2018

Xenia Wiest
DIE SANDUHR

Die Sanduhr… The time keeps flowing but not without a meaning. With every passing second we evolve, transform and keep constructing ourselves. A moment after we are not the same as we were a moment before. Nothing is stronger than emotions and feelings that we experience. Like true and unconditional love, the most unique and versatile emotion of a person. They enter our system and they ignite a process of deep personal changes, they shape us and mark us for the remaining part of our lifetime journey.
Music:
John Dowland by Sting and Edin Karamazov (album "Songs from the Labyrinth")
Idea and conception:
Xenia Wiest, Alberto Mendia
Choreography:
Xenia Wiest
Composer and editing:
Misha Tangian
Costumes:
Melanie Jane Frost
Cast:
Alexey Liubimov, Anna Okuneva, Leonid Blinkov, Natalia Kleymenova, Georgi Smilevski-jr., Innokentiy Yuldashev

Xenia Wiest was born in Moscow. In 1993 immigrated to Germany. At the age of 14, she finally decided to become a professional ballet dancer. She made her first steps in a private school "Academie de danse" in Braunschweig under Marie-Francoise Gery. When she was 16, Xenia joined thе John Cranko School in Stuttgart where she graduated in 2003. Since 2004 she has been working with the Staatsballett Berlin, first under the artistic direction of Vladimir Malakhov who was succeeded by Nacho Duato in 2014. Starting from the season 2018/2019 Johannes Öhman and Sasha Waltz have been appointed as new artistic directors of the Staatsballett Berlin. In the past 10 years she has had opportunities to work and dance ballets of world famous choreographers such as George Balanchine, Maurice Bejart, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Angelin Prejlocaj and Marco Goecke.

She presented her first choreographic work in the framework of "Shut up & Dance" in 2005. Her other works include: "Augenblick" (State Ballet of Berlin, 2011), "In Vain" and "Take a breath" (State Ballet of Berlin, 2012), "Quinque viae - Dynamics of Existence" and "Live now, think later", State Ballet of Berlin 2013), "Prelude c-moll" (Tokyo Ballet, 2014), "The running System" (State Ballet of Berlin, 2014), "Casta Diva" (specially for the Vienna State Ballet, 2016), "Distant relatives" (State Ballet of Berlin, 2017), "Just before now" (National Ballet of Bordeaux, 2017), "Orientexpress" (Junior Company Dortmund, 2017). 1 prize winner of the Choreographic competition in Biarritz, France (2016).