From: Saturday, Jan 25th, 2020
To: Saturday, Jan 25th, 2020
Vienna rainbow ball 2020 Vienna’s most stylish Ball – Dress to Impress!
If you are looking to get away for a weekend and fancy a little glamour then dust off your top hat and tails and grab your dancing shoes, and head to the Regenbogen Ball in Gay Vienna for a magical night to remember.
Artists performing at the Rainbow Ball 2020:
Peter Schreiber will lead you through the evening. The music journalist and presenter has been in the music and event industry for almost 17 years. His career in the media sector started with the format “Volume” on TW1 and led via society and concert reports on the Viennese city broadcaster W24 to the live demo of the “Guten Abend Wien-Magazin” and to the lifestyle show “#POP!”.
Peter Schreiber (Photo: Daniel Ciric)
Born in East Timor, Sandra Pires grew up with her grandparents in Portugal. At the age of 13, she moved to Australia with her parents, where she won singing competitions at an early age. A turning point in Sandra’s life, however, was to be a fortuitous visit to Vienna. During a spontaneous jam session in a Viennese club, she had inspired the audience so much that the owner of the club signed Sandra on the spot for further concerts. Through an artist contract with BMG it went with her career as a pop singer steeply uphill. With the single “Here I Am”, by Eros Ramazotti, she achieved gold status within a very short time.
She demonstrated her artistic diversity as a successful songwriter, composer and musical actress, among others. From 2005 she excelled in the character of “Maria von Trapp” in the Vienna Volksopern production of Sound of Music , as “Nelly” in South Pacific, as a narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , as a lover in Evita or as a birdwatcher in Mary Poppins .
At Dancing Stars she showed her dance skills in 2009 and made it into the top five with her partner. She composed and sang the official 2018 UCI World Road Championship song, “Top of the World”.
ICONIC HOUSE OF SAINT LAURENT
The House of Saint Laurent was originally founded by the German ballroom pioneer Georgina Philp aka Leo as the first German House, the House of Melody (2012-2019). In July 2019, the House of Melody joined forces with the Iconic House of Saint Laurent (founded in 1982 in New York City) under the direction of European mother Leo Saint Laurent. Thanks to tireless work and community building over the past 7 years, Mother Leo and her House have become the leading force in Ballroom / Vogue culture in Germany. Her pioneering work brought forth an artistic and self-expressing community from NRW via Hamburg to Berlin, which is steadily growing. In the name of the Iconic House of Saint Laurent they also keep in mind the exchange with the international scene, as well as conducting events to provide deeper insights into the structure and social components of Ballroom culture. The need for more free space, places and events for the LGBTQ and POC community is expressed through nothing more than the renaissance of this American underground culture.
Iconic House of Saint Laurent
THOMAS MARTER & STEFAN LEHNER
Thomas Marter and Stefan Lehner of the TSC Wechselschritt Linz, the largest local dance club for same-sex couples, have been dancing together since October 2016. They are Austria’s most successful men’s dance couple, with numerous sporting successes in international dance sport tournaments: winners of the Eurogames 2019, three-time winner of the Open German Equality Championships, semifinalists of the WDC European Championship 2019, two-time finalists of the Viennese waltz competition at the AOC as well as a number of victories in Equality tournaments at home and abroad are the balance sheet of the two.
Equality dance sport, also called same-sex dancing or gender-neutral dancing, not only means that two people of the same sex dance with each other, but also, for example, the possible change of leadership during the dance. Thus, traditional role models are broken up and couple dance reinterpreted. With their dance show, specially designed for the rainbow ball and accompanied by unconventional music, Thomas and Stefan present same-sex dancing at the highest level.
Further information: TSC alternating step
Thomas Marter and Stefan Lehner, Photocredit: Regina Courtier
THE “LOVELY LADIES”
The “Gorgeous Ladies” were founded in April 1985 by the travesty artists “Marion” and “Michelle” with the aim to visit several times a year with a turbulent mix of singing, show, cabaret and live moderation in Austria and selected venues in Europe.
Meanwhile, this excellent group of artists has become a “top-class event company” in the entire German-speaking world. Each Travestierevue offers a variety of elaborate choreographies, fantastic costumes with attention to detail, sophisticated hair creations – simply quality at the highest level!
In 2005, the “Gorgeous Ladies” were awarded the “International Show Award” in Germany. The ultimate goal of the artists is to abduct their public for a short time from everyday life … into a colorful, bizarre and funny fantasy world. For this year’s rainbow ball, they have launched their own special program.
The “Gorgeous Ladies” act according to the motto: “Every day you did not laugh is a lost day!” (Charlie Chaplin)
Band A liveThe “lovely ladies”
Rainbow Ball Committee and public quadrille
From non-dancer to master of ceremonies: Bernard Bach (born 1979) started his dance career in 1998 in the dance school Mühlsiegel. But only in 2004 he heard of the dance school Stanek and the Wiener Regenbogenball. For years he opened as a dancer in the committee under the guidance of dance master Wolfgang Stanek, until he became his assistant. Since then he has acted as a “good” soul and support in dance rehearsals and as a choreographer. After training as a dance master (2013) and many balls later, he has been directing the dance committee of the Rainbow Ball since 2017.
Bernard Bach designed many other balls not only in Vienna but also abroad.
LADY CHAPEL JOHANN STRAUSS
The ensemble plays in the chamber music of the Stiegeige, in the Viennese tradition as it was already popular at the time of the waltz king Johann Strauss. The repertoire includes the popular melodies of the Strauss dynasty as well as works by Josef Lanner, Franz Lehar, WA Mozart and Franz Schubert.
The Vienna Damenkapelle Johann Strauß has performed in concert performances, events and balls in Vienna for many years with great success. She has also thrilled audiences abroad with her artistic versatility and musical sophistication, such as at the Virtuosi Festival in the Philharmonic Hall in Lviv (Ukraine), four times at concert appearances in Nuremberg, three times at the Schlosskonzerten in Maria Enzersdorf. With the exception of 2011, the Vienna Damenkapelle Johann Strauß has performed at every rainbow ball since 1999.
Further information: www.musik-wien.at/konzert
Lady Chapel Johann Strauss
Lady Chapel Johann Strauss
Since 2001 mood-makers at the rainbow ball
A-live play with great joy and emotion, but without playbacks or computer support real, handmade music. Since 1998 – long before today’s dance boom and “Dancing Stars” – the band is in the domestic dance scene a term for perfectly danceable music.
In addition to the classics that have been used for dance music for many decades, the band also plays current titles from the charts, which – carefully arranged – are also ideal for dancing. The repertoire of A-live includes standard and Latin dances such as waltz, rumba, samba, tango, cha-cha-cha, jive, boogie, as well as soulful ballads, pop, disco and soul classics.
Motto: real dance music for enthusiastic dancers and diverse repertoire for the audience.
Band A live
Groovy jazz arrangements with Hebrew flair
The band Desert Wind has been a fixture of the Vienna Rainbow Ball since 2001. She started in the Sissi-Bar, then moved on through the conservatory to the room Austria-Hungary . Desert Windprovides with his jazzy arrangements for atmospheric entertainment, listening, singing and singing along. With Lisa Nielsen players, they have a singer of international stature on board, who evokes goose bumps and pleasant showers with her incomparable voice. The compositions are – despite the ball atmosphere – always provided with short improvisations, which are performed by the two scene musicians Eric Lary (guitar) and Sandor Rigo (saxophone) with a lot of feeling. On the dance floor, the audience forces the band through their rhythm department: Peter Mayrhofer on percussion and Wolfgang “Joe” Schirl on bass.
If you’ve got your ears and nose full of monotonous beats and falling feet, then NiCA is in good hands. A musical talent, who already sat behind the piano as a 6-year-old, knows how to heat up the dance audience with a CD player and mixing console.
Since 2010, she has been playing clubs such as Palais Auersperg, Volksgarten Säulenhalle, Elysium, Camera, Titanic, Rote Bar, Heart Club and many more. and since 2011 Resident DJ of the successful LGBTIQ event series PiNKED.
In the summer of 2013, NicA’s foreign bookings series started with Palma de Mallorca, followed by Munich and Berlin, but also on the radio show FM4 – La Boum Deluxe you could already listen to their unique sound. Austria’s biggest charity event “Life Ball” subsequently booked the up-and-coming DJ for the Redcarpet and so she is also considered a regular act of the Vienna Pride and most recently rocked the EuroPride Vienna 2019.
But their journey is far from over … So stay tuned!
DJane Nica, image: Maja R. / VisualOrgasmPhotography
DJ J’AIME JULIEN
J’aime Julien is a DJ, event manager, booker and multimedia hobbyist. He is best known for his DJ sets and visuals for various parties and creative projects in Vienna, Graz, Berlin and Paris. He is co-organizer of several events – including MALEFIZ, SISTERS and NAUGHTY NIGHT – and resident DJ at parties such as KIBBUTZ KLUB, CHARMA and VIENNA’S FIRST 2000s CLUB. He is also responsible for the DJ bookings of some bars in Vienna via the agency the real Embassy of Style. Themed Motto, Onyx Bar, The Bank Brasserie & Bar and Urban City Garden.
Vienna’s scene and event DJ Q-So ensures an exuberant atmosphere in the rainbow ball disco until the early morning.
Further information: www.ppudjservice.at/djs/
Regenbogen Ball is held at the Park hotel and is one of the top social events on the gay calendar in Vienna, there is a dress code and you can get information on this and buy tickets from www.hosiwien.com
The Vienna gay area is quite compact and easy to get around, we have found hotels that keep you in the gay area and close to all the sights Vienna has to offer,
Gay Map of Vienna
Wienzeile (‘Vienna Row’) is a street that runs through the city along the Vienna River. It is divided into Rechte (right) Wienzeile and the Linke (left) Wienzeile. Many gay bars and venues are located along both sides of Wienzeile.
Highlights from one of the shows at Regenbogenball
Recommended Hotels in Vienna
Stay close to “Vienna Row” or Wienzeile if you want to be close to all of Vienna’s best gay bars and clubs. Vienna has some of the most stunning hotels located in historic buildings.
Hotel Imperial, 5 Star
A Luxury Collection Hotel
The luxurious, renowned 5-star Hotel Imperial is set directly on the Ringstraße boulevard in the heart of Vienna and takes you back to the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
5 Star Luxury
Built in 1913, Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof is located in the center of the first district of Vienna, only a few steps from the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Spacious air-conditioned rooms.
Hotel Astoria Wien
4 Star, Tranquil
Set in a charming building from 1912, Austria Trend Hotel Astoria Wien is located in the centre of Vienna, right on the famous Kärtnerstraße shopping street. Free WiFi is available.
Hotel Maria Theresia
4 Star Great Amenities
The modern and elegant K+K Hotel Maria Theresia enjoys a central and quiet location right in Vienna’s artists’ quarter of Spittelberg and offers free WiFi, a wellness and a fitness area.