Bedřich Smetana – Patrice Bart ”Elisabeth of Austria – Sissi”

In the new season, the Zagreb audience will be offered three new, exceptional interesting ballet works. The second premiere, that will take place at the end of March 2018, will be ballet titled Elisabeth of Austria – Sissi that will be created by choreographer Patrice Bart. In his creation of this new ballet work, Bart will work with his associates, dramaturge Christiane Theobald and assistant Raffaella Renzi, while the famous conductor and composer Ermanno Florio will select and arrange the music of Bedřich Smetana. The set and costume designer is Luisa Spinatelli and the light designer is Deni Šesnić.

Elisabeth was the daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. At 17 she married Emperor Franz Joseph I. She was known for her beauty and elegance, wrote poetry, studied Greek and traveled constantly. She was known throughout Europe for her unconventional behavior. She was killed by an Italian assassin in Geneva in 1898. We follow her turbulent life from the moment she meets the young Emperor Franz Joseph and arrives at the Viennese court. Elisabeth had difficulty adapting to the strict court etiquette, for it conflicted with her character. She never accepted the rigid court rules. Luxury and wealth did not make her happy. Her entire life she longed for peace and freedom, which she could never have. She wrote down her feelings in her diary: I wander this world alone / Shunning all of life’s pleasures / Nobody to share my time with / Never have I found my soul mate. The famous German dramaturge Christiane Theobald will lead us through the life story of one of the most intriguing and most beautiful of world empresses, which the master of ballet Patrice Bart will narrate with his choreographic and directorial signature, employing a big ballet ensemble for this art project. The world renowned Italian composer and conductor Ermanno Florio is in charge of the musical arrangement and will create the musical plot to the selected neo-romanticist works of the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.

PATRICE BART is a renowned French ballet dancer, choreographer, pedagogue and a longtime member of the Board of Ballet at the Opéra National de Paris, where he has spent his entire career. Since 1993 Bart has been directing and choreographing ballets in the biggest European theaters. He has successfully staged the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev at the CNT Ballet.

ERMANNO FLORIO is a world famous composer, conductor and violinist born in Italy. In his early childhood he moved to Canada, where he majored in violin. After graduation he started composing and conducting. He has conducted all of the great Canadian orchestras, and he often works in the USA and throughout Europe.