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Ballet der Semperoper Dresden

Ballet der Semperoper Dresden
Ballet der Semperoper Dresden

Ballet der Semperoper Dresden

Ballet der Semperoper Dresden

Artistic Director  Aaron S. Watkin
New ballet director for the Semperoper Ballett starting with the 2024/25 season Kinsun Chan
Company Manager  Adi Luick
Associate Choreographer, Stage Design David Dawson

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The international artistic team and dancers making up Semperoper Ballett ensure the company’s brilliant reputation both in Dresden and around the world. With its Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkin, the Semperoper Ballett is also making waves on the international ballet scene. British choreographer David Dawson is one of the leading dance makers working in classical ballet today. His choreographic style transforms classical ballet in new ways, and his signature works have been praised by critics and audiences.

William Forsythe has forged strong links with Semperoper Ballet since Aaron S. Watkin, a former soloist with the Frankfurt Ballet, took over as Artistic Director in 2006. Indeed, Aaron S. Watkin was put in charge of overseeing the transmission of pieces from the Frankfurt Ballet’s repertory to ballets all over the world, ranging from the Opéra de Paris to the Kirov Ballet in Saint Petersburg and the Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam. Born in Canada, and trained in classical dance, Aaron S. Watkin was also a dancer in Nacho Duato’s company in Madrid and was appointed Associate Artistic Director to the Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid. He then went on to assist David Dawson at the Kirov Ballet, and Johan Inger at the Cullberg Ballet.

Performances organised by Mondigromax:


Choreography, stage, costume, and lighting design by William Forsythe
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

Neue Suite
Choreography, stage, and lighting design by William Forsythe
Music by Handel, Berio, Thom Willems, and Johann Sebastian Bach

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Choreography, stage, costume, and lighting design by William Forsythe
Music by Thom Willems

February 20 & 21, 2015
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

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The program for the Liceu, Barcelona, William Forsythe portrait comprises three pieces: Steptext and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, which went on to become part of Impressing the Czar, and figure in the Semperoper Ballet repertory. We then come to Neue Suitespecially conceived by William Forsythe for Semperoper Ballett and yet to be performed in Barcelona. The piece brings together a series of pas de deux that have left their mark on his work, set to music from Handel, Bach, and Berio, with the addition of extracts from Slingerland and New Sleep. The programme puts into perspective the deconstruction of classical vocabulary, testified to by the energy and fluidity of Steptext, set to the music of Bach, and In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, which features music by Thom Willems. The sum total is a short, sharp dose of William Forsythe’s unique art.

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Brilliant, hypnotic, beautiful and electrifying was the dance           of the Semperoper Ballet in “An Evening with William Forsythe”,    at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, on Friday night. The show nailed      the audience to their seats, from minute one, intoxicated by        the fluidity and richness of the choreographic phrases and          the seductive stage game with which this artist seals his works.    EL PAÍS


Ballet in two acts by David Dawson

November 8, 2010
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

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 A prodigy of sensitivity in the smallest flight of each gesture…      LA VANGUARDIA

…magnificent and dynamic interpretation of each one of the dancers of the Semperoper Ballett. The choral work is overwhelming, and the individual takes the viewer’s breath away due to the feeling that exudes and the cascade of movement that motivates their dance. The rich choreographic phrases are unleashed at breakneck speed, creating a seductive contrast between classicism and modernity. EL PAÍS

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