• A male and a female dancer on the ground, looking at each other.

    Faust | © Heiko Sandelmann

  • Othello | © Heiko Sandelmann

Ballett des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven


The ballet company of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven is made up of 9 soloists on an equal footing. The company is supplemented by 4 dancers who study contemporary dance at the Zurich University of the Arts. In selecting the ensemble members, the ballet master Sergei Vanaev attaches particular importance not only to the necessary top-level technique, but also to the aspect of internationality. The dancers’ diverse origins (whether they are from Russia, Australia, New Zealand or Japan), their education at schools of different influences, their experience with a variety of ensembles and thus their own patterns of movement flow into the process of developing the ballet ensemble. Strong personalities and acting talent are characteristics that are as needed as they are valued. The company’s work is characterised by a contemporary, athletic style with an intense integration of acrobatic elements as well as classical technique. Most company members also have experience in developing their own choreographies. In addition to three premieres per season, among them interpretations of narrative ballets as well as modern, abstract dance theatre, the ballet company produces a special fourth evening during which the dancers’ own choreographies are showcased. At the conclusion of each season, a ballet gala is presented with invited companies on the large stage. Supporting the performances of the musical theatre and acting departments, for example during the annual musical or in connection with projects that cross departmental lines, also forms part of the purpose of a dance company at a city theatre. In addition, the ensemble takes part in various guest performances, festivals and galas at other theatres.

History and biography

On the ensemble’s history

From 1931, the Stadttheater Bremerhaven had its own ballet ensemble under the directorship of Christel Ebling, with one female solo dancer and eight female dancers. Horst Vogt became the ballet director and solo dancer in 1956 and from 1967 to 1968, Heinz Manniegel was the ballet director. Now, for the first time, the ballet ensemble was not just made up of women, but rather consisted of four male and four female dancers. In 1968, Gudrun Kreutzberge took over the position of ballet director. The ballet then hosted more and more of its own evenings in addition to its musical and operetta performances. In 1993, Brazilian Ricardo Fernando took on the position of ballet director, followed by Jörg Mannes from 2000 to 2004. His successor, Sergei Vanaev, has been ballet master and chief choreographer of the Ballettkompanie am Stadttheater Bremerhaven up until today.

Sergei Vanaev 

Sergei Vanaev, ballet master and chief choreographer of the ballet company of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven, was born in Russia and received his dance education at the Bolshoi Theater’s ballet academy in Moscow, where he graduated with honours. His first position was at the Moscow Classical Ballet from 1985 to 1991. Later positions led him to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and to Theater Bonn and Theater Dortmund. Since the beginning of the 2004/2005 season, Sergei Vanaev has been directing the ballet company of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven.

“Dance has power over people – the dancers and the audience. The choreographic language doesn’t play any role here. Everything is movement: classical, contemporary, modern, improvised, words, sounds, looks, even thoughts. The main thing is that it has to touch and convince you.”

Sergei Vanaev


  • 2021/2022


    Productions from the 2021/2022 season

    Faust (premiere)
    Premiere: October 16, 2021
    Choreographer: Sergei Vanaev
    freely adapted from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    13 dancers
    approx. 80 minutes

    Petrushka / Le Sacre du Printemps (The Sacrifice of Spring) (premiere)
    Premiere: March 12, 2022
    Choreographers: Alba Castillo and Sergei Vanaev
    Music by Igor Stravinsky
    13 dancers

    Taiko (premiere)
    Premiere: May 21, 2022
    Choreographer: Sergei Vanaev
    in cooperation with the Taiko group Masa-Daiko Bremen

    Ego-Zooming X
    Dancers of the ballet ensemble present their own choreographies
    Premiere: June 4, 2022
    Ballet Gala 2022
    Top-class international companies as guests in Bremerhaven
    Date: June 28, 2022

  • 2020/2021


    Productions from the 2020/2021 season

    Othello (premiere)
    Premiere: 2021
    Choreographer: Sergei Vanaev
    freely adapted from William Shakespeare
    13 dancers
    approx. 70 minutes

    Fireworks Music (revival)
    Premiere: 2020
    Choreographer: Sergei Vanaev
    Music by George Frideric Handel
    10 dancers
    approx. 60 minutes

  • 2019/2020


    Productions from the 2019/2020 season

    Der Feuervogel / Der Bolzen
    Der Feuervogel: Ballet by Sergei Vanaev after the libretto by Michail Fokin with music by Igor Strawinsky // Der Bolzen: Ballet by Sergei Vanaev with music by Dwithri Schostakowitsch
    Premiere: 19 Oktober 2019
    First showings: «Der Feuervogel» 25 Juni 1910 // «Der Bolzen» 8 April 1931
    Musical direction: Marc Niemann
    Choreography & performance: Sergei Vanaev
    Stage & costume: Darko Petrovic
    Assistant choreographer: Wen-Hua Chang
    Duration: ca 2 hours, one intermission

    Feuerwerksmusic (UA)
    Dance evening by Sergei Vanaev with music by Georg Friedrich Händel
    Premiere: 29 February 2020
    First showing: 29 February 2020
    Choreography, stage & costume: Sergei Vanaev
    Further information not yet available.

    Taiko! (UA)
    Dance evening in cooperation with the Japanese Taiko-group Masa-Daiko Bremen
    Premiere: 25 April 2020
    First showing: 25 April 2020
    Choreography & performance: Sergei Vanaev
    Direction by Masa-Daiko Bremen: Masakazu Nishimine
    Stage & costume: Sergei Vanaev
    Further information not yet available.

    Ego-Zooming X
    Ensemble dancers present their original choreographies
    Premiere: June 2020
    Further information not yet available.

    Balletgala 2020
    Top-class international companies hosted in Bremerhaven
    23 June 2020
    Further information not yet available.

  • previous seasons

    previous seasons

    Productions from the 2018/2019 season

    Ein Sommernachtstraum (2018)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, Musik: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Philip Glass
    Dauer: 100 min. (incl Interval)

    On the Road (2019)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev and Nadav Zelner
    Dancers: 10

    Tanztage Bremerhaven 2019

    Ego-Zooming IX (2019)
    Choreography: Dancers of the ballet ensemble of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven

    Ballet Gala 2019
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev
    Dancers: 10

    Productions from the 2017/2018 season

    Romeo und Julia (2017)
    Choreography Sergei Vanaev, music Libretto, composition, orchestra by Sergej Prokofjew, William Shakespeare
    9 dancers, duration 110 min

    Productions from the 2016/2017

    Coppélia (2016)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev
    9 dancers, 120 Min.

    Goldberg-Variationen (2017)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev
    9 dancers, 1 pianist, 70 Min.

    Dance-Puzzle (2017)
    Choreography: Itzik Galili, Sergei Vanaev
    9 dancers

    Ego-Zooming VII (2017)
    Choreography: dancers of the Ballettensembles des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven
    9 dancers


    Productions from the 2015/2016 season

    La Sylphide (2015)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, Music: Herman Severin Løvenskiold   
    9 dancers,90 min.

    Mozart Requiem (2016)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem in d-Moll KV 626  
    9 dancers

    Drei Punkte (2016)
    Choreography: Jiri Pokorny, Sergei Vanaev, Ed Wubbe
    9 dancers

    Ego Zooming VI
    Choreography: Ensemble dancers
    9 dancers

    Productions from the 2014/2015 season

    Ego Zooming V (2015)
    Choreography: Ensemble Dancers, Music: various
    9 dancers

    Die vier Jahreszeiten/Adam Zero (2015)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, Music: Antonio Vivaldi, Arthur Bliss
    9 dancers, 120 min.

    Drums (2015)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, Music: diverse
    9 dancers, 75 min.

    Don Quichotte (2014)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev,
    Music: Ludwig Minkus
    11 dancers, 2 extras, 120 min

    Productions from the 2013/2014 season

    Ego Zooming V (2014)
    Choreography: dancers of ballet ensemble of Stadttheater Bremerhaven, music: various
    11 dancers

    Carmen-Suite/Le Sacre du Printemps (2014)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, music: Rodion Schtschedrin (after Georges Bizet), I. Strawinsky
    9 dancers, 110 min

    Songs (2014)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, music: various
    11 dancers, 60 min

    Cinderella (Aschenbrödel) (2013)
    Choreography: Sergei Vanaev, music: Sergej Prokofjew
    11 dancers, background actors, 120 min







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