Season 2014/2015

Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier and his HAMBURG BALLET will dedicate their next season to romanticism.

The season will open in September 2014 with the revival of John Neumeier's "Giselle". The fantastical ballet in two acts, with traditional choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, is considered to be one of the most beautiful ballets of the romantic period. John Neumeier's production of this classic work was last performed in Hamburg in 2003.

The first premiere of the season in December will bring another masterpiece of this era to the stage – August Bournonville's "Napoli". The original choreography from the second act has largely been lost and Lloyd Riggins, a principal dancer and ballet master of THE HAMBURG BALLET and a long-time soloist of the Danish Royal Ballet in Copenhagen will take charge of the staging and new choreography.

In March, John Neumeier's ballet "Winterreise" will return to Hamburg. The piece was last performed in 2004 and is set to Hans Zender's orchestral arrangement of Franz Schubert's eponymous song cycle, which was originally completed in 1827. The second premiere of the season, "Peer Gynt", will present a revised version of John Neumeier's original ballet, which premiered in 1999 and is set to a commissioned score composed by Alfred Schnittke.

A further highlight of the 2014/2015 season will be the performances of John Neumeier's newest creation "Tatiana", based on the verse novel by Alexander Pushkin. Aside from the performances in Hamburg, THE HAMBURG BALLET will embark on more tours in one season than hardly ever before, and will be appearing on the stages of Copenhagen, Baden-Baden, Vienna, Madrid, Salzburg, Venice and Muscat, the capital of Oman.

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GISELLE – Revival

The season, which is dedicated to Romanticism, will open on September 21 with the revival of John Neumeier's "Giselle". The fantastical ballet in two acts, with traditional choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa and staged and choreographed by John Neumeier, was last in the repertoire of the Hamburg Ballet in 2003.

The ballet to music by Adolphe Adam counts for John Neumeier among "the most important and beautiful ballet of the Romantic period". The night of the revival on September 21 as well as the two following performances in September, the title role will be danced by Alina Cojocaru. Her partner as Albrecht will be the first soloist of THE HAMBURG BALLET, Alexandr Trush.

at the Hamburg State Opera
September 21, 2014 | 6.00 PM
September 26 and 27, 2014
May 12, 14 (matinee: 2.30 & evening), 15, 17, 20 and 21, 2015
July 10, 2015
7.30 PM
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What fascinates me in my interpretation of Thomas Mann’s novella is the depiction of absolute love. Tadzio causes Aschenbach to confront a hidden part of himself. Before meeting Tadzio, dignity, fame and his work which has gained him an aristocratic title have meant everything to Aschenbach. At first, he fights against his emotions justifying his fascination for the young man with purely aesthetic reasoning. Ultimately he surrenders to love – turning to life and bringing about his "Death in Venice".
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Death in Venice
at the Hamburg State Opera
October 17, 19 and 22, 2014
5. July 5, 2015
7.30 PM
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Our school will be dancing this Saturday at the Hammer Church excerpts from John Neumeier's "Soldier Songs (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)" and "The Sleeping Beauty", Erik Bruhn's "Here We Come" and Demis Volpi's "Carnival of the animals". On Saturday the 20th of September at 8.00pm and 9.00pm at Hammer Church.

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What's on
Friday, September 26

Fantastic ballet in two acts
State Opera | 7:30 | 150 min.

Saturday, September 27

Fantastic ballet in two acts
State Opera | 7:30 | 150 min.

Friday, October 3

Tour to Baden-Baden

Festspielhaus | 8:00 | 120 min.

Saturday, October 4

Tour to Baden-Baden
Shakespeare Dances

Ballet by John Neumeier
Festspielhaus | 6:00 | 225 min.

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October 4 and 5, 2014
Shakespeare Dances
October 10, 11 and 12, 2014
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden


December 17-20, 2014
Christmas Oratorio I-VI
Theater an der Wien



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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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Hamburg Theaters' Night
The Carnival of the Animals
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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, focussing especially on a young audience.

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in Hamburg, Friedrichshafen, Mönchengladbach

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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:
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