"100 Years Ballets Russes"
Mikhail Fokine, "Shéhérazade”, Bronislava Nijinska, “Les Biches”, Terence Kohler, “Once Upon An Ever After”
Bavarian State Ballet
December 11, 2008
by Horst Koegler
copyright @2008 by Horst Koegler
Of the four opera-house based German Ivy League ballet-companies in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart, the Bavarian State Ballet, for ten years now led by Ivan Liska as artistic director, ranks as the most traditionally minded one. No wonder as it boasts no less than seven full-length Petipas (the three Tchaikovskys plus “La Bayadère”, “Don Q”, “Raymonda” and “Le Corsaire” – maybe even eight, if one adds the Petipa-derived “Giselle”). Thus solidly anchored, Liska decided to celebrate the Diaghilev anniversary by a programme entitled “100 Years Ballets Russes”, offering Fokine´s “Shéhérazade” and Nijinska´s “Les Biches” – both in new productions, plus, in the best of Diaghilev tradition, a creation, “Once Upon An Ever After” by the 24 years old Australian newcomer Terence Kohler. It turned out a huge success, showing the company in festive fettle, with all performances sold out.