German State Opera Ballet

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The ballet company attached to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the former East Berlin. Also called Ballett der Staatsoper Unter den Linden, or the Staatsoper Ballet. Under the direction of Tatjana Gsovsky (1945–52), it became the model for ballet companies throughout the former East Germany with its associated school strongly influenced by Soviet teaching methods. Gsovsky's successor Daisy Spies (1952–5) staged more contemporary works such as The Lord's Law and The Converted Philistine which were tailored to meet the strict artistic criteria of the Communist authorities and under Lilo Gruber's direction (until 1970) the company continued as an important centre for Soviet-style dance. Following German reunification in 1989 the company broadened its repertoire to include works by Balanchine, Cranko, and Nureyev. Michaël Denard, a former star of the Paris Opera Ballet, took over as director in 1992; in 1993 Maurice Béjart was appointed chief guest choreographer. Denard resigned at the end of the 1995–6 season and in 2004 the company was merged with the Berlin Opera Ballet and the Komische Ballet to become the new Berlin State Ballet, directed by Vladimir Malakhov. This currently performs on the stages of both the Unter den Linden and Deutsch Opera Houses.

http://www.staatsoper-berlin.org Website for State Opera with link to the State Ballet

Subjects: Dance.

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