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January 1970

The founding of the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1959 opened a new chapter in the history of ballet. Important modern dance stimuli continue to emanate from the Netherlands to this day. Martin Schläpfer has now combined three masterpieces from the repertoire of the Vienna State Ballet by the former directors of The Hague Company – Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen as well as Sol León & Paul Lightfoot – into a programme that can be experienced at the Vienna State Ballet for the first time in this form.

»Skew-Whiff« puts no limits on the imagination when it comes to playfully trying out a wide range of movements: the outcome is a piece of wonderful fun by the choreographer duo Sol León & Paul Lightfoot. On the other hand, Hans van Manen’s »Adagio Hammerklavier«, a ballet set to Beethoven, is a sublime masterpiece in terms of its concentration and clarity: »Light as a feather and floating, a breeze, a dream of ballet«, writes the dance critic Jochen Schmidt. And Jiří Kylián created a key work of the 20th century with his »Symphony of Psalms«, based on Stravinsky’s composition of the same name. In his characteristically pacey, flowing language of movement, he unfurls a fascinating, spiritual architecture before our very eyes.

Program and cast

Skew-Whiff by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
Adagio Hammerklavier by Hans van Manen
Symphony of Psalms by Jiří Kylián

Volksoper Vienna

Public transport:

Underground line U6
Trams 40, 41, 42
Bus 40A
Stop "Währinger Straße / Volksoper"

A taxi stand is located at Währinger Gürtel.
Parking garages in WIFI and AKH


The Volksoper is Vienna’s main stage for operetta, opera, musicals and ballet, offering sophisticated musical entertainment. Colourful, eclectic and full of vitality, it is the only theatre dedicated to the genre of operetta.

Operetta belongs to Vienna and Vienna installed it at the home of operetta, Volksopera Vienna, which thereupon became the leading operetta house in the world. First class singers, actors and dancers together with a versatile orchestra cunjure up a musical firework display every evening.

Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán wrote their world famous beloved melodies for operettas such as “The Fledermaus”, “The Merry Widow” and “The Csárdás Princess”. A visit to at least one of these operettas at the Volksopera Vienna is a must for every visitor to Vienna!

Also performed are operas from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as classic musicals and ballet. In addition, the Volksoper has a fifth longstanding and proven speciality: it stages soirées, cabaret and burlesque performances under the name of “Volksoper Spezial”.

In the repertory theatre, which seats 1,337 persons, some 300 performances of around 35 different productions are staged every year between September and June.

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