Simon Adamson-De Luca
Pablo Armenteros García
Lars Philipp Gramlich
Arturo Lizana García
|Songs of a Wayfarer
|All Long Dem Day
|The Triadic Ballet
|Pictures at an Exhibition
|Night on Bald Mountain
Das Bayerische Junior Ballett München (BJBM) wurde 2010 als erste und größte Junior Company in Deutschland gegründet und ist eine innovative Partnerschaft zwischen den bedeutendsten Tanz-Institutionen Münchens: dem Bayerischen Staatsballett, der Ballett-Akademie der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München und der Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung.
Proben- und Trainingsleiter
She has been involved with ballet for many years, while also running her own foundation “Herz für Herz – Stiftung für Leben”. From 2009 she was a patron of the Bavarian State Ballet under the directorship of Ivan Liška for many years, and since 2016 she has been collaborating with the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich. Her commitment allows us to build a broad and varied repertoire. Her great love of dance, her determination and her loyalty are what make Irène Lejeune, our generous ambassador, so special.
The dancers of the ensemble gain experience on stage by regularly participating in performances by the Bavarian State Ballet at the Nationaltheater Munich.
In the 2023/24 season they are dancing in the following ballets:
Christopher Wheeldon’s «Cinderella»
John Cranko’s «Romeo and Juliet»
Patrice Bart’s «La Bayadère»
Christopher Wheeldon’s «Alice in Wonderland
A special highlight awaits the audiences of the autumn matinees 2022: the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation has commissioned a new score for Lior Tavori's new creation «bonbon». The Israeli composer Itamar Gross has written a piece that musically expresses the artistic work of the choreographer Lior Tavori with our dancers. In doing so, Lior Tavori explores the tensions between folk dance and contemporary dance and draws on his early experiences in Israeli folk dance.
Former Ensemble member Phoebe Schembri explains what her daily schedule with the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich looks like: from waking up in the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation’s boarding house to daily training and rehearsals. Originally filmed for our Digital Season in 2020, today Phoebe is a corps-de-ballet member of the Bavarian State Ballet.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich in 2020, we invited talented young videographers from Rue Nouvelle & Studio CNP to travel across Europe and create portraits of some of our former ensemble members. However, Covid-19’s restrictions meant the team were no longer able to travel and were forced to rethink the idea. What emerged was a concept where each of the dancers filmed themselves. A detailed plan was created and the team sent out two video kits containing the equipment along with instructions on how to use it. These kits travelled from one city to another and each of the scenes were filmed within a period of one month. Connecting the dancers’ unique personalities across different locations and scenarios, they filmed themselves responding to a series of questions through improvised movement creating an installation-like film that expresses the role that dance plays in their lives today.
«Allegro Brillante» marks a return to Balanchine's origins and retrospectively becomes a celebration of his training at Saint Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet School and his time with the Mariinsky Ballet. Balanchine's masterpiece entered the repertoire of the Bayerisches Junior Ballet München in 2012 and has become a calling card for the different generations of ensemble members since. Ahead of the Autumn-Matinee performances in 2022 dancers of the Bayerisches Junior Ballett München have been working with ballet master Olivier Vercoutere to refine the choreographic and stylistic qualities synonymous with Balanchine's work.
Right now, we have to do without. We are without art, without culture, without dance. The theatres have been closed for weeks. Creative practitioners and art lovers are falling on hard times, not just financially, but mentally and emotionally, too. Why do we need cultural input? Why do we need our theatres?
„Zeichen unserer Zeit ist die Abstraktion […]. Zeichen unserer Zeit sind die neuen Möglichkeiten, gegeben durch Technik und Erfindung, die völlig neue Voraussetzungen schaffen und die Verwirklichung der kühnsten Phantasien erlauben oder hoffen lassen. Die Bühne, die Zeitbild sein sollte und besonders zeitbedingte Kunst ist, darf an diesen Zeichen nicht vorübergehen.“ – Oskar Schlemmer
Jörg Mannes was born in Vienna in 1969. Between the years 2006 and 2019 Jörg was the Ballet Director and Chief Choreographer of the State Theatre in Hannover. During this time he created individual 38 ballets, mostly full-length evenings for up to 30 dancers, which played to almost consistently sold-out audiences. Munich’s audiences may already be familiar to Jörg’s choreography through his creations «Der Sturm» (The Tempest) and «Wohin er auch blickt» (Wherever he looks) for the Bavarian State Ballet in 2007 and 2010 respectively. The following interview took place in the middle of March via video call.
Following the success of his 2018 creation «Stimmenstrahl Trio», in 2022 Maged Mohamed returned to reinterpret Aaron Copland's famous ballet score «Appalachian Spring». With its accentuated dances and idyllic interludes that fade into nocturnal slumber, «Appalachian Spring» is an inspiring musical springboard to showcase the diversity of the current generation of the junior company.
Als sich der Vorhang in Villingen-Schwenningen für die jungen Tänzerinnen und Tänzer des Bayerischen Junior Ballett München öffnet, liegen drei Wochen intensiven Probens hinter ihnen – ein fast zweistündiges Programm musste in dieser kurzen Zeit einstudiert werden.
"Less aesthetic and more natural please." These were choreographer Martina La Ragione's instructions to the dancers at a gathering of spectators interested in sharing the development of her project in June 2019. And when the command "break up the lines again" was given, the artists of the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich knew immediately what was meant.
The Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich (BJBM) and the City of Villingen-Schwenningen have been building a close partnership over the last three seasons. The company visited the city on four occasions between Spring 2018 and Autumn 2020, performing four different programmes. In addition, there have been many workshops and participatory projects. The collaboration is one of thirteen projects in Germany funded through the TANZLAND programme, which aims to bring contemporary dance to regional audiences who do not have easy access to big cities or cultural centres. The TANZLAND fund for touring partnerships was initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and is managed by the Umbrella Association for Dance in Germany, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V.. It funds collaboration between dance companies and theatres or venues that do not have their own dance ensembles (“INTHEGA venues” in German).
Created for the 2019 Autumn Matinees, celebrated British choreographer Caroline Finn talks about «When she knew» and the physical authenticity that emerges from the vulnerability of the human condition. Set to Jordi Savall’s hauntingly beautiful interpretations of renaissance music and a countertenor aria from Antonio Vivaldi, this portrait was created ahead of the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation's Digital Season in 2020.
Wie ein Funke springt die jugendliche Frische und Freude im Nationaltheater von der Bühne in den Zuschauerraum. Berührend sind die jungen Tänzerinnen und Tänzer, die ihr Talent mit uns teilen.
Von Berlin aus gesehen, ist Bayern ein gesegnetes Land. Zumindest jenseits politischer Stammtische. Die Landschaft ist göttlich, die Städte sind schön, Tradition wird groß geschrieben, Innovation mit Volldampf betrieben. Das zieht natürlich auch Künstler an, die hier Gelegenheit (samt Geld und Gönnern) finden, das umzusetzen, wovon sie träumen. Ein solcher Freigeist ist Ivan Liška.
Renowned dance film director Benedict Mirow spoke with Jörg Mannes ahead of his 2020 creation «Immortal Beloved». Originally intended to be performed as part of the global Beethoven 250 celebrations, Mannes' ballet to Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto was first performed as part of the Bavarian State Opera's "Mondaypieces - Live Stream Series" following repeated cancellations due to theatre closures during the pandemic.
Created for the State Ballet School of Berlin in 2015, «All Long Dem Day» finds a perfect partner in crime with Nina Simone’s 1956 rendition of «Sinnerman». Originally a traditional African American spiritual song inspired by the book of Exodus, the lyrics describe a sinner attempting to hide from divine justice on Judgement Day. Simone often chose the song to close her early appearances in New York City’s Greenwich Village: “I want to shake people up so bad that when they leave a nightclub where I’ve performed, I want them to be in pieces.” Pairing Simone’s cries for forgiveness from transgression with Goecke’s explosive movement fragments, the relentlessness of «All Long Dem Day» reminds us that change is not only important but necessary to repair the social, moral and political ties that wither with the passage of time.
As a dance prelude for our upcoming performances of «Das Triadische Ballett» in Munich's Prinzregententheater, the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich will present Hans van Manen’s «Concertante» set to the music of Frank Martin. At their core, Hans van Manen’s ballets are about the complexities of human relationships. His unique and immediately recognisable choreographic language highlights the subtleties that all too often go unnoticed in daily life. His ballets typically show dancers in postures of an almost electrically charged physicality, which celebrate the strengths of their individuality. Originally created for the young ensemble of the Netherlands Dance Theatre II in 1994, «Concertante» has lost none of its original charm. The timeless beauty of its group sections, trios and duets and the shimmering iconic unitards designed by van Manen’s longtime collaborator Keso Dekker continue to thrill audiences to this day.
„Während meiner vielen Besuche beim Bayerischen Staatsballett konnte ich mich nie dem mächtigen Eindruck des Nationaltheaters entziehen, einem Gebäude, das eng mit München verbunden ist. Es ist das unruhige Herz dieser Stadt.“ – Jiří Kylián, 2008
Marco Goecke created «All Long Dem Day» 2015 for the Berlin State Ballet School. He was only commissioned for a two-person piece, but then decided to work with a whole group of students. Marco Goecke explains the fact that his choreographic language has been included in the repertoire of classical ballet schools over the past thirty years with the intention of opening up these these institutions to experience other styles and themes : “The good dancers of today have to be able to dance everything. The profession of dancer would not make sense if you did what you already knew you could do each day.”
We are overjoyed at the great popularity and success of our performances of «The Triadic Ballet» in the Prinzregententheatre at the beginning of June. Due to a great demand and three sold-out performances, at short notice we decided to organise an additional performance. Thanks to the great support of everyone involved from the Prinzregententheatre, the Bavarian State Opera and the Central Ticket Office, we were able to realise the performance within three days and managed to sell 80% of the tickets. What a success for the young dancers! These four performances in three days allowed them to experience the demands of an ongoing performance rhythm and where they deepened their technique in «Concertante», they were able to develop artistically in «Triadic Ballet». We are deeply grateful to everyone involved who supported us in bringing this season to such a successful conclusion!
We are represented by the booking agent KONZERTDIREKTION LANDGRAF for all our tours in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. If you are interested in inviting the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich, we are more than happy to pass on your enquiry.