John Neumeier

Verklungene Feste | Josephs Legende

Ballet

The "Legend of Joseph", one of the most exhilarating ballet compositions in musical history, returned 2015 to the Staatsoper. The history of the masterwork – including a special choreographic version that was created in 1977 by John Neumeier for the Wiener Staatsopernballett and 2008 updated for his Hamburg Ballett – strongly connects it with „Viennese Ballet“. "Verklungene Feste", which is also based on music by Richard Strauss, completes the evening that is totally dedicated to this composer.

20 December
Wednesday
19:30 - 21:45
1 intermission
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Cast | 20.12.2017

Verklungene Feste

Conductor Gerrit Prießnitz
Choreographie und Inszenierung John Neumeier
Costumes Albert Kriemler
Umsetzung Bühnenbild Heinrich Tröger von Allwörden
 
Tänzerin 1 Nina Poláková
Tänzer 1 Vladimir Shishov
Tänzerin 2 Liudmila Konovalova
Tänzer 2 Andrey Teterin
Tänzerin 3 Kiyoka Hashimoto
Tänzer 3 Alexandru Tcacenco
Tänzerin 4 Franziska Wallner-Hollinek
Tänzer 4 Mihail Sosnovschi
Tänzerin 5 Nikisha Fogo
Tänzer 5 Dumitru Taran
 

Josephs Legende

Conductor Gerrit Prießnitz
Choreographie und Inszenierung John Neumeier
Costumes Albert Kriemler
Umsetzung Bühnenbild Heinrich Tröger von Allwörden
 
Joseph Denys Cherevychko
Der Engel Jakob Feyferlik
Potiphars Weib Rebecca Horner
Potiphar Eno Peci
 

Details

 Verklungene Feste

First of all, we see the traces of an evening party from which the guests have already departed. Just one man is still sitting there, lost in thought, at a table covered with used champagne glasses, from which a woman slowly emerges. There has been a great deal of drinking and wild celebration, as if any moment of incipient emptiness must be overcome as quickly as possible. Under the spell of disillusionment, vanishing points form, spilling out of a present which is perceived as being restrictive into the realm of history. Memories of beauty, youth and a happy existence well up. But the time of decadent living is past, “the party’s over”, the carelessness and exuberance of unconditional joie de vivre, evident in so many encounters and now irrevocably lost, are no more. What remains is a repertory of moods and movements that once made up our lives. – In the middle of the Second World War, Richard Strauss orchestrated stylistic dances from the 18th century, piano pieces written by the French Baroque composer Francois Couperin, and created a piece of music that shifts between times.

Josephs Legende

Joseph dreams about an angel. Joseph is abducted. At Potiphar’s court, a feast is being held. Potiphar’s wife refuses to take part. Joseph is brought in and sold to Potiphar as a slave. Joseph dances for Potiphar. This dance, imbued with strange visions, has a most profound effect on Potiphar’s wife. The guests leave the feast. Joseph falls asleep in the empty hall. Again, he dreams about the angel. Potiphar’s wife feels drawn to Joseph. Her fascination increases and becomes an extreme passion. Potiphar surprises his wife in the act of trying to seduce Joseph. He wrongly regards Joseph as the seducer and orders him to be tortured. Disappointed and emotionally wounded, Potiphar’s wife strikes Joseph. Suddenly, however, at the moment of Joseph’s utmost distress, she undergoes a kind of conversion. Facing up to Potiphar and his anger, she protects Joseph. The angel appears, takes Joseph away with him and leads him to his true calling. Potiphar’s wife remains alone.