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© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Ashley Taylor

Rehearsal impressions with Marco Goecke

The dance universes created by Marco Goecke get under your skin. In his feverish and fluttering movement vocabulary, the dancers’ bodies act as if they have been filled with a high voltage current. Now Martin Schläpfer has succeeded in engaging the choreographer considered one of the most interesting artists within the international ballet landscape to work together with the Vienna State Ballet for the very first time in the world premiere Fly Paper Bird to excerpts from Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony and words by Ingeborg Bachmann.

The programme opens with Marsch, Walzer, Polka to music by the Strauß family – a thrilling homage to waltz dreams and the ecstasy of dance in which Martin Schläpfer also explores in an intricate manner what it is that we generally associate with the notion of »Vienna«. The work is presented in a design by Susanne Bisovsky, whose experimental works influenced by historical »Tracht« probe the boundaries between tradition and the avant-garde in a most congenial way. George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, staged by the former New York City Ballet ballerina Patricia Neary, brings the Vienna State Ballet’s programme In Seventh Heaven to a splendid and festive finale.

Premiere: 14th November 2021 at the Wiener Staatsoper

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