Zurich Opera House tickets 12 April 2025 - An evening of modern ballets "Autographs": Emergence. Infra. In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated | GoComGo.com

An evening of modern ballets "Autographs": Emergence. Infra. In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Zurich Opera House, Zurich, Switzerland
All photos (4)
Select date and time
7 PM
From
US$ 182

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Zurich, Switzerland
Starts at: 19:00

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Cast
Performers
Ballet company: Ballett Zürich
Creators
Composer: Leslie Stuck
Composer: Max Richter
Composer: Owen Belton
Composer: Thom Willems
Choreographer: Crystal Pite
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Choreographer: William Forsythe
Overview

Choreographies by Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor and William Forsythe

Three of the most important contemporary choreographic styles come together in this three-part ballet performance, with technically brilliant "Signature Pieces" by Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor and William Forsythe.

Crystal Pite’s piece Emergence is overwhelming in its collective force. The Canadian choreographer was inspired by the collective behavior of bees and transferred their swarm intelligence onto the creativity of a ballet company as a model. Indeed, the dancers of Ballett Zürich seem to transform into a colony of insects.

The creative combination of dance, science and technology has become the trademark of British choreographer Wayne McGregor. Infra, created in 2008 for London’s Royal Ballet, immerses the audience in the pulsating life of a big city and focuses on the encounters that take place beneath a hectic, vibrant, seemingly anonymous surface. Dancers move through the piece in expressive solos, duets and ensembles to the music of Max Richter. They stand in vivid contrast to animated figures that stride across an LED wall spanning the stage.

As early as the 1970s, William Forsythe revolutionized dance when he completely liberated the human body from the traditional classical ballet scheme. In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, created in 1987 for the Paris Opera Ballet, is regarded as his most successful choreography, as it is the first time that all the elements of his choreographic aesthetic are combined. The ballet thrives on the tremendous dynamics between deceleration and acceleration. Tense, compact bodies push their weight against each other and create explosive discharges as they struggle for balance. Supported by Thom Willems' electronic music, the body's energy is distributed centrifugally throughout the space and the familiar suddenly appears strange and new.

Venue Info

Zurich Opera House - Zurich
Location   Sechseläutenplatz 1

Zürich Opera House is a main opera house in Zürich and Switzerland. Located at the Sechseläutenplatz, it has been the home of the Zürich Opera since 1891, and also houses the Bernhard-Theater Zürich. It is also home to the Zürich Ballet. The Opera House also holds concerts by its Philharmonia orchestra, matinees, Lieder evenings and events for children. The Zürich Opera Ball is organised every year in March, and is usually attended by prominent names.

The first permanent theatre, the Aktientheater, was built in 1834 and it became the focus of Richard Wagner’s activities during his period of exile from Germany.

The Aktientheater burnt down in 1890. The new Stadttheater Zürich (municipal theatre) was built by the Viennese architects Fellner & Helmer, who changed their previous design for the theatre in Wiesbaden only slightly. It was opened in 1891. It was the city's main performance space for drama, opera, and musical events until 1925, when it was renamed Opernhaus Zürich and a separate theatre for plays was built: The Bernhard Theater opened in 1941, in May 1981 the Esplanada building was demolished, and the present adjoint building opened on 27/28 December 1984 after three years of transition in the Kaufhaus building nearby Schanzengraben.

By the 1970s, the opera house was badly in need of major renovations; when some considered it not worth restoring, a new theatre was proposed for the site. However, between 1982 and 1984, rebuilding took place but not without huge local opposition which was expressed in street riots. The rebuilt theatre was inaugurated with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the world première of Rudolf Kelterborn’s Chekhov opera Der Kirschgarten.

As restored, the theatre is an ornate building with a neo-classical façade of white and grey stone adorned with busts of Weber, Wagner, and Mozart. Additionally, busts of Schiller, Shakespeare, and Goethe are to be found. The auditorium is built in the neo-rococo style and seats approximately 1200 people. During the refurbishment, the issue of sightlines was not adequately addressed. As a result, the theatre has a high number of seats with a limited view, or no view, of the stage. This is unusual in international comparison, where sightlines in historic opera houses have been typically enhanced over time.

Corporate archives and historical library collections are held at the music department of the Predigerkirche Zürich.

The Zürich Opera House is also home of the International Opera Studio (in German: Internationales Opernstudio IOS) which is a educational program for young singers and pianists. The studio was created in 1961 and has renowned artists currently teaching such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Hedwig Fassbender, Andreas Homocki, Rosemary Joshua, Adrian Kelly, Fabio Luisi, Jetske Mijnssen, Ann Murray, Eytan Pessen or Edith Wiens.

Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Zurich, Switzerland
Starts at: 19:00
Top of page