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Beate Vollack

Biography

German choreographer Beate Vollack has worked with The Royal Opera on Ariadne auf Naxos and La Calisto. She works regularly with directors including David Alden, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, Richard Jones, Christof Loy and David Pountney.

Vollack trained at the State School of Ballet in Berlin and began her career as a dancer for the Komische Oper. She won the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1994), and went on to dance for the Bavarian State Ballet, where her roles included the title role in Mats Ek’s Giselle. She also trained as a ballet teacher. From 2003 to 2006 Vollack was resident choreographer for Bavarian State Opera. Her recent work as an opera choreographer includes Die Frau ohne Schatten and Un ballo in maschera (Zürich Opera), Carmen (Bolshoi), Die Zauberflöte (Vienna Stsate Opera and Bavarian State Opera) and Die Soldaten (Ruhr Triennale, Salzburg Festival and Zürich Opera).

From 2006 to 2014 Vollack worked as a freelance dancer, actor and choreographer. Works include the ballets Don Quichotte (2009, for Opera Wroclaw) and Pinocchio (2010, for the Landestheater Niederbayern, Passau). She made her debut as a director in 2010 with Der Vogelhändler (Landestheater Niederbayen) and the following year directed Die Zirkusprinzessin (Oper Leipzig). In 2014 she was appointed director of the Theater St Gallen dance company in a three-year post.