Vienna State Ballet

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Vienna State Ballet dancers Olga Esina and Roman Lazik perform "Donauwalzer" in the Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria, on December 31, 2011 (photo by Alfred Weidinger)

Vienna State Ballet, Wiener Staatsballett, is considered one of the world's top ballet companies. It was formerly named the Vienna State Opera Ballet as it is based at the Vienna State Opera building. In 2005 the ballets of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Volksoper were merged under the name Das Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper and Gyula Harangozo became the artistic director. The further name change, on September 1, 2010, was accompanied by a change in leadership. Manuel Legris, a former principal dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet, succeeded as the artistic director.

2010-2011 season[edit]

In his first season Legris created all together eight premieres, including the triple bill evening „Juwelen der Neuen Welt“ (Jewels of the New World) featuring ballets by George Balanchine („Theme and Variations“, „Rubies“), Twyla Tharp („Variations on a Theme by Haydn“) and William Forsythe („The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude“), „Schritte und Spuren“ (Steps and Traces) with choreographies by Jorma Elo („Glow – Stop“), Jiří Bubeníček („Le Souffle de l´Esprit“), Paul Lightfoot and Sol León („Skew-Whiff“) and Jiří Kylián („Bella Figura“), „Don Quixote“ by Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa and „Hommage an Jerome Robbins“ (Homage to Jerome Robbins) including his ballets „Glass Pieces“, „In the Night“ and „The Concert“ and the „Nureyev Gala 2011“ at the Vienna State Opera. At the Vienna Volksoper he brought Patrick de Bana's „Marie Antoinette“, Maurice Béjart's „Le Concours“ and the ballet evening „Junge Talente des Wiener Staatsballetts“ (Young Talents of the Vienna State Ballet).

2011-2012 season[edit]

In the second season three premieres followed in the Vienna State Opera: Pierre Lacotte's „La Sylphide“, the triple bill evening „Meisterwerke des 20. Jahrhunderts“ (Masterpieces of the 20th Century) with Serge Lifar's „Suite en Blanc“, Nils Christe's „Before Nightfall“ and Roland Petit's „L’Arlésienne“ and the „Nureyev Gala 2012“. At the Vienna Volksoper he presented a triple bill evening with Vesna Orlic's „Carmina Burana“, Boris Nebyla's „Nachmittag eines Fauns“ (Afternoon of a Faun) and András Lukács‘ „Bolero“.

2012-2013 season[edit]

During the third season again three premieres were staged at the Vienna State Opera: Rudolf Nureyev's „Der Nussknacker“ (Nutcracker), the quadruple bill evening „Tanzperspektiven“ (Dance Perspectives) with David Dawson's „A Million Kisses to My Skin“, Helen Pickett's „Eventide“, Patrick de Bana's „Windspiele“ (Wind Chimes) and Jean-Christophe Maillot's „Vers un Pays Sage“ and the „Nuryev Gala 2013“. At the Vienna Volksoper there were also three premieres with Stephan Thoss‘ „Blaubarts Geheimnis“ (Bluebeard‘s Secret), Jorma Elo's „Ein Sommernachtstraum“ (A Midsummernight's Dream) and the ballet evening „Kreation und Tradition“ (Creation and Tradition).

2013-2014 season[edit]

The fourth season brought the three premieres „Ballett-Hommage“ (Ballet Homage) with William Forsythe's „The Second Detail“, Natalia Horecna's „Contra Clockwise Witness“ and Harald Lander's „Études“, „Schwanensee“ (Swan Lake) by Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and the „Nureyev Gala 2014“. At the Vienna Volksoper there were two premieres: The double bill evening „Märchenwelt Ballett“ with Vesna Orlic's „Tausendundeine Nacht“ (Thousand Nights and a Night) and Andrey Kaydanovskiy's „Das hässliche Entlein“ (The Ugly Duckling) and „Ein Reigen“ by Ashley Page.

2014-2015 season[edit]

In the fifth season three premieres followed at the Vienna State Opera: John Neumeier's „Verklungene Feste“ and „Josephs Legende“, a triple bill evening with Hans van Manen‘s „Adagio Hammerklavier“, Alexander Ekman's „Cacti“ and Jiří Kylián's „Bella Figura“ and the „Nureyev Gala 2015“. Three premieres followed also at the Vienna Volksoper: the double bill evening „Mozart à 2 / Don Juan“ by Thierry Malandain, „Giselle Rouge“ (Red Giselle) by Boris Eifman and „Junge Talente des Wiener Staatsballetts II“ (Young Talents of the Vienna State Ballet II).

2015-2016 season[edit]

The sixth season brought again three premieres at the Vienna State Opera: a triple bill evening with Stephan Thoss‘ „Blaubarts Geheimnis (Ausschnitt)“ (Bluebeard's Secret (Excerpt)), Christopher Wheeldon's „Fool’s Paradise“ and Jerome Robbins „The Four Seasons“, Manuel Legris own choreography of „Le Corsaire“ and the „Nureyev Gala 2016“. At the Vienna Volksoper Michael Corder's „Die Schneekönigin“ (The Snow Queen) had its premiere.

2016-2017 season[edit]

In his seventh season Manuel Legris showed three premieres at the Vienna State Opera: a triple bill evening with George Balanchine's „Symphonie on C“ (Symphony in C), Edwaard Liang's „Murmuration“ and Daniel Proietto's „Blanc“, a double bill evening with John Neumeier's „Le Pavillon d’Armide“ and „Le Sacre“ and the „Nureyev Gala 2017“. At the Vienna Volksoper two premieres followed: Thierry Malandains „Cendrillon (Aschenputtel)“ and a triple bill evening with Andrey Kaydanovskiy's „Der Feuervogel“ (Firebird), Eno Peci's „Petruschka“ and András Lukács‘ „Movements to Stravinsky“.

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