[Pictures © Enrico Nawrath]
Beatrice Knop was born in Berlin (Germany) and trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule in Berlin.
In 1989 while a student she won prizes in several national competitions and a Prix de Lausanne/Tokyo. Still being a student she was entrusted with the role of Myrtha in “Giselle“ at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.
1991 she joined the Ballet of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden ( since 2004 known as Staatsballett Berlin), going on to become a soloist dancer in 1993.
In the season 1995/96 she worked for one year as a soloist dancer in the Aalto Ballett Essen.
She returned back to Berlin in 1996 and rejoined the Company of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden,
where she was promoted to a pricipal dancer after her debut as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake in 1998.
Today her extensive repertoire includes a wide range of principal roles in the most famous classical Ballets including John Cranko‘s “Onegin“ (Tatjana), Rudolf Nureyev‘s “Sleeping Beauty“ (Princess Aurora), ), and “Raymonda“ (Clémence), Patrice Bart‘s “Swan Lake“ (Odette/Odile, Queen), “Giselle“ (Giselle, Myrtha), “The Nutcracker“ (Duchess, creation for her), “Don Quixote“ (Mercedes), and “Verdiana“ (The Summer),
Vladimir Malakhov‘s “La Bayadere“ (Hamsatti, Nikia), “Cinderella“ (Good Fairy), and “Sleeping Beauty“ (Lilac Fairy), Frederick Ashton‘s “Sylvia“ (Titelrolle), Kenneth MacMillan‘s “Manon“ (Lescaut‘s Mistress),
George Balanchine‘s “Apollon musagète“ (Terpsichore), “Ballet Imperial“, “Serenade“, “Symphony in C“ (Soloist parts in the first, second, fourth movement), “Violin Concerto“ (Aria I), and “The Prodigal Son“ (Sirene), Pierre Lacotte‘s “Le Lac des fées“ (Katharina),
Mikhail Fokin‘s “Le Spectre de la rose“ (the young girl), “Les Sylphides“, “Sheherazade“ , and
“The Dying Swan“,
Her neoclassical and modern repertoire includes choreography by
Maurice Béjart‘s “Ring um den Ring” (Fricka,Freia), “Serait-ce la mort?“, “Sonate à trois“ (Estellle), “Nacht/Verklärte Nacht“, “Apropos Scheherazade“, and “Le Concours“ (Ada),
Roland Petit‘s “Dix oder Eros und Tod“ (Pas de deux “Lustmord“), Jirí Kylián‘s “Return to a strange land” , Nacho Duato‘s “Without Words“, William Forsythe‘s “Steptext“, Jerome Robbins’ “Afternoon of a Faun“, Peter Martins‘ “Fearful Symmetries“, Twyla Tharp‘s “Variations on a Theme by Haydn“,
Angelin Preljocaj‘s “Le Spectre de la rose“, Boris Eifman‘s “Tchaikovsky“ (Nadeshda von Meck), Uwe Scholz‘ “Mozart“ Piano Concert: (Second movement), Christian Spuck‘s “this-“ (creation),
Mark Baldwin‘s “Labyrinth“ (creation for her), and “Dämon“ (creation for her),
Ronald Savković’ “Transparente“ and some others.
Over the years in her profession she did work with alot of well known and important artists and choreogaphers of our time.
Rudololf Nureyev, Maurice Bejart, Roland Petit, Nacho Duato, Piere Lacotte, Patrice Bart, Anjelin Prelocaj, Coleen and Paticia Neary, Monica Parker, Uwe Scholz and Vladimir Malakhov, just to name some of them
Beatrice Knop made a succesfull career in Berlin sharing the stage with partners like Vladimir Malakhov,
Roberto Bolle, Thomas Edur, Oliver Matz, Ronald Savković, Artem Shpilevky and Dimitri Semionov.
She was invited to the Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit to dance in “La Valse triste“, with Jan Broecks and Cyril Pierre, to the Leipziger Ballett, the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, where she danced Youri Vamós’ “Julien Sorel” (female principal role) and to the Stuttgart Ballet.
Has performed in Galas in Athens, Belgrade, Kiev, 2006 in Brisbane (Australia), 2007″Stars of the 21st Century“ in Toronto (Canada) and appeared on several tours and festivals in Spain, Switzerlland, China and Japan.
Staatsballett Berlin, November 2007