Traveling helps us discover new cultures and traditions that sometimes end up having a tremendous influence on us.When students from Standford University’s Stanford-In-Austria program came back from their trip in 1978 they brought local traditions back home with them.
The Stanford Viennese Ball’s elegantly dressed guests spend the evening and into the morning waltzing to a live symphony orchestra and enjoying performances from swing dancers.Austrian Traditions
There’s also a lot of eating, drinking, and being merry with friends all while enjoying centuries-old Austrian traditions.
Throw a pig roast and dance competitions and attendees have themselves a good old time.The event sometimes draws more than 1,000 guests and begins with Stanford Viennese Ball Opening Committee’s performance.
An unforgettable performance
Their 2013 performance ended up going viral with more than 10.6 million views.That year the Standford Viennese Ball Opening Committee performed their waltz to Opus 316 or Künstlerleben, which translates to Artists’ Life.The waltz was written by Johann Strauss II in 1867 and quickly became popular.
The piece is sort of a reflection of the times when the Austrian army had suffered and the country was looking toward happier times.The piece begins with a horn solo and dramatic string passage in A minor.“A pensive waltz melody in A major is introduced, before being cut short by two loud and fierce chords. The first waltz section is then played, with a high-spirited tune and a robust accompanying waltz passage,” Wikipedia explains.
“The second waltz section is a melancholic tune in two parts, with the same dramatic chords as heard in the Introduction before a more upbeat tune heralds the entry of the happier third section. The plaintive mood of the waltz continues in the fifth section before the minor-sounding Coda. The first waltz melody makes another quiet entrance before the waltz is brought to its triumphant close, with a strong chord and flourish, underlined by a snare drumroll.”
The Standford Viennese Ball Opening Committee’s dance to Künstlerleben was choreographed by Joachim De Lombaert and Kseniya Charova.
The flow of gorgeous ballgowns with each dance step is just mesmerizing.
“As a classical musician who’s not from Vienna, I’ve always been somewhat detached when playing waltzes – as though my interpretation was lacking even though I knew it was a dance.”
“It’s only now by seeing how the dancers twirl around and the skirts swish about and the gracefulness of their steps did I fully understand how waltzes really are..so thank you very much for this. It was an eye-opener and a learning experience,” wrote one YouTuber.
Their dance truly is impressive. Watch their amazing performance in the video below. You almost feel like you’re being transported back ion time.
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