Every new year for me officially begins upon watching the annual concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic. 2020 is no different for me, but there are a couple of historic details to note, including the first time a Spanish choreographer has created the iconic new year’s pieces danced by the Vienna State Ballet. José Carlos Martinez, formerly the director of La Compañía Nacional de Danza of Spain, choreographed – in my very humble opinion – a couple of the most beautiful ballets ever performed for this event.
Although the entire concert is worthy of your time, here are the details if you’d like to skip straight to the dancing:
At 15:22-25:25 Music: Be Embraced, You Millions! by Johann Strauss II Dancers: Natascha Mair + Denis Cherevychko, Nina Tonoli + Davide Dato, Madison Young + Robert Gabdulin
At 37:02-41:18 Music: Twelve Contredances by Ludwig van Beethoven Dancers: Olga Esina + Jakob Feyferlik, Ketevan Papava + Roman Lazik
I wish you all a new year filled with love, laughter, and lots of dancing, and hope that perhaps watching this concert will become part of your tradition, too!
Cherilyn's lifelong passion for ballet has opened the door to the next chapter of her journey. Her strong foundation includes training at the School of American Ballet, being a featured dancer with Hartford Ballet and Carolina Ballet, and being co-director/owner of City Ballet Raleigh. She was granted the Affiliate Teacher Award after successfully completing the ABT National Training Curriculum®. A professional career in the industry along with extensive global travel provide her with a unique set of experiences to draw upon as a journalist and audience member. Cherilyn is excited to be sharing her insight about ballet around the world.