Sabine Hofmann - Director

 - A graduate of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication

 - Member of the Swiss Association of Dance Professionals - Danse Suisse -

 

A life dedicated to ballet

 

I started ballet at the age of four years with my mother. I left very early the south of France to become a little rat of the Opera of Paris and then became a student of The National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris ... a more demanding standard of training. 

 

At eighteen, I signed my first contract with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. I spent three years in Belgium. The ten most exciting years of my career began when I was hired by Heinz Spoerli at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dusseldorf. I worked on ballets from the biggest international choreographers Maurice Béjart, Nils Christie, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe,  Jiří Kylián, Rudolf Nureyev, Twyla Tharp, Hans Van Manen, Mats Ek. A real privilege!

 

In 1996, Heinz Spoerli asked me to follow him to the Zurich Opera House, where he was appointed director. I stayed with him until 2004. Here are a few shows that I remember with more emotion:

 

 - The Goldberg Variations by JS Bach at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow

 - Romeo and Juliet in Tokyo with Tetsuya Kumakawa, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London

 - The inauguration of the Tate Museum in London

 - The performance of the Goldberg Variations of JS Bach in Zurich September 11, 2001 ...

 - Not to mention the famous new years ball in Vienna!

 

Dance is a school of life

 

I opened the Maxyna dance school in 2006 in Zurich in order to share my passion for movement with students of all ages, from beginners to advanced. 

 

A little confidence? Before the show that I organize at the end of each school year, I am especially nervous just as when I was on stage myself!

 

I teach in French, German and English.