Vienna Festival Ballet


Vienna Festival Ballet


The Nutcracker

The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the world’s best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker doll combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through a shimmering winter land scene to a Kingdom made entirely of sweets.

Returning by popular demand, following several successful performances, including Sleeping Beauty earlier this year, Vienna Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker promises to be a delightful treat for ballet fans and interested observers alike. The performances also offer an ideal opportunity to introduce children to the art and skills of ballet.

Sugar Plum Fairy

Sugar Plum Fairy

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The Company
The celebrated Austrian dancer Peter Mallek founded the company in 1980 after his illustrious career as a dancer of international renown. Now in their 34th year of producing quality ballet productions, the company continues to experience remarkable success and perform great classical ballets all over the world. VFB are known for their beautiful and lavish hand-made costumes and headdresses. Their productions have all the elegance and extravagance associated with the best of ballet.

Notable for the continued freshness and strength of their dancing casts, VFB have top-talented dancers including graduates from the Royal Ballet School, British, Australian and Italian soloists, and guest stars from Vienna and South Africa. In this their 34th anniversary year their casts and productions are sure to thrill against the glorious music background of Tchaikovsky.

We turn the spotlight on Hampshire-born corps de ballet dancer, Samantha Bosshardt.
“Being the only girl in my family, I was always trying to keep up with my older brothers, so mum thought I ought to start dance classes so I didn’t turn out a complete tomboy. I attended my local dance school – Southsea School of Dancing. I was hooked on ballet from my very first performance at the King’s Theatre aged 9. I am addicted to the adrenaline rush from the heat of the lights, looking into a black abyss except for the glint of spectacles and white hair knowing that behind the sea of blackness hundreds of eyes are focused on you.

“At 16 I took the risk and left home in Portsmouth to follow my passion to London to train as a dancer. My favourite quote from a dance teacher is “the biggest mistake you’ll ever make, is being afraid to make a mistake”. I knew that what I wanted to do was a highly competitive and gruelling profession. But after three years training at London Studio Centre I graduated with a first and got through the audition for Vienna Festival Ballet the same summer.

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“Vienna Festival Ballet is a small company of 16 dancers. For me this has so many positives, I barely see the dressing room as we never go off stage, every dancer has many roles and there are always lots of opportunities for good parts. It feels more like a family than work as we are all doing a job we enjoy and we have a great time doing it. I feel so lucky to work with such talented dancers who are all happy to help each other improve, as a company is only as good as the weakest dancer. The strict hierarchy from principal to corps de ballet, that is prevalent in bigger companies, is not carried off the stage; we are more of a team – the principals are always there to help with quick changes. We also let children come backstage, to show them the pretty costumes and meet the dancers, which is always a very rewarding experience.

“It is certainly not a profession for security, money, free time, an easy life, or a long lasting career so you have to be a bit crazy to do it. But we have so much fun, it’s never boring, and of course there is always a bit of drama. So my advice to budding young dancers is, if you really love it, give it your absolute all and go for it – you’ll never know if you don’t.”

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