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Les Sylphides

The premiere of Les Sylphides as part of the first Paris season of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1909 caused a great stir, with Tamara Karsavina, Anna Pavlova, Alexandra Baldina and Vaslav Nijinsky as the soloists. Its choreographer, Michel Fokine, had created the world’s first “ballet blanc” – a ballet without a clear narrative – to a score of music by Frédéric Chopin. In a highly poetic atmosphere, as if sleepwalking, he revealed images of a young man who meets the wondrous sylphides in a mystic wood. In the extended version of the work that had been performed in St. Petersburg in 1907 as Chopiniana, Fokine succeeded in discovering the foundation stone for contemporary dance in the fairytale magic of Romantic ballet.

Company member Adi Hanan introduced herself with such an impressive ballet in the Plattform Choreographie 2022/23 that Martin Schläpfer decided to commission the Israeli artist to produce another world premiere for the Vienna State Ballet. In Eden, the young choreographer tackles one of the most famous stories in the Bible – Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden – and confronts wild, animalistic visions of paradise with an inquiry into the loss of innocence and human beings’ awareness of our own bodies.

Uwe Scholz is one of the most significant German choreographers and in his relatively brief working life – cut short by his early death at the age of 45 – he created a wide-ranging body of work. The ballets of this empathetic visionary have one thing in common: Scholz’s reverence for music. Dance and composition interact closely and in their shared rhythm they create unique ballet worlds. Jeunehomme, choreographed in 1986 for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, is still considered one of the choreographer’s most important creations. In timeless classical dance to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major KV 271, the ballet presents images of surrender and doubt, intimacy and distance and combines powerful drama with a lightness of touch. Here it will be seen again for the first time since its world premiere with the complete stage and costume designs by Karl Lagerfeld, which beautifully capture the spirit of Mozart’s time from the perspective of the contemporary couturier. 

Cast

Les Sylphides

Choreography
Michel Fokine
Stage and costume design
Darko Petrovic
Lighting design
Alex Brok
Einstudierung
Barbora Kohoutková
Musical direction
Ido Arad
Prélude
Olga Esina

Eden (Uraufführung)

Choreography
Adi Hanan
Costume design
Maya Bash
Lighting design
Alex Brok
Musical direction
Ido Arad
Masculine
Chiara Uderzo
Garden keeper
Yuko Kato

Jeunehomme

Choreography
Uwe Scholz
Stage and costume design
Karl Lagerfeld
Rekonstruktion Kostüme
Catherine Voeffray
Einstudierung
Giovanni Di Palma
Musical direction
Ido Arad
I. Satz Solist
Davide Dato
II. Satz Solopaar
Ioanna Avraam
II. Satz Solopaar
Marcos Menha
III. Satz Solopaar
Kiyoka Hashimoto
III. Satz Solopaar
Alexey Popov
III. Satz Solistinnen
Sonia Dvořák
III. Satz Solistinnen
Sveva Gargiulo
III. Satz Solistinnen
Gaia Fredianelli
III. Satz Solistinnen
Alaia Rogers-Maman
I. und 3. Satz Tänzerinnen
Marie Breuilles
I. und 3. Satz Tänzerinnen
Laura Cislaghi
I. und 3. Satz Tänzerinnen
Gala Jovanovic
I. und 3. Satz Tänzerinnen
Isabella Knights
I. und 3. Satz Tänzerinnen
Eszter Ledán
I. und 3. Satz Tänzerinnen
Meghan Elizabeth Lynch
I. und 3. Satz Tänzer
Benjamin Alexander
I. und 3. Satz Tänzer
Victor Cagnin
I. und 3. Satz Tänzer
Giovanni Cusin
I. und 3. Satz Tänzer
Trevor Hayden
I. und 3. Satz Tänzer
Godwin Merano
I. und 3. Satz Tänzer
Zsolt Török