Maria Caligari and Bart Cook talk about their rehearsal work on George Balanchine's »Liebeslieder Walzer«. Balanchine’s »Liebeslieder Walzer« was a fixture of the Vienna State Ballet’s repertoire from 1977 to 1991, and now returns in a restaged version. Four pairs of dancers, singers and pianists meet as if for an exuberant Schubert celebration on a stage that is transformed into a ballroom by Johannes Brahms’ »Liebeslieder-Walzer« op. 52 and his »Neue Liebeslieder« op. 65. Initially in elegant and playful evening dress, then in ballet wear and pointe shoes, Balanchine presents intimate portraits of passion: »In the first act it is real people who are dancing. In the second act, it is their souls«, the choreographer claimed. Premiere: 14 January 2022 at the Wiener Staatsoper.
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