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A retrospective of the Ballet Company of the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Friday, 14/07/2023

08.00 PM - 09.30 PM

with one break


07.30 PM Introduction (in German)


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Choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Alexander Ekman, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin and Christian Spuck. Also a new creation by Goyo Montero

Aesthetic creativity has always been about the preservation, processing and reworking of what has been experienced. Because dance as an art form is very much of the moment, however, and because its sensuality consists in flux rather than stasis, we feel a desire to preserve these special moments in our memory. With his “Boîte-en-valise” (Box in a Suitcase) the Franco-American object artist Marcel Duchamp rendered the idea of an artist having a portable museum of his own works. This was Duchamp’s way of addressing the question of how to archive his art.

The Ballet Company of the Staatstheater Nürnberg, headed by Goyo Montero, is now in its 15th season, a major anniversary. To mark 15 years of innovation, variety and virtuosity – and intimate involvement with our audiences – we now present five performances of “Boîte-en-valise”, our back catalogue of creations staged since 2008. The retrospective revisits signature pieces by guest choreographers ranging from Mats Ek with excerpts from his “A sort of … Bolero” to William Forsythe and his iconic ballets. The programme encompasses Nacho Duato’s sculptural “Duende” and the subtle “das siebte blau” from Christian Spuck’s early period. Goyo Montero rounds off the evening with a choreography created specially for the occasion, tying together this string of gems and demonstrating the breadth of the Company’s spectrum under his leadership.

Excerpts from the following choreographies will be shown:

Johan Inger: „Rain Dogs“ aus der Spielzeit 2014/15 (Produktion: „Dreiklang: Inger/Montero/Naharin“)

William Forsythe: „Approximate Sonata“ aus der Spielzeit 2015/16 (Produktion: „Kammertanz“)

Alexander Ekman: „Tuplet“ aus der Spielzeit 2017/18 (Produktion: „Powerhouse“)

Christian Spuck: „das siebte blau“ aus der Spielzeit 2015/16 (Produktion: „Kammertanz“)

Ohad Naharin: „Minus 16“ aus der Spielzeit 2014/15 (Produktion: „Dreiklang: Inger/Montero/Naharin“)

Nacho Duato: „Duende“ aus der Spielzeit 2010/11 (Produktion: „Kylián/Duato/Montero“)

Mauro Bigonzetti: „Cantata“ aus der Spielzeit 2012/13 (Produktion: „Zweiheit“)

Mats Ek: „A sort of …“ aus der Spielzeit 2011/12 (Produktion: „A sort of … Bolero“)

Goyo Montero: Ein neues Werk (UA) in mehreren Teilen

DIGITAL Introduction (in German)

Online introduction

Dates and cast

Cast on 14/07/2023

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Press reviews
Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung

„Artistic director Goyo Montero's anniversary production of "Boîte-en-valise" has become a breathtaking work of art. (...) The result is as clear as it is overwhelming: in 15 years, a top international dance ensemble has matured at the Nuremberg State Theatre, and this production is the deserved crowning glory.“

Thomas Heinold, Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung


„The retrospective "Boîte-en-valise" promises a rousing evening of ballet with something for everyone and a unique concept that makes it a one-of-a-kind experience.“

Nina Schäfer und Theresia Seisenberger, Rezensöhnchen

Bayerischer Rundfunk

„The anniversary evening shows the best that European dance has to offer.“

Susanne Schmiedleitner, Bayerischer Rundfunk

Augsburger Allgemeine

„How much the Nuremberg audience loves its ballet director and the 24 expressive dancers was palpable that evening in the packed opera house. More than ten minutes of standing ovations were given at the end for a brilliantly danced programme, rehearsed with great effort and conceived as a retrospective. A real gift for ballet fans.“

Renate Baumiller-Guggenberger, Augsburger Allgemeine

Der Opernfreund

„Once again, the magic of his works amazes and convinces (...) Montero remains, even with the "small" choreographies, the grand master of a fantasy that uses so-called life as a starting point without degrading it to material. (...) Huge applause for a (...) company that acquired the most diverse styles for this project in a short time - because it is able to do so sovereignly. If one were to characterize what these works have in common, it would be the inexhaustible wealth of variation that results from the encounters between the dancers; (...) an impressive Nuremberg retrospective.“

Frank Piontek, Der Opernfreund

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