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Staatsballett Berlin: CANCEL CULTURE AND TOP DANCE

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The Staatsballett Berlin has started the 2022/23 season with GISELLE, a work from the early days of pointe dancing. But how do we deal with cultural heritage between the poles of cancel culture and freedom of art? This discussion is currently heated not only in ballet. The first event in our discussion series BALLET FOR FUTURE? invites you to a conversation about this with perspectives from different areas of cultural production. To make our art form palatable to everyone, the State Ballet is also going on a boat tour again and hopes for good weather.

Image. above: GISELLE Photo: Yan Revazov

TATE BALLET ON THE SPREE

After the boat tour FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE had to be cancelled due to bad weather conditions, the Staatsballett Berlin will now go on tour on 12 September 2022. Staatsballett Berlin leaves the opera stage behind once more, venturing into the heart of the city of Berlin, greeting audiences along the Spree river. Just like last year, the company’s boat tour takes them through as many neighbourhoods as possible at slow speed, presenting excerpts from the repertory. The boat takes the company from the Haus der Kulturen der Welt to the Mühlendammschleuse and back. 

Repeated on loop, excerpts from SWAN LAKE are as much a part of the programme as the successful choreography HALF LIFE by Sharon Eyal. In addition, the boat tour features works by company members. RUTHLESS by Pauline Voisard and FOLLOW THE PATH by Arshak Ghalumyan are brand-new creations, celebrating their world premieres on the Spree. An excerpt from THIS TOO SHALL PASS by Vivian Assal Koohnavard, which was already staged as part of LAB_WORKS 2022, rounds off the programme.

12 September 2022, 18.00, from Haus der Kulturen der Welt
FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE – On the Spree

CANCEL CULTURE VS FREEDOM OF ART?

The opening event for the second season on 13 September invites the audience to discuss the topic »Transition and changing worldviews – social values and institutions in transition?«. The aim is to shed light on the effects of the changing value system in very concrete terms in the production of theatre and literature as well as in museum planning. How do we deal with cultural heritage between the poles of cancel culture and freedom of art? What has happened in the institutions, or what has not?

Guests: Jessica Bradley (Sensitivity Reader), Elisa Carrillo Cabrera (Principal Dancer, Staatsballett Berlin), Wiebke Horn (Costume Department Director, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Wiebke Hüster (Journalist, FAZ), Franziska Sauerbrey (Head of Strategy, Coordination, International Affairs, Humboldt Forum Berlin), Moderation: Claudia Henne (Dance Journalist).

13 September 2022, 07:00 p.m. Foyer de la Danse in the Deutsche Oper Berlin
BALLET FOR FUTURE? Free entry, registration via balletforfuture@staatsballett-berlin.de required. 

»GISELLE« WITH DAVID SOARES

The curtain rises for our 22/23 season with Patrice Bart’s GISELLE at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Dancing spirits in white tutus are at the heart of the ballet. Yet, in all their tenderness, they are cruel willis; brides who as their love was betrayed before their weddings. Now, they are cursed to dance every night. Giselle also loves to dance. And she loves a stranger who declares his love to her, hiding his true identity. The truth, however, won’t remain hidden.

On 18 September, the new Principal Dancer David Soares can be seen for the first time in an afternoon performance as Albrecht alongside Ksenia Ovsyanick as Giselle. In this family performance, children and young people up to the age of 18 pay only 10 euros on all seats. In the evening, Iana Salenko and Dinu Tamazlacaru follow in the roles of the sorrowful lovers.

18 September 2022, 2:30 p.m. und 07:00 p.m. Staatsoper Unter den Linden GISELLE

STUTTGARTER BALLETT AT TEMPODROM

At the joint invitation of the Staatsballett Berlin and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Stuttgart Ballet presents a new ballet evening, PURE BLISS, with choreographies by Johan Inger, to the Berlin audience. For his large ensemble piece BLISS, the Swedish choreographer uses jazz pianist Keith Jarrett’s legendary »Cologne concert«; a performance which embodies masterful improvisation for many. Inger picks up on the music’s nonchalance, evoking images of liberty and community. Instead of simply transforming the music into movement, he captures more the feeling evoked by Jarret’s iconic set, which Inger superbly translates into a choreography — catapulting listeners and spectators alike into a state of bliss.

22, 23, 24 September 2022, Tempodrom PURE BLISS, Stuttgarter Ballett

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