Nureyev Gala 2011

paquita28.Jun 2011,


Wiener Staatsoper – first night performance of ballet-director Manuel Legris

Conductor: Vello Pähn




Part 1.

Pas de deux of PAQUITA

Choreographie: Pierre Lacotte

Musik by Edouard Deldevez, re-arranged: David Coleman

Dances: Natalie Kusch and Andrey Teterin



The first season of the Wiener Staatsballett under its director Manuel Legris, which has already seen many highlights, reaches a glorious conclusion with the Nurejew Gala 2011.
Almost 25 years have elapsed since Rudolf Nureyev received the ovations of the Vienna public for the last time as a dancer, on the occasion of his 50th birthday in March 1988. It was just a quarter of century before that (in October 1964) that he first appeared at the "Haus am Ring". Between these two key dates, this exceptional dancer appeared 167 times in 20 roles with the Vienna State Opera Ballet, in a period which included his classic productions specially created for Vienna (Swan Lake and Don Quixote), the world premiere of his own first ballet (Tancredi, with music by Hans Werner Henze), and other major performances of his versions of classics (Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda). There can be no doubt that Nureyev was the personality who provided Viennese ballet in 20th century with its greatest impulses – even though he never held any directorial function here, as he did in Paris.

However, it is the impact of Nureyev as Ballet Director at the Paris Opera in the eighties that is reflected in the Gala Evening now being staged by Manuel Legris in honour of his mentor. Works by major historical figures and important contemporary choreographers, which were presented by Nureyev in Paris and which form part of the basic repertoire for Legris the dancer, will be presented either in their entirety or as extracts. The range extends from August Bournonville and Marius Petipa to Jerome Robbins, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Kenneth MacMillan and Pierre Lacotte to John Neumeier, Nils Christe and William Forsythe. In addition there will be works by Nureyev himself.

Legris himself will appear as a dancer alongside members of "his" company and guest soloists: in Robbins' In the Night and in a Pas de deux from MacMilllan's Manon.

By the program of „Nurejew Gala 2011" of the Wiener Staatsballett, 2011.





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