Deep Waters

Flammendes Herz, photo by Enrico Nawrath

photos by Enrico Nawrath

For the shoot to the next Staatsballett masterpiece Das Flammende Herz Wladimir Malakhov, the first solo dancer and leader of the company, jumped into deep waters. After the success of the incredible Snow White the Staatsballett Berlin is going back to the roots showing an intellectual performance focused on the philosophy of the poet Peter Shelley, the husband of Mary Shelley who is famous for the novel Frankenstein. If the photos in any way indicate what we can expect from the play this will again be a dark fantasy of a ballet on a Berlin theater stage. Another picture and the dates after the jump.

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Poisonous Beauty – Meeting the Evil Queen

Beatrice Knop as the Evil Queen in Snow White at Staatsballet

Being a fairy tale expert and a psychologist I was always indulged by the strong female characters appearing in Grimm’s fairy tales. I appreciated their impact in the stories as an evil and intense element of the plot. One of my favorites has always been the evil queen of Snow White who is obsessed with her vanity to the point where she loses everything. Of course it was an absolute pleasure for me to have the chance to meet the first solo dancer of the Staatsballet Berlin Beatrice Knop who portraits the evil queen in the new Snow White ballet. In her backstage wardrobe she was applying the final touches of her make-up and posing for us in the gorgeous Jean Paul Gaultier costume she is wearing on stage. For more backstage pictures and my impression of the piece just go after the jump.

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