Amazing Insights into Ballet

#WorldBalletDay on 23 October

I couldn’t stop watching all the morning classes, rehearsals and interviews. A great day for all Ballet Lovers!

If you missed it, it was streamed live and most will be available for 30 days. Have fun!

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Ballet Movie – The White Crow

The legendary defection by Rudolf Nureyev

I finally managed to watch this ballet movie, even though it was released in spring 2019.  Most ballet lovers know the story about the defection of Rudolf Nureyev to the West at the Paris airport after a tour of Europe by the Kirov ballet company. That defection was the start of his incredible career as he rose to become the first ballet superstar in the world.

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Erstaufführung am 12. Oktober 2019 im Opernhaus Zürich- Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern

„Try to like it!“ Diese humorvolle Empfehlung gab der Komponist Helmut Lachenmann dem Publikum bei der Einführungsmatinee im September. Als ich das erste Mal die Musik hörte, war ich zugegebenermassen skeptisch, ob diese Geräuschmusik überhaupt balletttauglich ist. Christian Spuck ist der allererste Choreograf, der sich an dieses avantgardistische Musiktheater wagt.


Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse ….

Open Rehearsal of the Junior Ballet Zürich

As we all know a lot of rehearsals are needed before the ballet dancers are ready to perform on stage. Usually it takes weeks before the opening night.

Applying corrections and giving feedback is the task of the ballet master. He is a guide for the dancers to develop technically and artistically. Some critiques can be fixed immediately, but most take time, concentration, and hard work to improve and achieve perfection.

Open Rehearsal by Ballet Master Daniel Otevrel on 21 September 2019
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Break the Tango back in Zürich

12 Weltklasse-Tänzer mit Liveband

Bereits 2016 begeisterte diese sensationelle Show mit ihrer Weltpremiere das Publikum in Zürich. Nach diversen Gastspielen in Europa und zuletzt sogar in Bangkok kommt die gefeierte Show zurück in die MAAG Halle Zürich – vom 22.10 bis zum 6.11.2019. Ein Must für alle Tanzbegeisterten!

Break the Tango 2019 – Tango meets Streetdance
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Insights: How do Ballet Dancers start the Day?

The Daily ritual of A morning class

Ballet Zurich shows us at the opening party „everybody dances“ last weekend how all ballet dancers start with exercises in the morning. That is their workout every single day – 6 days a week -to warm up to get ready for a day of rehearsals.

Public Morning training of Ballet Zurich on 21st September 2019

The morning class starts at 10 am and takes 75 minutes. It has 2 parts:
1.Warm up at the barre, exercise and stretch, doing plies, tendus, etc strengthening all parts of the body, getting the flexibility and coordination.

  1. This is a full workout with balancing, turns and jumps.
    Great performance demands stamina, strength, flexibility and coordination – and that only comes with incredibly long hours in the studio – day in day out.

This session is led by ballet master Jean-François Boisnon, the live piano accompaniment is by Christophe Barwinek. Dramarurge Michael Küster and Ballet Master Daniel Otevrel are talking about what is going on.

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