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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!


louis *+*


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Pure Seduction! // PREMIERE

Tonight’s the night! We hope you’ ll enjoy the premiere of our mixed repertory evening SEDUCTION!

With Katarzyna Kozielska’s Dark Glow …

… Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun …

… Marco Goecke’s Le Spectre de la Rose …

… und Maurice Béjart’s Bolero!

Friedemann Vogel in a rehearsal of Maurice Béjart's Bolero, photo: Roman Novitzky

Friedemann Vogel in a rehearsal of Maurice Béjart’s Bolero, photo: Roman Novitzky

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Pure Seduction! // BOLERO

Not only Friedemann Vogel is rehearsing Maurice Béjart’s Bolero. Our Principal Dancer Alicia Amatriain will also dance this “seductive” role … on February 23, 27 and 28, 2017 (subject to change …). So you will have to wait a little longer for her performance, but here’s already a preview:

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Pure Seduction! // LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE

Yes, today we have some more photos of Le Spectre de la Rose in our rehearsal diary, even though there is no male “spirit of the rose” to be seen. In Marco Goecke’s Spectre he has a strong female counterpart – here you can see our Demi Soloist Agnes Su rehearsing for this role:

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Pure Seduction! // FAUN

By the way: Have we introduced you to our guest ballet mistress yet? Her name is Daisy Philips and she teaches Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun to our dancers. Together with James O’Hara she is the original cast of Faun. And we’re very happy to have her here!