Time for a ball
Ballet stars from San Francisco to St. Petersburg on New Year’s Eve at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden
The Festival Hall Baden-Baden will be launching a display of dancing fireworks on New Year’s Eve (starting 5:00 PM). Tickets are still available for a special gala featuring ballet stars from all over the world. For the first time the Badisches Staatsballett will be dancing at the Festival Hall, where it will be accompanied live by the Philharmonie Baden-Baden.
A veritable display of dancing fireworks awaits us! Starting at 5:00 PM on New Year’s Eve 2017, acclaimed international soloists will be dancing at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden together with the Badisches Staatsballett. The program will include over a dozen classical and contemporary choreographies, including scenes from beloved ballets like Swan Lake and even a bona fide world premiere. For the first time ever, audiences can enjoy a dance performance on the final evening of the year at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden, and the Badisches Staatsballett, currently experiencing a “golden age” under the direction of Birgit Keil, will also be appearing on this stage for the first time. The Philharmonie Baden-Baden will accompany the dancers live in the orchestra pit under the musical direction of Markus Lehtinen.
Renowned ballet companies to send their soloists
Renowned ballet companies from all over the world will be sending some of their finest dancers for this first-ever Baden-Baden New Year’s Ballet Gala. From the Ballet of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Akane Tkada and Ryoichi Hirano will be coming to Baden-Baden. Both soloists from the Royal Ballet hail from Japan and have claimed their place in recent months among the worldwide dancing elite. At the Festival Hall they will be dancing a pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. Xander Parish and Ekaterina Osmolkina will be representing the Mariinsky Ballet, which enjoys close ties of friendship with the Festival Hall Baden-Baden. The two world-class artists will dance a pas de deux from Swan Lake.
Ana Sophie Scheller and Angelo Greco will be travelling to Baden-Baden on New Year’s Eve from San Francisco. The two Bay Area dancers will perform a pas de deux from the ballet Le Corsaire after Myriam Simon and Constantine Allen, soloists at Le Grand Ballet Montreal, present the pas de deux “Autumn” by Marcia Haydee to music from Alexander Glazunov’s The Seasons.
The icing on the cake: a world premiere
After the intermission, Alba Nadal, Tobias Praetorius, and Sebastian Kloborg from the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen will dance a bona fide world premiere – the piece “Wool Over Eyes” by Kristian Lever.
The Badisches Staatsballett will be appearing in several pieces for large ensemble, including “Sibelius for B.” by Thiago Bordin, a football tribute entitled “Suite Sportive,” and the “Ballet Pathétique” to music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky. The famous Voices of Spring Waltz by Johann Strauss – an integral part of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s concerts – will also feature in a choreography by Frederick Ashton.
Photo: Jochen Klenk