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Berlin
Friedrichstadt-Palast Theatre
2012 The Venue

Friedrichstadt-Palast is located in the heart of Berlin's East End Theater Mitte district. The Palace, as it's also known as, features over a 100 artists per show and the biggest theatre stage in the world. The theatre's legendary and eventful history dates back to 1919, when Max Reinhardt opened its predecessor, called the Great Theatre, before moving to it's present location at Friedrichstraße 107, in 1984. Five years later, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, The Palace established itself as the first address in reunified Germany for extravagant and spectacular show entertainment, thus bringing the tradition of Berlin's great revues into the 21st century.

The auditorium and stage were radically transformed for the present show Yma. The show band floats above the stage that has six huge LED panels with over 300,000 lights sweeping across them. The sound system is one of the best and most powerful in the world, bringing equally exceptional sound to all of the 1,985 seats that the auditorium holds. Around 700,000 guests attend performances annually.

Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma
2011 - 2012

A Multifaceted Ensemble

The emphasis of Yma is very much on dance and the creators had a very clear idea that all the routines had to differ in ambience and dance techniques. This is why this big production required the work of as many as nine choreographers, each one of them bringing their own distinctive trademark to the revue. The show is a harmonious mixture of the most diverse dance styles, from classical ballet to jazz, from modern dance to tap, from hip-hop to contemporary and from Latin-American to funky. This results in a humongous challenge for the performers, who are all classically trained, but are required to be extremely versatile in all these other styles and for the first time at The Palace, are expected to deliver excellence in acrobatics too. Hence, during months of training the dancers learnt how to move surely and playfully on aerial silks or rings at vertiginous heights, using a totally different set of muscles.

In addition to performing at night, at 10 a.m., five times a week, the company come together under the guidance of the Ballet Director, Alexandra Georgieva, the Ballet Master, Maik Damboldt, the Ballet Assistant, Petra Huhnholz and the Coach, Ingrida Kravcenko, for classical ballet training and demanding rehearsals.
The ensemble is also characterized by a strong team spirit, which is due in part to the special nature of the Friedrichstadt-Palast Dance Company.




Yma


Yma (pronounced: Eema) is the most elaborate and spectacular show ever seen at 107 Friedrichstraße. Featuring more than 100 artists - soloists, dancers, musicians and acrobats - it is the biggest show in Berlin. Yma's numbers do not primarily showcase single stars, it is the group's achievement that counts. There are a few soloists, but no hierarchy; the ballet company itself is the star!

The world of Yma, which is the name of the female protagonist, is radiantly beautiful, high-spirited and brimming with overwhelming magnificence. Yma takes her guests along a breathtaking journey through modern, ecstatic and passionate visual worlds - and she is joined in this by three other soloists and the inimitable Friedrichstadt-Palast Ballet Ensemble. The 60 dancers impressively demonstrate - for the first time also as acrobats - why they are rightly at home on the largest theatre stage in the world.


Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Ouvertüre
Jörn Felix Alt as Yma
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011







Ouvertüre
Music by Linda Perry
Performed by Yma







Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Get the Party Started
Cast
Photo by Stephan Gustavus
2011






Get the Party Started
Music by Linda Perry
Choreography by Sean Cheesman
Performed by Yma, Meike Jürgens, Dorothea Lorene, Koffi Missah & the Ensemble




Adagio Vocalise
Music by Martin Wingerath
Choreography by Rosiris Garrido
Performed by Meike Jürgens, Olena Feofanova/Kateryna Partyka, Koffi Missah & the Female Ensemble

Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Lady Marmalade
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011






Lady Marmalade
Music and text by Bob Crewe & Kenny Nolan
Choreography by Craig Revel Horwood
Performed by Yma, Meike Jürgens, Dorothea Lorene & the Ensemble







Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Rhythm of the Night
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011






Rhythm of the Night
Music and text by Diane Eve Warren
Choreography by Craig Revel Horwood
Performed by Yma, Meike Jürgens, Koffi Missah & the Ensemble






Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011






Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine
Music and text by James Brown, Bobby Byrd & Ronald Lenhoff
Choreography by Craig Revel Horwood
Performed by Koffi Missah & the Ensemble







Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Muscles
Photo by Stephan Gustavus
2011






Muscles
Music and text by Michael Joe Jackson
Choreography by Sean Cheesman
Performed by Dorothea Lorene & the Male Ensemble






Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, The Transformation of Floating
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011




The Transformation of Floating Flowers
Music by Martin Wingerath
Choreography by Rosiris Garridio
Performed by Meike Jürgens, Koffi Missah & the Female Ensemble





Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Stop Go
Photo by Stephan Gustavus
2011






Stop Go
U-Show Team
The twelve-member U-Show Team from Ukraine perform their extraordinary artistry on a trampoline structure that was custom built for the Friedrichstadt-Palast.






Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Blau Im Blau (Blue in the Blue)
Photo by Stephan Gustavus
2011







Blau Im Blau (Blue in the Blue)
Music and text by Achille Fonkam Kwishwe & Beatrice Reszat
Performed by Yma, Meike Jürgens & Koffi Missah








Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Fire Cocoon
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011







Fire Cocoon (Le Sacre)
Music by Paul Glaser
Choreography by Ronald Savkovic
Performed by Stanislav Lysenko, Annekatrin Heinrich/Mariya Kovacheve & the Male Ensemble




Touch Me (Take Me by Surprise)
Music and text by Friedermann Matzeit & Jan Caspers
Choreography by Maik Damboldt
Performed by Meike Jürgens, Dorothea Lorene, Koffi Missah & the Female Ensemble


Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, This Is the Dream of My Life
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011






This Is the Dream of My Life
Music and text by Martin Wingerath& Mina Skenderija-Wingerath
Choreography by Maik Damboldt
Performed by Meike Jürgens, Dorothea Lorene, Koffi Missah & the Female Ensemble




Entr'acte
Music by Martin Wingerath
Performed by Yma
My Discarded Men
Music and text by Steve Bronski, Rod Gammons & Eartha Mae Kitt
Choreography by Aliaksei Uvarau
Performed by Yma & the Ensemble

Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Satyricon
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011






Satyricon
Music by Paul Glaser
Choreography by Tatyana Ostroverkh
Performed by the Ensemble








What Kind of Fool
Music and text by Albhy Galuten & Barry Alan Gibb
Choreography by Alexandra Georgieva
Performed by Dorothea Lorene, Koffi Missah & the Female Ensemble

Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Pulso (1000 Mares)
Ambassador, aka Andrey Katkov
Photo by Stephan Gustavus
2011










Pulso (1000 Mares)
Ambassador
Andrey Katkov's equilibrium act is so impressive because of the combination of a unique human flexibility, aesthetic movements, and ambitious illusions.









Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Miles de Pasajeros
Photo by Stephan Gustavus
2011









Miles de Pasajeros
Music and text by Guillermo Fervenza Diaz, Marcelo Gamboa Arbiza & Luciano Supervielle Sbruzzi
Choreography by Aliaksei Uvarau
Performed by Koffi Missah & the Male Ensemble











Pas de Trois
Music by Paul Glaser
Choreography by Maik DamboldtRosiris Garridio Performed by Nina Makogonova/Willow Jewett/ Mariya Kovacheva/Olga Galota, Nikolay Golovanov, Siniša Petrovic, Oleksandr Khmelnytskyy, Roman Lukyanchenko, Tamás Hari, Iurii prokopchuk & Matus Turzil

Almost There
Music by Tom Baxter
Performed by Yma
Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Catwalk
2011






Catwalk (Shake Your Body)
Music by Martin Wingerath
Choreography by Anastasia Chaykovskaya
Performed by Yma, Meike Jürgens, Dorothea Lorene & the Ensemble






Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Watercatch
Photo by Stephan Gustavus
2011









Watercatch
Music by Martin Wingerath
Choreography by Anastasia Chaykovskaya
The Female Ensemble









Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Breath of Heaven
Photo by Ralph Larmann
2011









Breath of Heaven
Desire of Flight
Russian artists Malvina Abakarova and Valery Sychev perform fascinating and passionate acrobatics in dizzying heights; a wonderful cross between drama, dance, and acrobatics.











Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Industrial Heart
featuring Flying Steps
2011





Industrial Heart
The Flying Steps
This group originated from Berlin and are considered one of the most successful Urban Dance Crews worldwide.





Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, Ain't Nobody
2011







Ain't Nobody
Music and text by David Wolinski
Choreography by Sean Cheesman& Aliaksei Uvarau
Performed by Flying Steps, Dorothea Lorene, Koffi Missah, Meike Jürgens & the Ensemble






Berlin, Friedrichstadt-Palast
Yma, This Is My Life
2011





This Is My Life
Music and text by Bruno Canfora & Antonio Amurri
Choreography by Sean Cheesman & Rosiris Garridio
Performed by Yma, Dorothea Lorene, Koffi Missah, Meike Jürgens, Flying Steps, U-Show Team & the Ensemble











The Creative Team

The Creative Team
Aleksej Schoen (Stage & Visual Designer)
Dr. Berndt Schmidt (Producer)
Michael Michalsky (Costume designer)
Roland Welke (Creative Director)
Jürgen Nass (Director)
Foto Eventpress Radke


Aleksej Schoen - Stage & Visual Designer
Dr. Berndt Schmidt - Producer
Michael Michalsky - Costume designer
Roland Welke - Creative Director
Jürgen Nass - Director



The Choreographers


Anastasija Chaikovskaja




Anastasija Chaikovskaja
Russian-born Anastasia laid the foundations for her future career as a dancer and choreographer at the tender age of five when she began doing gymnastics. She later decided to train at the Kiev State School of Choreography and enjoyed her first successes as a soloist and choreographer in the ballet A6 in Kiev and later with the Moscow-based Todes-Show-Ensemble.


Sean Cheesman

Sean Cheesman
An internationally renowned dancer and choreographer. He has worked with some of the world's top entertainers, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, TLC, Vanessa Williams, Carmen Electra, Tina Turner, Queen Latifah, Cher and Britney Spears. He is also known as a choreographer for television dance competitions such as So You Think You Can Dance in the USA & Canada and as a judge and choreographer on Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life.
He is the recipient of numerous awards for his choreographies, including the MTV Music Video Award in the categories Best Choreography (Michael & Janet Jackson's Scream) and Best Dance (Prince's Cream).
He has written, choreographed and directed musicals in Russia, Japan and Greece and is the original choreographer of the musical Daddy Cool in London's West End.



Maik Damboldt




Maik Damboldt
Originally from Weimar Germany, Maik started his dance career in 1982 in the MDR Television Ballet and became a soloist in 1987. He has worked at Friedrichstadt-Palast since 1990 as a Solo Dancer and Choreographer for the revue Dance, Dance, Dance and has been a Ballet Master since 2003.




Rosiris Garrido


Rosiris Garrido
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Rosiris completed her training as a trapeze artist at the National Circus School. During her training, she attracted attention for her modern and poetic performances, developing scenes that combine elements from soulful dance, expressive theatre and physical expression.
She has worked with recognized artists such as Phillipe Decouflé, Angela Guerreiro, Jochen Roller and Aloisio Avaz and has been working as artistic choreographer at the Friedrichstadt-Palast since 2009. Her combination of fascinating aerial acrobatics with graceful motions of female dancers, creates a breathtaking synthesis of the arts.


click here to read Alexandra Georgieva's interview



Alexandra Georgieva
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Alexandra started her dance career at the age of 6. Three years later she attended the State School for Ballet and Choreography in Sofia, where she graduated in 1985 as a State Certified Stage Dancer. The world's best dance pedagogues were among her teachers: Maris Liepa, Fea Balabina and Professor Kalina Bogoeva. She joined Friedrichstadt-Palast in 1990 as a dancer and six months later she got her first soloist part, which she held for 18 years. In 2008 she became the Ballet Director.

read Alexandra's interview...



Tatjana Ostroverkh





Tatjana Ostroverkh
Ukraine-born Tatjana studied choreography and graduated with a Masters degree in ballet training for jazz and modern dance.
Her creative and innovative choreographies are known around the world and she is also a choreographer for the Ukrainian edition of the television show So you Think you Can Dance.






Craig Revel Horwood Craig Revel Horwood
Australian born Craig has made a name for himself internationally as a Dancer and Singer and as a Choreographer and judge. He began his career back in Australia, in productions such as West Side Story and La Cage aux Folles, but soon turned his attention to conquering Europe artistically. Horwood shined in productions such as Panache at the Lido de Paris, as a soloist singer at the Moulin Rouge and in Cats and Miss Saigon in London's prestigious West End.
Horwood's career development is perhaps even more impressive: as a Choreographer and Director, he was responsible for La Traviata in Munich, Bonheur at the Lido and The Lion King in Paris and Miss Saigon in London. He has choreographed theatrical legends such as Julie Andrews and Judi Dench.
As if all this weren't enough, Craig has also made a name for himself internationally in more recent years as a television judge: on the BBC's award-wining show, Strictly Come Dancing, on Strictly Ice Dancing and Strictly African Dancing, and on Face Academy and New Zealand's Dancing with the Stars. Charismatic Horwood delivers a competent and charming performance while also contributing a wealth of experience.
Ronald Savkovic



Ronald Savkovic
Croatian Ronald began his career as a professional dancer with the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, followed by becoming a soloist with the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor. During his successful career as a dancer, he has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Polina Semionova and Vladimir Malakhov.
His choreographic work includes many works for the Staatsballett in Berlin and the men's Pas de Deux in Friedrichstadt-Palast show Qi, as well as Yma.




Aliaksei Uvarov



Aliaksei Uvarov
Belarus born Aliaksei began his showbiz career with Star Cruises where he worked as a Dancer and Creative Director. He has choreographed around the globe for countless ensembles such as CC Rhythms Oregon (USA), Seoul Tap Dance Company (South Korea), RWDS & Studio AX in Osaka (Japan), Sydney Contemporary Dance Company (Australia) and the POZ Dance Theatre in Seoul (South Korea).
Aliaksei has been a member of the Friedrichstadt-Palast Ballet Company since 2007 and has choreographed for the gala commemorating 25 years of the New Friedrichstadt-Palast, Winterträume and, most recently, Yma.












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