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Giselle

Ballet in two acts by Patrice Bart after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Music by Adolphe Adam (1803–1856)
Revised, Zurich version

Choreography Patrice Bart Musical director Paul Connelly Stage and costume design Luisa Spinatelli Lighting designer Martin Gebhardt Assistant choreographer Raffaella Renzi
Herzog Albrecht
Herzog von Kurland
Zweite Wili
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Solo-Viola
Valérie Szlávik
Herzog Albrecht
Herzog von Kurland
Zweite Wili
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Solo-Viola
Karen Forster
Solo-Viola
Valérie Szlávik
Solo-Viola
Valérie Szlávik
Solo-Viola
Karen Forster
Herzog Albrecht
Herzog von Kurland
Zweite Wili
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Solo-Viola
Valérie Szlávik
Herzog Albrecht
Herzog von Kurland
Zweite Wili
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Bauern-Pas-de-deux
Solo-Viola
Karen Forster
Solo-Viola
Valérie Szlávik

Duration 2 H. 15 Min. incl. interval. Introduction 45 min before the performance.

Past performances

November 2015

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December 2015

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January 2016

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Special Guests


For this season’s revival of «Giselle» we’re very happy to welcome two special guests: Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel will dance Giselle and Herzog Albrecht on Thursday, 30 May!


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Biographies


Patrice Bart, Choreografie

Patrice Bart

Patrice Bart, Jahrgang 1945, ist untrennbar mit dem Ballett und der Ballettschule der Opéra de Paris verbunden. 1957 trat er in die Schule ein und wurde bereits 1959 Mitglied des Corps de ballet. Als Coryphée erhielt er 1963 den Prix René Blum, der den vielversprechendsten jungen Tänzern verliehen wird. 1969 gewann er als Premier danseur die Goldmedaille beim Tänzerwettbewerb in Moskau und wurde 1972 zum Etoile ernannt. Patrice Bart tanzte die männlichen Hauptrollen in Balletten wie Schwanensee, Petruschka, Dornröschen, Don Quixote, Der verlorene Sohn und trat in Kreationen wie Constellations (Serge Lifar, 1969), Mouvances (Roland Petit, 1976) und Métaboles (Kenneth McMillan, 1978) auf. Von 1970 bis 1982 gastierte Bart regelmässig als Etoile beim London Festival Ballet, dem jetzigen English National Ballet. Er war ausserdem mit zahlreichen Compagnien auf den bedeutendsten internationalen Bühnen zu sehen. Noch vor seinem offiziellen Bühnenabschied im Jahre 1989 begann Patrice Barts Karriere als Ballettmeister, der sich mehr und mehr mit Direktionsaufgaben befasste, nach dem Weggang von Rudolf Nurejew auch, zusammen mit Eugen Poljakow, für einige Zeit als Interimsdirektor. Danach war Patrice Bart über mehr als zwei Jahrzehnte als der Direktion assoziierter Ballettmeister wesentlich mitverantwortlich für die Aufrechterhaltung und Weiterführung der aussergewöhnlichen Tradition und des hohen Standards der französischen Elite-Compagnie. 1991 inszenierte er, zusammen mit Eugen Poljakow, die Pariser Giselle-Produktion aus Anlass des 150. Jahrestags der Uraufführung. 1992 assistierte er Rudolf Nurejew bei der Einstudierung von La Bayadère. 1993 brachte er seine eigene Don Quixote-Produktion an der Berliner Staatsoper heraus, die auch vom Finnischen Nationaltheater übernommen wurde. Für die Mailänder Scala inszenierte er eine neue Giselle, deren Premiere 1996 im Fernsehen europaweit live übertragen wurde. Ebenfalls 1996 brachte er mit Coppélia seine erste abendfüllende Eigenproduktion für die Opéra de Paris heraus. 1997 hatte seine Neufassung von Schwanensee an der Deutschen Staatsoper in Berlin Premiere. 1998 schuf er für das Bayerische Staatsballett eine neue, komplettierte Fassung von Petipas La Bayadère. Es folgten für Berlin Der Nussknacker (1999) und Romeo und Julia (2002). Ausserdem kreierte er einige ganz neue, eigene Stoffe: Verdiana (Berlin 1999, Florenz 2001), La Petite Danseuse de Degas (Paris 2003), Tschaikowsky (Helsinki 2005), Gustav III. (Stockholm 2008), Das flammende Herz (Berlin 2009) und Chopin (Warschau 2010). Jüngste Projekt waren Giselle für das Koreanische Nationalballett in Seoul und das Balletto di Roma (2011) sowie – ebenfalls in Rom – Romeo und Julia (2011) und Schwanensee (2013). Patrice Bart ist Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, Officier de l’Ordre national du Mérite und Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016


Paul Connelly, Musikalische Leitung

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.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016


Luisa Spinatelli, Bühnenbild und Kostüme

Luisa Spinatelli

Luisa Spinatelli wurde an der Akademie der Schönen Künste im italienischen Brera zur Bühnen- und Kostümbildnerin ausgebildet. Heute ist sie dort als Dozentin tätig. Ihr erstes Bühnenbild entwarf sie 1965 an der Mailänder Scala für das Ballett Francesca da Rimini. Auch auf dem Gebiet des Schauspiels und der Oper machte sie sich bald einen Namen. Opern wie Attila, La forza del destino, Andrea Chénier oder Fedora waren an der Mailänder Scala in ihrem Bühnenbild zu sehen. Für das Teatro Regio in Turin entwarf sie die Ausstattung für Kiss me, Kate und Die Jungfrau von Orléans sowie für das Teatro Massimo in Palermo Luisa Miller. Ihre ureigenste Domäne ist aber stets das Ballett geblieben. In ihrer Ausstattung gelangte 1976 Der Nussknacker in der Arena di Verona zur Aufführung, den Klassiker stattete sie auch 1999 für die Staatsoper Unter den Linden und 2002 beim Tulsa Ballett aus.Sie entwarf Bühnenbilder und Kostüme für Robert Norths Choreografhie Orlando am Teatro dell’Opera in Rom, für die Dornröschen-Inszenierung des Royal Opera House Covent Garden, für Pierre Lacottes Paquita am Bolschoi Theater Moskau, für eine Inszenierung der Pique Dame am Nationaltheater Tokio oder für George Balanchines Choreografie Ein Sommernachtstraum an der Mailänder Scala. Für ihre Ausstattung von Schwanensee, den Patrice Bart 1997 für die Staatsoper Unter den Linden choreografiert hat, wurde sie mit dem Benois de la danse ausgezeichnet, und 2005 wurde ihr für die Ausstattung von Raymonda in Tokio der Premio Akiko Tachibana verliehen. Luisa Spinatelli und Patrice Bart haben bereits mehrfach zusammengearbeitet.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016


Martin Gebhardt, Lichtgestaltung

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, 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. Mit Christoph Mar­tha­ler und Anna Viebrock arbeitete er beim Händel-Abend Sale und Rossinis Il viaggio a Reims zusammen. 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 (Anna Karenina, Woyzeck, Der Sandmann, Sonett, Leonce und Lena, Paysage obscure). In jüngster Zeit war er ausserdem Lichtdesigner für die Choreografen Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee und Edward Clug.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016 Il viaggio a Reims11, 13, 16, 18, 23, 27 Dec 2015; 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 Jan 2016 Schwanensee07, 21, 26, 28 Feb; 02, 28 Mar; 30 Apr; 01, 04, 05, 06, 16, 22 May 2016 Le Comte Ory09, 12, 17, 19 Mar 2016 Carmen31 Mar; 02, 07, 10, 14 Apr 2016 Der Sandmann04, 09, 11, 12, 26, 30 Jun 2016


Yen Han a.G., Giselle

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.

Giselle02 Dec 2015; 10, 16 Jan 2016


Viktorina Kapitonova, Giselle / Myrtha

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.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 22 Jan 2016 Schwanensee21, 26, 28 Feb; 02, 28 Mar; 30 Apr; 01, 05, 16 May 2016 Romeo und Julia29 Apr; 17 Jun 2016 Der Sandmann09, 11, 12, 26, 30 Jun 2016


Anna Khamzina, Giselle

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.

Giselle05 Dec 2015 Schwanensee07 Feb; 01, 04, 06, 22 May 2016 Der Sandmann04, 26 Jun 2016


Polina Semionova a.G., Giselle

Polina Semionova a.G.

Polina Semionova stammt aus Moskau. Sie erhielt ihre Ballettausbildung an der Bolschoi Ballettschule und wurde direkt nach ihrem Abschluss im Alter von 17 Jahren als Erste Solotänzerin an das Ballett der Staatsoper Unter den Linden verpflichtet. Seit September 2012 ist sie Principal Dancer beim American Ballet Theatre, Principal Guest beim Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg und beim Bayerischen Staatsballett München. Polina Semionova tanzt nahezu alle grossen Partien des klassischen Balletts: Odette-­Odile (Schwanensee), Nikia (La Bayadère), Marie (Der Nussknacker), Prinzessin Aurora (Dorn­röschen), Swanilda (Coppélia), Kitri (Don Quixote), Giselle und Myrtha (Giselle), Tatjana (John Crankos Onegin), Sieglinde und Brünnhilde (Maurice Béjarts Ring um den Ring), Manon (Titelrolle), Julia (in Kenneth MacMillans, Leonid Lawrowskis sowie Nacho Duatos Versionen von Romeo und Julia), Michail Fokins Scheherazade und Les Sylphides, die Titelrollen in Vladimir Malakhovs Cinderella, in Roland Petits Carmen oder Frederick Ashtons Sylvia. Zu ihrem Repertoire zählen ausserdem Werke von Robbins, Balanchine, Forsythe, Neumeier, Kylián und Tudor. Choreografen wie Nacho Duato, Mauro Bi­gon­­zetti, Patrice Bart, Renato Zanella, Uwe Scholz, Alexei Ratmansky, Giorgio Madia, Twyla Tharp und Christian Spuck arbeiteten mit ihr und kreierten Rollen für sie. Einladungen führten Polina Semionova an die Mailänder Scala, zum American Ballet Theatre, zum Bayerischen Staatsballett, ans Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg, zum Dresden Semperoper Ballett, zum English National Ballet, zum Tokyo Ballet, zum Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper, zum Ballett Zürich, zum Ballett des Mariinsky Theaters St. Pe­ters­burg, zum Bolschoi Ballett Moskau, zum  Stutt­garter Ballett und zum Ballett der Opera di Roma. Polina Semionova wurde mit zahlreichen Auszeichnungen geehrt, darunter die Gold­­medaille beim Internationalen Ballettwett­be­werb in Moskau, der Erste Preis des Waganowa-­Ballettwettbewerbs St. Petersburg, der Ju­­nior­preis des Internationalen Ballettwettbewerbs Nagoya (Japan), der Berliner Publikumspreis «Daphne», der Deutsche Kritikerpreis und der Deutsche Tanzpreis «Zukunft». 2007 wurde sie vom deutschen Ballettmagazin tanz zur «Tänzerin des Jahres» gekürt und erhielt 2008 den Heinz-Spoerli-Preis. 2014 wurde ihr der derzeit wohl wichtigste Preis der Ballettwelt, der «Benois de la danse», verliehen. 2013 wurde sie von der Staatlichen Ballettschule Berlin als Professorin berufen.

Giselle22 Jan 2016


Wei Chen, Herzog Albrecht

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 Swan Lake (Siegfried) and Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desiré) as well as in Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky). He has also appeared in choreographies by Balanchine, Bournonville, Dawson, Forsythe, Godani, McGregor, Nureyev, Pite, Stevenson, and Wheeldon. He has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2012/13 season and has performed in choreographies by Douglas Lee, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Edward Clug, and Crystal Pite, among others. He also danced Romeo in Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet, Benno in Ratmansky's Swan Lake and Coppelius in Spuck’s Sandmann.

Giselle10, 16 Jan 2016 Der Sandmann04, 09, 11, 12, 26, 30 Jun 2016


Friedemann Vogel a.G., Herzog Albrecht

Friedemann Vogel a.G.

Friedemann Vogel wurde in Stuttgart geboren. Er absolvierte seine Ballettausbildung zunächst an der John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart und danach als Stipendiat des John Gilpin Fonds bei Marika Besobrasova an der Académie de Danse Classi­que «Princesse Grace» in Monte Carlo. Er war Preisträger zahlreicher internationaler Ballettwettbe­werbe. 1997 gewann er innerhalb eines Jahres den Prix de Lausanne, die Junior-­Gold­medaille beim Prix de Luxembourg und bei der Eurocity Competition in Italien, 1998 war er Gewinner der Jackson Competition in den USA. 1998 wurde Friedemann Vogel Mitglied des Stuttgarter Balletts, wo er 2002 zum Ersten Solisten ernannt wurde. In diesem Jahr gewann er auch den renommierten Erik-Bruhn-Preis. 2010 wurde er von der Zeitschrift tanz zum «Tänzer des Jahres» gewählt, 2012 wurde er mit dem italienischen «Danza&Danza Award» als «Bester Tänzer» ausgezeichnet. Sein Repertoire um­fasst die grossen klassischen Rollen ebenso wie Hauptrollen in Choreografien von Cranko, Balanchine, Robbins, Kylián, Neumeier, Forsythe und McGregor. Friedemann Vogel begleitet das Stuttgarter Ballett auf Tourneen in die ganze Welt. Als Solist gastierte er am Mariinsky-Theater in St. Petersburg, beim Bolschoi Ballett Moskau, an der Mailänder Scala, beim English National Ballet, dem National Ballet of China, dem Tokyo Ballet, dem Hong Kong Ballet, den Ballets de Santiago de Chile, dem Finnish National Ballet, dem Staats­ballett Berlin, dem Bayerischen Staatsballett, dem Ballett der Opera di Roma, dem Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper, dem Royal Swedish Ballet und dem Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Seit September 2014 ist Friedemann Vogel Gast­solist am Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

Giselle17 Dec 2015; 02 Jan 2016


Alexander Jones, Herzog Albrecht

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.

Giselle05 Dec 2015; 22 Jan 2016 Schwanensee21, 26, 28 Feb; 28 Mar; 30 Apr; 01, 05, 16 May 2016 Romeo und Julia24 Apr; 16 Jun 2016 Der Sandmann04, 26 Jun 2016


Denis Vieira, Herzog Albrecht

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.

Giselle02 Dec 2015 Schwanensee07 Feb; 02 Mar; 01, 04, 06, 22 May 2016 Romeo und Julia22 Apr; 05 Jun 2016


Pornpim Karchai, Myrtha

Pornpim Karchai

Pornpim Karchai is from Thailand, and trained at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. After two seasons with the Zurich Junior Ballet, she joined the main Ballett Zürich ensemble for the 2005/06 season. She has presented two works – The Other Side and Interference – under the company’s Young Choreographers programme. She was seen in a number of productions last season, including the role of Myrtha in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.

Giselle10, 16 Jan 2016


Katja Wünsche, Myrtha / Erste Wili

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, since 2006 as a principal dancer. She danced leading roles in choreographies by John Cranko (Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Onegin), John Neumeier (A Streetcar Named Desire, Lady of the Camellias), Marcia Haydée (Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, La fille mal gardée) and Christian Spuck (Lulu, Der Sandmann, Leonce and Lena, Das Fräulein von S.), and ballets by Forsythe, Kylián, León/Lightfoot, and Goecke. In 2007 she was awarded the German Dance Prize Future (for promising young artists) and the German Theater Prize DER FAUST. Katja Wünsche has been a principal dancer with the Ballett Zürich since the 2012/13 season. She has been seen in Zurich as Juliet in Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, Lena in Leonce and Lena, Marie in Woyzeck, Anna Karenina and Kitty in Anna Karenina, and Clara in Der Sandmann. She has also performed in choreographies by Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Douglas Lee, Martin Schläpfer, Wayne McGregor and Marco Goecke. In 2014 she was awarded the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.

Giselle05, 17 Dec 2015; 02 Jan 2016 Woyzeck05, 08 Apr 2016 Romeo und Julia29 Apr; 17 Jun 2016 Der Sandmann09, 11, 12, 26, 30 Jun 2016


Cristian Alex Assis, Hilarion

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.

Giselle05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 22 Jan 2016 Schwanensee07, 21, 26, 28 Feb; 02 Mar; 01, 04, 06, 22 May 2016 Woyzeck24 Mar; 05, 08, 20 Apr 2016 Romeo und Julia22, 24, 29 Apr 2016


Filipe Portugal, Hilarion / Herzog von Kurland

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, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppélia, Giselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). From 2009 to 2011 he was principal dancer at the Portuguese National Ballet. He returned to the Ballett Zürich in 2011 and has starred in numerous ballets by Christian Spuck, including Father Lorenzo in Romeo and Juliet, King Peter in Leonce and Lena, Doctor in Woyzeck, Karenin in Anna Karenina and Spalanzani in Der Sandmann. He has also appeared in choreographies by Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Douglas Lee and Martin Schläpfer. Parallel to his dancing career, Filipe Portugal works successfully as a choreographer. Among his most recent works for the Ballett Zürich are Dialogos to the music of Swiss jazz musician Nik Bärtsch and disTANZ. He also choreographs for the Charlotte Ballet (USA) and the Stuttgart Noverre Society. In 2014 Filipe Portugal was awarded the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016 Woyzeck24 Mar; 05, 08 Apr 2016 Romeo und Julia24, 29 Apr; 05, 16, 17 Jun 2016 Der Sandmann09, 11, 12, 26, 30 Jun 2016


Eva Dewaele, Berthe

Eva Dewaele

Eva Dewaele is from Belgium. After completing training at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp, she was engaged by the Hessische 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. Since the 2012/13 season she has been a member of the Ballett Zürich and also ballet master of the Junior Ballet. She danced Lady Capulet in Christian Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, Rosetta in Leonce and 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 Young Choreographers series. Her choreography Passing by was created for the Junior Ballet. She has been a ballet master of the 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 Bavarian State Ballet.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016 Romeo und Julia24, 29 Apr; 16, 17 Jun 2016


Matthew Knight, Wilfried

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.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016 Woyzeck24 Mar; 20 Apr 2016 Der Sandmann09, 11, 12, 26, 30 Jun 2016


Manuel Renard, Herzog von Kurland

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.

 

Giselle02 Dec 2015; 16 Jan 2016 Schwanensee28 Mar; 30 Apr; 01, 05, 16 May 2016 Woyzeck05, 08 Apr 2016 Romeo und Julia22, 24, 29 Apr; 05, 16, 17 Jun 2016 Der Sandmann04, 26, 30 Jun 2016


Juliette Brunner, Bathilde

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.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016 Woyzeck24 Mar; 20 Apr 2016 Romeo und Julia22 Apr; 05 Jun 2016


Alba Sempere Torres, Erste Wili

Alba Sempere Torres

Alba Sempere Torres is Spanish. Trained at the Institut del Teatro in Barcelona and at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, she won the Castellón Ballet Competition and danced with the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Berlin State Ballet, and, from 2004 to 2008 with the Bavarian State Ballet. She has appeared in choreographies by Jo Strømgren, Peter Wright, Jiří Kylián, Vladimir Malakhov, John Neumeier, and Mats Ek, among others. She has belonged to the Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season, weere she has been seen in choreographies by Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, George Balanchine, Patrice Bart, Martin Schläpfer, and Christian Spuck.

Giselle02, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016


Giulia Tonelli, Zweite Wili / Bauern-Pas-de-deux

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.

Giselle02, 05, 17 Dec 2015; 02, 10, 16, 22 Jan 2016 Romeo und Julia22 Apr; 05 Jun 2016


Michelle Willems, Bauern-Pas-de-deux

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. After solo tasks in Giselle and Schwanensee she danced Kitty in Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, Marie in Spuck's Nussknacker und Mausekönig as well as Gretchen in Edward Clug's Faust – Das Ballett. She has also performed choreographies by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite and Filipe Portugal. In 2018 she received the «Dance Prize of the Friends of the Ballett Zürich».

Giselle17 Dec 2015; 02 Jan 2016


Surimu Fukushi, Bauern-Pas-de-deux

Surimu Fukushi

Surimu Fukushi is a native of Japan, and studied at the School of the Tokyo Ballet, Tokyo’s Ballet Studio Duo and the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. He won the silver medal in the New York final and the gold medal in the Japanese semi-final of the 2011 Youth America Grand Prix, and also won a gold medal in the NBA Ballet Competition. He made numerous stage appearances while still a student, including several with Monte Carlo’s Opéra Garnier. After two seasons with the Junior Ballet, he now joins the Ballett Zürich’s main company for his first season. He has already been seen on the Zurich stage in such productions as Kairos by Wayne McGregor, Forellenquintett by Martin Schläpfer and Ben Van Cauwenbergh’s solo Les Bourgeois. And he was awarded the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize for 2015.

Giselle17 Dec 2015; 02 Jan 2016


Chinatsu Sugishima, Bauern-Pas-de-deux

Chinatsu Sugishima

Chinatsu Sugishima is Japanese. She studied at the Reika Otsuka Ballet Studio in Tokyo and at Munich’s Ballet Academy, and won second prize at the National Dance Competition in Saitama, Japan. She danced as a trainee with the Bavarian State Ballet; and after a year with the Junior Ballet, she joined the main Ballett Zürich company for the season 2014/15. She has been seen in Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and in the Peasants’ Pas de deux of Giselle

Giselle05 Dec 2015; 22 Jan 2016


Tigran Mkrtchyan, Bauern-Pas-de-deux

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.

Giselle05 Dec 2015; 22 Jan 2016 Romeo und Julia22 Apr; 16, 17 Jun 2016


Andrei Cozlac, Bauern-Pas-de-deux

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.

Giselle02 Dec 2015; 16 Jan 2016 Schwanensee07 Feb 2016 Woyzeck05, 08 Apr 2016 Romeo und Julia22 Apr; 05 Jun 2016


Dmitry Khamzin, Bauern-Pas-de-deux

Dmitry Khamzin

Dmitry Khamzin is from Russia. After training at the Perm Ballet School, he performed as a soloist for the Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre in Moscow, where he danced leading roles in choreographies by John Neumeier (The Seagull and The Little Mermaid), Coralli/Petipa (Albrecht in Giselle), Pierre Lacotte (James in La Sylphide), August Bournonville (Gennaro in Napoli), Vasily Vainonen (the prince in The Nutcracker) and Vladimir Burmeister (Swan Lake). He has also appeared in choreographies by Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato and Jorma Elo. He has twice been nominated for the “Golden Mask” theatre award. After performing with Aalto Ballett Essen from 2013 to 2015, he has joined Ballett Zürich for the 2015/16 season. He has been seen as Spalanzani in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann and presented his choreography Work Space as part of the company’s Young Choreographers programme.

Giselle10 Jan 2016 Woyzeck24 Mar; 20 Apr 2016 Der Sandmann04, 26 Jun 2016