Magazine article Dance Magazine

Changes in Vienna Affect Ballet Company and Dancers

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Changes in Vienna Affect Ballet Company and Dancers

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VIENNA--As of September, the Austrian National Theater belongs to the past. Until then the State Opera (which includes singers, orchestra, chorus, ballet, and stage personnel), the Vienna Burgtheater (actors and stage personnel), and the Vienna Volksoper (singers, orchestra, chorus, ballet, and stage personnel) have functioned under one administrative director and with one budget.

After long and exhaustive discussions, the decision was made for each of these theaters to function autonomously, both culturally and financially. This has created problems for the ballet and ballet school, which will remain under the direction of the director of the Staatsoper, currently loan Holender. The present dynamic ballet director, Renato Zanella, wants very much to have an independent ballet company. This, however, would put the company in danger of having no home theater in which to perform.

The administrative changes will also affect the future social welfare status of the dancers. Before, dancers could receive a pension after twenty-eight years of service. Now they will have to hold out for thirty-five years. Females will receive pensions at age fifty-five, males at sixty. The resulting decrease in turnover at the top will create a built-in problem for the up-and-coming generation. Furthermore, a corps de ballet dancer is guaranteed a contract after nine years of service, a soloist after fifteen years. Zanella charges that the Unions Collective Contract, the job security rules, the work times, and the requirement of the ballet to perform in operas all block his development plans. In addition, the decisions about how many ballet performances and how many premieres will be given each year will still be made by the Staatsoper director.

There are two training schools in Vienna that concentrate on the development of classical ballet dancers: the ballet school of the Vienna Staatsoper (formerly of the Austrian State Theater) and the ballet school of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna. …

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