Mozart à 2 / Don Juan
by Thierry Malandain, Thierry Malandain (September 2015)
The works of choreographer Thierry Malandain are showcased at the Volksoper for the first time with “Mozart à 2” and “Don Juan”. Both works are connected by the common theme of relationships.Whilst the first piece is of a gentle and sensitive nature, passions boil over considerably more in the second piece.
by Vesna Orlic, Boris Nebyla, András Lukács (October 2015)
by Michael Corder (December 2015)
Choreographer Michael Corder’s successful and highly acclaimed full-length ballet "The Snow Queen" is based on the score of "The Stone Flower" by Sergei Prokofiev, the music newly arranged by Julian Philips. The freely-adapted story recalls Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale. The creative costumes and sets designed by Mark Bailey heighten the magical atmosphere of the ballet.
Junge Talente des Wiener Staatsballetts II
Recognizing the talent of dancers and providing them with the appropriate encouragement is a priority for any ballet company. This evening gives the exceptionally gifted younger dancers the opportunity to try out roles which they have so far not had the chance to perform within the current repertoire. The works may be classical or contemporary, or pieces especially created for this occasion.
by Patrick de Bana (May 2016)
Patrick de Bana’s ballet saw its world premiere on November 20th 2010 at the Vienna Volksoper. Now the touching story of Marie Antoinette, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of France and Navarre, returns. For the newly revised adaption of his choreography de Bana asked the composer Carlos Pino-Quintana for some additional compositions.
Premiere by Thierry Malandain (November 2016)
Cinderella is the path of a star, a dancing star. Through this vision of Malandain, made of ashes and magic, the choreographer developed a very personal approach, exploring some themes that he holds dear. Based upon the sparkling score of Sergei Prokofiev and the basic dramaturgy of "Cendrillon" choreographer Thierry Malandain presents his very personal sight of this important milestone in the history of full lenght story ballet including a very special happy ending that brings the prince and his Cinderella together in a world of love. In 2014 Thierry Malandain was awarded with the Taglioni Award in the category „Best Choreographer“ for this piece.
by Boris Eifman (March 2017)
“Giselle Rouge” – a tense whirlwind of dance shaped by the unmistakable hand of choreographer Boris Eifman – contains all the ingredients of a true “blockbuster:” revolution, love, passion and madness blend into a collage presented with virtuosic dancing of the highest level. Goosebumps guaranteed!
Der Feuervogel / Petruschka / Movements to Stravinsky
Premiere by András Lukács, Eno Peci, Andrey Kaydanovskiy (April 2017)
Three choreographers – all members of the Wiener Staatsballett – present their contemporary and very personal view upon some of the most important works in the history of ballet. The evening is dedicated
to the world famous Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev and the birth of modernism in the field of classical ballet.
by Marius Petipa, Rudolf Nurejew (September 2015)
The centuries-long dialogue between Spanish folk dance and high culture stage dance reached its zenith in the ballet „Don Quixote“, which was premiered in 1869 in Moscow. For his ballet, Frenchman Marius Petipa drew inspiration from episodes in the legendary novel by Cervantes. The music was composed by Austrian Ludwig Minkus. In the East a fixture in the repertoire since its première, in the West „Don Quixote“ became part of the international repertoire only following the adaptation by Rudolf Nureyev for the Vienna State Opera. From Vienna the ballet went around the world and is now returning to the opera house on the Ring after an extended absence.
THOSS | WHEELDON | ROBBINS
Premiere by Stephan Thoss, Christopher Wheeldon, Jerome Robbins (October 2015)
„Interdisciplinary” would be a good way of describing the thematic framework of this performance. With „The Four Seasons“ Jerome Robbins created a ballet to music by Giuseppe Verdi which makes a direct reference to opera. „Fool’s Paradise“ by Christopher Wheeldon, by contrast, is based on music by Joby Talbot which was originally composed for a film. Finally, „Blaubarts Geheimnis“ is based on music by Philip Glass which was intended both as a film score and for concert performance.
La Fille mal gardée
by Frederick Ashton (November 2015)
Frederick Ashton choreographed with „La Fille mal gardée“ a pitturesque and atmospheric ballet which attracts the whole family. The rich farmers’s daughter Lise loves the young farmer Colas but her mother has other ambitious plans for her. This brilliant ballet comedy represents one of the magic moments of ballet history.
Verklungene Feste | Josephs Legende
by John Neumeier, John Neumeier (January 2016)
„The Legend of Joseph“, one of the most exhilarating ballet compositions in musical history, returned 2015 to the Wiener Staatsoper. The history of the masterwork – including a special choreographic version that was created in 1977 by John Neumeier for the Wiener Staatsopernballett – strongly connects it with „Viennese Ballet“. „Verklungene Feste“, which is also based on music by Richard Strauss, completes the programme that is totally dedicated to this composer.
Tanzdemonstrationen der Ballettakademie der Wiener Staatsoper
by John Cranko (February 2016)
John Cranko transformed Pushkin‘s verse novel into one of the greatest ballets of the 20th century. This tragic story develops on the basis of Tchaikovsky’s compositions to a great drama about disdained love.
Premiere by Manuel Legris (March 2016)
Since its very first performance 1856 at the Paris Opera, this work has been regarded as one of the most impressive of the narrative ballets of the 19th century. The work became particularly popular in the versions by Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa and also through Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, who made the so-called „Le Corsaire Pas de deux“ famous throughout the world. At the Wiener Staatsoper the ballet has not been performed till today as a whole. On the basis of this tradition, spanning over 150 years, Manuel Legris is preparing a special version for his ensemble. With scenery and costumes by Luisa Spinatelli, the well-attuned team that was so successful in „Swan Lake“ has again been brought together.
by Kenneth MacMillan (May 2016)
This 1978 in London premiered piece is one of the highlights of historical adapted ballets ever. „Mayerling“ tells the dramatic love story between the young baron’s daughter Mary Vetsera and the Habsburg’s crown prince Rudolph which ends – like in real life – in a mournful desaster on stage. The music is by Franz Liszt, the stage design by Nicholas Georgiadis
van Manen | Ekman | Kylián
by Alexander Ekman, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián (June 2016)
With „Cacti“ the Wiener Staatsballett presented for the first time a work by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman (born in 1984) at the Wiener Staatsoper. „Cacti“ reflects on the perception and “understanding” of art via virtuosic dancing means, with astonishing situations and images which also allow for some humour. This work will be framed by Hans van Manen‘s impressive masterpiece „Adagio Hammerklavier“ and Jirˇi Kylian’s „Bella Figura“.
Nurejew Gala 2016
Premiere (June 2016)
Balanchine | Liang | Proietto
Premiere by George Balanchine, Edwaard Liang, Daniel Proietto (November 2016)
In the work of Edwaard Liang, the clearly defined, almost crystalline geometry of George Balanchine’s neoclassicism meets freely flowing “biological” forms: patterns of bird swarms, specifically starlings, formed the starting point for his choreography. „Murmuration“ is the term used to describe the phenomenon of the separation and intermingling of the individual swarms or parts of swarms. „Blanc“ is the result of a commission for the Wiener Staatsballett, in which Daniel Proietto seeks to track down the “substrate” of Romantic ballet and its “white acts”.
by Rudolf Nurejew (December 2016)
Rudolf Nureyev's "Raymonda" (music: Alexander Glasunow) will return to the Wiener Staatsoper for the first time since Manuel Legris took over as a ballet director. The dramatic love story between the young girl Raymonda and cavalier Jean de Brienne ends despite the kidnapping of Raymonda with a happy ending in love and harmony.
Le Pavillon d'Armide | Le Sacre
Premiere by John Neumeier (February 2017)
„Le Pavillon d’Armide“, first performed in St. Petersburg in 1907 with choreography by Mikhail Fokine, represented a high point in the history of ballet in the early 20th century, not least because of the dancers interpreting the work: Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky and Pavel Gerdt. 100 years after the first performance of the ballet in Paris, John Neumeier presented his version of the work, which was at the same time intended as a homage to Vaslav Nijinsky, in Hamburg. Neumeier’s version of „Le Sacre du printemps“ was created in 1972 for the Frankfurt Ballet. Standing between the interpretations by Maurice Bejart (1959) and Pina Bausch (1975), this version also mirrors the spirit of these decades.
by Rudolf Nurejew, Marius Petipa, Lew Iwanow (May 2017)
On 15 October 1964 the ballet world looked towards Vienna. Rudolf Nureyev, the foremost dancer of the second half of the 20th century and just 26 years old at the time, had just choreographed „Swan Lake“ for the Wiener Staatsopernballett. It was a performance that went down in the history of ballet. Just three years after Nureyev had absconded to the West, the young choreographer from the Soviet Union succeeded in giving a new and convincing interpretation to the Tchaikovsky ballet. His central idea was to elevate the leading male role, putting it on a par with the role of the ballerina. Performed over 200 times at the Opera House on the Ring and in guest performances by the year 2009, Manuel Legris brought Nureyev’s Vienna „Swan Lake“ 2014 back to the stage. Luisa Spinatelli was responsible for the new stage designs and costumes.
Till Eulenspiegel... und lustige Streiche
Nurejew Gala 2017
Premiere (June 2017)
The „Nureyev Gala“, a firm favourite with many Viennese ballet lovers, also regularly draws in visitors from all over Austria and abroad to the Wiener Staatsoper. Now an indispensable tradition, this concluding event of the season offers a typically varied and diverse programme from the international world of dance, and provides Manuel Legris and the dancers of the Wiener Staatsballett with an opportunity to thank their audiences for their loyalty.