Semperoper Dresden presents the premiere of the ballet: PEER GYNT June 2022

Five years after its world premiere in Basel, Johan Inger’s choreography “Peer Gynt” will be presented for the first time in Germany.

On Sunday, June 5, 2022, the curtain will rise at the Semperoper for this integral narrative ballet, which the star choreographer created for the Ballett Theater Basel and is currently rehearsing with the company of the Semperoper Ballett for the Dresden premiere.

As a dancer, Johan Inger was strongly influenced by Mats Ek and Jiří Kylián. Today, he is considered one of the most influential artists on the contemporary dance scene, garnering international acclaim for his award-winning ballets. In Dresden, the Swede has already had great success with »Empty House«, »Walking Mad« and most recently with the acclaimed cover of »Carmen« in the current season.

Inger’s inspiration for the ballet »Peer Gynt«, which is now to be premiered in Dresden, is Henrik Ibsenplay based on his dramatic poem of the same name, for which Edvard Grieg created the world famous score. In this late 19th century work steeped in the romantic spirit, the impulsive protagonist embarks on a restless journey, only to discover in the end that his heart’s desire has always been within reach.

In this tale of a “Nordic Faust”, Inger detected parallels to his own development as a human being and an artist, inspiring him to create a choreographed exploration of this process of self-discovery through lived experience. . In its autobiographical ballet rendition with its extremely demanding choreography, the related lead character similarly embarks on a journey to discover his own identity, encountering a wide variety of characters and influences along the way. With wit and zest, Inger created an interdisciplinary synthesis of dance, pantomime and song featuring music by Grieg and with musical quotations from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”

In Dresden, the Semperoper Ballett will perform the choreography, originally created at Theater Basel on May 18, 2017, in costumes made in the workshops of Theater Basel. Ballet fans can also expect the Staatskapelle Dresden to accompany soprano Stefanie Knorr as Gynt’s beloved Solveig and the Dresden Symphony Chorus (the Semperoper’s auxiliary choir) as the Trolls, all under the direction of the Swiss Thomas Herzog, already a familiar face of Semperoper’s audience as a ballet conductor

Ballet in two acts by Johan Inger (German premiere)

Music by Edvard GriegPiotr I. Tchaikovsky and Georges Bizet

Premiere from 6 p.m. on Sunday June 5 at the Semperoper.

Additional performances in June, July, September and October 2022.

With the musical accompaniment of soprano Stefanie Knorr and the Dresden Symphony Chorus (the auxiliary choir of the Semperoper). The Staatskapelle Dresden will be directed by Thomas Herzog.

The project partners are the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen, the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, the Sparkassenversicherung Sachsen and the LBBW. All performances are made possible by Medizinisches Labor Ostsachsen MVZ GbR, which is the health partner of the Saxon State Theaters.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Schinkelwache daytime box office on Theaterplatz (T +49 (0)351 4911 705). Please visit our website for more details: semperoper.de.

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