Bavarian National Ballet

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BAVARIAN NATIONAL BALLET

NATIONAL THEATRE MUNICH, GERMANY BALLET WEEK 1999: MARCH 24-APRIL 1, 1999

After a decade of directing Bavarian National Ballet, Konstanze Vernon handed over to Ivan Liska in September 1998 one of Europe's leading classical companies. Its large repertory of classics, highlighted in 1998 by a production of the complete La Bayadere, also includes a variety of short ballets from choreographers such as George Balanchine, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Lucinda Childs, and Peter Martins.

Liska started his tenure by presenting, at their request, the Mats Ek version of Giselle for the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg. The visit was reciprocated by the Kirov (March 27-29) during Munich's Ballet Week with their production of Swan Lake (with an outstanding Odette-Odile danced by Svetlana Sacharova).

Three Fokine ballets, Les Sylphides, Scheherazade, and Firebird, in their "original" versions and decor, provoked similar, "Oh, how very interesting" reactions, as the modern Giselle had done at the Maryinsky Theatre. (The beautiful Munich production of John Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias evoked greater interest from the Kirov. …