Ada Ramzews is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher based in Munich, Germany.
She studied Classical Ballet and Modern/Contemporary Dance at Ballett-Akademie München / Hochschule für Musik und Theater and Ballettakademie Benedict-Manniegel, where she graduated in 2008. After completing an additional pedagogical training in the Russian Waganowa Method of teaching Classical Ballet with Prof. Heinz Manniegel, she joined the staff of Benedict Manniegel, where she is an instructor for both Classical Ballet and her own style of Contemporary Dance. As the deputy of director Laurel Benedict-Manniegel, she is also in charge of administration and management. In 2021, she completed an additional Master degree (M.A.) in Dance Pedagogy (focussing on Classical Ballet for professional education) at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden.
As a dancer, she won Gold, Silver and a Special Price in the Modern Dance category at the international Tanzolymp competition in Berlin in 2010. Since 2008, Ada has been a first soloist at B enedict Manniegel Dance Company Munich. Most of the company's repertoire, which consist predominantly of choreographies by Heinz Manniegel, were created for her, such as Folias, Styx or Bolero. As Manniegel’s choreographic assistant and ballet master, she is highly involved in the process of creating new works as well as rehearsing the pieces and conveying the steps to the dancers. For Ballett-Akademie / Hochschule für Musik und Theater München she staged Manniegel's ballet Lomir Tanzn for performances in Reaktorhalle and Bavarian State Opera House in April 2016.
For selected young talented dancers of Benedict Manniegel Ballet Academy, she also creates choreographies tailored to each dancer’s individual strengths for contests like Tanzolymp Berlin, which have been very successful over the last few years.
From 2010 on, she started focussing on her own choreographic works and projects, such as Fort:Da in collaboration with composer Eva Sindichakis, the Ensemble Fenice choir and the band RadioCitizen for Münchener Biennale für Neues Musiktheater 2012, Density 643 with Echtzeithalle München 2013, or the modern ballet version of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Opera Orfeo ed Euridice in 2015 or "One Charming Night" 2018 in collaboration with the Vocalconsort München. Since 2017, she is performing in Open Stages of for example Schwere Reiter Theater München (Hier=Jetzt Festival 2017, 2018, 2019), Tanz HochX at Regensburg or Tanzhaus Zürich (2019, 2021) etc.
Since 2014 she has also devoted herself to directing opera, creating a fusion of opera and dance using a concept of purism. In collaboration with conductor Andreas Schlegel and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brahms Choir Munich, she directed Orfeo ed Euridice in Munich’s prestigious Gasteig Theater (2014) as a concertante version with dance. In 2016, she was directing and staging the French version, Ophée et Eurdice, as a dance-opera for Oper In Starnberg (OiS). In 2018, another OiS production followed: Ada directed Luigi Cherubini's famous opera "Medée".
Ada graduated from FernUniversität Hagen with a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Culture and Science (Literature) in 2015, followed by a Master’s degree in Culture and Media Management 2018 at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. After finishing her second M.A. in Dresden, she will continue her scientific-academic work as a PHD student at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, researching on a new model of culture management based on sociophilosophical theories by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.
Photo by Peter Werner