Baltic Dance Theatre, the resident company of the Baltic Opera, Gdansk, is one of the largest contemporary dance companies in Europe with an internationally diverse body of 24 dancers. Despite being a relatively young company (BDT was established in 2010), they have already built a substantial repertoire of work, the majority of which is created by BDT's Artistic Director, Izadora Weiss. A former dancer, Weiss choreographed extensively for opera prior to her appointment as director of the Gdansk Ballet at the Baltic Opera. Under Weiss' direction the company moved towards a more contemporary style, and in 2010 BDT was formed. With their prolific output of work it appears that Weiss has a bold vision for her young company, perhaps something akin to that of Nederlands Dans Theater. Indeed, Weiss has been mentored extensively by Jiří Kylián, (artistic director of NDT) and some of his classic works are now a part of the company's repertoire, alongside pieces by choreographers Patrick Delcroix and Wojciech Misiuro.
Baltic Dance Theatre in “Tristan and Izolde” by Izadora Weiss. Photograph by K. Mystkowski
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continua a leggere