Ballett

Ohad Naharin, Heinz Spoerli

Goldberg-Variationen

Monday 13. November 2023 19:30 – 22:00 One break Main Stage
Werkeinführung
30 Minuten vor der Vorstellung
im Gustav Mahler-Saal
Ö1
Abo 14

Ticket information

Choose a day of the week and your favorite seats and enjoy five performances in one season.

The following performances are included in this subscription:

18. September 2023: DAPHNE 
16. October 2023: IL TRITTICO 
13. November 2023: GOLDBERG VARIATIONEN
26. February 2024: DON PASQUALE 
24. June 2024: COSÌ FAN TUTTE


Cast at
13. November 2023

Tabula Rasa

Tänzerinnen

Sonia Dvořák

Tänzerinnen

Sveva Gargiulo

Tänzerinnen

Adi Hanan

Tänzerinnen

Chiara Uderzo

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa

Musikalische Leitung

Gerrit Prießnitz

Musik

Arvo Pärt

Choreographie, Bühne & Licht

Ohad Naharin

Einstudierung

Matan David

Goldberg-Variationen

Solistinnen

Olga Esina

Solistinnen

Claudine Schoch

Solistinnen

Elena Bottaro

Goldberg-Variationen

Solisten

Davide Dato

Goldberg-Variationen

Goldberg-Variationen

Musik

Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreographie und Kostüme

Heinz Spoerli

Einstudierung

Arman Grigoryan

Goldberg-Variationen

Einstudierung

Chris Jensen

About the Production

Short Summary

In 1993, the Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli accepted the challenge of meeting Bach’s Opus summum for the piano with dance – and created one of his major works: 

A dance drama built out of music-making with the body about human beings, their joys and fears, loneliness and desires, allegiances and quarrels, youth and age. Goldberg-Variationen is an 80-minute panorama of life which is juxtaposed here with a ballet choreographed by Ohad Naharin – also performed by the Vienna State Ballet for the first time – Tabula Rasa.

Ohad Naharin is one of the most fascinating figures in contemporary dance: an artist who loves extremes. Born in the Israeli kibbutz Mizra in 1952, he left his homeland at the age of 24 when he was invited to go to New York by modern dance icon Martha Graham. He danced in Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXe Siècle, and from 1990 to 2018 ran the Batsheva Dance Company, based in Tel Aviv, developing an entire technique of movement for them, Gaga, a method of »training the senses to be receptive«, created out of the need to be able to communicate with dancers on a deeper level.


As a Ballet Director, Heinz Spoerli made Basler Ballett, the Ballett der Deutschen Oper am Rhein and finally the Zürcher Ballett leading companies in Europe and created a comprehensive œuvre as a choreographer. He choreographed the Goldberg-Variationen in 1993 for his company in Düsseldorf. The Vienna State Ballet will present the work with a new stage and costume design devised especially for Vienna.

In 1742, Johann Sebastian Bach gave his Goldberg Variations the simple title Piano exercise consisting of one aria with various variations – and it is a fascinating compendium of variations, canons and fugues. In 1993, the Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli accepted the challenge of meeting Bach’s Opus summum for the piano with dance – and created one of his major works: a dance drama built out of music-making with the body about human beings, their joys and fears, loneliness and desires, allegiances and quarrels, youth and age. Goldberg-Variationen presents an 80-minute panorama of life which is juxtaposed here with a ballet choreographed by Ohad Naharin – also performed by the Vienna State Ballet for the first time – Tabula Rasa, to the eponymous piece by the composer Arvo Pärt. The Israeli’s works are declarations of love to the body in movement full of freedom, strength, eroticism and wildness, but also of purity, tenderness and vulnerability. The term »tabula rasa« comes from an ancient philosophical idea and describes human beings as a »blank page«. Ohad Naharin takes one of these and writes on it his explorations of the self and the body in the form of touching, kinetic-meditative experiences.

Goldberg-Variationen presents an 80-minute panorama of life which is juxtaposed here with a ballet choreographed by Ohad Naharin – also performed by the Vienna State Ballet for the first time – Tabula Rasa, to the eponymous piece by the composer Arvo Pärt. The Israeli’s works are declarations of love to the body in movement full of freedom, strength, eroticism and wildness, but also of purity, tenderness and vulnerability. The term »tabula rasa« comes from an ancient philosophical idea and describes human beings as a »blank page«. Ohad Naharin takes one of these and writes on it his explorations of the self and the body in the form of touching, kinetic-meditative experiences.

Impressions of the Choreographies

© Wiener Staatsballett/Ashley Taylor
© Wiener Staatsballett/Ashley Taylor
© Wiener Staatsballett/Ashley Taylor
© Wiener Staatsballett/Ashley Taylor

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