Under the motto and title "Leipzig dances!", Leipzig Ballet invites you to experience the art form of ballet and dance in all its facets in summer 2024. This international ballet festival will take place from 21 to 29 June 2024 as the central festival of the music city of Leipzig and confirms that Leipzig is also a city of dance. Names such as Mary Wigman and Uwe Scholz have established the international reputation of the Leipzig Ballet, whose origins date back to the 17th century and whose choreographies frame the festival programme. The renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra lends an unmistakably Leipzig sound to five major ballet evenings in the opera house. Festival curator Rémy Fichet presents in "Leipzig tanzt!" 24 a selection of globally successful guests, combined with an interactive accompanying programme and discussion panels on the future of ballet.
Participants and programme
Akram Khan will be a guest with his company from London. A trademark of his choreographic signature is the fusion of the classical Indian dance Kathak with contemporary movements. The company will be in Leipzig on 26 June 2024 with its poetic-political creation "Jungle Book Reimagined".
The Slovenian National Ballet Maribor will present the dramatic narrative ballet "Peer Gynt" in Leipzig on 21 and 22 June 2024 - highlighting Edvard Grieg's connection to Leipzig as a city of music. Choreographer Edward Clug's biography includes stints with the Stuttgart Ballet, the Nederlands Dance Theatre, the Bolshoi Ballet Moscow and the Vienna State Ballet. He has already been celebrated in Leipzig and Zurich for his interpretation of "Faust". He has firmly anchored the National Ballet Maribor in the international ballet scene through his programmatic orientation and his own expressive productions.
The project-based company IVONA was founded in 2019 by the Italian-Swiss dancer Pablo Girolami. As an association of different artists who are involved in various artistic languages, including beyond dance, it sees itself as a contemporary testimony to professional artistic research. The innovative company will be performing a new work in Leipzig on 22 and 23 June 2024: "Selective Breeding", a passionate indictment of selfish genetic manipulation techniques.
The classic "Giselle", newly created by ballet director Mario Schröder , is intended to be a spherical combination of dance, voice and bodies and is the first collaboration between the vocal ensemble "Sjaella", the Leipzig Ballet and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. "Giselle" is the final performance of the festival on 29 June24. The Leipzig Ballet will present "Peter I. Tchaikovsky" beforehand, on 23 June. Tchaikovsky shaped and moulded classical ballet through his compositions like few other composers - the myth of his music remains unbroken to this day. In this new Leipzig version, the Catalan choreographer Cayetano Soto paints an engaging portrait of an artist who was unable to live his life as he wanted.
The Ballet of the Musikalische Komödie, the second venue of Oper Leipzig, also contributes to the "Leipzig tanzt!" programme with its imaginative and synaesthetic collage "Klang.Körper.Visionen". The ballet festival also presents an important initiative of the independent scene, the mixed-abled FORWARD DANCE COMPANY: In this first professional dance company working permanently in Saxony at "LOFFT -Das Theater", dancers with normative and non-normative physicalities work together under professional conditions.
The Gala of the international ballet festival "Leipzig tanzt!" on 28 June 24 offers several dance highlights: The world-famous soloists of the Opéra National de Paris Mathieu Ganio and Ludmila Pagliero will be guests. In addition to highlights from the Leipzig ballet repertoire by Uwe Scholz and Mario Schröder, a journey through the history of dance can be experienced, including Maurice Béjart's choreographic masterpiece "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen". The new Hamburger Kammerballett consisting of dancers from the Ukraine will also be presenting itself.
The extensive supporting programme of the unique Leipzig Ballet Festival includes opportunities to dance along, behind-the-scenes insights, exchange opportunities for each performance, a cooperation project with club culture and controversial panels on the future development of the dance scene. Renowned guests such as the well-known dance and theatre scholar Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter will take part in the panels. The international dance formation "House of Brownies" will perform at the dance into the night in Leipzig's club scene.
For the "City of Music:Leipzig", "Leipzig tanzt!" is a treasure in the annual series of festivals that build on the city's great musical tradition. The 2024 international ballet festival emphasises dance as an integral part of the city's music and theatre history.
- 21.06.06.2024, Opera House - Peer Gynt at 19:30
- 22.06.2024, Opera House - Peer Gynt at 15:00
- 22.06.2024, Musical Comedy - Creation 2024 by the Ivona Dance Company at 19:00
- 23.06.2024, Musical Comedy - Creation 2024 by Ivona Dance Company at 15:00
- 23.06.2024, Opera House - Peter I. Tchaikovsky at 17:00
- 24.06.2024, LOFFT - Das Theater - Creation 2024 by Forward Dance Company at 19:30
- 25.06.2024, LOFFT - The Theatre - Creation 2024 by the Forward Dance Company at 19:30
- 26.06.2024, Opera House - Creation 2024 by the Akram Khan Company at 19:30
- 29.06.2024, Opera House - Giselle at 19:00