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Evening of ballets: Les Sylphides. Eden. Jeunehomme

Volksoper Vienna, Vienna, Austria
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Thursday 30 May 2024
6 PM

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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Vienna, Austria
Starts at: 18:00

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

The world 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 stage and costume designs by Karl Lagerfeld, which beautifully capture the spirit of Mozart’s time from the perspective of the contemporary couturier

Chopiniana, staged by Fokine, had a different musical composition. Also, Chopiniana was originally a compilation of dramatic or character dances set to Chopin's piano music. The Glazunov suite upon which this original version was based had only four Chopin pieces; Fokine wanted to use a waltz as an addition to the suite and was able to get Glazunov to orchestrate this to create his ballet, also called Chopiniana.

History
Premiere of this production: 30 November 1906, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Chopiniana (Les Sylphides) is a short, non-narrative ballet blanc to piano music by Frédéric Chopin, selected and orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov.

Venue Info

Volksoper Vienna - Vienna
Location   Währinger Strasse 78

The Vienna Volksoper is a major opera house in Vienna, Austria. It produces three hundred performances of twenty-five German language productions during an annual season which runs from September through June.

Volksoper Vienna was built in 1898 as the Kaiserjubiläum-Stadttheater (Kaiser's Jubilee Civic Theatre), originally producing only plays. Because of the very brief construction period (10 months) the first director Adam Müller-Gutenbrunn had to start with debts of 160,000 gulden. After this inauspicious startup the Kaiserjubiläum-Stadttheater had to declare bankruptcy five years later in 1903.

On 1 September 1903 Rainer Simons took over the house and renamed it the Kaiserjubiläum-Stadttheater - Volksoper (public opera). His intention was to continue the production of plays but also establish series of opera and operetta. The first Viennese performances of Tosca and Salome were given at the Volksoper in 1907 and 1910 respectively. World-famous singers such as Maria Jeritza, Leo Slezak and Richard Tauber appeared there; the conductor Alexander Zemlinsky became the first bandmaster in 1906.

In the years up to and through the First World War the Volksoper attained a position as Vienna's second prestige opera house. In 1919, Felix Weingartner became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. He was followed as Director by Hugo Gruder-Guntram. After 1929, it focused on light opera, and under Gruder-Guntram undertook a number of summer tours to Abbazia in 1935, Cairo and Alexandria in 1937 and throughout Italy in 1938, with guest appearances from Richard Tauber. After the Second World War, the Vienna Volksoper became the alternative venue to the devastated Vienna State Opera. In 1955 the Volksoper returned to its former role of presenting opera, operetta, and musicals.

From September 1991 to June 1996 the Vienna Volksoper was under a collective leadership with the Vienna State Opera. In 1999 the Volksoper became a 100% subsidiary of the Bundestheater-Holding. Since 1 September 2007 Robert Meyer has headed the Volksoper as artistic director together with the business manager Christoph Ladstätter. Each season includes about 25 productions, a total of approximately 300 performances—a performance almost every day. In addition to opera, operetta, musicals and ballet, there are special performances and children's programs.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Vienna, Austria
Starts at: 18:00
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