What's on at the Munich Ballet Festival Week 2014?
As always, the schedule for the Ballet Festival Week in Munich offers a variety of dance performances to suit everyone's taste. Whether you're a fan of contemporary, modern dance, or prefer classical ballet, you're sure to find something to inspire and entertain you.
Ballet, le grand jeté
The Bavarian State Ballet opens this year's festival with the world première of an exciting new contemporary collection. Inspired by early 20th century Kandinsky artwork, the first movement is entitled 'The Yellow Sound' set to music by Frank Zappa, followed by 'Spiral Pass' and 'Concert for Violin & Orchestra'.
If your taste in ballet is more classical, look out for performances of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and the Russian classic 'La Bayadère', which is beautifully faithful to the original choreography by Marius Petipa, with music by Ludwig Minkus. Look out for 'The Kingdom of the Shades' in Act III, which is considered to be one of the most important scenes in the history of classical ballet.
There is also the rare opportunity to see what happens backstage and behind the scenes, with open rehearsals with the Bavarian State Ballet, offering a greater insight into the skill and dedication of this art. The festival closes with another contemporary mix, including 'Broken Fall' by Russell Maliphant, featuring a guest appearance from Oxana Panchenko dancing the female lead.
Things to see and do in Munich
Whilst you're in Munich for the Ballet Festival, why not take the opportunity to explore some of the city's other cultural delights between performances? There is so much to see and do in Munich for you to make the most of your time here.
Dominating the skyline is Munich's Frauenkirche church at the heart of the city - ascend the south tower on a clear day for breathtaking panoramas. Munich's famous town hall is also to be admired; a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, which also plays host to a series of festivals and celebrations to look out for. If you're in the mood for even more culture, head to the Alte Pinakothek gallery to admire a collection comprising works by some of Europe's finest master painters, including the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens and Botticelli to name but a few.
If you're in need of a little refreshment, head to Munich's most famous beer hall, the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, serving up steins of weissbier for centuries. Another establishment that is well worth a visit is the Fraunhofer restaurant, with some of the best examples of local regional cuisine on the menu.
Driving to Munich from Calais
Crossing the Channel takes just 35 minutes with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which means you'll be in France before you know it. The drive from Calais to Munich takes roughly 8 hours and 42 minutes, and there are two straightforward routes to choose from. One route you can take is to drive south, down through the stunning French countryside, and then over the German border at Strasbourg before heading on to Munich. Alternatively, you can head east from Calais and take the road through Belgium, where you will cross over into Germany further north, giving you the opportunity to explore more of the German landscape. Why not take one route there and the other route back?