The prima ballerina floats in the air for a seemingly endless moment, as if the law of gravity has been suspended. Then she lands as light as feather, and elegantly performs a pirouette. Consummate grace and beauty – and visitors to all of Berlin’s three opera houses can admire the outstanding skills of the dancers in the Staatsballett company.
One for all – Berlin’s new State Ballet company
In 2014, the Staatsballett Berlin celebrated its tenth anniversary. But its roots and traditions go much further back, since this modern company was founded by merging the previously independent ballet companies at Berlin’s three opera houses.
Today, the Staatsballett is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading ballet companies. It is not just Berlin’s only classically trained ballet ensemble, but also one of the largest companies in Germany.
From the 2014/2015 season, renowned choreography and ballet director Nacho Duato took over as Artistic Director of the Staatsballett Berlin. Not only does he bring with him a wealth of experience, but he will also be integrating his own much admired choreographies into the work of the company.
As Artistic Director, Nacho Duato is succeeding the Russian star dancer Vladimir Malakhov, as famous for his stage charisma as for his gravity-defying leaps which leave audiences gasping in amazement.
The company’s dancers present the entire range of the ballet repertoire. Naturally, such masterpieces of classical ballet as Giselle and Swan Lake are firm favourites – and with productions of Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker on offer as well, all of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent ballets can be seen on Berlin’s stages. But the programme also includes neo-classical and contemporary works, such as the triple bill Duato | Kylian | Naharin by Nacho Duato or Ghosts from 2014, inspired by Ibsen’s famous play of the same name.
Tanz ist Klasse Dance is it! Information for school classes
The Staatsballett Berlin has a broad education and outreach programme to foster and promote young dancers. Here, the Staatsballett Berlin’s education programme works together with the Tanz ist Klasse association to provide insights into the company’s work in projects and workshops. The programme also offers ballet performances especially for and by children.