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Nijinski

Zurich Opera House, Zurich, Switzerland
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Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Zurich, Switzerland
Starts at: 19:00
Duration: 1h 30min

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
Piano: Adrian Oetiker
Ballet company: Ballett Zürich
Ballet company: Junior Ballett Zurich
Orchestra: Philharmonia Zürich
Creators
Composer: Claude Debussy
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Marco Goecke
Overview

Marco Goecke has been a guest of the Ballett Zürich numerous times, most recently with his choreography Almost Blue. He created the ballet Nijinski for Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart, and produced a revised version of it in Zurich in 2017. In addition to Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, the musical framework for Goecke’s ballet is formed by Frédéric Chopin’s two piano concertos. The evening is a revealing parallel to the famous choreography Les Noces by Nijinskiy’s sister Bronislava, which premieres this season as part of the Timekeepers program.

Vaslav Nijinsky was granted only ten glorious years at the head of Sergei Diaghilev’s legendary "Ballets Russes". He intoxicated audiences with virtuoso leaps and androgynous charisma as the Faun and the Golden Slave. His audacious choreographies provoked scandals. He loved a man and married a woman. The dancer fell at the pinnacle of his fame: mentally ill, he was damned to spend thirty years in sanatoria before he died in London in 1950. Involuntary commitment to a psychiatric clinic, dubious diagnoses, and experimental therapies drove his soul beyond the reach of others. Marco Goecke dedicated a feature-length ballet to this epoch-making dancer and choreographer, and the result fascinatingly merges Goecke’s distinctive, nervously trembling, frantic body language with reminiscences of Nijinsky the artist, bringing in elements from his dancing career. The choreography takes a close look at Nijinsky the man and his essence, transferring emotions into highly aesthetic movements. Although Marco Goecke accompanies the exceptional artist through the stations of his life, the piece goes far beyond a pure biography: the focus is on the magic and value of art, but also on the price it relentlessly demands of all creative people.

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
Duration: 1h 30min
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