An eclectic repertoire of world renowned artists present dance in manifold forms at Osterklang.
Reveling in sound and movement since 1996, Osterklang blends old classics with new approaches, presenting music with a spiritual angle by world-class artists. This year’s selection fuses theater, concert, ballet and cabaret, exploring the power of dance between Eros and Thanatos.
The opening performance is a ballet version of Ghosts, Henrik Ibsen’s famous drama and scathing social commentary, laden with tainted morals and grueling decisions. Performed by the acclaimed Norwegian National Ballet and accompanied by jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, Ghosts enthuses with daring stylistic innovations and a timeless leitmotif of a family disintegrating under sin and hypocrisy. Later in the festival, the company will return for a rendition of Carmen, choreographed by Liam Scarlett of Royal Ballet fame.
The Russian National Orchestra, under Alexander Sladkovsky, will perform Prokofiev’s suite from Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring; Austrian mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman will return temporarily to the opera after retiring in 2015, bringing her vibrant presence to her solo program La femme C’est Moi, featuring excerpts from classics like Carmen and more contemporary evergreens like Cole Porter and the Beatles. Volksoper ensemble member Georg Wacks gives a comical turn on dance with his program Höllentanz (Dance of Hell).
For the finale, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra will perform American Dances as part of their Spring in Vienna concert, a celebration of musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Including popular songs from Candide, An American in Paris and West Side Story, Grammy-Award nominee Philippe Jordan waves the conductor’s baton, bringing this year’s program to a close.