Theatrical dance has a long tradition in Munich, but it was only the artistic and financial independence from the opera company, which Konstanze Vernon, with the support of the Bavarian State Government, finally achieved in 1988, that made it possible for the former Ballett of the Bayerische Staatsoper to develop into one of the outstanding companies in the international dance scene.
In September 1998 Ivan Liška, the successor of Konstanze Vernon, took up office as ballet director of the BAYERISCHES STAATSBALLETT. He now intends to pass on his knowledge and wide experience as one of the outstanding dancers of his time to the members of his company. The repertoire of the BAYERISCHES STAATSBALLETT is one of the most diverse and artistically important to be found. It lists more than fifty ballets.