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Mr. Christian Spuck

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Director of Ballet

Zurich Opera

Employment History

  • Artistic Director
    Zurich Ballet
  • Resident Choreographer
  • House Choreographer
  • Choreographer

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Der Sandmann


  • John Cranko School
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Christian Spuck is one of the ..., 2 Mar 2014 [cached]
Christian Spuck is one of the top choreographers of the younger generation. In recent years he has left his imprint as house choreographer at the Stuttgart Ballet and has been Director of Ballet at the Zurich Opera since 2012. Christian Spuck increasingly straddles the genres of opera and dance. Berlioz' DAMNATION OF FAUST, which he directs and choreographs, marks his Berlin debut. Crew Camera: Chris and the Fatsox Art Director: Christian Spuck
Of note are also the many ..., 30 May 2007 [cached]
Of note are also the many roles created for him by Christian Spuck, resident choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet.Gauthier danced in eight world premieres by Spuck who created the role of Schigolch in Lulu and the leading role of the painter in ... la peau blanche ... for him.
Christian Spuck
Christian Spuck has created choreographies for the Stuttgart Ballet since 1997 and through his work plays an important part in shaping the company's modern profile.
Since 1998 the company has presented more than ten world premieres by Christian Spuck, among them the two full length ballets Lulu.A Monstre Tragedy and The Sandman.Christian Spuck was born in Germany.He received his ballet training at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, where he completed his final exams in classical and modern dance in 1993.As a dancer Christian Spuck has worked with the Needcompany (1993) and had an engagement with ROSAS under the management of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in 1993/94.
From 1994-96 Christian Spuck was choreographic assistant to Marco Santi and participated, among others, in the productions Amras, The Sinking of ...In 1996, Christian Spuck created the Pas de deux Duo/Towards The Night for the Noverre Society's Young Choreographers, which was so successful, that it was taken into the repertoire of the Stuttgart Ballet as well as that of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
From 1994-96 Christian Spuck was choreographic assistant to Marco Santi and participated, among others, in the productions Amras, The Sinking of ...In 1996, Christian Spuck created the Pas de deux Duo/Towards The Night for the Noverre Society's Young Choreographers, which was so successful, that it was taken into the repertoire of the Stuttgart Ballet as well as that of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
The ballet Les Indes galantes, a co-production by Christian Spuck and Marco Santi, which was also broadcasted on TV, premiered in April 1998.
Another choreography by Christian Spuck, amores 1, was created for the Regional Arts Festival of Europe in August 1998.The magazine Ballet International-Tanz Aktuell named Christian Spuck the "best up-and-coming choreographer of the 1997 98 season".Since then Christian Spuck has choreographed several one-act pieces for the Stuttgart Ballet: dos amores was premiered in the Stuttgart Playhouse in February 1999 and received major critical and popular acclaim.The Stuttgart Ballet presented dos amores during a tour to the US in January and February 2000.In April 2000 the seventh blue, was premiered in the Opera House of the State Theater Stuttgart, followed by Carlotta's Portrait and Songs in 2001.All of these works were enthusiastically acclaimed by both the audience and the press.In 2002 Christian Spuck contributed nocturne to the Stuttgart Ballets mixed bill RENDEZVOUS AVEC CHOPIN.His recent work also includes two shorter comical pieces: Le Grand Pas de deux (2000), which was taken into the repertoire of American Ballet Theatre, and Cupid's Garden (2004).In 2004 Christian Spuck created the Pas de deux Pieces from a Lost Paradise for the Stuttgart Ballet's New Year's Gala.On April 7, 2005 the Stuttgart Ballet danced the world premiere of another one-act ballet entitled …, la peau blanche … as part of the triple bill TANZSICHTEN III.In December 2003 Christian Spuck presented his first full length ballet Lulu.A Monstre Tragedy at the Stuttgart Opera House.
The Sandman (world premiere on April 7, 2006 at the Stuttgart Opera House) is Spuck's third full length ballet after Lulu.A Monstre Tragedy (also for the Stuttgart company) and The Children (for the aalto ballet theatre Essen).In Stuttgart Christian Spuck has also contributed choreography to other productions of the State Theatre: In June 2000 he created the choreography for The White Wolf, a co-production with the drama company of the State Theatre Stuttgart.In 2002 he participated in the State Theatre's Young Opera production Cupid And Death.Since 1999 Christian Spuck has created original works for a number of ballet companies in Europe and the USA.
The piece had been comissioned by director Martin Puttke, who later asked Christian Spuck to create a full length ballet for the same company.
One of Christian Spuck's most recent projects is a 25 minute dance film, loosely based on the character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey.
Christian Spuck also continued his cooperation with Hubbard Street Dance and created several choreographies for the dance company's coproduction with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Magical Movements.Ten thousand mostly young spectators saw the four performances in Chicago in December 2005.In 2006 Christian Spuck was appointed resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance 2. In 2005 Christian Spuck staged his first opera Berenice for the Theatre of the City of Heidelberg, a work by the young composer Johannnes Maria Staud who created it after a short novel by Edgar Allan Poe.
In February 2006 Spuck was awarded the German Dance Prize "Future" for choreography.On April 7, 2006 his new sory telling ballet was premiered at Staatstheater Stuttgart.Der Sandmann was created by Christian Spuck according to E.T.A. Hoffmann's story with the same title.After Lulu.
Dance Salad Festival 2012, 16 Feb 2011 [cached]
They will perform Christian Spuck's hilarious spoof on ballet, which he ironically titled Le Grand Pas de Deux, set to the Overture from "The Thieving Magpie" by Gioachino Rossini.
DSF audiences will have an opportunity to see another fabulous work by Christian Spuck when his theatrical and choreographic genius manifests itself once again in a highly successful ballet satire. Le Grand Pas de Deux explores the humorous side of classical ballet, notably the Black Swan's famous series of fouetté turns. "Ballet satires often fall flat, but Mr. Spuck's insights into dancers' relationships to one another and to the audience hit the right note. NY Times, 2003. "Choreographer Christian Spuck is at the top of his game. He will become the new Artistic Director of the Zurich Ballet in August 2012. In the dance world, he is hailed as being at the vanguard of his generation and is sought after on both sides of the Atlantic. Deutsche Welle, 2010.
Creatio300, 21 May 2013 [cached]
Switzerland's largest professional ballet company has been directed by Christian Spuck since the 2012/13 season.
Under the direction of German choreographer Christian Spuck, the company continues to cultivate its established traditions and to tread new artistic paths, continuously developing the genre of traditional narrative ballet using innovative choreographic techniques.
CHRISTIAN SPUCK is a native of Marburg, Germany. After receiving his initial ballet training at the renowned John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, he embarked on his subsequent dance career with Jan Lauwers's Needcompany and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's Rosas ensemble. He joined the Stuttgart Ballet in 1995, and choreographed the original production of Passacaglia for the company in 1998. Christian Spuck was appointed choreographer-in-residence of the Stuttgart Ballet in 2001. He has since choreographed 15 original productions for the company including three full-length works: Lulu.
In 2006 Christian Spuck was appointed resident choreographer of the Chicago-based Hubbard Street 2 dance company for a season. He was also awarded the German "Zukunft" dance prize for his choreographic work. Returning to Stuttgart, he choreographed a further original piece: Don Q. Eine nicht immer getanzte Revue über den Verlust der Wirklichkeit, which was first performed in 2007.
Christian Spuck has produced further choreographies for several renowned ballet companies in Europe and the USA. These include Morphing Games for the Aterballetto of Italy (1999), Adagio for dancers of the New York City Ballet (2000), this- for the Berlin Staatsoper Ballet (2003), The Return of Ulysses for the Flanders Royal Ballet (2006, with a guest performance at the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival) and Woyzeck for the Oslo National Ballet (2011).
In recent years Christian Spuck has extended his artistic reach to film and musical theatre.
Christian Spuck has been director of the Ballet Zurich since the beginning of the 2012/13 season. For his first work under his new stewardship he has choreographed a new production of Romeo and Juliet.
Newsletter -, 11 Aug 2012 [cached]
DanceWorks Chicago presents Dance Flight Nov. 16 at the Ruth Page Theater, including a new work from former Hubbard Street dancer and choreographer Brian Enos, and two company premieres by Christian Spuck, resident choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet.
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