Resident Choreographer Christian Spuck
will create his third full length ballet for the Stuttgart Ballet, to be premiered on February 10, 2012 in the Opera House of the State Theater Stuttgart.
Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann
’s novella "Das Fräulein von Scuderi”, Spuck’s new work delves into a world of murder, intrigue and obsession. Published in 1819, Hoffmann’s novella is considered one of the first German mysteries: the 70 year old Madeleine de Scudéry is assigned by Louis XIV, king of France, to solve a series of mysterious murders involving the goldsmith Cardillac, an artist so obsessed with his work that he cannot bear to part with it and murders the noble commissioners of his fabulous jewellery in order to regain possession of it. When Cardillac himself is murdered, his young apprentice Olivier is accused. With her sharp intellect and warm heart, Madeleine de Scudéry solves the mystery and frees Olivier.
Spuck, who has previously been inspired by Hoffmann’s dark, fantastical and at times surreal-grotesque works, intends a kaleidoscopic approach in which elements of the suspenseful mystery are constantly rearranged. Sets and costumes for Das Fräulein von S.
will be designed by Emma Ryott
, with whom Spuck has had a long, fruitful and extremely successful collaboration not only for dance but also for opera.
SWAROVSKI SPONSORS COSTUMES
WITH PRECIOUS SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
The famous crystal specialist Swarovski kindly sponsors the production, and thus enabled costume and set designer Emma Ryott to create the most exquisite ballet costumes.
Next to a beautiful necklace, in the story created by the brilliant but murderous René Cardillac and playing a crucial part in Das Fräulein von S., nearly 135.000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS were used to adorn four costumes of ballerinas depicting jewels - shining like real diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
DAS FRÄULEIN VON S. IN RADIO AND TV
Good news for everyone who cannot see Das Fräulein von S. him-or herself, or who might be especially curious in advance: Several radio and TV shows will be reporting on the World Premiere:
- 3sat "Kulturzeit" Monday, February 13, 19.20h
- SWR "Nachtkultur" Thursday, February 9, 23.15h
- SWR News (every hour) Friday, February 10
- regio TV „Journal“ as of Friday, February 10, as of 18.00h
- SWR 1 News, Friday, February 10, as of 13 h
- SWR 2 Journal, Interview with William Moore, Friday, February 10, between 12.30 and 13.30h
- SWR 4 Kultur, Interview with Christian Spuck, Sunday, February 12, as of 20.00h
- SWR 1 and SWR 4 Frühmagazin (Morning Magazine), Saturday, February 11, as of 6.00h
Happy watching and listening!