LEIPZIG OPERA BALLET
The Leipzig Ballet is one of the few big German Ballet companies with more than 40 dancers which come from more than 20 different nations. Shortly after Uwe Scholz took over the ballet company of the Leipzig Opera house in 1991 he named the company "Leipziger Ballet" (German), "Leipzig Ballet" and since then this name is closely connected to the specific choreographic style of Scholz as well as to the city's long lasting tradition in symphonic music. Ever since Uwe Scholz started working in Leipzig many of his pieces refer to the wide range of composers which come from Leipzig or made it the place of their work, such as Richard Wagner, Johann Sebastian Bach or Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
Though Leipzig has had a big dance history ever since ballet has hardly ever been as important as it has become now with the Leipzig Ballet. After the death of Uwe Scholz in 2004, Paul Chalmer became new Artistic Director at the Leipzig Ballet trying to keep the high standards Uwe Scholz erected as well as to set new directions. In summer 2010 Mario Schröder, Principle dancer of Leipzig Ballet until 1999, was named coreographer and ballet director of Leipzig Ballet.