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Horizonte - Choreographies by Vittoria Girelli, Samantha Lynch and Shaked Heller

Zurich Opera House, Zurich, Switzerland
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Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Zurich, Switzerland
Starts at: 11:00
Intervals: 1
Duration: 1h 30min
Ballet company: Junior Ballett Zurich
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Composer: Béla Bartók
Composer: Bobby McFerrin
Composer: Davidson Jaconello
Composer: Edward Elgar
Composer: François Couperin
Composer: Joey McNamara
Composer: Luke Howard
Composer: Matmos
Composer: Oskar Sala
Choreographer: Samantha Lynch
Choreographer: Shaked Heller
Choreographer: Vittoria Girelli

For the young generation of dancers in the Ballett Zürich, it’s a special thrill to not only appear in each season’s repertoire, but to also be a part of the creation of new works. For their latest evening, the young dancers of the Junior Ballett have developed new choreographies with Shaked Heller, Samantha Lynch, and Vittoria Girelli.

Shaked Heller is from Israel and danced with the Stuttgarter Ballett, for whom he developed multiple works. In his piece WOLC – short for "Land of Chopped Wings" – winged beings populate a mountain-like structure. Accompanied by the music of German sound pioneer Oskar Sala, Shaked Heller explores self-discovery as a dancer and the concept of belonging to a group.

Samantha Lynch hails from Australia and is a principal dancer with the Norwegian National Ballet. In her piece COME BACK, five dancers from very different backgrounds meet almost by chance. A movable box made of wood forms the space they explore together, and in which they support each other. In these new surroundings, they dance to Luke Howard and vocal artist Bobby McFerrin, connecting to one another via the happiness of dancing to music.

Hailing from Italy, Vittoria Girelli also dances in Stuttgart and has successfully choreographed there. In her piece FORMORIA, she examines the oeuvre of the Italian material artist Alberto Burri. Like Burri, whose works of art consist of several layers, Vittoria Girelli uses the bodies of the dancers as malleable material that knows no finality. A captivating ensemble piece emerges, set to the evocative music of Davidson Jaconello.

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: 11:00
Intervals: 1
Duration: 1h 30min
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