Life Ball Opening at City Hall Square and evening at City Hall
The Opening Ceremony at City Hall square and Life Ball are have been a colorful kaleidoscope of emotional highlights that comprised of a musical and dramaturgical theme of this year’s “An Homage to The Sound of Music”.
This year’s international guests included Adrien Brody, Paris Jackson, Charlize Theron, Caitlyn Jenner, Kelly Osbourne, Brad Goreski, Rufus Wainwright, Patti LaBelle, Gus Kenworthy, Kim Petras, Betty Who, Alcazar, Ian Bohen, JR Borne, Michiel Huisman, Gilles Marini, Katee Sackhoff, Cindy Bruna, Carmen Carrera, Alain Fabien Delon, Nats Getty, Gigi Gorgeous, Jonas Kaufmann, Dominic Muhrer & Joshua Ledet, Yasmine Petty, Victoria Swarovski and Debra Shaw. The Show was presented by Conchita and Herbert Föttinger.
The children of this year’s Life Ball family–Vera Doppler, Markus Freistätter, Zoe Straub, Nathan Trent, Verena Altenberger, Rose Alaba und Missy May– were also playing significant roles.
The stage of Life Ball 2018
For the 25th Life Ball anniversary and its homage to The Sound of Music, Amra Bergman developed a technically sophisticated stage design that used the entire City Hall of Vienna as its foundation. The designer transformed Salzburg’s meadows and mountains, components inspired by Edelweiss and traditional costumes as well as colorful butterflies and harts into a compact, flamboyant message to the outside world. An idyll that enchanted for a little while and shows itself from its best side, like a dream world celebrated with the most beautiful sounds.
The choreography of the Opening Show
Director and choreographer Giorgia Madia took full advantage of the vast space from the elaborate stage as well as the 130-meters long Red Carpet leading up to Burgtheater. Hewass also responsible for the artistic direction and dramaturgy of the Opening Show on the monumental stage that is 25 meters wide. The opening show of this year’s Life Ball was individually developed for this year’s motto and will became an astounding visual extravaganza.
Life Ball 2018: the 25th anniversary
On June 2, 2018, Life Ball celebrated its 25th anniversary. We were using this milestone event to reflect on the past and look to the future: to review the achievements in the fight against HIV / AIDS over the last 25 years and evaluate Life Ball’s sociopolitical impact. The anniversary festivities have been reaffirming our commitment to fighting for all of those living with HIV and those impacted by the virus both in Austria and around the globe.
An Homage to The Sound of Music
As an exuberant and entertaining means of conveying its crucial message, Life Ball has established itself as a festival of life. It represents a multicultural, inclusive Austria that engages an increasingly international audience. Life Ball, as is the case with The Sound of Music (1965), represents Austrian values and traditions yet still touches a broad international impact.
Therefore, deliberately referencing Austria, the touching story of the von Trapp family has been the anniversary’s leitmotif. The Sound of Music is considered one of the most successful musical films ever released. In the movie, Austria is seen through a joyful Hollywood lens. It touches millions around the world with its famous melodies.
Life Ball Family
For the 25th anniversary of Life Ball and its homage to The Sound of Music, a Life Ball family was cast. The individuals have been ambassadors for the Life Ball events throughout the year and the important causes they highlight. They were also participating in the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 2, 2018. In addition to Conchita as Fräulein Maria, actor and theater director Herbert Föttinger was playing the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The family choir was completed by Vera Doppler as Liesl, Markus Freistätter as Friedrich, Zoe Straub as Louisa, Nathan Trent as Kurt, Verena Altenberger as Brigitta, Rose Alaba as Marta and Missy May as Gretl.
The heart-warming, relatable story of the von Trapp family – their bond, music and dramatic escape from an oppressive society – is a metaphor for many current topics in today’s world. The von Trapps are a perfect example of a non-traditional family as is the Life Ball cast, which also stands for inclusion, diversity, acceptance, and different ways of life.
Life Ball Party at Volksgarten
Everybody who did not have a ticket for the Life Ball could join the party at Volksgarten right after
the Opening Ceremony on Rathausplatz.
The Life Ball After Hour at Volkgarten was the ideal party for all night owls who still had enough energy
to party after sunrise.
Even at 9am the Life Ball Party was far from over. From that time onwards, food trucks provided
culinary delights for party guests at Volksgarten.
The Life Ball Party at Volksgarten has been part of Life Ball nights for many years and continued indulge
music fans with an extraordinary DJ-Line-Up this year.
in the fight against HIV
LIFE + considers itself responsible to continuously promotes awareness and public consciousness about the AIDS epidemic. Through Life Ball and our additional, yearly activities, LIFE+ works to raise funds to help those impacted by and living with HIV/AIDS and reduce stigma and discrimination.
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