Promethean Fire

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With the premiere of »Promethean Fire«, the Vienna State Ballet presents for the first time the two outstanding artists of American modern dance, Paul Taylor and Mark Morris, in a programme that resides on the outer limits of the Prometheus motif: between hubris and humanity, catastrophe and beauty, creation and transience.
Taylor’s »Promethean Fire« supposedly came about in response to the »Nine Eleven« attacks. And although the choreographer later withdrew this association, this moving dance drama nonetheless occupies the space of an underlying mood of catastrophe.
In contrast, Mark Morris brings nine ›Beaux‹ to the stage with his wonderful sense of humour: beautiful men, real fellows, but also mates, gentlemen and innocent angels.

Program and cast

Promethean Fire

Choreography: Paul Taylor
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach in the orchestration by Leopold Stokowski
Set and costumes: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Production: Richard Chen See

Musical direction: Jean-Michaël Lavoie


Choreography: Martin Schläpfer
Music: György Ligeti
Stage and costumes: Keso Dekker
Lighting: Stefan Bolliger

Musical direction: Jean-Michaël Lavoie


Choreography: Martin Schläpfer
Music: György Ligeti
Set and costume design: Thomas Ziegler
Lighting: Stefan Bolliger

Musical direction: Jean-Michaël Lavoie


Choreography: Mark Morris
Music: Bohuslav Martinu
Stage design and costumes: Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting: Michael Chybowski
Stage direction: Megan Williams

Musical direction: Jean-Michaël Lavoie
Harpsichord: Felix Lemke

Volksoper Vienna

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Underground line U6
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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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