Ballett Chemnitz

„As a foreigner, I moved in, and as a foreigner still, I move out”, so it is said in Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise”. Setting out, going, departing, fleeing, arriving – these are the key words of our times and of our work.  To demand and to encourage are also aspects and shape daily work in the theatre as well as in cultural education and in the city. Dance is political! Dance affects us all!

Sabrina Sadowska

Das Dschungelbuch / © Ida ZennaDas Dschungelbuch / © Ida ZennaEin Sommernachtstraum / © Dieter WuschanskiEin Sommernachtstraum / © Dieter WuschanskiLampenfieber / © Dieter WuschanskiLampenfieber / © Dieter WuschanskiShowcase: Mavericks and Sheep / © Ida ZennaShowcase: Mavericks and Sheep / © Ida Zenna

PORTRAIT

PRODUCTIONS

The international ballet ensemble of the Theater Chemnitz, under the direction of ballet director Sabrina Sadowska, is dedicated on the one hand, to the “classics” of ballet repertoires in a predominantly modern language of movement, and on the other hand, proves its own creative energy through premiers. In the 2014/2015 season, the first Chemnitzer Festival für zeitgenössischen Tanz “TANZ|MODERNE|TANZ“ took place with resounding success, at which different partner companies from four continents were seen, and at which the connection between the modern and the revolutionization of dance was explored in the Experimentierraum unserer Zeit. The festival took placed with continued success in the following years.In the context of youth development, students from various dance schools regularly have the opportunity to do an internship at ballet Chemnitz. Even the opera ballet school is open to children, young people and adults, who are actively included in current productions. In addition, Ballett Chemnitz connects with the young audience and promotes an understanding od dance as an art form in its own right through school classes, workshops and school dance projects. Formats like “Ballet au lait” are also platforms, through which dance creators can talk about exciting tops about dance and ballet and spark an interest in the world of ballet. Ballett Chemnitz is also engaged beyond internal dance activities, in the context of the “BallettBenefitzGala”, to which guests of various companies and schools throughout Germany are invited. Every year all participants perform voluntarily, in order to support a social and charitable organisation in Chemnitz with the proceeds.

Productons from the 2017/2018 season
In all productions, the ensemble's 20 dancers as well as four interns of the Ballett Chemnitz perform.

Premiers

Showcase: Mavericks and Sheep (2017)
Choreography Anthony Missen
24 dancers, stage 20 x 20 m, duration 50 min

Das Dschungelbuch (2017)
Choreography Ashley Lobo based on Rudyard Kipling
24 dancers, stage 20 x 20 m, duration 120 min (interval)

Maria Stuart (2018)

Choreography Reiner Feistel based on Friedrich Schillers drama of the same name
24 dancers, duration n.n.

Wiederaufnahmen

Ein Sommernachtstraum (2017)
Choreography Reiner Feistel based on William Shakespeare, music Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy u.a.
24 dancers, duration 140 min (interval)

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte (2013)
Ballet for big and small
Choreography Reiner Feistel based on Charles Dickens, music Hans-Peter Preu, Rachel Portman, John Williams u. a.
24 dancers, duration 70 min

Lampenfieber – It’s Showtime (2016)
Ballettrevue from Sabrina Sadowska, music Charlie Chaplin, Peter Kreuder, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, Walter Donaldson, Ray Henderson, Gerardo Matos Rodriguez, Leonard Bernstein u.a.
24 dancers, duration 135 min (interval)

In addition:
Matinee of the opera ballett school – „Cinderella“ (2017)


School dance project 2018 „Romeo und Julia“: Sabrina Sadowska in cooperation with a school

June 2018: TANZ|MODERNE|TANZ international festival for contemporary dance

26.05.2017: 5. Chemnitzer BallettBenefizGala

Productions from the 2016/2017 season:

Lampenfieber - It’s Showtime (2016)
Ballet review from Sabrina Sadowska (premiere)

Gesichter der Großstadt (2016)
Balletevening in two parts from Reiner Feistel and Yiming Xu after motives from Edward Hopper (premiere)

Ein Sommernachtstraum (2017)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel after William Shakespeare, music: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and others 

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte (2013)
Ballet for all ages
Choreography: Reiner Feistel after Charles Dickens, music: Hans-Peter Preu, Rachel Portman, John Williams and others

Die Schneekönigin (2014)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel after Jewgeni Schwarz and Hans Christian Andersen, music: Franz Schubert, Alfred Desenclos, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Gorán Bregovič

Eugen Onegin (2015)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel after Alexander S. Puschkin, music: Pjotr Tschaikowsky, Arvo Pärt, Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Aram Chatschaturjan,
Jean Sibelius, Andrzej Panufnik and Charles Ives

Giselle (2015)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Adolphe Adam

Mozart-Briefe (2016)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Steffan Claußner

FURTHERMORE:
-    05.02.2017: In 80 Tagen um die Welt – Matinee of the opera ballet school
-    Schoolproject 2017: Sabrina Sadowska in cooperation with the Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff-Gymnasium
-    June 2017: TANZ|MODERNE|TANZ
International Festival for contemporary Dance
-    13.05.2017: 4. Chemnitzer BallettBenefizGala

Productions from the 2015/2016 season:

Eugen Onegin (2015)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel after Alexander S. Puschkin, music: Pjotr I. Tschaikowsky and others
22 dancers, approx. 120 min

Mozart-Briefe (2015)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others
20 dancers

Die Moderne geht baden – Second Edition (2016)
Choreography: Sabrina Sadowska, Reiner Feistel

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte (2013)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel after Charles Dickens, music: Hans-Peter Preu, Rachel Portman, John Williams and others
22 dancers, approx. 60 min

Die Schneekönigin (2014)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel after Jewgeni Schwarz and Hans Christian Andersen, music: Franz Schubert, Alfred Desenclos, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Gorán Bregovič
22 dancers, approx. 120 min

Hutgeschichten – Alles auf Anfang (2014/2015)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Udo Lindenberg
22 dancers, approx. 120 min

Productions from the 2014/2015 season:

Giselle (2015)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, Music: Adolphe Adam 
20 dancers

Die Moderne geht baden – Part II (2015)
Brunnenperformance 

Die Moderne geht baden - Part I (2015)
Showtime: from Shimmy and Charleston to Baderevue
Choregraphy and concept: Sabrina Sadowska and Reiner Feistel

Die Schneekönigin (2014)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Franz Schubert, Alfred Desenclos, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Gorán Bregovic
20 dancers, approx. 120 min

Geschichten aus dem Hut (2014)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Udo Lindenberg, Max Richter, Fear Tigers, Andreas „Scotty“ Böttcher, Bobby McFerrin
20 dancers, 130 min

König Artus (2014)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Peter Gabriel, Harry Gregson-Williams and others
20 dancers, 130 min

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte (2013)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Hans-Peter Preu, Rachel Portman, John Williams and others
20 dancers, 60 min

Productions from the 2013/2014 season:

König Artus (2014)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, music: Peter Gabriel, Harry Gregson-Williams and others
20 dancers, 130 min

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte (2013)
Choreography: Reiner Feistel, musik: Hans-Peter Preu, Rachel Portman, John Williams and others
20 dancers, 60 min

HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY

MATERIAL

On the ensemble’s history

Following the opening of the opera house in 1909, the Ballett Chemnitz only had a few members and generally appeared in scenes during stage performances. In the 1920s, it received more attention and famous solo dancers were offered contracts. It later developed into an independent department that gained respect by presenting important world premieres. Guest performances by Mary Wigman and Gret Palucca also attracted attention to the Chemnitz company. After the ensemble was forced to work in arms production during the Second World War, Wigman student Thea Maaß revived the ballet along with Jean Weidt and led it to national renown.

Biography  

Sabrina Sadowska received her education in her hometown, Basel (Switzerland). Then followed her engagement as a dancer in Trier, Bremerhaven and Halle, as well as a scholarship at the Royal Danish Ballet (Kopenhagen). She worked as a ballet teacher and ballet master in Warschau, Leipzig, Dresden, at the Polish Dance Theater, at the Nationaltheater Brno and at the Aalto Theater Essen, among other places. From 1997, together with Ralf Dörnen she was ballet master and deputy ballet director at the Ballett Vorpommern and choreographed for many theater and musical productions. Since the 2013/14 season, she has been directing the Ballett Chemnitz with Reiner Feistel, choreographing various productions and is artistic director of the Chemnitz Festival “TANZ | MODERNE | TANZ”. In March 2016, she was awarded the service medal of the “Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland). In 2017/2018, she took on the direction of Ballett Chemnitz.

Links to production trailers from 2017/2018

Showcase - Mavericks and Sheep

Das Dschungelbuch

Ein Sommernachtstraum

Die Schneekönigin

Lampenfieber - It's Showtime

Links to production trailers from 2014/2015

Geschichten aus dem Hut
König Artus 

Links to production trailers 2013/2014

König Artus