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Maria Eichwald

Maria Eichwald was born in Talgar, Kazakhstan. She received her first ballet training at the National Ballet School in Alma-Ata. After her graduation she joined the National Ballet of Kazakhstan where she was soon promoted to Principal Dancer. In 1994 she moved to Germany and danced in the ballet company of the Theatre Krefeld-Mönchengladbach in the Corps de ballet and later as Soloist until 1996.
At the beginning of the season 1996/97 she joined the Bavarian State Ballet Munich as Soloist. In 1999 she was promoted to Principal Dancer.

With the Bavarian State Ballet Maria Eichwald guested all around the world. In the season 2000/01 she was invited by Alicia Alonso to dance with the Cuban National Ballet. In June 2001 she danced at a benefit gala, in the same year she danced at the “Gala Les Etoiles du XXme Siècle” in Paris together with Alen Bottaini. For her interpretations of the title role in Manon (Kenneth MacMillan) and of Kitri in Don Quijote (Marius Petipa) she was nominated for the Prix Benois 2002. During a dancers’ exchange she danced the title role in Manon (Kenneth MacMillan) at the Royal Danish Ballet (April 2003).

In January 2004 Maria Eichwald joined the Stuttgart Ballet as Principal Dancer. She has joined the Stuttgart Ballet on tours all around the world and is a highly sought-after guest at international galas and ballet companies.

In 2006 she was named in the category “Outstanding Dancer” in the critics’ choice of the maagzine ballettanz for the role of Olimpia which Christian Spuck created on her in The Sandman. In the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 namings in this category followed for the leading role in Siebte Sinfonie (Uwe Scholz), for Tatiana in Onegin as well as for Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (both: John Cranko). In April 2012 the XI. St. Peterburg International Ballet Award Dance Open took place and Maria Eichwald who was dancing a Pas de deux from John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew with Filip Barankiewicz was awarded “Ms Expressivity“. In June 2012 Maria Eichwald was invited to the Nurejev-Gala at the Vienna State Ballet and danced – together with artistic director Manuel Legris – as Pas de deux from John Cranko’s Onegin.

In 2012 Maria Eichwald received the Danza&Danza-Award as Best Female Dancer a.o. for her performance of Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin at the Scala in Milan.
 
Leading Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet

•    A Streetcar named Desire (John Neumeier): Blanche du Bois
•    Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins): Role in Pink
•    Forgotten Land (Jiří Kylián): Couple in Black
•    Frank Bridge Variations (Hans van Manen)
•    Fratres (John Neumeier): female leading role
•    Gaîté Parisienne (Maurice Béjart): Pas de deux "The Lovers"
•    Giselle (Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina): Giselle
•    Hikarizatto (Itzik Galili)
•    La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss after August Bournonville): The Sylph
•    Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy (Christian Spuck): Lulu
•    Onegin (John Cranko): Olga, Tatjana
•    Return to a strange Land (Jiří Kylián)
•    Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): Juliet
•    Serenade (George Balanchine)
•    Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz): Solo
•    Slice to Sharp (Jorma Elo)
•    Swan Lake (John Cranko): Odette/Odile
•    The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine): Sanguinic
•    The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko): Lady
•    The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): Marguerite Gautier
•    The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée after Marius Petipa): Aurora, the Blue Bird’s Princess
•    The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan): female leading role
•    The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko): Katharina
•    Theme and Variations (George Balanchine) : female leading role
•    Voluntaries (Glen Tetley): Pas de deux
 
Specially created roles at the Stuttgart Ballet

•    RED in 3. (Jorma Elo)
•    The Sandman (Christian Spuck): Olimpia
•    Yantra (Wayne McGregor)
 
Leading Roles with the Bavarian State Ballet

•    A Cinderella Story (John Neumeier): Cinderella
•    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (John Neumeier): Helena
•    Bella Figura (Jiří Kylian)
•    Brahms-Schoenberg Quartett (George Balanchine)
•    Dämmern (John Neumeier)
•    Diana and Actäon (Agrippina Waganova)
•    Don Quijote (Marius Petipa): Kitri
•    Giselle (Sir Peter Wright after Marius Petipa)
•    Grand Pas Classique (Victor Gsovsky)
•    In the Blue Garden (John Neumeier)
•    In the Night (Jerome Robbins)
•    Jupiter-Sinfonie (John Neumeier)
•    La Bayadère (Patrice Bart after Marius Petipa): Nikija
•    Manon (Sir Kenneth MacMillan): Manon, Lescaut’s Beloved
•    Onegin (John Cranko): Olga, Tatjana
•    Paquita (Joseph Mazilier)
•    Pas de Quatre (Leonid Jacobson)
•    Raymonda (Marius Petipa)
•    Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): Juliet
•    Swan Lake (John Cranko): Odette/ Odile
•    Symphony in C (George Balanchine)
•    The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): Marguerite Gautier, Olympia
•    The Second Detail (William Forsythe)
•    The Sleeping Beauty (Ivan Liška after Marius Petipa): Princess of the Blue Bird
•    The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko): Bianca
•    Who cares? (George Balanchine)
 
Leading Roles with the National Ballet in Kazakhstan

•    Carmen
•    Paquita
•    Swan Lake: Odette/ Odile
•    The Nutcracker: Marie