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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stuttgart and Munich in the Spring

I'm very excited about a trip I'm currently planning to Stuttgart and Munich at the end of April.  Stay tuned for details, but it's shaping up like this:
Friday April 20th: Arrive Stuttgart
Saturday April 21st: Morning: Walking tour of Stuttgart, including a visit to the Saturday morning flower market. Afternoon at leisure to visit Stuttgart's art galleries or the Mercedes-Benz Museum, have a soak at one of Stuttgart's mineral baths, indulge in some coffee and cake, or stroll through the beautiful Schlossgarten.
Evening: Stuttgart Ballet performance: The Lady and the Fool (Cranko), Gaité Parisienne (Béjart)
Sunday April 22nd: Visit to the Versailles of Baden-Wurttemberg, the castle of Ludwigsburg
Monday April 23rd: Evening: Stuttgart Ballet performance: 3 new works by Mauro Bigonzetti, Edward Clug, Marco Goecke
Tuesday April 24th: Day excursion to the picturesque university town of Tubingen, followed by a visit to Schloss Solitude and John Cranko's grave
Wednesday April 25th: Transfer by luxury coach to Munich (approx. 2 hrs), stopping halfway to visit the old town of Augsburg. Watch Ballet Augsburg company class. Walking tour of Augsburg. Lunch with Robert Conn, Artistic Director of Ballet Augsburg.
Evening: Birmingham Royal Ballet performance: The Dream, Checkmate, Take Five
Thursday April 26th: Morning: Guided tour of the Bavarian State Ballet's home, the Nationaltheater; Walking tour of Old Munich. 
Evening: Bavarian State Ballet performance: Goldberg Variations (Robbins), Gods and Dogs (Kylian)
Friday April 27th: Day excursion to the Bavarian Alps, visit to one of King Ludwig's castles, Linderhof, the baroque monastery of Ettal, and the town of Oberammergau.
Evening: Bavarian State Ballet performance:Illusions -- Like Swan Lake (Neumeier's Ludwig II -themed version of Swan Lake)

(translation of German parts to come)
Saturday April 28th: Visit to the Nymphenburg Palace, Munich
Evening: Bavarian State Ballet performance: Scènes de ballet, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Voices of Spring (all Ashton), Song of the Earth (MacMillan)
Here is Voices of Spring, performed by the Royal Ballet's Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg

and Scenes de Ballet, performed by Miyako Yoshida:

Sunday April 29th Evening: Bavarian State Ballet performance: Daphnis and Chloe (Kohler), Whichever way he looks (Mannes)

(translation of German parts to come)

For some cool pics of Bavarian State Ballet ballerinas in locations around Munich, visit the Ballerina Supremacy website.

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