Hänsel & Gretel


Choreography by Giorgio Madia Music by Edvard Grieg

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Choreography and Production Giorgio Madia
Stage Design Claudio Madia
Costumes Studierende der AMD Akademie Mode & Design Berlin
Sets Cordelia Matthes
Dramaturgy Annegret Gertz
Rebecca Berger
Dancing Kinder von Tanz ist Klasse! - Kinder tanzen
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The children and youth ballet „Tanz ist KLASSE! Kinder tanzen“ has been part of the education program of the Staatsballett Berlin since 2014. The special feature is that the performers on stage are not much older than the members of the audience.
This season, the young ensemble will perform a play by Giorgio Madia, who regularly works form famous ballet companies and opera houses all over Europe. For “Tanz ist KLASSE! Kinder tanzen”, the renowned director and choreographer will develop “Hansel & Gretel” as a fairy tale based on music by Edvard Grieg. His brother Claudio Madia will lend a helping hand, who – as an author of many famous children books and as the long-time artistic director of the “Little School of Circus” in Milan – knows very well how to inspire children of all ages.  
The children won’t only dance on stage but will also build the set themselves – great effects unfold by surprisingly easy means: Everything will be made out of cardboard boxes. The children’s optimistic verve while constructing and transforming imaginary spaces proves to be similar to the vitality of the fairy tale’s universal message: The will never to give up always leads to an happy end. The result is a poetic spectacle which will capture the hearts – not only of children. The premiere is set for 08 December 2014 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
And for all the children who want to give crafting with cardboard their very own try, we have a special offer: to give them an idea of how many different things one can create with a single cardboard box, pedagogic material by Claudio Madia about “Hansel & Gretel” will soon be available through “Tanz ist KLASSE!”.