Ballett Zürich (4 stars)

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Ballett Zürich

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Ballett Zürich, one of Europe’s leading ensembles, presents a captivating double bill featuring works by their artistic director Christian Spuck and multi-award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor.

McGregor’s new work Kairos is a seamless marriage of design and structure set to Max Richter’s celebrated reimagining of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and features striking designs by leading British artist Idris Khan. In Sonett Ballett Zürich’s Artistic Director Christian Spuck plunges into the mysterious world of William Shakespeare’s late sonnets weaving together music, dance and language with his customary theatrical flair and passion.

Spuck returns to Edinburgh following his highly successful 2009 visit with The Return of Ulysses from the Royal Ballet of Flanders. As a dancer he performed with Jan Lauwers’s Needcompany and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rosas before going on to become choreographer in residence at Stuttgart Ballet and Director of Ballett Zürich.

Wayne McGregor is internationally renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. In 1992 he founded Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and in 2006 was appointed Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet. He has created works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Rambert.

Max Richter performs Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons live at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 24 August, alongside violist Daniel Hope and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by André de Ridder. Find more details here.

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Reviews & features

Ballett Zürich

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