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Berlin Staatsballet 16/17 Season

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Berlin just announced 2016/17 season to be performed over 3 venues(Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Komische Oper Berlin): http://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/presse/mitteilungen/02-03-2016/55

New Nutcracker by Nacho Duato replacing Medvedev and Burlaka's reconstructed version

Swan Lake

Sleeping Beauty

Jewels

Giselle

Onegin

A double bill by Maillot & Millepied (Daphnis et Chloe)

Duato's "Multiplicity"

A double bill by Duato and Hofesh Shechter

A triple bill by Duato and Kylián

A triple bill by Duato, Kylián, and Naharin

Duato's "Herrumbre"

All in all a very Duato-centric season.

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Indeed, that's a lot of Duato. I haven't really followed along with their repertory -- what have they been dancing for the last couple of years?

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That the lovely new-old Imperial Russian Nutcracker is being replaced so quickly by Duato's version is an abomination. I suppose it's all about who gets royalties for his/her version, rather than art. Same thing in most places now. Sad.

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I'm not sure it's about royalties per se -- starting a couple of years ago, we've been seeing a lot of Nuts turn over, and we'll see even more with next season. I need to do a little homework on this, but I have a feeling there's something universal going on.

Though it is interesting that, in a period where there's renewed interest in heritage productions, this one would be scheduled to change out.

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I'm a little surprised Duato was able to persuade the theater to ditch the Burlaka/Medvedev production after what must have been a substantial investment to stage it in the first place. I've seen it only on video and have mixed feelings about it--I wish it had really been a reconstruction--but I'm sure it cost a small fortune to mount. However, if the Berlin State Ballet will be sharing the physical production with La Scala and/or the Mikhailovsky, perhaps Duato was able to argue that his Nutcracker wouldn't cost the theater all that much.

Well, I guess it truly is his company now.

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Maybe the Burlaka / Medvedev production will get shipped to Moscow?

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"Nacho Duato became involuntarily the voodoo doll of the Berlin ballet and dance scene."

 

His contract isn't up until 2019, apparently.

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Duato will be succeeded by Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman. I'm surprised the change has been announced so far in advance. Is the idea to make Duato a lame duck? Will dancers begin leaving in the near future?

http://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/

 

 

Vladimir Malakhov does not seem sorry to see Duato go, but has already declared the proposed co-intendantship to be a bad idea.

 

 

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An online petition protesting the appointments of Waltz and Öhman has been launched. It is signed "we, the dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin." I don't know whether the feeling is unanimous, but the petition is making the rounds online through the social media accounts of company dancers.

 

https://www.change.org/p/rettet-das-staatsballett-save-staatsballett?lang=en-US

 

The petition is also linked on the company's official site and its Facebook page.

 

 

http://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/

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