Ballett Theater Basel

Energy, subtlety and mysticism in a three-part programme by one of the greatest ballet companies in Europe

24 to 25 may 2019

Ballet Theater Basel is one of the greatest artistic companies in Central Europe. It comprises top-level ballet dancers from 30 different countries. Ballet Theater Basel is coming to the Arriaga Theatre with a contemporary dance programme featuring three pieces that are very different and yet complementary to one another.

The first is The Fools, by Hofesh Shechter, a renowned Israeli choreographer based in London – a vibrant piece about survival in a world of shadows. The Fools delivers the perfect mix of energy, intensity, power and rhythm through dance.

The second piece, Day Without Night by Czech choreographer Jiří Pokorný, premiered in Basel in February 2019. Inspired by Persian poetry and mysticism, it describes a world full of contrasts to grasp the essence of polarity.

Finally, This Is Everything, by the Puerto Rican choreographer living in New York Bryan Arias. It is quiet, intimate, honest, illustrating those moments in which we are entirely ourselves and connect to each other in an open way, without artifice. This Is Everything is subtle and elegant.

The team

A dance evening with choreographies by Hofesh Shechter (The Fools), Bryan Arias (This Is Everything) and Jiří Pokorný (Day Without Night)


Choreography: Hofesh Shechter

Music: Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti, Sergio Mendes, Hofesh Shechter

Costume design: Hofesh Shechter

Lighting design: Hofesh Shechter, Jim French

Premiered in Bern, Switzerland, in 2008

Runtime: 30 minutes



Choreography: Bryan Arias

Music: A Setting Sun, NSDOS, Nils Frahm, Camilla Hannan

Sed design: Bryan Arias

Costume design: Carlijn Petermeijer

Lighting design: Jordan Tuinman

Created in Basel, Switzerland, in September 2017

Runtime: 30 minutes



Choreography: Jiří Pokorný

Assistant choreographer: Dominic Santia

Music: Davidson Jaconello

Lighting design: Loes Schakenbos

To be premiered in Basel, Switzerland, in February 2019

Runtime: 30 minutes


In partnership with Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank

With the support of Pro Helvetia (Swiss Foundation for Culture)




from €12 to €42 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: From 25% to 35%
Groups, young people, over 65s, the unemployed, large families and people with disabilities in excess of 33%: 25%
Dance Professionals: 25%
Last minute discount (for the previous groups, except Friends of the Arriaga): 50%
Last minute discount for Young Friend of the Arriaga: 70%
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% (in the proscenium, balcony and a companion)


2 hours 20 minutes /interval