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ZürichAnna Karenina

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Rachmaninov: Anna Karenina
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Ballett Zürich Junior Company; Paul Connelly; Jörg Zielinski; Emma Ryott
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Patrice Bart’s Giselle returns to Zurich

Yen Han (Giselle) © Carlos Quezada
Based on a story published by Heinrich Heine in 1834, Giselle has long stood as a front runner in the classical ballet canon.
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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A redesign in Zürich

Yen Han and Matthew Knight (Clowns) and William Moore (Nutcracker), Nutcracker and the Mouse King © Gregory Batardon
In Zurich, ballet director Christian Spuck recently launched the second season of the multi-layered ballet he choreographed to the great P.I. Tchaikovsky score.
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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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Revisiting Anna Karenina

Katja Wünsche (Anna Karenina) and William Moore (Alexej Wronski) © Gregory Batardon
Just as rereading a favourite novel can give the reader new literary impulses to explore, so, too, can the revival of a popular ballet offer a fresh interpretation.
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Lacking abandon: Onegin in Berlin

A neatly danced Onegin in Berlin, but one that lacked an emotional core. 
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