mehrere Projekte beim NDT 2 und NDT 1 realisierte. Neue Stücke entstanden ferner für das Royal Ballet of Flanders, das Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper, das Nationalballett Lissabon, das Kroatische Nationalballett, das Rumänische Nationalballett Bukarest, die Bitef Dance Company, das Ukrainische Nationalballett Kiew, das Staatsballett Nowosibirsk, die Station Zuid Company, Graz Tanz, das Ballett des Theaters am Gärtnerplatz München, das Hessische Staatsballett Wiesbaden, das Ballett Augsburg, das Aalto Ballett Essen, das Ballett Dortmund und das West Australian Ballet. Edward Clug erhielt zahlreiche nationale und internationale Preise. Für Quattro wurde er 2010 in Moskau für den Kunstpreis «Goldene Maske» nominiert. Ausserdem wurde er mit den höchsten slowenischen Kulturpreisen, dem Preis der Prešern Foundation (2005) und der Glazer Charter (2008), ausgezeichnet. 2017 wurde seine Choreografie Handman (NDT 2) für den «Benois de la Danse» nominiert. Neben Faust – Das Ballett in Zürich wird er 2018 Petruschka am Moskauer Bolschoitheaterchoreografieren.

Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02, 05 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018


Mikhail Agrest, Musikalische Leitung

Mikhail Agrest

Mikhail Agrest stammt aus St. Petersburg. An der Indiana University School in Bloomington absolvierte er ein Violinstudium. Nach St. Petersburg zurückgekehrt, widmete er sich dem Dirigierstudium bei Ilya Musin und Mariss Jansons. Als Dirigent am Mariinsky-Theater erarbeitete er sich über einen Zeitraum von mehr als zehn Jahren ein breites Repertoire in Oper, Ballett und Sinfonik. 2003 debütierte er mit Rimski-Korsakows Legende von der unsichtbaren Stadt Kitesch an der Metropolitan Opera in New York. Weitere Opernprojekte waren Tosca an der Königlichen Oper Stockholm, Don Giovanni an der Opera Australia, Jenůfa an der English National Opera sowie La bohème und Eugen Onegin an der Finnischen Nationaloper in Helsinki. Am Royal Opera House Covent Garden dirigierte er Le Sacre du printemps, Les Noces und Romeo und Julia. Eine enge Zusammenarbeit verbindet ihn mit der Dresdner Semperoper. Hier leitete er Aufführungen von Schwanda, der Dudelsackpfeifer (Weinberger), Moskau, Tscherjomuschki (Schostakowitsch), Ro­meo und Julia und La traviata. An der Scottish National Orchestra dirigierte er Der feurige Engel. Mikhail Agrest trat mit zahlreichen renommierten Orchestern auf der ganzen Welt auf, u.a. mit dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, dem Houston Symphony Orchestra, dem Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, dem London Philharmonic Orchestra, dem BBC Symphony Orchestra, dem Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, der Staatskapelle Dresden, der Dresdner Philharmonie, dem Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, dem Seattle Symphonie Orchestra und dem Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Geplant ist das Debüt beim Bruckner-Orchester Linz.

Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018


Milko Lazar, Komposition

Milko Lazar

Milko Lazar ist als Komponist und Multiinstru­mentalist (Klavier, Cembalo und Saxofon) sowohl im klassischen wie auch im Jazzbereich tätig. Er studierte Klavier und Saxofon an der Kunst­universität Graz sowie Cembalo und Barockmusik am Königlichen Konservatorium in Den Haag. Fünfzehn Jahre war er als Solosaxofonist und Dirigent bei der Radio-Bigband des RTV Slo­venia engagiert. Regel­mäs­sig komponiert er für die Slowenische Philharmonie und das Slowenische Radio-Sinfonieorchester. Weitere Auftragswerke entstanden für das Staatsorchester Stuttgart, die Augsburger Philharmoniker und die Philharmonia Zürich. Neben Orchesterwerken, Opern, Kammermusik, Vokal- und Jazzkompositionen, Film- und Bühnenmusik komponiert er regelmässig für das Ballett. Seine Werke wurden in ganz Europa, in den USA, China, Russland und Südamerika auf­geführt, u.a. in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall, im Kennedy Center in Washington, am Slowenischen Nationaltheater Ljubljana, am Mikhai­lovsky-Theater in St. Petersburg, am Opern­haus Zürich und an der Oper Stuttgart. Als Pianist tritt er regelmässig im Klavierduo mit Bojan Gorišek sowie als Cembalist mit seinen eigenen Formationen auf. Seit 2008 verbindet ihn eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem Choreografen Edward Clug. Gemeinsam entstanden bislang 14 Ballette, darunter Hill Harper’s Dream und Chamber Minds für das Ballett Zürich. Milko Lazar wurde mit dem renommiertesten slo­we­ni­schen Kunstpreis, dem Prešernov Sklad, und dem Kunstpreis der Stadt Ljubljana ausgezeichnet.

Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018


Marko Japelj, Bühnenbild

Marko Japelj

Marko Japeljstammt aus Maribor (Slowe­nien). Er studierte Architektur in Ljubljana. 1986 ent­stand sein erstes Bühnenbild für Hedda Gabler an der Theater­aka­de­mie Ljub­­­ljana. Mittlerweile rea­li­sierte er fast 200 Büh­nen­­bilder für Drama und Mu­sik­the­ater. Viele davon wurden ausgezeichnet. Als Gastpro­fes­sor leitete er drei Semester die Meisterklasse für Film und Bühnengestaltung an der Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Wien. Er arbeitete mit zahl­­reichen Theatern in Slowenien und Europa, u.a. für die Opernhäuser in Bukarest, Riga, Metz, Bratislava sowie die Wiener Staatsoper, die Nationaltheater in Zagreb, Rijeka und Belgrad, das Nederlands Dans Theater, das Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerpen, das Aalto Theater Essen und die Theater Augsburg, Dortmund und Wuppertal. Für Edward Clug realisierte er die Bühnenbilder zu Tango, Lacrimas, Radio ­& Ju­liet, Prêt-à-porter, Watching others, The Archi­tecture of Silence, Hill Harper’s Dream, Le Sacre du printemps, Six Antique Epigraphs, Les Noces, Chamber Minds, Peer Gynt, Hora und Proof. Für Filipe Portugal und das Ballett Zürich entstand das Bühnenbild zu disTANZ.

Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02, 05 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018


Leo Kulaš, Kostüme

Leo Kulaš

Leo Kulaš ist Bühnen- und Kostümbildner. Er studierte an der Akademie für Angewandte Kunst in Belgrad. Im ehemaligen Jugoslawien schuf er die Kostüme für über 150 Theater-, Opern- und Bal­lett­­­­­­­­­produktionen. Mit Ro­ber­­­­­­to Ciulli arbeitete er am The­ater an der Ruhr und an Paolo Magellis «Teatro Metastasio della Toscana». Am Slowe­ni­­schen Mladin­sko Theatre und am Slowenischen Na­tionalthe­ater Maribor arbeitete er mit der Kostüm­bild­nerin Svetlana Visintin zusammen. Für La divina com­media am Slowenischen National­theater Ma­ri­bor wurde er mit dem «Maribor Theatre Fes­­ti­val Award» und dem «Prešeren Fund Award» ausgezeichnet, 2008 erhielt er den «Maribor Theatre Fes­ti­val Award» für Das Käthchen von Heilbronn in Ljubljana. Auch ausserhalb Sloweniens hat Leo Kulaš mit namhaften Regisseuren zusammenge­arbeitet. Seine Arbeiten waren u.a. am Theater Dortmund, am Thalia Theater Ham­burg, an der Staatsoper Hannover, an der Oper Sofia, am Landestheater Linz, an der Wiener Staatsoper, an der Lettische Nationaloper in Riga und am Moskauer Bolschoitheater zu sehen. Er schuf die Kostüme für Edward Clugs Ballette Tango, Lacrimas, Radio &Ju­liet, Prêt-à-porter, Watching Others, Sketches und The Architecture of Silence, Hill Har­per’s Dream, Le Sacre du printemps, Six Antique Epigraphs, Les Noces, Chamber Minds und Peer Gynt. Ausserdem ist er als Kostümbild­ner für Film und Fernsehen tätig. Am Theater St. Gallen entwarf er die Kos­tüme für das Musi­cal Flashdance.

Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02, 05 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018


Martin Gebhardt, Lichtgestaltung

Martin Gebhardt

Martin Gebhardt was a light designer and the master electrician at the Hamburg Ballett, where he worked closely with John Neumeier. In 2002, he came to the Opernhaus Zürich. Together with Heinz Spoerli and the Ballett Zürich he created In den Winden im Nichts, Allem nah, allem fern, Josephslegende, Peer Gynt, Schwanensee, Don Quichotte and Raymonda. Productions from the Hamburg Ballett and the Ballett Zürich led him to renowned theatres throughout Europe, Asia and America. At the Opernhaus Zürich, he was responsible for the lighting design of productions by Jürgen Flimm, Grischa Asagaroff, Matthias Hartmann, David Pountney, Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier, Damiano Michieletto, Achim Freyer, Johannes Schaaf and Christoph Marthaler. For the Salzburg Festival he created the lighting design for La bohème and a new version of Spoerli’s Der Tod und das Mädchen. In 2012, Martin Gebhardt became head of the lighting department at the Opernhaus Zürich and has been working regularly with Christian Spuck and other choreographers such as Douglas Lee and Marco Goecke ever since.

Schwanensee08, 09, 12, 15, 17, 23 Jun 2018 Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Un Ballo06 Mar 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02, 05 Apr 2018 Maria Stuarda11, 14, 17, 20, 26, 29 Apr; 02, 05, 09, 12 May 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018 Le Comte Ory02, 04, 06, 09 Jan 2018 Carmen04, 07, 10, 14 Jul 2018


Tieni Burkhalter, Video-Design

Tieni Burkhalter

Tieni Burkhalter studierte Bildende Kunst an der Züricher Hochschule der Künste. Seine Arbeiten waren Bestandteil von mehreren Ausstellungen und Videofestivals, u.a. der Videoex in Zürich und der Biennale de l‘image en mouvement in Genf. 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 Videooperateur und -produzent tätig. Am Opernhaus Zürich war Tieni Burkhalter Videodesigner für Der fliegende Holländer (Inszenierung: Andreas Homoki) und das Balletts A-Life (Choreografie: Douglas Lee).

Der fliegende Holländer21, 24, 28, 31 Mar 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018


Jan Casier, Faust

Jan Casier

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018


Matthew Knight, Faust

Matthew Knight

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 13, 23 May 2018


William Moore, Mephisto

William Moore

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre02, 05 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018


Daniel Mulligan, Mephisto

Daniel Mulligan

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 13, 23 May 2018


Giulia Tonelli, Gretchen

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 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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee09 Jun 2018


Michelle Willems, Gretchen

Michelle Willems

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee08, 12, 15, 17, 23 Jun 2018


Viktorina Kapitonova, Marthe Schwerdtlein

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee09, 23 Jun 2018


Anna Khamzina, Marthe Schwerdtlein

Anna Khamzina

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet13, 23 May 2018


Francesca Dell'Aria, Hexe / Helena von Troja

Francesca Dell'Aria

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.

Faust - The Ballet06, 13, 23 May 2018


Elena Vostrotina, Hexe / Helena von Troja

Elena Vostrotina

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee08, 12 Jun 2018


Meiri Maeda, Ein Engel

Meiri Maeda

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.

Faust - The Ballet06, 13, 23 May 2018


Alexander Jones, Valentin

Alexander Jones

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.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee08, 09, 12, 23 Jun 2018


Christopher Parker, Wagner

Christopher Parker

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.

Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 05 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018