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ARTISTIC AND PEDAGOGICAL DIRECTOR
KEVIN HAIGEN


 

Photo © Kiran West

Kevin Haigen, born in Miami (Florida) in 1954, receives his first training with Diana Avery and Martha Mahr. After accepting a scholarship to the School of American Ballet (SAB) at the age of 15, he moves to New York, where among others Suki Schorer and Stanley Williams teach him. While still a student at SAB, he choreographs his first work.

He stages "Les Sylphides" for the Royal Danish Ballet at the age of 17 with Erik Bruhn under whose tutelage Kevin joins the American Ballet Theatre in 1970, working with choreographers such as Agnes De Mille, Anthony Tudor, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley and John Neumeier.

In 1975, he becomes a member of the Stuttgart Ballet under the short-lived direction of Glen Tetley. Searching to work with a living choreographer, he has the fortune to join John Neumeier's Hamburg Ballet in February 1976. He is promoted to Principal Dancer in 1977, even though the priority of the ensemble-focused company remained always on creativity.

In the following years, he works closely with John Neumeier's creations and repertoire. John Neumeier creates many solos and roles, such as Joseph in "The Legend of Joseph", Puck in "A Midsummer Nights dream" or "Petrushka", for him.

Kevin Haigen joins the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1984, where he works with Jirí Kylián, Christopher Bruce, William Forsythe and Nacho Duato. In 1985, he becomes Ballet Master, permanent teacher and artist invité for the newly formed Ballets de Monte Carlo under the direction of Ghislaine Thesmar and Pierre Lacotte. He choreographs "Young Apollo", commissioned for Prince Rainier's birthday. In 1986, he joins the London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) under the direction of Peter Schaufuss. One year later, he becomes resident teacher and Principal Dancer at the recently formed Béjart Ballet Lausanne. With Maurice Béjart he creates "La Valse", "Mozart Tango" and the role of Alberich in "Ring um den Ring".

He returns to Hamburg in 1991 as Ballet Master for the Hamburg Ballet and teacher for the School of the Hamburg Ballet. In 2006, he becomes Principal Ballet Master and fulfills additionally the position of the Artistic and Pedagogical Director of the National Youth Ballet since 2011.

Creating the role of Armand with Marcia Haydée in "The Lady of the Camellias" for the Hamburg (actual) version, Kevin Haigen assists John Neumeier to stage his masterpiece all over the world. In addition, he guest teaches internationally although most inspiring for him is the development for the future: training creative thinkers and movers that the art of ballet is a never-ending journey.

 

 

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Kevin Haigen
Artistic and Pedagogical Director

Ballettzentrum Hamburg
Caspar-Voght-Str. 54
D-20535 HAMBURG
 
T: +49 (0)40 35 68-964
F: +49 (0)40 35 68-988

 

 

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