The project documentation gives an insight into rehearsals for the restaging of LULU at Oper Halle.


The choreographer and dancer Jochen Ulrich, who died in 2012, founded the Tanzforum (Dance Forum) at the Cologne Opera with Helmut Baumann, Gray Verreden and Jörg Burth in 1971. The company dedicated itself to modern dance under the first collective directorship at a municipal theatre

In 1979, Ulrich became sole director and had a decisive impact on the Tanzforum’s style, which became the only company in Europe whose training was based on US modern dance pioneer Martha Graham’s technique.

Ulrich had a major influence on the development of modern dance, thanks to his extensive choreographic oeuvre, and during his time as ballet director Cologne enjoyed a reputation of being an international dance city.

Ulrich’s choreography LULU, which is based on Frank Wedekind’s ‘Lulu plays’, was premiered at the Cologne Opera in February 1990. The lead role was danced by Darie Cardyn, who was in charge of restaging the piece with Ballett Rossa at Oper Halle.



The programme for the reconstruction of LULU by Ballett Rossa with Oper Halle.


Musical director – Hilary Griffiths
Musical director – Robbert van Steijn
Staging and choreography – Jochen Ulrich
Staging and choreography – Darie Cardyn
Stage – Kathrin Kegler-Fritsch
Costume – Marie-Therese Cramer
Dramatic advisor – Manfred Weber

With –
Michal Sedláček (Dr. Schön)
Johan Plaitano (Eduard Schwarz)
Paloma Figueroa (Lulu – premiere)
Yuliya Gerbyna (Lulu – second cast)
Martin Zanotti (Dr. Goll)
Dalier Burchanow (Schigolch)



The trailer is an Oper Halle/Ballett Rossa production.

Interview with Darie Cardyn

In this interview, Darie Cardyn talks about her work with Jochen Ulrich, about the Cologne Tanzforum, and about dealing with Ulrich’s artistic heritage.

Darie Cardyn

Born in Brussels, Darie trained in dance, singing and acting at Maurice Béjart’s Mudra School in her home city. She began her dance career at the Cologne Tanzforum dance company in 1979, during Jochen Ulrich’s directorship, and became a first soloist five years later. She toured the world with the company and danced the lead roles in Coppelia, LULU, Carmen and other works, and in Salome at the Gran Teatro del Liceu alongside Montserrat Caballé. She also worked with numerous guest choreographers including Hans van Manen, Christopher Bruce, Luis Falco, Joe Alegado, Richard Wherlock and Jenifer Muller.

In 1990, she received North Rhine-Westphalia’s promotional prize for young artists.

From 1995 to 2000, she was artistic director of the TOC – TanzOffensiveKöln dance school where she also taught.

In addition to her many years as a guest teacher, ballet mistress and assistant at Bern Theatre in Switzerland, Darie has worked as a choreographer and director at various venues including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Cologne Opera, the Basel Opera and Zurich Opera House, and with directors such as Katharina Thalbach, David Mouchtar-Samorai, Giancarlo del Monaco, Ingo Kerkhof, Adriana Altaras and Olivier Tambosi. Her most recent performances were as Brunelda in Kafka’s America, as The Clown in The Four Seasons and as La Contessa in Ship of Fools (all three being Ulrich choreographies) at Linz State Theatre where, from 2010 onwards, she was Ulrich’s choreographic and artistic assistant during his time as ballet director there. She taught Ulrich’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King in Chemnitz. After Ulrich’s death in November 2012, she became acting ballet director at Linz State Theatre until the end of the 2012/2013 season, during which time she adapted and restaged Ulrich’s Romeo and Juliet with Leszek Kuligowski.

Darie has been running the Jochen Ulrich Foundation since July 2013 in order to keep his ballets alive.

She has been co-director of Ballet Pforzheim with Guido Markowitz since the 2014/2015 season.

In the autumn of 2015, she was guest choreographer for Katharina Thalbach’s staging of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva.

She was also guest choreographer for Ballett Rossa’s restaging of Ulrich’s choreographies LULU and Anna Karenina.

Performance Dates


  • 22 October 2015 | Oper Halle – Sample of LULU
  • 24 November 2015 | Oper Halle –  Introductory soirée
  • 4 December 2015 | Oper Halle – premiere
  • 30 December 2015 | Oper Halle


  • 15 January 2016 | Oper Halle
  • 16 January 2016 | Halle Music Library – Operngeflüster (Opera Whispers)
  • 23 January 2016 | Oper Halle
  • 31 January 2016 | Oper Halle
  • 26 February 2016 | Oper Halle
  • 4 March 2016 | Oper Halle
  • 25 June 2016 | Oper Halle


  • 3 February 2017 |Oper Halle
  • 4 February 2017 |Oper Halle
  • 18 February 2017 |Oper Halle
  • 17 March 2017 | Oper Halle
  • 14 April 2017 | Oper Halle





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