Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Revised version of the scenario by Claus Spahn
Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski (1840-1893)

Choreography Christian Spuck Conductor Paul Connelly, Yannis Pouspourikas Stage design Rufus Didwiszus Costumes Buki Shiff Light-Design Martin Gebhardt Chorus master Ernst Raffelsberger Dramaturgy Michael Küster, Claus Spahn
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Ballett Zürich
Junior Ballett
Philharmonia Zürich
SoprAlti der Oper Zürich
Kinderchor der Oper Zürich

Ballett Zürich on Tour
28, 29 Nov 2O17, Moskau, Bolschoitheater

Playing duration 2 Std. 15 Min. Interval after 1st part after approx. 1 Std. Introduction 45 min before the performance.
Introductory matinee on 1 Oct 2017.

Partner Ballett Zürich      

and with the support of Freunde des Balletts Zürich

Dates & Tickets

October 2017

Fri

20

Oct
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Premièren-Abo B

Sun

29

Oct
14.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freier Verkauf

November 2017

Fri

03

Nov
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Ballett-Abo Gross

Fri

10

Nov
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freitag-Abo A

Sat

11

Nov
19.30

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freier Verkauf

December 2017

Sat

09

Dec
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Ballett-Abo klein

Tue

12

Dec
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Dienstag-Abo B

Fri

15

Dec
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freitag-Abo B

Sun

17

Dec
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Wahl-Abo

February 2018

Fri

02

Feb
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freier Verkauf

Sat

03

Feb
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freier Verkauf

Wed

28

Feb
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Mittwoch-Abo A

March 2018

Fri

16

Mar
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freier Verkauf

Sat

17

Mar
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Freier Verkauf

April 2018

Fri

13

Apr
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Misch-Abo B

Sun

15

Apr
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Preise D, Sonntag-Abo D

Past performances

October 2017

Sat

14

Oct
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Premiere, Preise E, Premièren-Abo A

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Biographies


Christian Spuck, Choreography

Christian Spuck, Choreograf

Christian Spuck is a native of Marburg, Germany and director of the Ballett Zürich since season 2012/13. After receiving his initial ballet training at the renowned John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, he embarked on his subsequent dance career with Jan Lauwers’s Needcompany and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's «Rosas» ensemble. He joined the Stuttgart Ballet in 1995 and was appointed choreographer-in-residence of the Stuttgart Ballet in 2001. Choreographies for the Stuttgart ballet include das siebte blau (2000), Lulu. Eine Monstretragödie (2003), Der Sandmann (2006) and Das Fräulein von S. (2012).

Christian Spuck has produced further choreographies for several renowned ballet companies in Europe and the USA. For the Royal Ballet of Flanders he created The Return of Ulysses (2006) (with guest performance at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2009) and Woyzeck (2011) for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo. His full-length ballet Die Kinder (2005) for the Aalto Ballett Theater of Essen was nominated for the «Prix Benois de la Danse» and Leonce und Lena (2008), which also premiered in Essen, has also been incorporated into the repertoires of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Stuttgart Ballet and Ballett Zürich. His original production of Poppea//Poppea for Gauthier Dance at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart was named one of the world's ten most successful dance productions of 2010 by «Dance Europe» magazine and also won Germany's theatre prize «Der Faust 2011» as well as the Italian «Danza/Danza» award. Marcia Haydée als Penelope, a 25-minute dance film featuring Marcia Haydée and Robert Tewsley, was broadcasted by ARTE in 2006.

In recent years Christian Spuck has extended his artistic reach to musical theatre. Amongst others, he directed Orphée et Eurydice (2009) for the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Falstaff (2010) for the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and La damnation de Faust (2014) for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In 2012, Christian Spuck became director of Ballett Zürich. Since season 2012/13 his choreographies with the company include Romeo und Julia, Leonce und Lena, Woyzeck and Der Sandmann. Anna Karenina which was first performed in Zurich has further been incorporated into the repertoires of the Norwegian National Ballet as well as the Stanislavski Theatre in Moscow. His world premieres this season include Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da requiem, a co-production between Zurich opera and ballet, as well as Der fliegende Holländer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Paul Connelly, Musikalische Leitung

Paul Connelly, Musikalische Leitung

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

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20 Oct; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Yannis Pouspourikas, Musikalische Leitung

Yannis Pouspourikas, Musikalische Leitung

Yannis Pouspourikas stammt aus Marseille. Von 2013 bis 2017 war er Erster Kapellmeister am Aalto-Theater Essen. Seine musikalische Ausbildung absolvierte er am Konservatorium in Genf und am Opernhaus Zürich. Er war Zweiter Kapellmeister beim Glyndebourne Festival und in derselben Position von 2000 bis 2004 an der Opéra national de Paris verpflichtet. 2004 war er Gastdirigent des Orchestre national de Lyon, von 2005 bis 2009 des Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse. 2008 war er Kapellmeister an der Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen/Gent, wo er u.a. bei Peter Grimes, Samson et Dalila, Candide, Hérodiade sowie Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny am Pult stand. Er arbeitet regelmässig beim Glyndebourne Festival, am Teatro Real in Madrid, am Grand Théâtre de Genève, am Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brüssel und an der Opéra national de Paris. Neben der Oper wird er auch im sinfonischen Repertoire geschätzt und leitete u.a. das Orchestre de la Suisse Romande,  das RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra und das Madrid Symphony Orchestra. Jüngste Projekte waren Les Huguenots am Opernhaus Nizza sowie Fidelio, Die Zauberflöte, Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen und Carmen in Essen. Dort ist er mit  Romeo und Julia, Giselle, Der Nussknacker und Don Quichotte bereits auch mehrfach als Ballettdirigent in Erscheinung getreten.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov 2017


Rufus Didwiszus, Bühnenbild

Rufus Didwiszus, Ausstattung

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 Thomas Ostermeier (Unter der Gürtellinie, Shoppen & Ficken in der Baracke des Deutschen Theaters Berlin, beide wurden zum Berliner Theatertreffen und nach Avignon eingeladen; 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), Ian Sinclair (Blood Wedding mit der Sydney Theatre Company) 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. In der vergangenen Spielzeit entwarf Rufus Didwiszus u.a. Bühnenbilder für Richard III am Königlichen Dramatischen Theater in Stockholm und Jacques Offenbachs La Belle Hélène an der Komischen Oper Berlin.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 La fanciulla del WestPerformance on 21, 26, 30 Dec 2017; 07, 12 Jan 2018


Buki Shiff, Kostüme

Buki Shiff, Kostüme

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.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Martin Gebhardt, Lichtgestaltung

Martin Gebhardt, Lichtgestaltung

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.

SchwanenseePerformance on 03, 08, 09, 12, 15, 17, 23 Jun 2018 Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Un Ballo Petruschka / Sacre Maria StuardaPerformance on 08, 11, 14, 17, 20, 26, 29 Apr; 02, 05, 09, 12 May 2018 Faust - the BalletPerformance on 28 Apr; 06, 06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018 Le Comte OryPerformance on 31 Dec 2017; 02, 04, 06, 09 Jan 2018 CarmenPerformance on 01, 04, 07, 10, 14 Jul 2018


Ernst Raffelsberger, Choreinstudierung

Ernst Raffelsberger, Chor

Ernst Raffelsberger, Chorleitung, stammt aus Gmunden, Oberösterreich. Er studierte Musikpädagogik und Kirchenmusik an der Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien (Chorleitung bei Prof. Erwin Ortner) und anschliessend Chordirigieren am Salzburger Mozarteum bei Prof. Walter Hagen-Groll. Von 1983 bis 1986 war er Kapellmeister der Wiener Sängerknaben. In dieser Zeit leitete er das Ensemble in Wien und auf Tourneen durch Europa, Südafrika, Kanada und die USA. Ab 1986 war Ernst Raffelsberger Chordirektor und Kapellmeister am Landestheater Salzburg (Mitwirkung bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche und den Salzburger Festspielen). 1989 wurde er von Donald Runnicles als Chordirektor und Kapellmeister an das Theater in Freiburg/Breisgau berufen. Seit Herbst 1993 ist Ernst Raffelsberger am Opernhaus Zürich als Chordirektor engagiert. Hier hat er inzwischen über 100 Premieren betreut und mit vielen nam­haften Dirigenten wie Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta und Franz Welser-Möst zusammengearbeitet. Gastspiele mit dem Opernhaus Zürich führten ihn nach Wien, London, Paris und Tokio. Zahlreiche CD- und DVD-Aufnahmen dokumentieren diese Arbeit. Im Sommer 2012 begann zusätzlich seine Tätigkeit als Chordirek­tor der Salzburger Festspiele. Er ist dort für die Produktionen der Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor verantwortlich. In seiner ersten Festspielsaison kam es u.a. zu einer erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit mit Riccardo Muti und Sir Simon Rattle.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Madama ButterflyPerformance on 10, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29 Dec 2017; 01, 05, 07, 10 Jan 2018 La fanciulla del WestPerformance on 21, 26, 30 Dec 2017; 07, 12 Jan 2018 FidelioPerformance on 26, 30 Nov; 03, 08, 13 Dec 2017 IdomeneoPerformance on 04, 07, 10, 13, 16, 18, 23, 27 Feb; 02 Mar 2018 Jewgeni OneginPerformance on 24, 27, 30 Sep; 08, 13, 19, 22, 25, 28 Oct 2017 Galaconcert Edita GruberovaPerformance on 18 Feb 2018 Das Land des LächelnsPerformance on 10, 16, 19, 22, 26, 29 Jun 2018 L'Heure espagnole / L'Enfant et les sortilègesPerformance on 19, 21, 26, 28 Jan; 01 Feb 2018 Maria StuardaPerformance on 08, 11, 14, 17, 20, 26, 29 Apr; 02, 05, 09, 12 May 2018 ParsifalPerformance on 25 Feb; 03, 07, 11 Mar 2018 ToscaPerformance on 21, 27, 29 Oct; 01, 04 Nov 2017 WertherPerformance on 10, 13, 18, 21, 24, 29 May 2018 Die ZauberflötePerformance on 26, 29 Sep; 05, 10, 15 Oct 2017


Dominik Slavkovský, Drosselmeier

Dominik Slavkovský, Gruppe mit Solo

Dominik Slavkovsky is from Slovakia. After training at the Bratislava Dance Conservatory, he danced with the Bratislava-based Slovak National Theatre Ballet – latterly as a demi-soloist – until 2014, performing in choreographies by George Balanchine, Uwe Scholz, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Vladimir Malakhov, James Kudelka, Giorgio Madia, Youri Vámos and Massimo Morricone. He joined Ballett Zürich for the season 2014/15 since when he has been seen as Woyzeck in Christian Spuck’s choreography and as Coppelius in Spuck’s Der Sandmann. As part of the company’s Young Choreographers programme he presented his choreography How to save the world.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Michelle Willems, Marie

Michelle Willems, Gruppe mit Solo

Michelle Williams is from France. She studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne. After two seasons in the Junior Ballet, she has graduated to be a member of the Zürich Ballet since the season 16/17. She danced in Giselle (Bauern-Pas-de-deux) and Swan Lake (Pas de trois, 4 small swans). She also danced as a kitty in Christian Spucks Anna Karenina and appeared in Quintett and workwithinwork of William Forsythe.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Daniel Mulligan, Fritz

Daniel Mulligan, Solo mit Gruppe

Daniel Mulligan is from the UK, and studied at London’s Royal Ballet SchoolHe also won the 2007 Ashton Award, and danced in several Royal Ballet productions. After two years with the Junior Ballet, he joined the main Ballett Zürich company for the 2009/10 season. He has danced leading roles in Hans van Manen’s Solo and Frank Bridge Variations, Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty and Heinz Spoerli’s Handel Variations and Don Juan. He also made a guest appearance in Spoerli choreographies at the 2012 Salzburg Festival. And he has further been seen as Mercutio and Benvolio in Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet and in choreographies by Edward Clug (Chamber Minds, Hill Harper’s Dream), Sol León/Paul Lightfoot (Skew-Whiff), William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs), Marco Goecke, Filipe Portugal and Ohad Naharin (Minus 16).

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


William Moore, Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz

William Moore, 1. Solist

William Moore was born in Royal Leamington Spa in the UK, and received his first ballet lessons at the local Oakley School of Dance. In 1997 he went to the Royal Ballet School in London, from which he graduated in 2005. He successfully participated in several competitions. He came fourth in the Young British Dancer of the Year Competition in 2001, and first in the Phyllis Beddels Competition. In 2004 he won silver medals at both the Roseta Mauri Competition in Spain and the Adeliné Genée Competition in Athens. The following year, 2005, he joined the Stuttgart Ballet’s corps de ballet, where he was promoted to principal dancer just in 2010. He also undertook several tours with the company all over the world. His key roles with the Stuttgart Ballet included Armand Duval in John Neumeier’s La Dame aux Camélias, Leonce in Christian Spuck’s Leonce and Lena, Eduard Schwarz in Spuck’s Lulu. Eine Monstretragödie, the title role in Marco Goecke’s Orlando, Prince Siegfried in John Cranko’s Swan Lake, Lensky in Cranko’s Onegin and Benvolio/Mercutio in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. He also had several roles created especially for him, not only by Christian Spuck and Marco Goecke but also by Douglas Lee, Edward Clug, Jorma Elo and Demis Volpi. And he devised his own choreography, together with Nicholas Jones, for the Stuttgart Noverre Society: Anonym, which its co-creators also danced at its world premiere in May 2012. He won Germany’s DER FAUST theatre prize the same year for his interpretation of the role of Olivier Brusson in the Stuttgart Ballet’s production of Das Fräulein von S. He joined Ballett Zürich as a soloist for the 2012/13 season, and has since been seen in numerous roles including Romeo in Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet, Prince Leonce in Leonce and Lena, the drum major in Woyzeck and Coppola in Der Sandmann, as well as in Kairos by Wayne McGregor and Deer Vision by Marco Goecke.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Yen Han, Clown

Yen Han, 1. Solistin

US-Chinese Yen Han studied under Stefan Mucsi and Paul Maure in Los Angeles, at the Hartford Ballet School and at the San Francisco Ballet School before completing her training at the Beijing Dance Academy. After spells with the Jeune Ballet de France and the Ballet de Nice, she joined Ballett Zürich in 1994, and has since risen to become one of the company’s most accomplished soloists. Her solo performances over the years have included roles in Heinz Spoerli’s productions of The Firebird, The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardée, Romeo and Juliet, Daphnis et Chloé, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Sylphide, Peer Gynt (as Solveig), The Rite of Spring and Giselle. She has also danced further solo roles in choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek (Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty), Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Lin Hwai-min and Martin Schläpfer. In 2012 she made a guest appearance in choreographies by Heinz Spoerli at the Salzburg Festival; and her roles in Ballett Zürich’s 2013/14 season included Juliet in Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet and the court tutor in Leonce and Lena. She also guested as Julia in Mats Ek’s Julia & Romeo at the Royal Swedish Opera. She won the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize in 2013, and was named Outstanding Female Dancer in the same year’s first-ever bestowal of the Swiss Dance Awards. In the 2014/15 season she was seen in the title role of Patrice Bart’s Giselle, and as Kitty in Spuck’s Anna Karenina.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Matthew Knight, Clown

Matthew Knight, Solo mit Gruppe

Matthew Knight is from the UK, and trained at the Elmhurst School for Dance and at London’s Royal Ballet School. After serving in the Junior Ballet, he joined the Ballett Zürich’s main company for the 2013/14 season. He has presented his own choreography Jane Doe under its Young Choreographers programme; and his stage appearances have included choreographies by Edward Clug, Mats Ek (as the cavalier in Sleeping Beauty), William Forsythe, Marco Goecke and Jiří Kylián. He was Leonce in Christian Spuck’s Leonce und Lena, and a soloist in Hans van Manen’s Frank Bridge Variations. Last season he has been seen in Skew-Whiff by Sol León/ Paul Lightfoot and as Nathanael in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann. In 2016, he also won the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Giulia Tonelli, Prinzessin Pirlipat

Giulia Tonelli, Solo

Giulia Tonelli is from Italy. She began her training at the Balletto di Toscana Ballet School in Florence, and completed it at the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera, where she also secured her first professional engagement in 2001/02. From 2002 to 2010 she danced with the Antwerp-based Royal Ballet of Flanders, where she was promoted to demi-soloist in 2004, and where she was seen in Petipa’s Giselle and in solo roles in choreographies by Forsythe, Balanchine, Kylián, Haydée and Spuck. She joined Ballett Zürich for the 2010/11 season, since when she has performed in ballets by Spoerli, Goecke, McGregor, Lee, Forsythe and Balanchine, danced the roles of Juliet in Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet, Lena in his Leonce und Lena and Betsy in his Anna Karenina, and appeared in Gods and Dogs and Wings of Wax by Jiří Kylián and in Chamber Minds by Edward Clug. She was also seen in Christian Spuck’s das siebte blau and in Patrice Bart’s Giselle (in the peasants’ pas-de-deux and as the First and Second Wili). She has presented the work Mind Games together with Mélissa Ligurgo under the company’s Young Choreographers programme; and she was awarded the Giuliana Penzi Prize for 2013. She was recently seen in the Pas de trois of the reconstruction of Swan Lake by Alexei Ratmansky.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Mélissa Ligurgo, Frau Mauserinks

Mélissa Ligurgo, Gruppe mit Solo

Mélissa Ligurgo comes from Belgium, and studied at Antwerp’s Royal Ballet School. For the Royal Ballet of Flanders she appeared in John Cranko’s Onegin (as Tatyana) and in ballets by Forsythe, Kylián, Dawson and Robbins. She also danced with Ballett Basel in 2011/12, where her roles included Juliet in Preljocaj’s Romeo and Juliet. She joined Ballett Zürich for the 2012/13 season, since when she has danced a number of roles, including Lena in Christian Spuck’s Leonce und Lena.  She has also been seen in choreographies by Wayne McGregor and Douglas Lee; and she has presented two works – Mind Games and Individuo – as part of the company’s Young Choreographers programme.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Mausekönig

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Junior Ballett

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas is Canadian, and completed his training at his home country’s École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and National Ballet School. He danced in The Nutcracker with the Grands Ballets Canadiens in the 2015/16 season, and has now joined the Junior Ballet.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Elena Vostrotina, Schneekönigin

Elena Vostrotina, 1. Solistin

Elena Vostrotina stammt aus St. Petersburg. Ihre Ballettausbildung erhielt sie an der Vaganova Ballet Academy. 2003 wurde sie Mitglied des Mariinsky-Balletts. Dort tanzte sie u. a. Odette/Odile in Schwanensee (Petipa/Iwanow), Myrtha in Giselle (Coralli/Perrot), Königin der Dryaden in Don Quixote (Gorsky) und Approximate Sonata (Forsythe). 2006 wurde sie von Aaron S. Watkin ans Semperoper Ballett Dresden engagiert. Hier wurde sie zur Solistin ernannt und tanzte ein breites Repertoire an klassischen, neoklassischen und modernen Balletten. Sie arbeitete mit renommierten Choreografen zusammen und gastierte am Stanislawski-Nemirowitsch-Dantschenko-Theater in Moskau, am Staatstheater Nowosibirsk, bei der Gala  «Roberto Bolle and Friends» sowie bei den Ballets Bubeníček. In der vorigen Saison war sie in Zürich bereits als Odette/Odile in Alexei Ratmanskys Schwanensee-Rekonstruktion zu erleben. Seit dieser Saison ist Elena Vostrotina Erste Solistin des Balletts Zürich.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Jan Casier, Schneekönig

Jan Casier, Solo mit Gruppe

Jan Casier was born in Belgium, and studied at the Royal Ballet School Antwerp. In 2008 he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders, with whom he went on to dance in works by John Cranko, William Forsythe, David Dawson and Christian Spuck. He also made a guest appearance in David Dawson’s Faun(e) with the English National Ballet. In 2012 he moved to Ballett Zürich, where he was subsequently seen in several Christian Spuck productions: as Leonce in Leonce und Lena, as Paris in Romeo and Juliet and in the title role of Woyzeck. He further danced in choreographies by Edward Clug, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Marco Goecke and Wayne McGregor during this first Zurich tenure. In 2014 Jan Casier joined the Semperoper Ballet Dresden, with whom he appeared in choreographies by Aaron Watkins (as The Prince in The Nutcracker), William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson and Alexander Ekman. He also made a guest appearance at the 2015 International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei (Taiwan). He now returns to Ballett Zürich for the 2016/17 season.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Viktorina Kapitonova, Zuckerfee

Viktorina Kapitonova, 1. Solistin

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 MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Anna Khamzina, Blumenwalzer Solo

Anna Khamzina, Solo

Anna Khamzina is a native of Russia, and trained at the Natalia Trishina and Yuly Medvedev School of Classic Dance. As a soloist at the Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre in Moscow she was seen as Giselle, in the title role of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid (for which she won a “Golden Mask” national theatre award) and in Vladimir Burmeister’s Swan Lake and La Esmeralda, Dmitry Bryantsev’s Illusive Ball and Pierre Lacotte’s La Sylphide. She also worked with such choreographers as Jiří Kylián, Jorma Elo and Nacho Duato. From 2013 to 2015 she danced with Aalto Ballett Essen, where her roles included the Good Fairy (in Cinderella), Titania (in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Giselle (by David Dawson). She joined Ballett Zürich last season, since when she has been seen as Odette/Odile in the reconstruction of Swan Lake by Alexei Ratmansky and as Olimpia in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017


Alexander Jones, Blumenwalzer Solo

Alexander Jones, 1. Solist

Alexander Jones was born in Rochford (Essex) in the UK, and trained at London’s Royal Ballet School. He won the gold medal at the Adeline Genée Competition in Athens in 2004, and followed this by earning the Dame Ninette de Valois Prize. He initially joined the Stuttgart Ballet for its 2005/06 season, and was promoted to principal dancer from 2011/12. His roles during his Stuttgart tenure included Armand Duval in John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camelias, Romeo in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, the title roles in Cranko’s Onegin and Kevin O’Day’s Hamlet and the Man in Kenneth McMillan’s The Song of the Earth. He also performed in choreographies by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederick Ashton, Peter Schaufuss, Glen Tetley, Maurice Béjart, Marcia Haydée, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Douglas Lee, Wayne McGregor, Edward Clug and Christian Spuck. After he joined Ballett Zürich as a soloist for the 2015/16 season, he was seen as Prince Siegfried in the reconstruction of Swan Lake by Alexei Ratmansky and as Nathanael in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann.

Nussknacker und MausekönigPerformance on 14, 20, 29 Oct; 03 Nov 2017