The Association “Vineta Monaco” is dedicated to establish the
WIENER BALL MONACO
in Monte Carlo – Côte Azure
It is a great pleasure to announce that the famous Vienna ball is coming to Monte Carlo. The “Wiener Ball Monaco” will take up its grand place within the circle of international Viennese balls in the world!
The elegant ball tradition dates back to the 17th century. The Emperor Franz Joseph I. was to hold the first Viennese ball for the high society. Representatives of the church, politics and high-ranking officers were invited to the “Ball bei Hof” in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
The Austrians are proud of their Viennese ball tradition and they started to share their enthusiasm worldwide – connecting cities, countries and continents. Among them New York, Beijing, Sidney, Moscow, Stockholm, Berlin, The Netherlands, to name only a few of the more than 30 Viennese balls outside of the country.
Today the Viennese ball is one of the most thought after in and outside of Europe with its specific rules for program and dress code.
The “Vineta Monaco” Ball Committee and their partners invite you to share their enthusiasm and experience an elegant evening of Viennese culture and tradition with debutants, “Damenspende” for the ladies, musicians, opera singers and dancing schools and the midnight Quadrille!
Tradition and Rules of the Wiener Ball
The traditional Viennese Ball is the opening by the young ladies’ and gentlemen’s “committee” to enter into adulthood – the introduction into society – which dates back to the days of the monarchy. The ladies wear a white robe with a coronet in their hair, long white gloves and a small bouquet in their right hand and their partner wear White tie and gloves.
The “Fächer-Polonaise” by Carl Michael Ziehrer is the traditional opening music and the waltz – with the pairs turning anticlockwise.
The opening ceremony ends with the words “Alles Walzer”, inviting all of the guests onto the dance floor – this time to waltz in a clockwise direction.
The highlight at midnight is the Quadrille, which has been danced since the 19th century. The most popular is the “Fledermaus Quadrille” by Johann Strauss.
The mad dash through the passages between the rows of dancers ends in good-humored chaos … it’s one way of giving renewed energy to dancers, since the ball never ends before 4 am.
Johann Strauss – if he would attend he would surely accept the fact that his music – brand new in the 19th century – now shares the limelight with more contemporary rhythms.
The closing of the ball is also a traditional affair. The lights in the ballroom are dimmed and the orchestra plays Ferdinand Raimund’s song “Brüderlein fein, musst nicht gar so traurig sein…” and the surviving revelers step out onto the dance floor for the last time. Typically, they will then go on for a spicy goulash soup at a nearby café, which during the ball season opens at 5 am!
March 2020 Edition
Wiener Ball video, Le Café de Paris – Monaco
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