Zum Ballett geprügelt…

und trotzdem zum Ballett-Superstar aufgestiegen!

Yuli – ein bemerkenswerter Film über die ergreifende Lebensgeschichte des Profitänzers Carlos Acosta.

Als Kind liebte er Breakdance und hasste Ballett. Sein grosses Vorbild war der Fussballer Pelé. Aber sein Vater, ein LKW-Fahrer, erkannte das grosse Talent seines Sohnes und steckte ihn unbarmherzig in die staatliche kubanische Ballettschule.

Der Rest ist Ballettgeschichte – Carlos Acosta wird der erste schwarze Romeo beim renommierten Royal Ballet London und begeistert die Welt.

Anders als in den üblichen Tanzfilmen werden wichtige Filmszenen getanzt. Anstatt zu zeigen, wie der Vater den kleinen Carlos verprügelt, stellt Carlos Acosta (als Vater) die Prügelstrafe choreografisch dar – ein aufwühlendes Pas de Deux mit einem jungen Tänzer und knallendem Ledergürtel.

Der Erfolg ist auch weiterhin auf Carlos Acostas Seite. Nachdem er als Principal Dancer 2016 beim Royal Ballet London aufhörte, alle wichtigen Dance Awards gewann, als Choreograf überzeugte, wird er ab 2020 Ballettdirektor des Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Für alle Ballettliebhaber ein sehenswerter Film mit fantastischen Tanzszenen. Etwas verwirrend ist das Filmkonzept. Carlos Acosta schlüpft in verschiedene Rollen (als Vater, als Choreograf, als Romeo in einem Filmausschnitt) und ihm werden drei weitere Schauspieler (als Kind, junger Tänzer, junger Erwachsener) zur Seite gestellt.

Hier mein Post zu Carlos Acosta’s gefeierten Choreografie DON QUIXOTE.


Biography of CARLOS ACOSTA by his website

© Carlos Acosta

Born in 1973, Carlos grew up as the 11th child of an impoverished family in one of Havana’s poorest districts. With the persuasion of his father, Carlos was sent to train at the National Ballet School of Cuba. Here he trained with some of its most influential teachers including Ramona de Saa. From 1989 to 1991 Carlos performed throughout the world, guesting with several leading companies including the Compagnia Teatro Nuovo Di Torino in Italy.

With his natural talent and drive to succeed, 1990 became an important and life changing year for Carlos when he won the prestigious Gold Medal at the Prix De Lausanne. This was followed by the Grand Prix at the 4th Biennial Concours International de Danse de Paris plus several other important awards that helped him on his way to success.

Upon the invitation of Ivan Nagy, Carlos was then invited to dance with the English National Ballet during their 91-92 season, where at the age of 18, he became ENB’s youngest ever principal dancer. After gaining recognition on the London stages, injury sadly forced him to return to Cuba.

Carlos subsequently danced for six months with the National Ballet of Cuba under Alicia Alonso, touring with the company to Spain. During his time with the company, Carlos was visited by Ben Stevenson, then director of the Houston Ballet, and offered a contract as a Principal dancer. Carlos accepted and spent five years with the company between 1993 and 1998. Carlos flourished under Ben’s direction, where he danced all the major roles in the company repertoire, leaving his mark in the American ballet world.

After maturing a great deal in Houston, Carlos felt the need to expand and grow further, choosing to join the Royal Ballet under the direction of Anthony Dowell in 1998. The Royal Ballet soon became his home where he danced in nearly all the major ballets in their repertoire, of which many are filmed, even successfully choreographing his first full length ballet, Don Quixote, for the company.

Carlos was instrumental in touring the company to his homeland of Havana Cuba for the first time in 2009. This was a proud moment and one of the highlights. He also performed Romeo and Juliet in the o2 Arena with Tamara Rojo and the cast of the Royal Ballet to an audience of 13,500 people.

Carlos changed his title to Principal Guest Artist from 2003 and has enjoyed a thriving career as an International Guest Artist with all the leading ballet companies around the world, appearing in the United States, Russia, the Netherlands, Chile, Argentina, Japan, China, Greece, Germany, Italy, France, and Australia. He did several seasons with the American Ballet Theatre in New York, and was twice invited to the Opera Garnier in Paris to dance Nureyev’s Don Quixote and La Bayadere. He won critical acclaim in Moscow and London in 2007 for the role of Spartacus, which he performed with the Bolshoi Ballet. The production was re staged and filmed in January 2008 in the Paris Opera’s Palais Garnier, especially for Carlos. He won the prestigious Benois De La Danse for this role.

In the 2014 New Year’s Honours List Carlos was awarded the CBE, capping the end of a remarkable year which saw him stage his new production of Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House, and choreographing a new production of Guys and Dolls for the West End. In the National Dance Awards 2015, Carlos was awarded the De Valois Award for Lifetime Achievement.

In addition to his work with the Royal Ballet, Carlos also choreographed his semi autobiographical show, Tocororo. It premiered in Havana in 2003 and subsequently broke all box office records at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London. It was nominated for an Olivier award in 2004. He continued to develop his own highly popular and award winning shows in London and throughout Europe including both Classical and contemporary repertoire, and often championing relatively unknown choreographers from his native Cuba. In 2007 he won the coveted ‘Outstanding Achievement in Dance’ at the Laurence Oliver Awards for his production of Carlos Acosta and Friends of the Royal Ballet.

Carlos retired from the Royal Ballet stage in 2015 with his own version of Carmen, choreographed for the company. He then brought the curtain down on his classical career with sell out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2016. 

Carlos continues to dance contemporary and formed his own company in Havana ‘Acosta Danza’ to critical acclaim. He directs and performs with the company as it tours the world. The culture and vibrancy of his country have always had a big influence on his career and continue to do so as he has also created the Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation, a project close to his heart, with the dream of giving young dancers and choreographers the opportunities he benefitted from by providing an education platform, free at the point of delivery, where they can come to express talents which might not otherwise be seen or heard whilst receiving world class training in an inspirational setting. The first step in this process was the creation of the Acosta Danza Academy which opened its doors in Havana for the first time in September 2017 to its first intake of aspiring and talented young Cuban students, each embarking on the first of a three-year course and who will be joined by a further intake of Cuban and international students in September 2018.

But Carlos’s remarkable career does not only extend to dance. He wrote his autobiography entitled ‘No Way Home’ which was published by Harper Collins in the UK and Scribner in the US in 2007, becoming Radio 4’s book of the week. Following that he wrote his first work of Fiction ‘Pig’s Foot’ which was published by Bloomsbury in 2013.

Numerous documentaries have been made about him and he has also appeared in several feature films including the Natalie Portman directed segment of ‘New York I love you’, John Robert’s ‘The Day of Flowers’, Susanna White’s ‘Our Kind of Traitor’, and Cynthia Newport’s ‘Dreams of Flight’. A film inspired by his life, entitled ‘Yuli’, has already been shot and will be receiving premieres in the UK in April 2019.

source https://www.carlosacosta.com/biography.php

Beitragsbild: Filmplakat von https://www.fbw-filmbewertung.com/film/yuli

International Ballet Stars at Opera Zürich

Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel in Giselle with Ballet Zurich

Don’t miss this very special performance of these stunning international award winning Principal dancers on 30th May 2019 at Opernhaus Zurich. 

Quote of Friedemann Vogel on his website – http://friedemannvogel.com/

„Albrecht was Friedemann’s first ever lead role, and will therefore always hold a special place in his heart. As such, Friedemann is excited to reprise this role in Patrice Bart’s version of Giselle, based on the original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, with the sublime Polina Semionova and Ballett Zürich on 30 May for one performance only.“

Photo on Top © Jack Devant http://www.jackdevant.com/


© polina-semionova.com

Polina Semionova, born in Moscow, studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School and at 17 years old, she joined the Berlin State Opera Ballet as a principal dancer.

In September 2012 Polina joined American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer. She is also a Permanent Guest principal dancer with Michailovskij Theatre and a Guest principal dancer with a Bayerische Staats Oper. 

She has also appeared in works by Nacho Duato, Mauro Bigonzetti, Patrice Bart, Renato Zanella, Uwe Scholz, Alexey Ratmanskij, Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor, Christian Spuck…

Polina danced as a guest artist with Teatro alla Scala, American Ballet Theatre, Bayerische State Opera, Mikhailovskiy Theatre, Semper Opera, English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Vienna State Opera BalletZurich Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Opera del Roma …

In 2013 she became a professor of Staatliche Ballett Schule in Berlin, Germany .

Friedemann Vogel was born in Stuttgart (Germany), completed his ballet training at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance in Monte Carlo with the John Gilpin scolarship from Princess Antoniette de Monaco. He showed his outstanding talent by winning several international ballet competition awards.  In 1997 he won the Prix de Lausanne,the Gold medall in the Prix de Louxembourg, Eurocity competion in Italy and 1998 he won the Jackson Competition USA.

© friedemannvogel.com

In September 1998 Friedemann Vogel joined the Stuttgart Ballet and quickly rose through the ranks. In 2002 he was promoted to first soloist, the company’s highest rank. In the same year he also won the much-coveted Erik Bruhn Prizein Toronto Canada. Friedemann Vogel has been elected Dancer of the Year 2010 by the international dance critics survey of the magazine TANZ and recently In June 2012 Friedemann was appointed by the Italian dance magazine Danza&Danza as best male dancer.His repertory includes title roles in the classics, as well as principal roles in pieces by Choreographers ranging from Cranko and Balanchine to Robbins and Kylián ,from Neumeier to Forsythe and McGregor.

Friedemann Vogel was invited to dance as a guest artist by the most prestigious companies like the Mariinsky Theater St.Petersburg, the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Moscow, Teatro alla Scala Milano, the English National Ballet, the National Ballet of China, the Tokyo Ballet, the Hong Kong Ballet, Ballets de Santiago de Chile, the Finnish National Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin and the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Royal Swedish Ballet, the Vienna State Ballet,the Korean National Ballet and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Since September 2014 Friedemann Vogel is a Guest Principal with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Sankt Petersburg. In September 2015 he was awarded the national title of „Kammertänzer“. In 2016 he received the „Prix MAYA“.

The Winners are…

Prix de Lausanne 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the Prix de Lausanne 2019! Great job! We wish all these young talented dancers the very best for the future.

This prestigious international dance competition is a significant springboard for the career of dancers today. Many former prize winners like Steven McRae (2003), Maria Kochetkova (2002), Alina Cojocaru (1997) are now leading stars in the ballet world.

If you missed the Finals yesterday, watch them here


The jury, presided this year by the ballet star and Gold Medal of the Prix de Lausanne 1990, Carlos Acosta, selected 8 Prize Winners yesterday at the Beaulieu Theater.

The 8 Prix de Lausanne 2019 Prize Winners are:

126 – BROWN Mackenzie – United States

416 – FIGUEREDO Gabriel – Brazil

313 – SASAKI Sumina – Japan

408 – WAKIZUKA Yu – Japan

412 – WU Shuailun – China

203 – DA SILVA João Vitor – Brazil

418 – JOAQUIM Alexandre – Portugal

316 – SUMIYAMA Mio – Japan

Other Prizes:

Contemporary Dance Prize: 126 – BROWN Mackenzie – United States

Best Young Talent Prize: 117 – SHUGART Julia – United States

Best Swiss Candidate Prize: 313 – SASAKI Sumina – Japan

Audience Favourite Prize: 126 – BROWN Mackenzie – United States

Web Audience Favourite Prize125 – CHOI Jihyun – South Korea

Bella Figura at Ballet Zurich

4 beautiful Masterpieces of Jiří Kylián

Ballett Zürich – Bella Figura: Bella Figura – 2018/19 © Gregory Batardon

Jiří Kylián is to one of the world’s most influential choreographer. In 2019 Ballet Zurich pays tribute to him presenting 4 masterpieces of his works from the 80s and 90s.

Thanks to all dancers of Ballet Zurich and the Junior Company for this awesome performance!

Bella Figura By Ballet Zurich
Ballett Zürich – Bella Figura: Bella Figura – 2018/19 © Gregory Batardon
Ballett Zürich – Bella Figura: Stepping Stones – 2018/19 © Gregory Batardon
Ballett Zürich – Bella Figura: Sweet Dreams – 2018/19 © Gregory Batardon
Ballett Zürich – Bella Figura: Sweet Dreams – 2018/19 © Gregory Batardon
Ballett Zürich – Bella Figura: Sechs Tänze – 2018/19 © Gregory Batardon

More infos https://www.opernhaus.ch/en/spielplan/calendar/bella-figura/season_50348/

CV of Jiří Kylián

Jiří Kylián © ndt.nl

The world-renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián (Czechoslovakia, 1947) has been artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater for nearly a quarter century. After having created three ballets for NDT
(Viewers, Stoolgame and La Cathédrale Engloutie), Kylián became the company’s artistic director in 1975 together with Hans Knill. In 1978 he and Carel Birnie founded NDT 2, meant to offer young dancers the opportunity to develop their skills and talents and focus on maturing their artistic personalities. In 1991 he initiated NDT 3; a company that created opportunities for older dancers. NDT stood out as the first company worldwide that showed the three dimensions of a dancer´s life. After an extraordinary record of service Kylián handed over the artistic leadership in 1999, but remained the company’s house choreographer until 2009.

Since his last piece Mémoires d’Oubliettes for NDT in 2009, Kylián’s creative focus has shifted to more small scale projects and films. Kylián’s entire body of work counts 100 creations to date, of
which 77 performed by NDT and no less than 75 were especially created for the company. Furthermore, he made pieces for companies worldwide such as the Stuttgart Ballet, the Opéra de Paris, the Munich Bayerisches Staatsballett, and the Tokyo Ballet. 

Kylián received many prestigious, international awards and honours, such as Officer of the Royal Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau, Honorary Medal of Order for Arts and Science of the House of Orange given to him by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, honorary doctorate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Honorary Medal from the President of the Czech Republic. To this day, Kylián’s masterpieces are frequently performed by numerous dance companies and schools around the world.

Source ndt.nl

My favourite Drosselmeyers……

are without question Li Cunxin and Dominik Slavkovský.

Li Cunxin with Queensland Ballet photo by David Kelly

Magic happened when Ballet Star Li Cunxin, was lured out of 18 years retirement for a special performance of the NUTCRACKER with the Queensland Ballet. Taking to the stage in Brisbane for one night only, the 56 year old dancer delivered a mesmerizing performance. While Drosselmeyer is predominately a character role, Li incorporated his own choreography – adding pirouettes and jumps to the performance. His twists and turns hinted at his past brilliance.

Weiterlesen „My favourite Drosselmeyers……“

Die besten Geschenke für Ballettliebhaber

Weihnachtsgeschenke in der letzten Minute!

Weihnachten steht schon wieder vor der Tür. Wie jedes Jahr kommt das mal wieder sehr plötzlich. Jetzt muss noch schnell ein Geschenk für die Freundin her. Warum nicht mal ein Ballettkalender? Oder eine kleiner Glasballerina für den Weihnachtsbaum?

Hier einige Vorschläge zur Auswahl

Eine kleine Glasballerina vom Weihnachtsmarkt

Ballettschuhe als Weihnachtsbaumschmuck

Der Pirelli Kalender 2019 mit Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland

Ballettkalender vom Stuttgarter Ballett

Der Stuttgarter Ballett-Kalender 2019 mit Fotos von Bernd Weißbrod
Foto Bernd Weißbrod

Vom Royal Ballet in London

Zeitgenössischer Tanzkalender von Pina Bausch

Kalender des New York City Dance Projects

Kalender gefunden auf buecher.de

Warum nicht mal ein Familienplaner mit Ballettfotos?

Natürlich darf das Hamburger Ballett nicht fehlen

Aber es gibt noch viel mehr tolle Kalender. Lasst Euch inspirien im Internet.

Anmerkung: Ich poste, was mir gefällt und habe keinerlei finanzielle Interessen. Auch erhalte ich weder Provisionen, noch wurden mir Freiexemplare der Kalender zugestellt!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Miss Saigon im Original

Das legendäre Musical erstmals in Zürich

Die in Grossbritannien gefeierte Neuproduktion der englischsprachigen Originalversion durch Musical-Milliardär Cameron Mackintosh erzählt die dramatische Liebesgeschichte zwischen der jungen Vietnamesin Kim und dem amerikanischen GI Chris.

Miss Saigon läuft 8 Mal pro Woche bis zum 13. Januar 2019 im Theater 11. 

Beim Probenbesuch wurden die beiden Schlüsselszenen  – der berührende Abschiedssong der beiden Liebenden „The Last Night of the World„und die gewaltige Siegesfeier der Soldaten „Morning of the Dragon„vorgestellt.

Sensationell inszeniert ist der Start. Das Geräusch von Helikopter-Rotorblättern nähert sich der Bühne. So laut und echt als wäre der Helikopter wirklich über den Köpfen des Publikums. Dann erklingt aus dem Orchestergraben wunderschöne, sanfte Musik, die das Duett von Kim und Chris einleitet – live gespielt von 15 Musikern.

Kim und Chris „The Last Night of the World“ @Johan Persson

Die Siegesfeier zum 3. Jahrestag der Reunification besticht durch überraschende Licht- und Soundeffekte, eine packende Choreografie sowie grandiose Showeinlagen.

„Morning of the Dragon“
https://www.miss-saigon.com//media/images/Production photos/US-tour-MS-soldiers.jpg (Fotoquelle)

Die Story überwältigt und fesselt und ist  aktueller denn je. Kulturelle Unterschiede, die daraus entstehenden Missverständnisse, die Flüchtlingsproblematik und die Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben sind wichtige Themen auch in der heutigen Zeit.

Nach der kurzen Vorstellung verraten die drei Hauptdarsteller einige Insights im persönlichen Gespräch:

Die koreanische Sängerin Sooha Kim spricht zwar nur wenig Englisch. Sie übe daher besonders die Aussprache ihrer englischsprachigen Songs. Das Stück würde nie langweilig werden, da sie immer wieder etwas Neues entdecke. Nach der Vorstellung sei sie jedes Mal emotional total ausgelaugt.

Der britische Hauptdarsteller Ashley Gilmour spricht über seine Rolle als amerikanischer GI. Viele amerikanische Soldaten hätten – genauso wie Chris im Musical – den sinnlosen, brutalen Vietnamkrieg hinterfragt. Erst durch die Liebe zu Kim bekomme das Leben von Chris einen Sinn.  Das Stück besitze auch heute noch eine ungeheure Relevanz. Besonders wichtig für unsere Gesellschaft sei es, Menschen so zu akzeptieren, wie sie sind.

Star Performer Leo Tavarro Valdez spielt die begehrte Hauptrolle des Engineers brilliant. Nach 500 Auftritten interpretiert Leo die Rolle des zwielichtigen Nachtclubbesitzers „The Engineer“ inzwischen als bestechender Charmeur, der vor nichts zurückschrecke. Im Interview kommt Leo als jovialer, lustiger Gentleman rüber.

Mein Foto von Leo Tavarro Valdez

Beeindruckende Zahlen
Bereits 35 Millionen Zuschauer in 32 Ländern haben Miss Saigon gesehen.
38 Darsteller, 15 Musiker plus ein Dirigent sowie 32 Techniker sind involviert.
70 Auszeichnung  inkl. 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards und 4 Drama Desk Awards 
Ein 3 Tonnen schwerer,  6 Meter hoher Helikopter wird eingesetzt.
Die modernste Ton – und Bühnentechnik mit Full-Surround System, unzähligen Mikrophonen und Lautsprechern, selbst im Zuschauerraum, sowie 38 Wireless Kommunikationssysteme garantieren optimalen Sound und perfektes Licht.
Sogar die Schutzwesten und Helme sind original und wurden im Krieg verwendet. Die Strohhüte wurden in Vietnam und Thailand gefertigt.

Tickets über http://www.ticketcorner.ch

Weitere Informationen

Beitragsbild @ Cameron Mackintosh