When Keith Jarrett's improvisation becomes dance

Humorous, detailed, dramatic: The Stuttgart Ballet presents its new ballet evening PURE BLISS with choreographies by Johan Inger

“Bliss” is based on Keith Jarrett’s legendary Köln Concert. I got to know it when I was about twenty, and have listened to it an infinite number of times since – an important part of my life. At the time, Jarrett walked on stage and improvised the entire concert. So the music was created at that moment, yet it is so monumental, so huge and drastic. The dance has to reflect that, then it can become a really good ballet.

“Out of Breath” was created under the impression of the difficult birth of my first child. That was a dramatic situation; I sat at the hospital all night worrying. In the meantime, I no longer associate the piece with that; it just shows me how close life and death are.

“Aurora’s Nap” is very different: it’s a new version of Petipa’s “Sleeping Beauty” – but one who sleeps and sleeps and only wakes up in modern times. This way, my fairy-tale can straddle both worlds, combining a classical dance idiom with modern vocabulary.

The guest performance of the Stuttgart Ballet is presented by the Deutsche Oper Berlin in cooperation with the Staatsballett Berlin.


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Advent Calendar in the Foyer: The 2nd Door

Today in the foyer: The Small and Large Chorus of the Children's Chorus sings Christmas carols
17.00 hrs / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission

Around 150 active singers make up our Children's Chorus, which is an important and heavily involved ensemble partner in numerous operas. Its members come together at least twice a week to make music under the direction of Christian Lindhorst. In its performances and concerts on stage, in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie or at other events, the Children's Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin spans the spectrum from baroque to modern.

In the course of the 2022/23 season, the children and young people aged 9 to 16 will appear on the stage of the house in CARMEN, LA BOHÈME, TOSCA and TURANDOT as well as in the new production of MATTHEW PASSION. And on 18 December 2022, the chorus will take a trip to St. Paul the Apostle Church in Schöneberg, where it will join the Kammersymphonie Berlin for a Christmas programme "In dulci jubilo" with works by Michael Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Michael Praetorius and Gottfried August Homilius, among others.

Today's programme includes Advent and Christmas carols such as "Jetzt ist wieder Weihnacht da" or "Lied von den Schneeflocken".

The children's chorus is sponsored by Dobolino e.V. and Engel & Völkers.