Zurich Ballet

Compared with Paris or London, Vienna or Copenhagen, Zurich is a young dance city. In the international history of dance, the city occurs at the beginning of the 20th A century. Shortly before the First World War opened Rudolf von Laban, one of the great innovators of the European dance, in Zurich, a school that was "the city a focal point of the modern expressive dance movement." The ballet at the city theater was, as in Horst Koegler ballet lexicon read, "but only a decorative role in the opera and operetta productions of the house to attend to." reached first on local attention to it in the thirties of the 20th Century, held when the Yugoslav dancers couple Pia and Pino Mlakar for four years as artistic director.

The first major emphasis in the period after the 2nd World War, the Lithuanian-born Briton Nicholas Beriozoff, who led the company of the Zurich Opera from 1964 to 1971, and above all took care that she received a solid classical repertoire. But on Beriozoff followed a period of instability and the rapid change in leadership. The Frenchman Michel Descombey was replaced by the British Geoffrey Cauley, which in turn was followed by a double peak with the two Swiss champion and Hans Jürg Burton. No one lasted longer than two or three seasons at the helm of the Zurich Ballet. After all, in 1972 Rudolf Nureyev and rehearsed with the ensemble's "Raymonda," later also a "Don Quixote" and his "Manfred". Only when Patricia Neary, former ballerina of the New York City Ballet in 1978 took up ballet as a director, she met a certain calmness and continuity in the company. Neary remained until 1985, after all, as long as Beriozoff, and sat without making personal ambitions, their whole effort into it, the Zurich Ballet to Balanchine main European branch with the largest and best European repertoire of the great choreographers.
The decade from the mid-eighties belonged to the mid-nineties, two young choreographers who are probably overwhelmed, operated as directors of the Zurich Ballet rather unhappy. The German Uwe Scholz, celebrated with the Stuttgart Ballet as an outstanding talent and in Zurich at the age of 27 years to his first top job, made his debut in Zurich with a mostly panned feature-length choreography of Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" and was thereafter never really ground under the feet. After five increasingly unsuccessful years, he was replaced by the similarly young Vienna Bernd Roger Bienert, who attracted attention by working with some of the most renowned architects in Europe and led some beautiful reconstructions of works from the early days of modern dance in the way, ultimately name succeeded but just as its predecessor.

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Persons

  • Altube, Constanza Perotta
    Classical Ballet / Apprentice
  • Andreoni, Clémence
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Babajanyan, Artur
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Beyne, Lou
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Borel, Mélanie
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Brodbeck, Sarah Jane
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Brunner, Julie
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Casanova, Aurore
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Chan, Bryan
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Chaney, Nathan
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Chen, Tianxu
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Chudjakowa, Daria
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Cummings, Andrew
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Dahm, Alexander
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Downs, Emily
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Dunham, Rohan
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Dürig, Nora
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Egli, Philippe
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Goldsmith, Daniel
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Govoroukhine, Dmitri
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Grigoryan, Arman
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Gurfein, Ty
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Han, Yen
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Hauert, Thomas
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Hongtao, Lin
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ivo, Ismael
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Jermakov, Stanislav
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kapitonova, Viktorina
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Karchai, Pornpim
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kirichenko, Oleksandr
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kirichenko, Sergiy
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kollmannsperger, Olaf
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kopaczynska, Irmina
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Martins, Roberta
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Martirosyan, Vahe
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mihaylova, Galina
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mkrtchyan, Tigran
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mulligan, Daniel
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Myasnikov, Bori
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • O'Donnell, Cailyn
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Peter, Raphael
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Portugal, Filipe
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Prostota, Nadiya
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Reist, Adam
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Ringler, Stefan
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Robbins, Jerome
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Spoerli, Heinz
    Classical Ballet / Artistic Director
  • Sun, Jiayong
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tamaccio, Véronique
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tanykpayeva, Aliya
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tharp, Twyla
    Classical Ballet / Choreographer
  • Tonelli, Giulia
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Tuzil, Alexa
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Valerio, Vittoria
    Classical Ballet / Dancer

Archive Persons

  • Chudin, Semyon
    Classical Ballet / Principal