Bayerisches Staatsballett II



“Ballet is the art form of the 21st century, which is anchored in the hubbub of life. It mirrors social processes by aesthetic means and moves people emotionally and physically. Ballet is anarchically beautiful. Our repertoire must reflect that.”

Das Triadische Ballett, Gelbe Reihe / © Wilfried Hösl



Directors usually shape the character of their companies while sitting around in rehearsal halls and offices. Still head of the Bayerisches Staatsballett Ivan Liška, by contrast, has recently taken to travelling the length and breadth of the country in a coach. He is accompanying the 16 upcoming dancers that make up the Bavarian Ballet’s Junior Company to their performances – equipped with neo-classicism from the ateliers of Balanchine and van Manen, auratic energy from pacesetter Richard Siegal, and Spanish melancholy from Nacho Duato’s dance manufactory. The newcomers are part of the team for two years, during which they learn various artistic and working styles and how to collaborate in creative processes. They go through a phase of maturing that prepares them for their first long-term commitments. In 2014, five years since its inception, Bayerisches Staatsballett II along with Ivan Liška and ballet mistress Colleen Scott received an extraordinary gift: the opportunity to rehearse Gerhard Bohner’s 1977 version of Oskar Schlemmer’s Das Triadische Ballett. The legendary involvement of these acclaimed exponents and examples of costume and motion architecture predestines them to be the ones to pass on to the next generation. Coproduced by the Berlin Academy of the Arts, co-financed by TANZFONDS ERBE, this new edition (and the ballet ensemble that comes with it) has cleared the hurdle of the jury and succeeded in being a part of the German Dance Platform 2016 – bravo!
Dorion Weickmann

About: Time (2014)
Choreography: Sebastian Goffin

Bilder einer Ausstellung/Pictures of an Exhibition (2014)
Choreography: Norbert Graf, Ayman Harper, Ivan Liška

Das Triadische Ballett (2014)
Choreography: Gerhard Bohner (1977) adapted from Oskar Schlemmer

Lauda (2014)
Choreography: Norbert Graf & Simone Sandroni

Valse Fantaisie (2014)
Choreography: George Balanchine

DisTanz (2015)
Choreography: Dustin Klein

LUCE (2015)
Choreography: Ivan Liška

Polychrome Dances (2015)
Choreography: Davide Bombana

Three Loves (2016)
Choreography: Maria Barrios



Historical records of the Munich ballet go back 350 years to the days of courtly festivities. Lucile Grahn, acclaimed 19th century dancer and ballet director in Munich, epitomised the era of the romantic ballet, whose heyday here attracted illustrious guest performers such as Marie Taglioni. In 1989 the ballet in Munich was accorded equal status as opera and drama and dance became an independent branch of the theatre. Now in its 25th year, the Bayerisches Staatsballett has one of the largest and most substantial repertoires in Europe. The ensemble gives 70 performances annually in the Nationaltheater (seating 2200), ranging from the major works of St Petersburg classicism via Cranko and Neumeier to the international avant-garde. Staatsballet and the affiliated Junior Company give guest performances worldwide