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Staatsballett Berlin Catches A Gold Ring

Magazine article Pointe

Staatsballett Berlin Catches A Gold Ring

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Staatsballett Berlin Catches A Gold Ring

To stage a ballet based on Richard Wagner's opera cycle The Ring of the Niebelungs, one has to be a genius like Maurice Béjart. The choreographer first realized this dream in 1990, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, but his Ring um den Ring (Ring Around the Ring) fell out of the repertoire.

The master himself has restaged the work, however, and its revival on October 29, 2004, was a triumphant success, Now the combined troupes of the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsballett Unter den Linden (Staatsballett Berlin, under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov) perform The Ring, with Peter Sykora's superb scenery and costumes.

This exciting company has a fantastic ensemble of soloists and corps de ballet. All the dancers are focused in their work, and each amazes not only with his or her precise technical mastery, but also with artistic expression.

Béjart's philosophical ballet saga synthesizes several forms of dance and other arts and uses 88 dancers, most of them barefoot. The music incorporates a recording of Wagner's operas and pianist Elizabeth Cooper, who plays Wagner's music onstage and even takes part in the ballet. (She created the ballet's score with Philippe Godefroid.) French dancer, singer and actor Michel Denard narrates.

With boundless fantasy, Béjart has invented a kaleidoscope of personages, one more fascinating than the next. At the center of the ballet is the trickster Loge, god of fire and determiner of fates. This role gives Malakhov free rein and he has created the image of a mysterious, airy creature from a combination of light, noiseless jumps, plasticity and mime. …

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