That Premiere Feeling

Ever wondered how dancers feel on an opening night of a production? Well you are about to find out…

Opening nights are always full of excitement for both the performers and audience, with a mixture of emotions flying through the theatre. When that curtain goes up the stage is filled with the productions highs or lows but today I wanted to share with you the emotions we dancers feel once the curtain comes down. The ones the audience never see.

The whole company & choreographer after the successful premiere of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

A few weeks ago Staatsballett Karlsruhe had our third premiere of the season performing the colourful creation from Youri Vámos, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. With this piece being pure entertainment (not only for the public) it was another premiere I will remember always.

It was such a lively evening, with green witches, singing donkeys and magical spells, to hear the audience laughing out loud gave us dancers even more of a premiere buzz. Therefore, I wanted to share with you some of the emotions that went on backstage throughout the night so I asked a friend and colleague of mine, Pablo Octávio to join me on camera as we talk about how we felt before, during and after the show.

I will let this short video do the rest of the talking for me so I hope you enjoy and find it interesting.


With love,



Main image – Jochen Klenk


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