Staatsballet

Staatsballet

The following evening, Mac and I went to a performance of four contemporary choreographers (David Dawson, Helen Pickett, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Patrick de Bana) entitled “Tanzperspektiven” back at the Staatsoper. Unlike the night before when our tickets were in the nosebleed section (sold out show, tix from a resale agent), we had front row box seats on the first tier. It was very fun to imagine being a 19th century opera goer for whom the who’s who of patrons was as much a part of the show as what was on stage. The 4 ballets were uneven in quality (we thought), and we both took real naps during the Pause. The dancing in the first performance titled “A Thousasnd Kisses to My Skin” seemed oddly cold given the title and description. The last ballet, “Windspiele” (windchimes) was the most lively and acrobatic.Minimalist composers like Phillip Glass and John Adams were favorites of the choreographers – this is an ongoing trend these days in modern ballet, it seems. The Bach (1st ballet) and Tchaikovskii (4th) were welcome bookends to the musical settings. There was a terrific pianist playing in the Bach – she did get a stage bow, but we couldn’t find her name in the program, which seemed unfair! For more details on the performance itself, see http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Content.Node/home/spielplan/Spielplandetail.en.php?eventid=961278674.

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About pcooperwhite

Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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