Semper Signatures

XV DANCE OPEN International Ballet Festival 
and 55th Anniversary of the Sister Cities Relations of St.Petersburg and Dresden
April 21, 2016, 19:00. Alexandrinsky Theatre, 12+


DANCE OPEN Anniversary Season will have on agenda 3 one-act ballets of Dresden Ballet Company, all different in their style and choreography language. Nevertheless, there is one common feature between them: an attempt to reveal the meaning of dance in our lives. Some people are searching for an answer in a different cultural and mental space while the others take an ironic attitude when addressing their works to ballet critics as they try to clear the genre from excessive and superficial interpretations. In other words, all three masterpieces approach the audience directly, without intermediaries.



     tour premiere

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky   Music by Richard Strauss

Breathtakingly inventive, formally rigorous and gorgeously dancey

The New York Times

Ratmansky skillfully embodied Strauss music in movement. The production looks complete

Sächsische Zeitung

For Alexei Ratmansky this ballet piece is more like an exercise in the neo-baroque period. Strauss melodies create an ideal background for the dance. Ratmansky’s choreography language is more about playing with the structure and form; although it is based on the classical ballet material, it also goes in line with the present and the humour.



     tour premiere

Choreography by Pontus Lidberg    Music by Max Richter 

Pontus Lidberg develops a complex unity of dance, music and projection from the rich poetry of Persian mystic Rumi


The tenderness of the music and the gentleness of the movements spread something like a protective sheath above the excellent "dream-dancers", so that even expressive movements of struggle resolve themselves in poetic melancholy

Tanznetz/Dresdener Neueste Nachrichten

More than seven centuries ago Rumi, a famous Iranian philosopher and poet, wrote the verses that he called “The Worship of the Heart”. His poetry made one believe in the greatness of any human being, he made no difference between a vagabond and a rich man in an exquisite turban. In another millennium a young and restless (and absolutely northern) Pontus Lidberg decided to translate his words in choreography images.


Choreography by Alexander Ekman    Music by Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn 

It had me laughing until tears ran down my face

Dance Australia

The whip-smart timing of this piece as it juggles these incongruous elements is pure pleasure

The Guardian

With equal ease he presses the ensemble hard with furious music by Haydn and Beethoven, exposes his dancers’ minds in a subtle duet and makes a suggestive wink to Dada with an absurdist tableau vivant. No lack of ideas here

De Groene Amsterdammer

Aleksander Ekman's renowned hooliganism is a joyful and intelligent parody of choreography. It is a giggling, affectionate and often hilarious deconstruction of the art form’s greater excesses.

 Artistic director of the Semperoper Ballet Dresden Aaron S. Watkin