I feel naked on stage

Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet talks about his experiences in the US

Back when Rainer Krenstetter was a member of the ballet company of Staatsballett Berlin, I often had the opportunity to watch him perform. I was completely fascinated by his brilliant technique and elegance, and I will never forget Béjart’s masterpiece “RING UM DEN RING”, where Rainer delivered an outstanding performance in the role of Loge.

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My TOP 10 favorite Principal Dancers

Who are my favourite male dancers?

My friends often ask me about my favourite male dancers. As I have been a ballet lover for decades, it is very difficult to answer this question, given the amount of dancers I have seen perform. All dancers have different strengths and weaknesses; Rudolf Nurejev, for example, while a presence onstage and reknowned as the best dancer of the 20th century, would not be considered extremely talented by todays standards. I will also not be mentioning excellent male dancers who have passed their prime, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vladimir Malakhov.

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Beseelte Körper und eine Intrigantin

Corpus – gleich 2 Uraufführungen am Opernhaus Zürich

Ballettdirektor Christian Spuck ermunterte Filipe Portugal und Douglas Lee, zwei zeitgenössische 40-minütige Ballette zur Musik des Orchestra La Scintilla zu choreografieren.  Die beiden Künstler liessen sich durch das Thema Barock inspirieren. Geschickt transformierten sie barocke Elemente ins 21. Jahrhundert.

Ein ganz grosses Kompliment an das Ballett Zürich, das durch seine Virtuosität gewaltig beeindruckte. Doch Tanz lebt nicht nur von der Bewegung. Er braucht auch Seele, so dass ein Spiel von Körpern, Gefühl und Leidenschaft entsteht, das das Publikum berührt. All dies konnte die Ballettcompagnie des Opernhauses wieder einmal szenisch wunderbar präsentieren.

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We will miss you, Nadja!

Bühnenabschied von Nadja Saidakova am 19. Mai 2017

Ich kann mir das Staatsballett Berlin ohne die zauberhafte Primaballerina Nadja Saidakova nur schwer vorstellen. Seit über 20 Jahren konnte ich die Erste Solistin auf der Bühne in unzähligen Rollen bewundern.

Am Eindruckvollsten fand ich Nadja als Brünnhilde im “Ring um den Ring” vom weltberühmten Choreografen Maurice Béjart. Als unbesiegbare Walküre rammt sie ihre Spitzenschuhe gekonnt hart in den Boden und stieg mit Genuss auf die Spitze – ein Zeichen von Stärke, Stolz und Kampfgeist.

Auch in vielen klassischen Rollen hat Nadja Saidakova die Zuschauer verzaubert. Hier ein Video vom Nussknacker, in dem sie ein fantastisches Pas De Deux mit Vladimir Malakhov tanzt.

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Swan Lake has taken 4 years of patience

Interview with Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet, also known as Mao’s Last Dancer

Everybody knowns the story of Mao’s Last Dancer but not everyone is aware of his current career as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet. I was lucky to get the opportunity to talk to him about the new production of Swan Lake. Then I was invited to watch a rehearsal which I really loved. It was heartbreaking!

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News from Polina

Star Ballerina Polina Semionova’s Comeback

Polina returns to the stage after a year of maternity leave. Her first performance takes place on the 26th April 2017 at Staatsballett Berlin. After this performance she will be awarded the prestigious title of “Berliner Kammertänzerin”. Good luck!

She will be performing seven times in different ballets. Have a look at the schedule of Staatsballett Berlin:

    • ONEGIN – 26th April, 7.30 pm at STAATSOPER IM SCHILLER THEATER

    • DUATO | KYLIÁN – 2nd June, 7.30 pm, STAATSOPER IM SCHILLER THEATER

    • DUATO | KYLIÁN 3rd June, 7.30 pm, STAATSOPER IM SCHILLER THEATER

    • DORNRÖSCHEN 18th June, 4 pm, 19th June, 7.30 pm, 3rd July, 5th July, 7.30 pm, DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN

      It was announced that there will be more performances in winter season 2017/18 and a very special gala “Polina & Friends” in Mai 2018.

Polina’s New T-Shirt Line

Polina launches her own personalized T-Shirt line today, embedded with her favourite quote, “a strong mind forms a strong body”. Additionally Polina’s reknowned flower, Polina S. adornes the other sleeve.

Shirt POLINA langarm schwarz (Größe M) | Performance Lifestyle Collection des Ballett-Stars Polina Semionova| aus hochwertiger Bambus-Viscose | ideal für Ballett-Training, Yoga, Pilates und Freizeit

Polina has also previously modelled for UNIQLO – a singlet I really loved!

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My TOP 10 favorite Prima Ballerinas

Who is my favorite ballerina? Definitely Polina Semionova

My friends often ask me about my favourite ballerina. As I have been a ballet lover for decades, it is quite difficult to answer this question, given the amount of ballerinas I have seen perform. All dancers have different strengths and weaknesses; Rudolf Nurejew, for example, while a presence onstage and reknowned as the best dancer of the 20th century, would not be considered extremely talented by todays standards. I will also not be mentioning excellent prima ballerinas who have passed their prime, such as Sylvie Gulliem and Darcy Bursell.

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