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Christian Spuck

Born in Marburg, Germany, Christian Spuck received his ballet education at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart from which he graduated in 1993. Before joining the Stuttgart Ballet in 1995, he danced with Jan Lauwer's Needcompany and with Anne Teresa de Keersmaker's Company Rosas.


In June 2001, Stuttgart Ballet Director Reid Anderson promoted Christian Spuck to Choreographer in Residence of the company. Since then, Spuck has created fifteen world premieres, including two full-length ballets, and has contributed significantly to the modern profile of the Stuttgart Ballet.


Since 1998 Christian Spuck has created twelve one-act pieces for the Stuttgart Ballet; these include his very successful dos amoresdas siebte blau and the humorous Le Grand Pas de deux which is also part of the American Ballet Theater's repertoire. His two full-length ballets Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy(based on the play by Frank Wedekind) and The Sandman(based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann) for the Stuttgart Ballet were an immediate success and both have been enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience and critics. The Ballet of the State Opera Latvia took The Sandman into its repertoire in September 2008.


In September 2007 Don Q. premiered at the Playhouse Theatre Stuttgart, a ballet Christian Spuck created for Egon Madsen and Eric Gauthier on occasion of the 80th birthday of John Cranko. The entertaining dance duo has since been shown at numerous national and international festivals.


Christian Spuck's choreographies are not only a huge success in Stuttgart but also across Germany as well as internationally. He has created three world premieres alone for the Aalto Ballett Theater Essen: Endless Waltz (2000) and the two full-length ballets Die Kinder (2005) and Leonce und Lena (2008). Die Kinder, "a first-class, moving evening" (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung), was nominated for the "Prix Benois de la Danse" in 2005. Leonce und Lena was nominated for the German Theatre Prize "Der Faust" in the Category "Best Choreography".


Christian Spuck has also choreographed Morphing Games for Mauro Bigonzetti's Aterballetto (1999), Adagio for dancers of the New York City Ballet (2000), Chaconne for the Dance Academy, Mannheim (2001), this- for the Ballet of the State Opera Berlin (2003), shifting portraits for the Ballet Saarbrücken (2004) and The Restless for Hubbard Street Dance 2, Chicago (2005).


In November 2006 the Royal Ballet of Flanders successfully presented Christian Spuck's The Return of Ulysses. This full-length ballet was praised by Dance Europe as a "refreshing and welcome enrichment" to the repertoire. In November 2007 the Royal Swedish Ballet staged Christian Spuck's world premierele tableau perdu which has been in the repertoire of the Finnish National Ballet since February 2009.


In the past years Christian Spuck has also worked in theatre and opera.  He created the choreography for Cupid and Death(2000) for the Young Opera of the State Opera Stuttgart. In 2005 he staged his first opera at the city of Heidelberg Theatre:Berenice, a work by young composer Johannes Maria Staud based on story by Edgar Allen Poe. In June 2009 Christian Spuck staged and choreographed Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Orpheus and Eurydice, a coproduction with the Stuttgart Ballet and the State Opera Stuttgart. In January 2010 he directed Verdi's Falstaff in the Staastheater Wiesbaden.


In 2006 Christian Spuck presented Márcia Haydée als Penelope, a dance movie starring ballet legends Márcia Haydée and Robert Tewsley, which was broadcast in February on Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The same year, he received the German Dance Prize "Future".


As of the 2012-2013 season, Christian Spuck will be the Artistic Director of the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland.