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Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

The Volksoper started the dance season with two premieres on their evening of Märchenwelt or Fairy Tale World. Staatsoper dancer and young choreographer Andrey Kaydanovsky opened the evening with an updated Ugly Duckling to an excellent performance of Ravel’s Pictures from an Exhibition. In an evening of anthropmorphism, Patrick Hullman’s performance as a tyrannical turkey […]

ImPulsTanz: Provocation and Mastery

ImPulsTanz: Provocation and Mastery

ImPulsTanz is back for its 30th anniversary. Every summer Vienna becomes the centre of Europe’s contemporary dance world for a month and 2013 appears an…

The Staatsoper Ballet: Rivalries Centre Stage

The Staatsoper Ballet: Rivalries Centre Stage

Midway through Manuel Legris’ third season at Staatsoper, Vienna is becoming a ballet city. What a difference one person can make! Actually it’s two people:…

The Slovak Fiscal Paradise Ends in a Hotel Ballroom

The Slovak Fiscal Paradise Ends in a Hotel Ballroom

On 13 November, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was scheduled to speak at the Forbes Business-Government Dialogue conference in Bratislava. Instead, Fico sent a video…

Vienna’s New Nutcracker

Vienna’s New Nutcracker

Every child should see The Nutcracker at least once. But if you want her to remember and him to treasure the occasion, best to be…

About Alec Kinnear

Alec Kinnear is founder of design studio Foliovision and a dance filmmaker and writer. Alec began his film and critical work in dance at the Bolshoi and the Kirov. Over the years he has had the pleasure of watching most of the world's great companies in their home venue.

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ImPulsTanz: Where the Dance Is

ImPulsTanz: Where the Dance Is

Just when you think it’s too hot to move, Vienna’s cultural scene is hit with a summer dance…

Dido & Aeneas: Dancing to Opera

For all the Italian and Russian opera that followed, one of the first masterpieces of opera is in…

Carmina Burana: Daliesque Orgy

The curtain opens to a full choir of 70 filling the entire backstage singing at full voice. Front…

Vienna is Not Paris

Rarely has the stage of the Staatsoper appeared so impressive. The curtain opens to reveal dozens of dancers…

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