Opulent images, sensual and exciting subjects as well as expressive devotion to movement and dance – the ballet of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz has dedicated itself to all of these objectives under the direction of its director Karl Alfred Schreiner. Since the founding of the then Action-Volkstheater am Gärtnerplatz in 1865, the ballet has been an integral part of the ensemble and has significantly shaped its artistic profile in the course of its eventful history. Important ballet directors of the Gärtnerplatztheater company were among others. Werner Stammer, Günter Pick, Ivan Sertic as well as Philip Taylor and Hans-Henning Paar. Since the 2012/2013 season, Karl Alfred Schreiner has been artistic director of the ballet at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz. The ballet of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz stands for contemporary dance: The focus of the company’s artistic work is the development and perfection of a directly touching and dynamically powerful dance language that creates new forms of expression on the basis of the classical repertoire of movements. Numerous world premieres (including “memento mori” with choreographies by Edward Clug and Karl Alfred Schreiner, “Arsen – A Rococo Thriller” choreographed by Jo Strømgren, “Hattrick” with choreographies by Jo Strømgren, Marco Goecke, Jacopo Godani and “Peter Pan”) by Emanuele Soavi with music by Han Otten) testify to the enthusiasm of the 20 dancers for the undiscovered, the innovative dance soap “Minutemade” to the fascination with experimentation and improvisation. In addition, the ensemble pays tribute to the great masterpieces of the dance repertoire such as Tchaikovsky’s »Sleeping Beauty« or Richard Strauss’ »Schlagobers« (choreography: Karl Alfred Schreiner), but also with works such as the choreography »One Flat Thing, which has meanwhile become a modern classic, reproduced «His respect from William Forsythe. The ballet of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz works regularly with internationally renowned guest choreographers. So created i.a. Jo Strømgren, Georg Reischl, Mauro Astolfi, Emanuele Soavi, Alexander Ekman, Marco Goecke, Antony Rizzi, Nanine Linning, Marguerite Donlon, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Jacopo Godani and Allison Brown choreographed for the company.