Born in Germany, Andreas Heise studied dance at the Palucca University for Dance in Dresden and in more recent years has trained in Acting in New York, Norway and East 15 Acting School in London where he also studied theatre direction.
His career as a dancer began under Uwe Scholz at the Leipziger Ballet in 1998. In 2003, Andreas joined the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo where he performed many leading roles, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lenski in Onegin, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, Oswald in Ghosts, Albrecht in Giselle and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also created roles in ballets by Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Christopher Wheeldon, Liam ScarleK, David Dawson and Jorma Elo. He has also taught extensively for the Norwegian National Ballet School and for DV8’s touring productions of John and Can We Talk About This.
In 2006 Andreas started to choreograph regularly for the Norwegian National Ballet and his creations for the company include Liebestod, Nucleus, Souls’ Complexion, Meditative Rose and Montverdi’s Il CombaGmento di Tancredi e Clorinda as a collaboration between the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. In 2013 he created How I would like to… for the Ballet Company in Ekaterinburg, Russia and later reproduced this work with dancers from Wiesbaden at the International Competition for Choreographers in Hannover 2014.
In 2015, Andreas created the trio Me, Myself and I at the Palucca University for Dance in Dresden for the 90th anniversary celebrations of the school as well as a work for the Norwegian National Youth Company. In 2015 he made his UK debut as Associate Director/Choreographer of Paul Curran’s production of Benjamin BriKen’s Death in Venice at Garsington Opera.
In 2016 he staged his creation How I would like to… for Koblenz Ballet in Germany where he also created his new work Orfeo in Fall 2017. In June 2017 Andreas had his choreographic debut at the Salzburg Festival in a production of Handel’s
Ariodante next to Opera Director Christof Loy and Cecilia Bartoli in the leading role. In November 2017 his new work Air was created for Bachelor Students of the 3. year at Kunsthøgskolen in Olso.
Further commissions as a choreographer include a new production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Nederlandse Reisopera under the direction of Paul Carr in April 2018 and Nachtstück for the Noverre Young Choreographers at Stuttgart Ballet in July of the same year. In Fall 2018 Andreas created his first full length ballet Sandmann for the Ballet Company in Graz, Austria. His debut as Director/Choreographer in a new production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in a collaboration between the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet premiered in March 2019, and a production of Strauss’ Capriccio under the direction of Christof Loy at Teatro Real in Madrid took place in May 2019. His version of Schubert’s Winterreise was premiered at the International Music Festival in Marvão, Portugal in July 2019 and had its german premiere on September
15th in 2019 at the Erholungshaus in Leverkusen under Bayer Kultur. It was also performed, organised by the Goethe Institut, in Lahore, Islamabad and in Karachi during the Festival of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in March 2020.
The new creation Lamento was presented at the Stuttgart Ballet in November 2019, before Andreas joined Christof Loy for a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin at the Norwegian National Opera in February 2020. Due to Covid19 his new choreographed version of Schubert’s Schwanengesang for the Ballet Company in Graz, Austria is postponed from April 2020 to May 2022. The new solo Du bist die Ruh (created for principal dancer Yolanda Correa) was premiered at the Gala From Berlin with Love-Vol. I in August 2020.
Yolanda Correa was born in Cuba and studied in the Vocational School of Art Holguín and in the Cuban State Ballet School Havana.
She has worked in several international ballet companies. From 2000 till 2010 she danced in the National Ballet of Cuba Havana, being Principal Dancer from 2005 on. In 2009 she danced with Víctor Ullate Ballet. From 2010 until 2018 she was Principal Dancer in the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo.
Since 2018 she is the Principal Dancer of the Staatsballett Berlin.
Jason Reilly was born in Toronto, Canada, where he was trained at the National Ballet School Toronto. After his graduation in 1997 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2000/2001 he was promoted to Demi Soloist, one season later to Soloist. At the beginning of the 2003/04 season he was promoted to Principal Dancer.
As one of the company’s most versatile dancers, Jason Reilly has danced all leading male roles in the company’s classical and neo-classical repertory as well as has had many roles created for him by many of the leading contemporary choreographers who have worked with the company since 1997. Most especially, Jason Reilly dances all leading male roles in the full length works of John Cranko, including Romeo, Onegin, Siegfried and Petrucchio. In 2008, Kevin O’Day created his full-length Hamlet for Jason Reilly.
Jason Reilly has joined the Stuttgart Ballet on tours and guest performances all around the world. Furthermore, he has danced with internationally renowned female dancers such as Alessandra Ferri, Evelyn Hart and Greta Hodgkinson. In the new production of A Streetcar named Desire (John Neumeier) in 2004 he danced the role of Stanley Kowalsky together with Alessandra Ferri. When Canadian star ballerina Evelyn Hart retired from her 30-year-long career and wished to dance the part of Juliet for one last time in April 2004, she asked Jason Reilly to be her Romeo. She also chose him as her dancing partner when she bid farewell to the stage in 2006. In October of the same year, Jason Reilly gave several guest performances of Glen Tetleys Voluntaries with the Royal Ballet in London. In 2007, he danced the role of Petrucchio in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew with the National Ballet of Canada star.
Due to his outstanding interpretation of classical roles in combination with his expression and technical brilliance in modern ballets Jason Reilly was named in the category “Outstanding Dancer” in the annual critics’ choice of the magazine “ballettanz” several times. In February 2006 Jason Reilly received the German Dance Award “Future”, which is awarded each year by the German Association for Dance Education and the German Association for the Promotion of the Art of Dance.
In September 2015 he was awarded the national title of “Kammertänzer”.
Jubal Battisti is a Berlin-based, US-born photographer and performer. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the New York Institute of Photography. Jubal danced with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in NYC for eight years, touring across the US and Europe. He joined the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden in 2012.
Since moving to Berlin in 2014, Jubal has freelanced as a performer and photographer, collaborating to make still and moving imagery for dance makers Moritz Ostruschniak, Sebastian Mattias, Josep Caballero García, Marquet Lee, Martin Hansen, Sergio Matis and Roderick George. He has also created marketing imagery for companies such as Skånes Dansteater, the Dance On Ensemble, Kollektiv 52°07, and Staatsballett Berlin.