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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: Legris has the firm backing of Staatsoper General Director Dominique Meyer, whose passion for dance can be heard in extended speeches after each premiere. This is a stark contrast to […]

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 festival called ImPulsTanz, bringing the contemporary dance world to the city for a little over a month. Now in its 25th year, ImPulsTanz continues to go through maturity pains: Should it show the way or just reflect […]

Vienna is Not Paris

Rarely has the stage of the Staatsoper appeared so impressive. The curtain opens to reveal dozens of dancers on three levels, the women in gleaming white tutus, the men in black leggings and handsome white shirts. But first impressions are often misleading. So it is with Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc. The audience collectively takes […]

A Lord of the Dance

In his latest dance confection for Vienna, Staatsoper ballet director Manuel Legris has brought us three hitherto never-danced-in-Vienna pieces from master showman Jerome Robbins (née Rabinowitz). Robbins was a polymath of dance, with the most eclectic collection of awards of any of the great choreographers, from an Oscar for film direction (West Side Story) to […]

Tilting at Nureyev’s Windmills: Don Quixote at the Staatsoper

Giselle, Swan Lake and Don Quixote are the three productions you will find most in the repertoire of full classical ballet companies. These ballets have become the reference benchmarks with which companies are measured against one another. Pas de deux from Don Quixote poison or enliven nearly every ballet competition depending on your perspective. Staatsoper […]

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