The Stuttgart Ballet: Pure Bliss

Choreographies by Johan Inger

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BLISS
Choreography by Johan Inger with music by Keith Jarrett (from tape)
World premiere on 23 March 2016, Aterballetto, Reggio Emilia

OUT OF BREATH
Choreography by Johan Inger with music by Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Félix Lajkó
Premiere on 14 November 2002 at the Nederlands Dans Theater, The Hague

AURORA'S NAP
Choreography by Johan Inger with music by Peter Tchaikovsky
World premiere on 25 February 2022 in Stuttgart

Berlin premiere on 22 September 2022 at the Tempodrom

approx. 2 hours 45 minutes / 2 breaks

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The new triple bill PURE BLISS takes its title from the company premiere of Johan Inger’s Bliss. For this large-scale ensemble piece, the Swedish choreographer uses the legendary "Köln Concert" by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett; music that many consider to be the epitome of virtuoso improvisation. Rather than translating the music one-to-one into movement, it is the feeling of Jarrett's iconic music – free, soaring and ecstatic - that Inger translates into sublime dance, sending not only listeners, but audience members into a state of bliss.

PURE BLISS could just as easily be called "An Evening with Johan Inger," as all three pieces are by this extremely versatile choreographer. The evening opens with a revival of his Out of Breath, a stirring piece that explores the fine line between life and death. In this intense chamber piece, six dancers literally run into, against and over a large wall, trying to overcome it, scale it or hurl themselves off it. These searing emotional images are underpinned by the - in more ways than one - breathtaking music of Jakob Ter Veldhuis and Félix Lajkó.

The evening concludes with a world premiere by Inger. For his first work for the Stuttgart Ballet, Inger plans a one-act comedy based on the famous classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty. This collaboration between Inger - whose roots lie in classical ballet as well as contemporary dance - and the dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet - who are known for their openness, versatility and passionate commitment to choreographers - is sure to be a fruitful one.

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09
DEC

Today in the Foyer: "Beyond the Snow Queen"
with Alexandra Ionis, Oliver Boyd and Henriette Zahn
17.00 hrs / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission

Since its premiere in 2019, THE SNOW QUEEN has been delighting not only children in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This year, too, there are numerous performances on the programme. All the greater is the joy that Alexandra Ionis and Henriette Zahn from the cast of DIE SCHNEEKÖNIGIN have teamed up to create a little door of the Advent calendar. Together with Oliver Boyd, baritone in the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, they present a colourful programme. In addition to Brahms, Schönberg and Kurt Weill, songs by the composer of the SCHNEEKÖNIGIN, Samuel Penderbayne, and his teacher Moritz Eggert will be heard as a special highlight.

Alexandra Ionis from Berlin studied at the Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2016 she made her debut in Strauss' DIE ÄGYPTISCHE HELENA at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Other productions here at the house included DEATH IN VENICE, IL VIAGGIO A REIMS and IL TROVATORE. At the Staatsoper Unter den Linden she sang in Widmann's BABYLON, Reimann's GESPENSTERSONATE, the world premiere of Eötvös' SLEEPLESS, in DER ROSENKAVALIER and most recently in the new production of DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN as Schwertleite / DIE WALKÜRE.

Henriette Zahn is a pianist specialising in chamber music and song interpretation and studied in Munich, Lübeck and most recently in Wolfram Rieger's Lied class at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin. She has performed with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Karajan Academy, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra and the Goldmund Quartet, among others. Performances have taken her to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Bremen Theatre, the Salzburg Festival and the Allerheiligen Hofkirche in Munich. She has worked closely with the composer Samuel Penderbayne and the pianist Anna Buchberger.

Oliver Boyd studied at the Queensland Conservatorium with vocal coach Gregory Massingham and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Christine Schäfer. In September 2018, Oliver Boyd sang the lead role of Reverend Calloway in Paul Dean's opera DRY RIVER RUN. In 2017 he made his concert debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the role of Dancairo / CARMEN. As a soloist he has appeared in Handel's Messiah, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Haydn's Nelson and Paukenmesse, Mozart's Requiem, Vespers and Missa Brevis, and Schubert's Mass in G major. Oliver Boyd has won numerous prizes, including first prize in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition and Champion of Champions in the Queensland Eisteddfod. He was named as one of the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Young Artists. Since the 2021/22 season, Oliver Boyd has been a member of the 1st bass voice section in the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.