Polish National Ballet

The Polish National Ballet is Poland’s largest ballet company, with plenty of excellent local and foreign dancers guaranteeing a high standard of performances. It reflects the character, energy, and aspirations of Polish society. The company works and performs at the Teatr Wielki, sharing the stage with the Polish National Opera.
The 2011/12 season continues the programme guidelines adopted in 2009, when the ballet company of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw under my management gained artistic autonomy as the Polish National Ballet. Following the long tradition of the Warsaw ballet company, we cultivate classical, neoclassical, and contemporary repertoire. This season we will present a great new production of The Nutcracker by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, La Bayadère in a production by Natalia Makarova, and Cinderella with choreography by Frederick Ashton. Our proposals also include ballets by choreographers such as George Balanchine (The Prodigal Son), Vaslav Nijinsky, Maurice Béjart, and Emanuel Gat (three different versions of The Rite of Spring), and works by Polish artists: Robert Bondara (Persona), Jacek Przybyłowicz (Six Wings of Angels), Emil Wesołowski (Romeo and Juliet, Cain and Abel), and two of my own ballets: And the Rain Will Pass… and Tristan. The repertoire features a chamber evening designed for guest performances which includes a dance suite from my production Kurt Weill, Robert Bondara’s When You End and I Begin…, Jacek Tyski’s Afternoon of a Faun and Ed Wubbe’s The Green.
We are also continuing our annual choreography workshops, called Creations. These give our dancers the opportunity to debut as choreographers. One of the participants in the previous workshops was Robert Bondara, who presented his smaller choreographic forms and has now moved on to a larger original premiere, Persona, on the Chamber Stage.
As usual, we open the season in September with the latest Days of Dance at the Teatr Wielki, presenting our own productions as well as performances by companies invited from France, The Netherlands, Germany, and Japan. The most important event of this year’s festival will be the Tanztheater Wuppertal in performances of works by the legendary Pina Bausch who passed away not long ago. The Polish National Ballet, meanwhile, will present La Bayadère in Seville, and The Rite of Spring at the festivals in Poznań, Kielce and Bydgoszcz. We have also been invited to take part in the international Kuopio Dance Festival.
I encourage our fans to follow the latest news from the Polish National Ballet on our website, www.polskibaletnarodowy.pl. We look forward to seeing you at our ballet performances.

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