New Year Concert 2021
5 Jan 2021
New Year Concert 2021

José Carlos Martínez has made history by being the only choreographer who has participated, two consecutive years, in the Vienna New Year’s Concert. His choreographies have once again garnered great critical and public success.

The choreographer José Carlos Martínez has repeated in 2021 the success of 2020 with his two choreographies for the Vienna New Year’s Concert, which this year was again directed by Maestro Riccardo Muti. Both the public and the critics have recognized the work of Martínez, that this edition had the extra difficulty of making the protagonists of his choreographies dance on floors not suitable for classical dance. Before collecting some of the things that have been said about the polka and the waltz that José Carlos had to choreograph, we invite you to see the pieces.

Vals de Johann Strauss “Sohn Frühlingsstimmen Walzer op 410″

“Marguerite polka-polka française op 244″ de Josef Strauss


“Chancellor Kurz announced a re-containment on December 18. However, the conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra decided to continue the concert anyway. The Musikverein room has therefore been decorated as it should with thousands of flowers. The interludes danced by the Vienna Opera Ballet were recorded earlier in the year and are broadcast during the concert by television. Former Paris Opera principal dancer José Martinez imagined the choreographies, designed to be danced outdoors and the costumes were created by French fashion designer Christian Lacroix”.



“Josef’s Margherita Polka is wonderfully majestic and chimes in the new year splendidly well; it is followed by Johann I’s Venetian Galop, an aptly named short piece performed with remarkable lightness. Johann II’s Voices of Spring encourages a typically good mood for the new year, and is performed alongside a traditional ballet that elicits a yearning not only for spring, but especially for relief from the pandemic in the coming months. The official part of the programme is rounded off with the Emperor Waltz and the Tempestuous in Love and Dance – two suitably majestic and fun pieces with lovely moments of climax. Finally, as encore, the audience is treated to more Strauss classics, including, of course, the absolute necessities that are Johann II’s Blue Danube and Johann I’s Radetzky March“.


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