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Guide to Zurich Ballet

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<i>Schwanensee</i> with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lew Iwanow, set design, costumes Jérôme Kaplan © Carlos Quezada
Schwanensee with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lew Iwanow, set design, costumes Jérôme Kaplan
© Carlos Quezada

Strong new season from Zurich Opera

Andreas Homoki © Toni Suter + Tanja Dorendorf
At Zurich Opera, Andreas Homoki, the Intendant since 2012, and Music Director Fabio Luisi have built a strong season, with a range of new productions unveiled for 2017-18
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ZürichThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingNew Production

Yen Han, Matthew Knight (Clowns) and Willian Moore (Nutcracker) © Gregory Batardon
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Paul Connelly; Yannis Pouspourikas; Rufus Didwiszus; Buki Shiff

ZürichPetrushka / Sacre

Petrushka / Sacre
Stravinsky
Marco Goecke; Edward Clug; Ballett Zürich; Domingo Hindoyan; Philharmonia Zürich

ZürichEmergenceNew Production

Wei Chen in Leon and Lightfoot's Speak for Yourself © Gregory Batardon
Belton, Various
Crystal Pite; Sol León; Paul Lightfoot; Ballett Zürich

ZürichFaustWorld première

Faust
Lazar: Faust
Edward Clug; Ballett Zürich; Mikhail Agrest; Marko Japelj; Leo Kulaš
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León/Lightfoot & Crystal Pite in Zurich

Wei Chen in Leon and Lightfoot's Speak for Yourself © Gregory Batardon
Zurich recently welcomed the Swiss premieres of two extraordinary ballets, one by choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, the other by Crystal Pite.
*****
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A new Nutcracker in Zurich

Yen Han, Matthew Knight (Clowns) and Willian Moore (Nutcracker) © Gregory Batardon
In an entirely new version of the ballet, choreographer Christian Spuck wanted to explore the darker realms and fantasy of the ETA Hoffmann narrative that inspired Tchaikovsky’s suite.
***11
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Modern Choreography meets the Baroque

Yen Han and Jan Casier, disTANZ © Gregory Batardon
Two fine choreographers and the Orchestra La Scintilla heralded two world premiere performances of new ballets at the Zurich opera house.
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Ratmansky's Swan Lake in Zurich

Swan Lake © Carlos Quezada (2016)
Not all choreographers take on a gruelling tabletop assignment before defining the movements of a performance. Yet to reconstruct the 1895 Mariinsky Theatre production of Swan Lake, Alexei Ratmansky did just that.
***11
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VIDEO CLIPS
Zürich Opernhaus © Dominic Büttner
PREVIEW to the 2016-17 season

Myth, magic and sacrifice: the new season in Zurich

Zurich Opera and Ballet present seasons packed with new productions of dark works that are dominated by myth, magic or sacrifice. From Greek myth to magic bullets to giving up the one you love, it’s a powerful season destined to move Swiss audiences.