Martin Schläpfer, August Bournonville, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nurejew, Hans van Manen, Victor Gsovsky, Harald Lander


Saturday 29. June 2024 18:30 – 21:45 One intermission Main Stage Livestream

About the Gala

Short Summary

In memory of Rudolf Nureyev, who had such a formative influence on dance in Vienna, the Vienna State Ballet’s Nureyev Gala has been a fixed point in the programme since 2011. 

A great evening of ballet and a celebration of dance!

Part 1 80 MIN.
Intermission 25 MIN.
Part 2 80 MIN.

Nureyev was a visionary: As a dancer charismatic, emotional and intelligent, athletic and attractive like no other in the second half of the 20th century and not only a great performer of his roles, but also a breaker of the boundaries between classical ballet and contemporary dance; as a choreographer an artist who condensed the classics through virtuosity; as a ballet director a facilitator of new works that have continued to write dance history.

The program of the Nureyev Gala 2024 follows in these footsteps and presents the dancers of the Vienna State Ballet in a stylistic spectrum from the 19th century to the present. Top-class guests from the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Étoiles Valentine Colasante and Marc Moreau, will present the Grand Pas Classique by Victor Gsovsky and the Pas de deux from the second act of Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake. Furthermore on the program with the Vienna State Ballet: the La Ventana Pas de trois by August Bournonville, Waltz and Pas de cinq from the first act of Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake, Martin Schläpfer’s solo Ramifications, his waltz Wiener Blut and the Pas de deux from the second act of Dornröschen, Hans van Manen’s Four Schumann Pieces, the Black Pas de deux from John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias, the Fandango and the Grand Pas de deux from third act of Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote and, as the grand finale, an excerpt from Harald Lander’s Etudes. Wolfgang Heinz will conduct the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.


Tickets for our standing room can be purchased online or at the Bundestheater box office from 10 am on the day of the performance. BundestheaterCard holders can book standing room tickets online the day before the performance.

In addition, a fixed contingent of standing room tickets is available for regular evening performances from 80 minutes before the start of the performance at our standing room box office (Operngasse entrance).

Our operas are sung in the original languages - these vary depending on the work.

At each seat, subtitles in different languages can be switched on or off via a separate subtitle screen. In addition to the original language of the opera, you can choose from up to eight languages: German, English, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin).

In the event of a change of performance, you can of course return or exchange your tickets.

As changes to the cast cannot be ruled out due to illnesses or other hindrances of artists, there is no entitlement to a refund of the ticket price or exchange in this case.

Tickets cannot be returned or exchanged if you are not admitted to the auditorium due to being late (even after the interval).

About Your Visit


The cloakrooms are located next the the entrances at the Operngasse. You can find additional cloakrooms on the left and right side of the balcony and the gallery and in the boxes. All cloakrooms are free of charge.

Be on Time

We ask you to be on time when attending the performances.
Entry to the auditorium is not allowed after the performance has started. This also applied after the break.

Food and Drink

Our gastronomy opens at the same time entry is permitted. You can enjoy some snacks and drinks before the performance starts or you can book a table for the break.

Practical Information

You can find more practical information regarding your visit (e.g. Dresscode, barrier-free-access, …) here.


Discounts, Subscriptions, Cycles


The Vienna State Opera offers the following discounts:

  • Under 27
  • Children- & Youth-Tickets
  • BundestheaterCard
  • Ballett-Bonus
  • Ö1-Club
  • Culture Pass »Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur«
  • Disability ID
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