The Vienna State Ballet is one of the most established and renowned dance institutions in the world and as a corporation at home in the Wiener Staatsoper and Volksoper Wien. The ensemble, made up of 103 dancers, shows a rich repertoire on both stages and international guest performances – from the great romantic story ballets and masterpieces of the 20th and 21th century to several world premieres. In addition, it can be seen in the dance numbers in the opera, operetta and musical productions of its home stages as well as at the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Opera Ball of the Wiener Staatsoper.
With the 2020/21 season, Martin Schläpfer took over the direction of the Vienna State Ballet. The renowned choreographer and ballet director has recently led the multi-award-winning Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg to international acclaim. His works fascinate with their intensity, virtuosity, deeply moving images, and concise movement language, which highlights the musicality of the body while always reflecting the atmosphere and questions of our current world. Several performances offer the opportunity to encounter Martin Schläpfer’s art – including two world premieres: Two new pieces for Vienna are being created to Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Dmitri Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony, which also mark the beginning of the intensive creative dialogue that Martin Schläpfer will be establishing with the artists of his ensemble in the coming years.
As director, Martin Schläpfer is a bridge-builder who will naturally continue to cultivate the great ballet traditions, but will also enrich the programme with important contemporary artists and a great variety of choreographic signatures. The masters of American neo-classical ballet George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins will continue to be among the fixed stars of the Vienna repertoire, as will the Dutchman Hans van Manen. For the first time, however, the State Ballet will present works by Alexei Ratmansky and the two great American modern dance artists Paul Taylor and Mark Morris. But also dance modernism, whose home is the Nederlands Dans Theater, will delight the audience with works by Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Jiří Kylián and of course Hans van Manen.
Another central concern of Martin Schläpfer is the close cooperation with the two orchestras of the State Opera and the Volksoper, with internationally renowned conductors and instrumentalists. In addition to working on the symphonies of Mahler and Shostakovich with the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the restaging of Martin Schläpfer’s »Ein Deutsches Requiem«, in which the choir and extra choir as well as singers of the Volksoper participate, is another highlight of the season.
The ensemble’s major productions remain in its repertoire: at the Vienna State Opera, in addition to »Jewels«, the story ballets »La Fille mal gardée«, »Giselle« and »Swan Lake«. At the Volksoper, the popular family piece »Peter Pan« and »Coppélia« are again on the programme. The »Nureyev Gala« will be held every two years in the future as a tribute to these exceptional dancer and choreographer who has been so important for Vienna and the world.
Ballet Club Vienna State Ballet
With the appointment of Martin Schläpfer as Director of the Vienna State Ballet, the Ballet Club will be directly managed by the Vienna State Ballet, to pursue its projects of promoting talents and outreach-initiatives in the coming season.
Further information about registration, different membership levels and their benefits such as discussions with artists, training and rehearsal visits and much more will be available HERE.