Season 2015/2016

When I first read about the Italian actress Eleonora Duse – her mythic career and near mystical life – an idea for a ballet took seed. Disregarding all theatrical effect, Duse seems to have spoken in the most simple, intense way of the essential things in life ... of love and human suffering.

Olivier Messiaen's "Turangalîla" symphony is also an epic love song. Kent Nagano has already explored this symphonic milestone in great detail and I am especially looking forward to working with him on this project.

The Season 2015/16 will present 18 different repertoire works. My ballet of J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion will return to the stage of the Hamburg State Opera in April and the season will open with a revival of "A Cinderella Story". Sergei Pro­kofiev would have celebrated his 125th birthday in 2016, and we will honor him with ballets that would have been unthinkable without his inspiring music. His masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet" will also be included during the season.

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TATIANA – Repertory

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".

at the Hamburg State Opera
May 26; June 3, 4, 5 and 6; July 2, 2015 | 7.30 PM

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ONEGIN – Repertory

In 1969, the Stuttgart Ballet made its American debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with John Cranko's ballet "Onegin". The ballet, created in Germany four years earlier, was an immediate success. The next day in the New York Times, the renowned theatre critic Clive Barnes wrote: "Cranko's choreography has two major strengths. First is the authority of his ensemble work; here he shows complete stage mastery. But second, and eventually perhaps more important, is the elegance and expressiveness of his pas de deux."

Puschkin's "Eugene Onegin" has been called an "encyclopedia of Russian life". It would not be misplaced to call John Cranko's "Onegin" an encyclopedia of emotion – since love, particularly when unrequited, knows much about the fragile trembling of a bleeding heart.

at the Hamburg State Opera
May 29, 2015 | 7.30 PM
May 30, 2015 | 2.30 PM and 7.30 PM


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Tuesday, May 26

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

Friday, May 29

Ballet by John Cranko
State Opera | 7:30 | 150 min.

Saturday, May 30

Ballet by John Cranko
State Opera | 2:30 | 150 min.

Ballet by John Cranko
State Opera | 7:30 | 150 min.

Sunday, May 31

State Opera | 11:00 | 120 min.

Wednesday, June 3

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

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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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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
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