Are lockdowns back to threaten the theatre life? Apparently yes. At least this is the case in Austria, where the government just announced a full 3-week long lockdown.
Months of partial restrictions on social life for unvaccinated people did not help curb the number of positive cases and a temporary 24/7 curfew has been imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease.
Theatres will of course be affected.
For example, the Vienna State Opera will be closed from tomorrow November 22nd, up to Sunday the 12th of December.
Fortunately, rehearsals are not affected by the new measures, so the Wiener Staatsballett will be able to continue to work on the upcoming performances.
This lockdown comes right after the first performances of Im Siebten Himmel, a contemporary triple bill that featured a new version of Martin Schläpfer’s Marsch, Walzer, Polka, followed by Marco Goecke’s new piece Fly Paper Bird (Uraufführung) choreographed on Mahler’s 5th Symphony.
The programme then concludes with George Balanchine’s famous Symphony in C.
Fingers crossed this new strict lockdown measure will be sufficient so we can all go back to enjoying some live ballet!