Windspiele (Wind Games), choreography by Patrick de Bana, music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Vienna State Ballet (Das Wiener Staatsballett), shot on 25.4.2015 in Bolshoi Drama Theater St Petersburg, Dance Open 2015 ballet festival.
Vienna State Ballet (Das Wiener Staatsballett), directed by Manuel Legris, is considered as one of the world´s top ballet companies and was formerly named the Vienna State Opera Ballet. The name change, on September 1, 2010, was accompanied by a change in leadership. Manuel Legris, former star dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet, became the artistic director.
Patrick de Bana is German dancer and choreographer. He was born in Hamburg, studied at the school of Hamburg Ballett (directed by John Neumeier and Truman Finney). He was engaged at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1987, where he shortly after got promoted to a principal dancer. He left Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1992 in order to join the Compania Nacional de Danza of Spain (directed by Nacho Duato). As a principal dancer he stayed there over ten years. 2003, he creates his own company, the «Nafas Dance Company».
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Dance Open and Bolshoi Drama Theater, special thanks to Ekaterina Galanova and Adelia Mukhamedzhanova.