Season 2016/2017

Welcome to our "Russian" season!
For many years The Hamburg Ballet has concerned itself with the great tradition of this profoundly cultural nation. In the past, we have created and presented new interpretations of traditional and modern classical ballet scores by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Glazunov and Tcherepnin as well as works created in close cooperation with the Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach.

During the current season, we will focus on ballets based on masterpieces of Russian literature, most prominently with the world premiere of Anna Karenina after Leo Tolstoy and the revival of The Seagull based on Anton Chekhov's drama. Nijinsky, a choreographic portrait of the Polish-Russian dancer, one of the greatest artists in the history of ballet, will be our first major revival. In addition my choreography to Gustav Mahler's masterpiece "The Song of the Earth" will have its premiere during this season. We invite you to discover the comprehensive panorama of 19 different productions. Half of them will form the 43rd Hamburg Ballet-Days in July.

I look very much forward to seeing you at the Hamburg State Opera!

John Neumeier

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You can already purchase tickets for performances for September and October 2016.
The advanced ticket sales for all other 2016/17 season performances start on Monday, September 5, 2016 (only for subscribers) or on Monday, September 12, 2016 (for all other customers).

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Brochure 2016/2017 (.pdf)
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NAPOLI - Premiere

Since 1842 a story of simple fishermen in Italy captivates the Danish audience. The romantic ballet "Napoli" by August Bournonville is considered a classic in Denmark. Lloyd Riggins, principal dancer and ballet master with the Hamburg Ballet and previously a principal dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, staged Bournonvilles signature work for a new production in Hamburg and took on the choreographic challenge of the lost second act.

Ballet by August Bournonville / Lloyd Riggins
at the Hamburg State Opera
May 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2016
June 3, 2016
7.30 PM

TATIANA – Repertory

Viermal "Tatjana" und DVD-Neuerscheinung
On the 29th of June 2014 John Neumeier's ballet "Tatiana" celebrated its world premiere at the Hamburg State Opera. For this new work, the Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of THE HAMBURG BALLET approached Alexander Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" from a new perspective. "As I read Pushkin's verse novel, I realised that I was fascinated by the role of Tatiana Larina. She became more profound and more interesting with every paragraph, every page that I read. And so I had the idea to explore her role and her perspective in more detail through my ballet" says John Neumeier. In a speech given in June 1880, Fyodor Dostoevsky noted that "Tatyana is different. She is a strong character, strongly standing on her own ground. She is deeper than Onyegin and certainly wiser than he. With a noble instinct she divines where and what is truth".

The music for Neumeier's ballet has been composed by Lera Auerbach – commissioned by THE HAMBURG BALLET and the Hamburg State Opera, together with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Moscow. The Russian-American composer Auerbach was previously commissioned to write the score for John Neumeier's Ballet "The Little Mermaid" and also provided the music for his work "Préludes CV".

Ballet by John Neumeier after "Eugene Onegin" by Alexander Pushkin
at the Hamburg State Opera
June 7, 10, 17 and 18, 2016 | 7.30 PM

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Aspects of Creativity
Choreographies by the Hamburg Ballet and its School
at the Hamburg State Opera
July 12 and 13, 2016 | 7.30 PM



John Neumeier und Alexandre Riabko geehrt
Am 18. Mai sind John Neumeier und der Erste Solist Alexandre Riabko im Rahmen der diesjährigen Verleihung des Prix Benois de la Danse ausgezeichnet worden. Gratulation! Im Rahmen einer feierlichen Gala auf der historischen Bühne des Moskauer Bolschoi-Theaters nahm John Neumeier den Preis für sein Lebenswerk entgegen, der ihm bereits 2013 anlässlich seines 40. Dienstjubiläums als Direktor und Chefchoreograf des Hamburg Ballett angekündigt worden ist. Yuri Grigorovich, Präsident der Jury und russischer Choreograf, fand anlässlich der Preisverleihung die bewegenden Worte: "John Neumeier can probably be called the most ‚Russian’ of foreign choreographers. He profoundly and delicately conveys the essence of classical literature, its high spiritual values, its character and psychology, expressive movements and insightful dance. And he has especially fine theatrical culture and musicality."

Der Erste Solist Alexandre Riabko ist der erste Preisträger der in diesem Jahr neu geschaffenen Benois-Auszeichnung in der Kategorie "Die hohe Kunst als Tanzpartner". Der Preis wurde ihm von seiner langjährigen Tanz- und Lebenspartnerin Silvia Azzoni überreicht. Gemeinsam tanzten sie im Rahmen der Gala den Pas de deux aus dem 6. Satz "Was mir die Liebe erzählt" von John Neumeiers Ballett "Dritte Sinfonie von Gustav Mahler".

Foto: Yuri Grigorovich und John Neumeier bei der Preisverleihung
© M. Logvionv

DVD Christmas Oratorio and Calendar 2016

Saint Matthew Passion
Ballet by John Neumeier
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography, Staging, Set and Costumes: John Neumeier
Live Performance from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (2005)

with John Neumeier and The Hamburg Ballet
Mitsuko Shirai (Soprano), Marga Schiml (Alto), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Franz Grundheber (Bass), Bernd Weikl (Bass)
Conductor: Günter Jena
Choir and St. Michaelis Orchetra





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Romeo and Juliet


What's on
Friday, June 3

Ballet by August Bournonville and Lloyd Riggins
Opera House | 7:30 | 165 min.

Thursday, June 7

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 165 min.

Friday, June 10

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 165 min.

Sunday, June 12

Opera House | 11:00 | 120 min.
sold out

Tuesday, June 14

First Steps
The Ballet School
Opera House | 7:00

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October 7, 2016
October 8 and 9, 2016
The World of John Neumeier
October 14, 15 and 16, 2016
Romeo and Juliet

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February 10, 11 and 12, 2017
Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler

Opera di Firenze
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The School

The School of THE HAMBURG BALLET, established in 1978, trains young people from all over the world for a professional dance career. The syllabus gives priority to all aspects of classical-academic dance, but the syllabus includes as well courses dedicated to the techniques of modern and folk dance.
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National Youth Ballet

Germany's first ever National Youth Ballet has been founded at the beginning of the 2011/2012 theatre season. The company consists of eight professional dancers between the ages of 18 to 23, and has begun work at its new home at the Ballettzentrum Hamburg – John Neumeier. With its own repertoire comprising mainly works by young choreographers, the group will predominantly dance in new spaces – not theatres, but schools, museums, nursing homes and even prisons; spaces in which dance does not usually attract much interest. The National Youth Ballet aims to demonstrate that dance has a social relevance creating a spirit of community and a sense of unity.

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Since 1981, the association FREUNDE DES BALLETTZENTRUMS e.V. ('friends of the ballet centre') supports young and talented dancers within the school of THE HAMBURG BALLET - JOHN NEUMEIER financially as well as idealistically.

What are the advantages of being a member?
Behind-the-scenes insights into The Hamburg Ballet
Tours through the ballet centre
Insights into rehearsals and invitations to dress (final) rehearsals
Priority on ticket orders for ballet shows, among others

Two more institutions support the work within the school of The Hamburg Ballet:
Ballettfreunde Hamburg e.V.
Charlotte Uhse-Stiftung

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