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Transcendental spheres: dancing Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Zurich

Giulia Tonelli © Gregory Batardon
Christian Spuck revisits Verdi’s sublime Messa da Requiem with a host of gifted dancers and singers at the Zurich Opernhaus.
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Zurich: Marco Goecke’s new age Nijinsky

Jan Casier (Nijinsky), W. Chen and R Mambelli (Two Petrushka Dancers) in Nijinsky © Carlos Quezada
Marking a century after Vaslav Nijinsky’s last solo performance, Marco Goecke’s ballet gives a new dynamic to the name and story of the legendary Polish-born Russian dancer.
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World première of Edward Clug's Faust in Zurich

Michelle Willems (Gretchen) and Jan Casier (Faust) © Gregory Batardon
Edward Clug’s choreography is consistently imaginative and powerful, and exceptionally ambitious in the case of “Faust”, which recently celebrated its world première in Zurich. 
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Spuck's Anna Karenina journeys to Hong Kong

Filipe Portugal (Alexej Karenin) and Viktorina Kapitonova (Anna Karenina) in Spuck's Anna Karenina © Monika Rittershaus
Ballett Zürich's Anna Karenina travels to Hong Kong (sadly, sans orchestra.) Nevertheless, the dramatic staging, score, and outstanding performances, among them mezzo soprano Lin Shi, prove dazzling.
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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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