Goldberg-Variationen PROMO


Goldberg Variations

Johann Sebastian Bach

1h 32m

Simply Clavier-Übung bestehend in einer Aria mit verschiedenen Veraenderungen, Johann Sebastian Bach titled his Goldberg Variations in 1742 – and composed a fascinating compendium of variations, canons and fugues. In 1993, the Swiss choreographer Heinz Spoerli took up the challenge of meeting Bach’s opus summum of piano literature with dance – and created one of his signature works: a dance drama about man, his joys and fears, loneliness and lusts, bonds and ruptures, youth and old age, which builds up from making music with the body. Now, 30 years after its creation, it’s been brought to the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper in a new set and costume design, especially for the Wiener Staatsballett – “a wonderful addition to the repertoire” (Tanz). “The courage to choreograph Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations for piano was rewarded. Spoerli has succeeded in creating a highly attractive and musical exploration of the variations, which shows pure dance in many colorful facets. [...] The spectrum ranges from large group scenes to solos and pas de deux. All highlights.” (Kurier)

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography by Heinz Spoerli

Wiener Staatsballett


Artistic team

Choreographer and costume designer | Heinz Spoerli

Set designer | Florian Etti

Pianist | William Youn

Soloist dancers

Elena Bottaro

Olga Esina

Hyo-Jung Kang

Liudmila Konovalova

Claudine Schoch

Davide Dato

Giorgio Fourés

Masayu Kimoto

Marcos Menha

Alexey Popov

Brendan Saye

Arne Vandervelde

Daniel Vizcayo

Géraud Wielick


Teatro Real
Various authors
George Balanchine, Justin Peck
Maurice Ravel / Claude Debussy
Thierry Malandain