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Knop was born in Berlin (Germany) and trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule
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
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
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
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