Bernd Alois Zimmermann on the Future of Ballet: An Attempt at Reform


This is the first publication of Zimmermann’s essay “The Future of Ballet” in Russian (translated by N. Dontseva). The essay is preceded by an opening chapter, which includes comments to Zimmermann’s theory of “total ballet” and a summary of the composer’s ballet oeuvre. Periodization of Zimmermann’s ballets is proposed, and his cooperation with choreographer J. Cranko is described. Some ballets are analyzed according to Zimmermann’s innovative interpretation of the synthesis of arts in ballet theater.