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After her training at the State Ballet School Berlin, Steffi Scherzer went to the German State Opera Berlin. Due to her exceptional dancing and artistic abilities, the government awarded her in 1984 the official title of “Prima Ballerina”.
She has danced the leading parts and title roles of the entire classical and neoclassical repertoire. Steffi has won numerous major prizes and awards at both national and international ballet competitions, such as the bronze medal in the International Ballet Competition in Varna and the
Individual Excellent Performance Price in Osaka and first prizes in National Competitions.
She received many acclaimed performing arts and critics awards for her outstanding performances and interpretations among others in “Swan Lake” and “Giselle”.
She was also awarded the Arts Medal of her country.
She has made guest appearances around the world and has worked with many of the most renowned
choreographers such as Rudolf Nurejev, Patrice Bart, Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit, Uwe Scholz, Laszlo Seregi, Youri Vamos and Tom Schilling.
1998 she featured as Odette/Odile in the German State Opera Ballet’s Swan Lake choreographed by Patrice Bart and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the production was broadcast live on television and in cinemas and were available on DVD. In 1999, she appeared together with her partner Oliver Matz in the French television production of the Grand Pas de Deux Don Quixote.
Roland Petit invited her to dance the leading part of his ballet Sleeping Beauty on the tour of his Company through Japan. She was invited to the dance with the Bavarian State Ballet, the Stuttgart and the World Ballet Festival in Japan.
In 2003 she was appointed an “Honorary Member of the German State Opera” for her lifetime achievement.
After ending her artistic career Steffi Scherzer together with her partner Oliver Matz accepted an invitation by Zurich’s University of Music and Drama to establish the professional stage dance education in Switzerland. Under their direction, Zurich Dance Academy, over the years had become a
most reputable dance education and training organizations in the world.
Besides her duties and responsibilities as artistic director and a truly expert in the field of classical ballet she served very successfully as an exceptional teacher for classical dance, pointe work and classical repertoire.
Many of her former students have won top prizes at major international ballet competitions and are engaged at world-renowned companies.
Her international activities also include master classes as well as the service as jury member at international ballet competitions around the globe.
Since 2022 she carries on supporting young international dance talents as a freelancer and thus continue to contribute to the preservation of ballet as an art form
Oliver Matz received his ballet training at the State Ballet School Berlin and joined the German State Opera in 1980, serving the company as a leading soloist and international ambassador for 25 years.
Oliver is the recipient of numerous national and international awards such as the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, the Gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Helsinki and Jackson and critic awards for his outstanding interpretations of the main roles in “Onegin” “Don Quixote” and “Macbeth”.
In recognition of his outstanding artistic achievements, he was appointed “Berliner Kammertänzer” by the Berlin Senator of Culture in 1995, the first dancer ever to receive this highest honor.
Internationally celebrated figures and choreographers like Ray Barra, Patrice Bart, Michael Baryshnikov, Maurice Béjart, William Forsythe, Pierre Lacotte, Hans van Manen, Rudolf Nurejew, Roland Petit, Uwe Scholz, Yuri Vamos, and Wladimir Wassiljev created roles for him or
reinterpretations of classical narrative ballets.
In 1997, he performed the role of Basilio in the live television broadcast of the Finnish National Ballet’s performance of Don Quixote, one of the great classics. In 1999, he appeared together with prima ballerina Steffi Scherzer in the French television production of the Grand Pas de Deux Don Quixote.
He featured as Prince Siegfried in the German State Opera Ballet’s Swan Lake (1998) and as Drosselmeyer in its production of The Nutcracker. Choreographed by Patrice Bart and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, both productions were broadcast live on television and in cinemas and are
available on DVD.
Guest appearances and gala events took him to many parts of the world, including performances with internationally renowned ballet companies like the American Ballet Theater in New York, the Bavarian State Ballet, the Teatro alla Scala in Milano, the Finnish National Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet London and the Stuttgart Ballet.
In 2004, he was made an honorary member of the German State Opera for his life achievement.
In 2004, Oliver Matz ended his artistic career and together with his partner Steffi Scherzer accepted
an invitation from Zurich’s University of Music and Drama to establish professional stage dance education in Switzerland. Under their direction, Zurich Dance Academy, had become a most reputable dance education and training organizations in the world.
Besides his duties and responsibilities as general director, he became an international acclaimed male teacher. Many of his students are engaged at world-renowned companies and have won top prizes at major international ballet competitions.
His international activities include master classes as well as serving as a jury member at acclaimed ballet competitions around the world.
In 2023 he opened a new chapter, to devote himself more to practical work with young international dance talents as a freelancer and thus continue to contribute to the preservation of ballet as an art form.
Nato nel 1990, di origini abruzzese, inizia con gli studi della danza e della musica nel 2003. Nel 2010 si trasferisce a Ravenna, città attuale di residenza, dove accede al biennio di formazione per danzatori “IDA Ballet Academy” diretta da Steve La Chance, diplomandosi nel modern/contemporaneo. Nel 2012 si
diploma come insegnante di danza alla IDA Dance Professional School e successivi seminari di aggiornamento, specializzandosi in: contemporaneo, modern, floorwork, propedeutica alla danza.
Dal 2012 al 2016 è stato danzatore per il Ravenna Festival per importanti produzioni sia di opere liriche che di danza per rappresentazioni firmate da Cristina Muti/Riccardo Muti, Alessio Pitzech, Micha Von Hoecke, Greg Ganakas, calcando numerosi palcoscenici dell’Emilia Romagna. Nello stesso periodo lavora anche
all’estero presso: il Bahrain National Theatre (Arabia), al Teatro Campoamor di Oviedo (Spagna), al Festival di Savonlinna (Finlandia).
Ottiene due importanti riconoscimenti a valore europeo dalla Regione Emilia Romagna ed Iscom/Confcommercio: nel 2015 la “Qualifica Professionale di Danzatore (livello Eqf5)” e nel 2018 la “Qualifica Professionale di Maestro di Danza (livello Eqf6)”. Nel biennio 2018/2020 prosegue il suo perfezionamento nello studio delle tecniche contemporanee presso il “Centro Studio XL” di Reggio Emilia ed il “SIN Culture Center” di Budapest, avvicinandosi alla tecnica Gaga e studiando con diversi docenti tecniche release e floorwork, contact improvvisation e partnering, e con danzatori di importanti compagnie come Hofesh Shechter Company, Ultima Vez, Akram Khan Company e Bathseva Dance Company.
Già da 11 anni lavora come docente di danza moderna e contemporanea in varie scuole dell’Emilia Romagna, e tiene stage e workshop in scuole ed eventi di danza. Nel 2016 forma un gruppo sperimentale di giovani danzatori “Vere Sustanze” realizzando “La Seduzione dell’Antico” per il Museo Mar di Ravenna.
Nel 2017, per il Museo Nazionale di Ravenna e per il Festival di danza d’autore Ammutinamenti, crea “Rimembri Ancora”. Dallo stesso anno collabora con Cantieri Danza per coreografie e creazioni in site specific. Nel 2018 realizza il trittico “Novels” per lo Jesolo Dance Festival, e nel 2019 per il Teatro Golden di
Roma “Profumo di Limoni” e “Adesso”, quest’ultimo replicato anche a Siena in Danza, a cura del Balletto di Siena diretto da Marco Batti. Nel 2021 trasforma il suo progetto coreografico in “VS – Contemporary Dance Concept” affacciandosi anche alla realizzazione di video arte creando “This is VS” e “Dancing Sustainability”.
Attualmente prosegue il suo lavoro di ricerca coreografica creando nuove coreografie e nuove sinergie, creando inoltre anche un personale protocollo di lavoro dedicato all’ “Improvvisazione Guidata”. Dal 2021 è docente per i corsi di formazione e stage IDA.