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EMAIL FROM … MAINZ (LOUIS STIENS)

Hello everybody,

Louis Stiens sends love from Mainz, photo: private

Louis Stiens sends love from Mainz, photo: private

I am writing to you from Mainz, where Stephen Dellatre’s ballet company will perform their company premiere of my choreography MatchBox. Maybe some of you still remember this little work which I created for the dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet. The world premiere was at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 2015 on the Court of the Porsche Arena and can still be watched on the internet. Back then I had the idea to send two ballerinas in the arena, surrounded by their male colleagues and team members. Their pointe shoes were ruined after each performance because of the sandy ground which is not ideal for dance – but now in Mainz this will hopefully not be the case. Still, the men dance in sports shoes and the ladies on pointe, but without the arena and the excitement of the tournament. I will now watch the last rehearsals with lights and costumes before I send those six adorable dancers from Mainz into their intimate “arena”.

As soon as I am back in Stuttgart, I will be dancing in Krabat, the mixed repertory evening SEDUCTION! and continuing to work on my second commission for the Stuttgart Ballet for the mixed repertory evening NIGHT PIECES. I hope you are all well and that you will be there for the premiere on March 24, 2017! Let us welcome spring with an open heart!

Greetings,

louis *+*


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CHINA // OCTOBER 2016 (Day 3)

October 26th was a long day for the company at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Early in the morning our technical staff started setting up the stage and the make up and costume departments unpacked their boxes – while for the dancers two run throughs were scheduled after class. At the same time our Artistic Director Reid Anderson was at the Forum of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival, where he was invited by the Chinese Ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan to hold a keynote speech on “Creativitiy as the Soul of Ballet”. Here are some impressions of the day …


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EMAIL FROM … STUTTGART (LOUIS STIENS)

Louis Stiens, photo: Roman Novitzky

Louis Stiens, photo: Roman Novitzky

Dear audience, dear friends!

I am writing to you from my home. Over the last months I have been collecting my current favorite songs and tracks for a playlist.

On Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8pm I will be mixing and performing the compositions live at the Projektraum LOTTE (Willy-Brandt-Str. 18, next to the State Gallery). Originally I wanted to throw a party with some friends there – but in collaboration with James Fisher (lyrics) and Christine Nasz (space) we developed a multimedia-based production, which created a domestic cosmos.

„Early Night“ is based on my intimate desire to spend a Saturday night with my friends, listening to my favorite tracks and then have a great time, or weep and/or go back home.

This is the second time I realize a project at LOTTE (my choreography SLAM for Robert Robinson dates back two years now). Again I am looking forward to bring another music- and dance-inspired idea to life in this urban space.

Visit us!

:)

Louis Stiens


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EMAIL FROM … INNSBRUCK (LOUIS STIENS)

Louis Stiens, photo: private

Louis Stiens, photo: private

Dear Stuttgart audience, dear friends!

I am writing to you from the Landestheater in Innsbruck, where I have been creating my first longer work outside of Stuttgart. I am just coming from the stage and my head is still so full of the steps, the light design, the sets … but also I can already see the dancers powerfully going towards the premiere!

The title of my piece is “At Gardens” and it is set around a hole in a dark wall. A little anecdote to this is that the idea came to me at the check out counter of Ikea and it settled in my head while I was loading in.

I am looking forward to returning to Stuttgart and the next performances of Onegin, A Streetcar named Desire and the Stravinsky Evening – once again as a dancer on our Stuttgart Stage.

Bye,

Louis


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EMAIL FROM … WÜRZBURG (LOUIS STIENS)

Louis Stiens (Selfie)

Louis Stiens (Selfie)

My dear Stuttgart audience, dear fans, observers and friends!

I am writing to you from Würzburg, a Franconian town by the Main river, where I am creating my first work outside of the Stuttgart Ballet. I met Anna Vita, director of the ballet company at the Mainfranken Theater and a former student of the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. She asked me recently if I would like to create a short gala piece for three of her dancers.
After my creation „High“ for the Stuttgart Ballet I didn’t have so much time and energy, but after a visit to Würzburg I quickly agreed.
My short rock’n’roll piece is titled „Frosty Summers“ and is inspired by the snow of summer, when you are dreaming of an old/new love and then suddenly wake up. Here in Würzburg I have the pleasure to work with some audacious dancers who are just right for me and my piece.
The premiere is on July 7 and then I am looking forward to the last performances with the Stuttgart Ballet! I will be dancing in the performances of the Noverre Society and also Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet will which surely be tragically beautiful!

Maybe we’ll see each other in Würzburg! All the best wishes,

Louis