Wiener Staatsoper

Ballet: Suite of Dances

GLASS PIECES
Music Philip Glass
Choreography Jerome Robbins

DUO CONCERTANT
Music Igor Strawinski
Choreography George Balanchine

A SUITE OF DANCES
Music Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography Jerome Robbins

THE CONCERT
Music Frédéric Chopin
Choreography Jerome Robbins

Musical Direction Benjamin Pope
Violoncello Ditta Rohmann
Piano Igor Zapravdin

Premiere 23. 5. 2021

An American neoclassical dance festival – newly combined from the Viennese repertoire with the addition of the first Staatsballett performance of »A Suite of Dances«.With »Glass Pieces« (1983) Robbins created a ballet which is driven by the energies of urban life. As if operating at high voltage, 42 dancers develop an architecture from their bodies and movements, through a combination of athleticism and elegance, classical ballet, modern dance and everyday movement. The centre of the programme is made up of two miniatures: in Balanchine’s »Duo Concertant« (1972) a male and a female dancer are first seen listening to the music. Soon, however, they become involved and lose themselves in a moving chamber piece about love and longing. Robbins’ »Suite of Dances«, created in 1994 for Mikhail Baryshnikov, is an intimate »talking«. Based on music by Bach a finely nuanced dialogue between a dancer and a female cellist.»The Concert« (1956) is one of the funniest ballets ever created. Robbins has a pianist playing Chopin with an almost holy seriousness while the ballet ensemble responds to the music, sometimes with sophisti-cated flights of fancy and sometimes in a crazy sequence of mishaps and slapstick-style numbers.

Current Dates

  • Sun. 23 May 2021
  • Sun. 30 May 2021
  • Fri. 04 Jun 2021
  • Sat. 05 Jun 2021
  • Mon. 07 Jun 2021
  • Fri. 11 Jun 2021