Dear Readers, Dear Basel

This season is a very special one for our ballet department: Richard Wherlock, head of the department and head choreographer, is celebrating his twentieth anniversary at Theater Basel. Under his artistic direction, the ballet once again presents full-length ballets d'action, including classics such as ‹Giselle› or Wherlock's successful piece ‹Tewje›. In addition, you can experience abstract, contemporary short pieces by internationally renowned guest choreographers, such as Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal, Alexander Ekman, etc.

Verschobene Produktionen aus 20/21

Aufgrund der vielen Schliesszeiten seit November 2020 konnten wir leider eine Reihe von Produktionen nicht öffentlich zur Aufführung bringen. Einige Titel konnten wir verschieben, andere entfallen leider ganz. Hier finden Sie eine Liste der betroffenen Produktionen:

  • Giselle›: Verschoben in die Spielzeit 22/23
  • Empty Thrones›: Verschoben in die Spielzeit 21/22 
  • Tewje›: ungewiss

Spielzeiteröffnung im Ballett

Premieres Ballet 20/21

We’re celebrating 20 years of Richard Wherlock

Richard Wherlock has been shaping dance at Theater Basel for twenty years. And we’re celebrating a big anniversary bash with the audience to mark the premiere of the anniversary evening ‹Ballett auf allen Bühnen›. Before, during and after the dance performances on all three stages of Theater Basel, you’ll be able to meet up with old acquaintances, discover dance interventions by new friends and look out for the odd surprise. And after the premiere, Ballett Basel invites you to an unforgettable party. We’ll party and celebrate together until the early hours – and guess what? With lots of dancing!

Calendar Ballet

Ballett auf allen Bühnen
Schauspielhaus, Kleine Bühne, Grosse Bühne
2021-04-19 19:30:00 2021-04-19 21:30:00 Europe/Zurich Ballett auf allen Bühnen Info:
Ballett auf allen Bühnen
Schauspielhaus, Kleine Bühne, Grosse Bühne
2021-04-23 19:30:00 2021-04-23 21:30:00 Europe/Zurich Ballett auf allen Bühnen Info:
2021-04-28 19:30:00 2021-04-28 21:15:00 Europe/Zurich Giselle Info:
Grosse Bühne
Theater Basel Theaterstrasse 7 4051 Basel

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1 hour, 1 artist, 1 classic
«Limitations reveal the master.» Goethe

Hamlet, Käthchen, Othello, Medea. The theatre department is taking its educational mission seriously. Every month we will be performing a different work of the classical canon. Reworked as a solo performance. On a specially designed small stage in the foyer. The run time is one hour. Budget-friendly admission. The ballet and opera departments are also involved in this cross-disciplinary project within the framework of ‹Klassikermaschine spezial›. Revolving around the most fundamental of all theatre questions: What has it got to do with me?

Night café

The night café is legendary. Its new home after 14 November 2020 will be in the recently opened theatre café. Surprise formats of all kinds perform on the newly installed café stage. Every 3rd Friday of the month. At eleven in the evening. Dance, performance, music or show.

Ballet school

Training scheme for children and young people

The ballet school at Theater Basel has been offering a wide-ranging training scheme since 2001. More than 200 children, young people and adults receive training in basic skills and leisure-based activities. Around 130 children and young people attend the pre-professional and professional training schemes. They receive first-class training in close cooperation with the professional company.

Basics for a professional career

Graduates of the stage dance apprenticeship have been given employment contracts at renowned houses and in prestigious companies. The school is run as an association and is closely linked to the City of Basel and the ballet company in Basel. Every year in December the ballet school of Theater Basel performs the Christmas classic ‹Der Nussknacker› and in the summer it puts on a ballet gala on the Grosse Bühne.


  • Direktorin: Amanda Bennett
  • Stellvertretender Direktor: François Petit
  • Direktorin Junior School: Julie Christie Wherlock
  • Geschäftsführerin: Simone Merkli
  • Administrative Leitung Grundausbildung und Freizeitbereich: Viviana Molle
  • Leitung Wohnen/Betreuung: Monika Linge

Termine und weitere Infos:

Team Ballett


Projektleitung / Produktionsmanagement


Ballettmeister*in / Choreographische Assistenz

  • Cristiana Sciabordi
  • Manuel Renard


  • Rita Vizvàriovà


  • Tommaso Pennacchio


  • Bryan Arias
  • Stijn Celis
  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
  • Alexander Ekman
  • Johan Inger
  • Muhammed Kaltuk
  • Pontus Lidberg
  • Hofesh Shechter
  • Richard Wherlock
  • Ed Wubbe

Musikalische Leitung

  • Thomas Herzog
  • Johannes Keller
  • Andrea Marcon
  • Alexander Mayer
  • Benjamin Pope
  • Ariel Zuckermann


  • Patrick Bogardh
  • Zaria Forman
  • Bruce French
  • Francesca Messori
  • Rachel Quarmby-Spadiccini
  • Tom Scutt
  • Hofesh Shechter


  • Patrick Bogardh
  • Peter Lundin
  • Jordan Tuinman
  • Tom Visser


  • Keith Jarrett
  • Hofesh Shechter
  • Max Zachrisson



  • Jean-Pierre Bitterli
  • Martin Buck
  • Thomas Kolbe
  • Arthur Kimmerle
  • N.N.


  • Robert Keller (Leiter Statisterie)


  • Robert Keller


  • Michael Rath (Bibliothekar)