In line with the current Covid regulations, the Bayerisches Staatsballett has cancelled all performances up until and including 31 January 2021. However, the company is offering a free streaming programme with Swan Lake on 24-26 December 2020 and the premiere of the modern triple bill Paradigma on 4 January 2021.
PARADIGMA – online premiere of a modern triple bill
On 4 January 2021 a stream of the new modern programme, which was recorded in December, will be launched to enjoy free of charge on www.staatsoper.tv. The curtain rises online at 8.15pm CET.
The European premiere of With a Chance of Rain by Liam Scarlett, the Munich premiere of Bedroom Folk by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar and a revival of Russell Maliphant's Broken Fall are featured. The performance will also be available from 6 January for 30 days – a 24-hour ticket costs €9.90.
Liam Scarlett's neoclassical piece With a Chance of Rain was produced in 2014 for eight dancers of the American Ballet Theatre to preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Bedroom Folk by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar had its world premiere at the Nederlands Dans Theatre in 2015. The piece is for eight dancers accompanied by Ori Lichtik's electronic music. Originally planned for Ballet Festival Week 2020, ballet mistress Rebecca Hytting rehearsed the work with the ensemble during lockdown.
Broken Fall is a work from 2003 for two male dancers and one female dancer, which Russell Maliphant created in collaboration with Sylvie Guillem. It was last performed in Munich in 2012 and will be presented in December 2020 with Jeanette Kakareka, Jonah Cook and Jinhao Zhang.
At the beginning of December, the Bayerisches Staatsballett recorded Ray Barra's modified and slightly shortened Covid-version of Swan Lake, to be shown free of charge during Christmas on www.staatsoper.tv. Ksenia Ryzhkova returns to the stage after her maternal leave and makes her Munich debut as Odette/Odile role with Jinhao Zhang as Prince Siegfried and Emilio Pavan as Von Rothbart. This stream, as well, will be available for another 30 days as a video-on-demand for €9.90 from 27 December.
24 December 2020, 10:00 am CET – 26 December 2020, 23:59 pm CET, free of charge
27 December 2020 – 26 January 2021, video-on-demand, 24 hours ticket for € 9.90
4 January 2021, 8:15 pm CET, PREMIERE, free of charge
6 January 2021 – 5 February 2021, video-on-demand, 24 hours ticket for € 9.90
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