Ballet company based in Munich, formerly known as the Munich State Opera Ballet or the Bavarian State Opera Ballet; also known as the Bavarian National Ballet. The company, which performs at the National Theatre, dates back to 1818 when the theatre opened. The Taglionis appeared as guest artists in 1825; Lucile Grahn was ballet mistress from 1869 to 1875 and under the control of Heinrich Kröller (1917–30) the company staged many important premieres, including R. Strauss's Die Josephslegende and Bartók's The Wooden Prince. Pia and Pino Mlakar ran the company from 1939 to 1944 (and again from 1952 to 1954), one of their most interesting acquisitions being a revival of F. Taglioni's 1826 ballet Jocko, the Brazilian Ape. Marcel Luipart (1945–8) was responsible for the world premiere of Werner Egk's Abraxas (1948) Subsequent directors included Victor Gsovsky (1950–2), Alan Carter (1954–9), Heinz Rosen (1959–68), Ronald Hynd (1970–3 and 1984–6), Lynn Seymour (1978–80), Konstanze Vernon(1989–98), and Ivan Liska (from 1998). In 1989 the company became independent of the opera and its name changed to Bavarian State Ballet. Since then its core repertoire has been based in the classics and in 20th-century heritage works by Cranko, Balanchine, and others; but the company has also honoured its tradition of presenting new or experimental works, acquiring repertory by Forsythe, Ek, Tharp, Childs, Teshigawara, and G. Murphy. In 2009 the company took part in Kylián's Migratory Birds, a multi-disciplinary installation that took place in many different spaces within the National Theatre.
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