Daniil Simkin will join Staatsaballett Berlin


Daniil Simkin, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre since 2012, will join Staatsballett Berlin as a permanent member at the start of the company’s 2018-2019 season. It was announced today by Staatsballett Berlin. Simkin will continue to perform as a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Daniil Simkin said: “I am extremely grateful for the ten fantastic years I spent calling ABT ‘home.’ As a new chapter begins, I am thankful to Kevin McKenzie, who not only has been very supportive, but who is also allowing me to return to the wonderful New York audience in the future. Having grown up in Germany, I am looking forward to returning with everything that ABT has taught me and to joining Staatsballett Berlin under the directorship of Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman starting in the 2018/2019 season. But as of now, I am just very excited for the Fall season to begin and cannot wait for another great year at ABT!”

Daniil Simkin was born in Russia to a ballet family. In 1990, the family left for the West and, after several international engagements, settled in Wiesbaden, Germany. From the age of six he often appeared onstage, dancing alongside his father Dmitrij Simkin. At age ten, Simkin began his training under the direction of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova. At 12, he began participating in ballet competitions and galas around the world and, at the same time, he finished his academic education. He joined the ballet company of the Vienna State Opera in 2006 as a demi-soloist and danced many roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire of the company. In 2007, he danced his first principal role, Basilio in Don Quixote, as a guest with the Lithuanian National Opera. Simkin’s awards include the Senior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson 2006, Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Helsinki 2005 and First Prize and Gold Medal at the 21st International Ballet Competition in Varna 2004, among others. In 2008, he joined American Ballet Theater and was promoted to the first solo dancer in 2012. Since then he has danced many leading roles in classical and neoclassical productions of the repertoire as Albrecht in "Giselle", Prince Siegfried in "Swan Lake", Prince Desiré in "Sleeping Beauty", Basilio in "Don Quixote", the Prince in "The Nutcracker", Mercutio and Romeo in Kenneth McMillan's "Romeo and Juliet", Lensky in John Cranko's "Onegin", Specter in Michel Fokine's "La Specter De La Rose". Daniil Simkin tours internationally in North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. In 2015, he produced "Intensio" in cooperation with the Joyce Theater New York, an evening with contemporary choreographies, which enjoyed in the USA and internationally. His most recent project is the production of a multidisciplinary dance installation at the Guggenheim Museum New York with generative video projections and costumes by Dior.

Photo: Daniil Simkin, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, dance photos by NYC Dance Project

Daniil Simkin wechselt zum Staatsballett Berlin

Daniil Simkin, Erster Solotänzer beim American Ballet Theater, wo er auch noch weiterhin auftreten wird, wechselt als festes Ensemblemitglied zum Staatsballett Berlin. Er freut sich auf die neue Herausforderung in der Zusammenarbeit mit den neuen Intendanten Sasha Waltz und Johannes Öhman. Der in Russland gebürtige und in Wiesbaden aufgewachsene Daniil Simkin begann schon früh eine professionelle Ausbildung in klassischem Tanz bei seiner Mutter, der Balletttänzerin Olga Aleksandrova. Simkin war Erster Solotänzer des Wiener Staatsballetts und wechselte 2008 zum American Ballet Theatre, wo er viele Hauptrollen in klassischen und neoklassichen Produktionen tanzte. 2015 produzierte er in Kooperation mit dem Joyce Theatre New York „Intensio“, einen Abend mit zeitgenössischen Choreographien. Sein aktuellstes Projekt ist die Produktion einer multidisziplinären Tanzinstallation im Guggenheim Museum New York mit generativen Videoprojektionen und Kostümen von Dior.



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