Thu, Jun 13, 2013 - Page 12 News List

First and last chance

After this weekend, Taipei won’t catch the Berlin State Ballet company again in its current form

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

Having so many couples in the company has helped foster the family feeling that Malakhov spoke about at the press conference. However, that family may be breaking up next year.

While Malakhov is focused on the company’s upcoming 10th anniversary season in Berlin, with premieres of five new ballets, he announced earlier this year he will step down at the end of the season. He said the government has decided it wants the company to become more modern, as opposed to the classical-contemporary repertoire he has built.

“It will be tough,” he said of his final year with the company.

The 45-year-old Malakhov, who began dancing at age four, was reticent about his future plans, saying he could not tell anything to the press “until contracts are signed.”

So the four performances at the National Theater will be Taipei audiences’ first chance to see the Staatsballett Berlin — and their last chance to see it in its current form.

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