Vienna State Opera 21 May 2024 - An evening of ballets "In Seventh Heaven": "Fly Paper Bird", "Marsch, Walzer, Polka", "Symphony in C" | GoComGo.com

An evening of ballets "In Seventh Heaven": "Fly Paper Bird", "Marsch, Walzer, Polka", "Symphony in C"

Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria
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Tuesday 21 May 2024
7 PM

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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Vienna, Austria
Starts at: 19:00

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Overview

Choreography Martin Schläpfer, Marco Goecke, George Balanchine

A dancer fills the room with desire. This is a solo of flowing release, unfolding over the gentle waves of sound with which the famous "Blue Danube" begins, before the waltz starts spinning, repeatedly drawing strength from those nerve-tingling hesitations that are so typical of a music that more than any other represents everything one associates with "Vienna". Other dancers join in, using the suspension of the metric heartbeat to discover the potential for a tango and the pointe shoe as a dangerous weapon or throwing themselves into the ecstasy of waltz, only to thwart it immediately afterwards with a highly focused physical tension. One dancer loses her nerve, another finds his knees trembling instead of standing stiffly to attention in front of an imaginary General. Martin Schläpfer opens his premiere for the State Opera with a new version of his 2006 ballet "Marsch, Walzer, Polka": with the "Neue Pizzicato Polka" op. 449 he has integrated an additional number into the cycle of famous Strauss dances, and he has also given the choreography a new design, for which he has been able to win Susanne Bisovsky as a partner: an artist whose experimental, "Tracht" - inspired works probe the boundaries between traditional and the avantgarde in a most congenial manner.

Gustav Mahler was "in seventh heaven" while he was working on his 5th Symphony. It had been revealed to him by his great love and future wife Alma Schindler, to whom he also dedicated the Adagietto that has now inspired Marco Goecke to create his new piece "Fly Paper Bird" for the Vienna State Ballet. The artist, a resident choreographer first with Stuttgart Ballet, and then also with Nederlands Dans Theater, Gauthier Dance and Director of the Hanover State Ballet since 2019/20, is regarded as one of the leading contemporary choreographers. Many of his pieces literally get under one’s skin – characterised by the fluttering, trembling, wrenching and vibrating that is so typical of his style of movement, breaking out of the body from deep inside, as if placing it under a high voltage current.

With George Balanchine’s "Symphony in C", a gorgeous homage to classical ballet completes the programme. The work first created in 1947 for the Ballet de L’Opéra in Paris under the title "Le Palais de cristal" is a beautiful evocation of the spirit of the White Acts of the St. Petersburg School and transposes the graded ranks of the Paris ensemble on to the architectural structure: a skilful interplay of soli, pas de deux and large groups culminating in a splendid finale entirely drawn from Georges Bizet’s youth symphony.

George Balanchine's "Symphony in C" is performed with the permission of © The School of American Ballet.

History
Premiere of this production: 28 July 1947, Théâtre National de l'Opéra

Symphony in C, originally titled Le Palais de Cristal, is a ballet choreographed by George Balanchine, to Georges Bizet's Symphony in C. The ballet was originally created for the Paris Opera Ballet, and premiered on July 28, 1947 at Théâtre National de l'Opéra.

Venue Info

Vienna State Opera - Vienna
Location   Opernring 2

The Vienna State Opera is one of the leading opera houses in the world. Its past is steeped in tradition. Its present is alive with richly varied performances and events. Each season, the schedule features 350 performances of more than 60 different operas and ballets. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from the Vienna State Opera's orchestra. The building is also the home of the Vienna State Ballet, and it hosts the annual Vienna Opera Ball during the carnival season.

The 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival venue was the first major building on the Vienna Ring Road. It was built from 1861 to 1869 following plans by August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll, and designs by Josef Hlávka. The opera house was inaugurated as the "Vienna Court Opera" (Wiener Hofoper) in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria. It became known by its current name after the establishment of the First Austrian Republic in 1921. The Vienna State Opera is the successor of the Vienna Court Opera, the original construction site chosen and paid for by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1861.

The opera house was the first major building on the Vienna Ringstrasse commissioned by the Viennese "city expansion fund". Work commenced on the house in 1861 and was completed in 1869, following plans drawn up by architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style by the renowned Czech architect and contractor Josef Hlávka.

Gustav Mahler was one of the many conductors who have worked in Vienna. During his tenure (1897–1907), Mahler cultivated a new generation of singers, such as Anna Bahr-Mildenburg and Selma Kurz, and recruited a stage designer who replaced the lavish historical stage decors with sparse stage scenery corresponding to modernistic, Jugendstil tastes. Mahler also introduced the practice of dimming the lighting in the theatre during performances, which was initially not appreciated by the audience. However, Mahler's reforms were maintained by his successors.

Herbert von Karajan introduced the practice of performing operas exclusively in their original language instead of being translated into German. He also strengthened the ensemble and regular principal singers and introduced the policy of predominantly engaging guest singers. He began a collaboration with La Scala in Milan, in which both productions and orchestrations were shared. This created an opening for the prominent members of the Viennese ensemble to appear in Milan, especially to perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Ballet companies merge

At the beginning of the 2005–2006 season, the ballet companies of the Staatsoper and the Vienna Volksoper were merged under the direction of Gyula Harangozó.

From the 2010–2011 season a new company was formed called Wiener Staatsballet, Vienna State Ballet, under the direction of former Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer Manuel Legris. Legris eliminated Harangozós's policy of presenting nothing but traditional narrative ballets with guest artists in the leading roles, concentrated on establishing a strong in-house ensemble and restored evenings of mixed bill programs, featuring works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, and many contemporary choreographers, as well as a reduced schedule of the classic ballets.

Opera ball

For many decades, the opera house has been the venue of the Vienna Opera Ball. It is an internationally renowned event, which takes place annually on the last Thursday in Fasching. Those in attendance often include visitors from around the world, especially prominent names in business and politics. The opera ball receives media coverage from a range of outlets.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Vienna, Austria
Starts at: 19:00
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