David Simic

David Simic

David Simic wurde in Belgrad als Spross einer Tänzer-Dynastie geboren, er widmet sich in dritter Generation der Kunstform Tanz.

Simic genoss seine Tanzausbildung an einer der namhaftesten Ballettschulen der Welt, an der Schule des Hamburg Ballett John Neumeier. Von 2000 bis 2002 gehörte er dem Hamburg Ballett John Neumeier an, das Mecklenburgische Staatstheater Schwerin verpflichtete ihn 2002 als Solotänzer. Von 2004 bis 2015 war David Simic Compagnie-Mitglied des Staatsballetts Berlin. Als Tänzer arbeitete er während seiner aktiven Karriere mit u. a. Maurice Bejart, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Angelin Preljocaj, Vladimir Malakhov, Mauro Bigonzetti, Heinz Spoerli, Itzik Galili, David Parsons, Vasily Medvedev und Yuri Burlaka.

2014 erhielt Simic den Abschluss der Royal Academy of Dance in London als Ballettpädagoge. Von seinem Mentor Vladimir Malakhov wurde er mit dem PDPTC, dem Professional Dancer´s Postgraduate Teaching Certificate, ausgezeichnet.

Seitdem tritt Simic regelmäßig als Dozent an der RAD, der Royal Academy of Dance, in Deutschland und Italien auf. Regelmäßig gastiert er auch als Pädagoge und Choreograf in Berlin, Mailand, Trient, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Bassano oder Parma. Seit 2017 ist Simic als Choreograph für die Studenten-Abschlussvorstellung der RAD Italy Summer School Trentino zuständig.

2016 gründete er seine eigene Ballettschule, deren Kinder und Jugendliche seitdem mit eigenen Produktionen auf den Bühnen Berlins und Brandenburgs zu erleben sind.


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Advents-Verlosung: Das 2. Fensterchen

In today's Advent calendar window, we are giving away 3 DVDs of "Der Schatzgräber" - an opera in a prelude, four acts and a postlude by Franz Schreker. If you would like to win one of the three DVDs, please send an e-mail today with the subject "The 2nd window" to advent@deutscheoperberlin.de.

DER SCHATZGRÄBER (THE TREASURE HUNTER) by Franz Schreker was a triumph at its world premiere in Frankfurt in 1920 and went on to play 44 times at assorted venues over the next five years. It then fell victim to a shifting zeitgeist and slipped from opera-house programmes, with a National Socialist ban on performances sealing its demise. Even after 1945 the Schreker revival was a long time coming – and THE TREASURE HUNTER has not featured prominently in the renaissance.

As with the vast majority of Schreker’s libretti, the story of Els and Elis explores the relationship between fantasy and reality, between art and life. Soulmates in the sense that they are both at the mercy of the king’s disposition, Els and Elis set off in search of different treasures. Elis, the minstrel, uses his magic lute to locate a stash of jewels and do humanity a good turn. Els, an innkeeper’s daughter who has grown up motherless in a tough, male-chauvinist world, becomes a liar, cheat and murderess in pursuit of her goal, tasking her suitors to steal the queen’s jewels and then having them killed once they have returned with the haul of treasure. Yet even with the gold in their possession, the pair are not content, and so, true to form, Schreker turns his attention to the theme of yearning per se, which is the actual “treasure” that the composer is interested in, “a dream of happiness and redemption”. Elis and Els are caught up in a swirl of dreams, memories, premonitions, songs and music. Their stories take on a dreamlike quality in a world beset by greed, murder and emotional inconstancy. For Franz Schreker the path to redemption could only be via art. Composed during the turmoil of the First World War, the TREASURE HUNTER score amounts to Schreker’s personal confession of artistic faith, executed in florid strokes of late-Romantic musical colour.

Conductor Marc Albrecht; Staging Christof Loy; Set design Johannes Leiacker; Costume design Barbara Drosihn; With Tuomas Pursio, Doke Pauwels, Clemens Bieber, Michael Adams, Joel Allison, Michael Laurenz, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Seth Carico, Daniel Johansson, Gideon Poppe, Stephen Bronk, Elisabet Strid, Patrick Cook, Tyler Zimmerman a. o.; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Closing date: 2 December 2023, the winners will be informed by email on 4 December 2023. The DVDs will then be sent by post. Legal recourse is excluded.