Daily training is the basis of all dance. It is practice and more: »exercitium« in the true sense of the word. It trains the dancer – makes him grow in body and mind. The schools and techniques for the daily class are diverse. Martin Schläpfer is not only one of the most important choreographers of his generation, but he is also an important ballet teacher who – based on classical dance technique – has developed his own way of training. In our series Tanzpodium we will discuss methods and the importance of training for artistic processes and will explain different techniques using various examples.
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How does a dance maker find his movements? How does he communicate them to his dancers? How are historical works restaged? What are the thoughts behind a ballet? What role does the music play?
In the ballet workshop for the premiere of Promethean Fire, ballet director Martin Schläpfer and the New York repetiteurs Richard Chen See and Meghan Williams, who are responsible for restaging the works by Paul Taylor and Mark Morris, together with the dancers of the Vienna State Ballet provide insights into the ballet program with live rehearsal excerpts.
In conversations with the artists involved, you will learn interesting facts about the works.
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With a weekly Open Class the Vienna State Ballet offers professional dancers, dance teachers, and students as well as advanced amateurs (age 14 and above) the opportunity to take part in a top-class ballet training. Led by Martin Schläpfer, Louisa Rachedi, Samuel Colombet, Jean Christophe Lesage, Daniel Vizcayo and other members of the Vienna State Ballet the classical training takes place to live piano accompaniment.
Showers and changing rooms are available. Please come in comfortable clothing, slippers or socks and bring your own water bottle.
Currently, there are no Covid 19 safety regulations, so a PCR test and the wearing of masks are no longer obligatory. However, we appeal to the participants' sense of responsibility to voluntarily test themselves beforehand for the protection of the whole group. Furthermore, we ask you to check the current Covid-19 safety requirements on our website: https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/service/covid-19-information/
The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
When: from 10 September 2022 every Saturday (except on public holidays and during the summer break).
Entrance: 3.30 pm, Start: 4 pm
Duration: 90 minutes
Fee: € 20 per class
Where: Ballettakademie der Wiener Staatsoper, Nurejew-Saal, Goethegasse 1 / Hanuschhof 3, 1010 Wien
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The cooperation with the Viennese cinemas Filmcasino and Filmhaus, which started with great success in the 2021/22 season, will also accompany the program of the Vienna State Ballet in 2022/23 with interesting documentaries and a feature film. Four matinees with subsequent audience discussion are planned:
Sunday, 6 November 2022, 1 pm
In Balanchine’s Classroom
Connie Hochman / US 2020 / 88 mins / English
Sunday, 5 February 2023, 1 pm
Paul Taylor. Dancemaker
Matthew Diamond / US 1998 / 98 min / English
Sunday, 12 March 2023, 1 pm
On the occasion of Rudolf Nureyev´s 85th birthday
Nurejew. The White Crow
Ralph Fiennes / UK 2018 / 122 mins / Original with subtitles
Sunday, 23 April 2023, 1 pm
Mister Gaga. Der Choreograph Ohad Naharin
Tomer Heymann / IL, SE, D, NL 2015 /100 mins / Original with subtitles
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