Once a “boat person” who fled Vietnam by sea to Hong Kong, Yen Han is today a prima ballerina and one of the most popular dancers of Ballet Zurich. During the years that she has been a member, the company has become one of the best in Europe. Yen has danced the principal characters in all the great classics of the repertoire, including “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella”. Of Chinese-American origin, Yen Han has been living in Switzerland for more than two decades and has opened the Yen Han Dance Center in Zurich to teach children and adults the art of ballet.
The Engadin Valley is known to be the home or inspiration of artists such as Alberto Giacometti and Giovani Segantini. Now it’s attracting more and more galleries and museums. Reporter Tanya König went to the alpine region to find out why.
Hauser & Wirth just opened a new space in St. Moritz, it’s ninth location worldwide. Iwan Wirth, the co-owner of the mega-gallery, tells Tanya König that their ambition is to extend the season in Engadin and add to the cultural discussion in the Alpine region.
What has become standard in the airline industry is now gaining popularity in Switzerland’s skiing regions: the dynamic pricing model. Thomas Rechberger, project manager at St. Moritz Engadin Mountains, tells us about the organization’s plans to sell more ski passes earlier in the season.
In a rare interview, Robert Smith, president of Jet Aviation, explains why the company has invested around CHF 20 million in Basel to build a new hangar big enough to fit two Boeing 777s. Tanya König also takes you behind the scenes of a business that caters to the world’s rich and famous.
The 14-year-old tennis star Chelsea Fontenel is supported by the Roger Federer Foundation and is ranked number one in her age-group in Switzerland. She’s also a singer and is hoping to be successful in both highly competitive industries.
Did you know that Swiss singer-songwriter Bastian Baker is also into real estate and tech start-ups? The 27-year-old from Lausanne who was discovered by the legendary Claude Nobs takes a break from his world tour with Shania Twain and talks to Tanya König about how he invests his money.
The largest public investment by the city of Lugano in recent years was for the construction of a new center for visual arts, music, and theater. Tanya König spoke with the director of LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura to find out how successful it’s been since opening in 2015.
Collaboration is key, says Michael Steiner, one of Switzerland’s best-known filmmakers. But with the release of his latest, “Wolkenbruch,” the director of “Grounding” tells us that past success doesn’t help secure state funding for future films, something that’s crucial in a small market.
Joel Basman is one of the country’s rising stars who has appeared in George Clooney’s “Monuments Men.” Now he’s back with “Wolkenbruch” and tells us that Hollywood doesn’t always pay better and that Switzerland needs a different business model to become a major player in the global film industry.
The Reverend Richard Coles, a priest in the Church of England, has made some interesting stops along the way, including as part of a hit-making 80s pop band, a broadcaster, and reality TV star. Coles uses his vast experience to inspire those in the world of business, even right here in Switzerland.
Following the debut of “Never Look Away” in Switzerland, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tells Ana Maria Montero that the rise of the superhero franchise is putting the era of sweeping, dramatic cinema such as “Titanic” at risk. But the Academy Award-winning filmmaker is not going down without fight.