The Vienna Festival Ballet takes high quality productions of classical ballet to audiences around the world.
The VFB gave its first performance in Brighton, England in May 1980. This was followed by an extended European tour the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Since that time the company has not looked back, but gone from strength to strength. The popularity of the VFB has been endorsed by the fact that they are invited back to venues again and again.
The company’s repertoire has grown steadily over the years, each of the ballets are full length, and choreographed after the original, exclusively for the VFB.
The repertoire includes: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Giselle, La Sylphide, Rhapsody In Blue, Snow White, Othello, An American in Paris and Tales From The Vienna Woods.
The company’s main charm is the beauty, youth and skill of the dancers – they really are world class
Peter, founder and Artistic Director of the Vienna Festival Ballet, began his illustrious career at the age of fourteen when he joined the corps de ballet at the Vienna State Opera. Since this early beginning, Peter has worked tirelessly, firstly as a performer and subsequently as Artistic Director, bringing ballet to delight audiences all over Europe and the rest of the world.
Gill began her ballet training at just five years of age in Camberley, Surrey, and went on to train at Elmhurst Ballet School. She first joined the Vienna Festival Ballet in 1981, where she danced all of the soloist roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle and Coppélia. During this time, she met Peter and they subsequently married in 1986.
Gill is now involved in running the company as Executive Director and Marketing Manager.
Did You Know?:
The Vienna Festival Ballet is one of the only companies to do a production of Cinderella using music by Rossini! Most versions use the Prokofiev music, but we find that this ballet needs a more romantic touch.
Did You Know?:
The Vienna Festival Ballet is one of the very few ballet companies in the UK that is entirely self-funded! This means that we have full control over all of our artistic ventures and can decide for ourselves where to take our productions.
Originally form Oxford, Emily started her early training at the age of three. After winning a scholarship, she continued to train at Elmhurst Ballet School, where she also had the opportunity to work with the English National Ballet on several occasions.
Emily joined the Vienna Festival Ballet in 2007 and by 2012 became the Ballet Mistress.
Can you improve perfection? Well The Vienna Festival Ballet Company demonstrated to the entire audience that filled the auditorium that you can.