For the first premiere of the Stuttgart Ballet's 2019 – 2020 season, Artistic Director Tamas Detrich has commissioned world premieres from Fabio Adorisio, Andreas Heise and Roman Novitzky.
Principal Dancer Roman Novitzky is creating his second world premiere for the Stuttgart Ballet after highly successful works for the Noverre Society’s Young Choreographers evenings, several of which entered the repertory of the Stuttgart Ballet immediately. Especially his humorous Are You As Big As Me? has turned into a cult hit and has been danced at international galas by an impressive roster of world stars. For his new work, Novitzky is collaborating with percussionist Marc Strobel of the State Theater Stuttgart Orchestra and will explore the give and take between the musician – whose physical actions will produce sounds on a large frame drum placed onstage – and the dancers – whose movements respond to the music which in turn will inspire new rhythms on the part of the drummer. Sets and lighting are by Yaron Abulafia; costumes by Aliki Tsakalou.
Andreas Heise is creating his first work for the Stuttgart Ballet. A former dancer with the Leipzig Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet, he has had an extensive career as a choreographer not only of ballets but also of operas. In 2018 he created a work for the Stuttgart based Noverre Society’s Young Choreographers evening, which convinced not only the public but also Artistic Director Tamas Detrich. His new work is inspired by the myth of Odysseus and Penelope and will focus on the question of what transpires when two people who once loved each other meet again after a 20 year separation during which they have had drastically different experiences. Music for the new piece is by the Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike based on themes by Claudio Monteverdi and Anthony Holborne. Sets and costumes are by Bregje van Balen; lighting by Johannes Schadl.
Fabio Adorisio is a demi-soloist with the Stuttgart Ballet and began working as a choreographer while still a student of the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. After several well received works for the Noverre Society’s Young Choreographers evenings, a choreography for the Assemblée International 2013 in Toronto, and participating in as well as creating a work for the New York Choreographic Institute in 2017, he was commissioned in 2018 to create his first piece for the Stuttgart Ballet. His second world premiere for the company will be set to music by Kevin Keller, Bryce Dessner and Georg Friedrich Händel and will feature eight dancers. Inspired by a saying of his native Italy „Stendere un velo pietoso“, which, loosely translated, means “draw a veil over it”, Adorisio will explore the human condition whereby we prefer to “draw the veil” over unpleasant truths rather than confront them, whether it be the destruction of our planet or discrimination. Sets and costumes are by Thomas Mika, whose spectacular stage designs will bring Adorisio’s concepts to literal and figurative life. Lighting is by Udo Haberland.