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 BALLETT and previously a principal dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, will stage Bournonvilles signature work for a new production in Hamburg and will take on the choreographic challenge of the lost second act.

Ballet by August Bournonville/Lloyd Riggins
at the Hamburg State Opera
December 7, 2014 | 6.00 PM
December 10, 13 and 31, 2014
January 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16, 2015
July 1, 2015
7.30 PM (December 31: 6.00 PM)

The Nutcracker – Repertory

It has become a tradition for ballet companies all over the world to perform Peter Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" at Christmas time. John Neumeier's version of "The Nutcracker", however, avoids direct reference to Christmas. In his ballet, the central character Marie celebrates her twelfth birthday and is drawn by the mysterious ballet master Drosselmeier into the fascinating world of dance ... It is, in fact, a ballet about ballet itself.

The Nutcracker
at the Hamburg State Opera
December 23, 2014 | 7.00 PM
January 2 and 3, 2015 | 7.00 PM
January 7 and 8, 2015 | 7.30 PM

Christmas Oratorio I-VI – Repertory

Rejoice, exult, arise, praise the day,
Extol what the Almighty this day has done!
Banish all care, leave off complaining,
Raise your voices in joy and in mirth!
Serve the Almighty with glorious choirs,
Let as glorify the Name of the Lord!

Christmas Oratorio
at the Hamburg State Opera
December 25, 2014 | 6:00 PM
December 27 and 29, 2014 | 7:00 PM

OTHELLO – Repertory

Othello, a Blackmoor Captain, by talking of his Prowess and Feats of War, makes Desdemona a Senator's Daught er to be in love with him; and to be married to him, without her Parents knowledge; And having preferred Cassio, to be his Lieutenant, (a place which his Ensign Jago sued for) Jago in revenge, works the Moor into a Jealousy that Cassio Cuckolds him: which he effects by stealing and conveying a certain Handkerchief, which had, at the Wedding, been by the Moor presented to his Bride. Hereupon, Othello and Jago plot the Deaths of Desdemona and Cassio, Othello Murders her, and soon after is convinced of her Innocence – he kills himself.

Thomas Rymer, 1693

at the Hamburg State Opera
January 5 and 12, 2015 | 7.30 PM
July 11, 2015 | 8.00 PM
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Make sure you get your tickets for the "young choreographers" in 2015!
The sale starts on November 21st at 10.00 AM. Tickets for 25€ are available at the ticket office of the Hamburg State Opera, by phone 040/35 68 68 and online. Please note that there are no numbered seats.

"We as dancers try to communicate with the audience through our dancing. For some of us though, it is not enough to speak the words someone has already written, and so we must create our own songs, poems, stories and sometimes even our language which take the form of steps and choreographies spoken through our bodies", says the coordinator of the "young choreographers" Braulio Alvarez.

Since 1974, members of the ensemble of the HAMBURG BALLET regularly get the chance to work as choreographers. In March 2015, 17 dancers take over the artistic direction of the performances. The "young choreographers" cooperate with musicians of the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg" so that there will be also live music at the stage of the opera stabile.

Young Choreographers
at the opera stabile in Hamburg
March 7, 2015 | 8.00 PM
March 8, 2015 | 2.00 PM and 7.00 PM
March 9, 2015 | 7.30 PM

Calendar 2015 - view

In our shop you will find our Calendar 2015 (view), program brochures, numerous posters and a number of DVDs that document the work of John Neumeier and his company – available again "Illusions like – Swan Lake". In addition, we offer you publications by and about John Neumeier, like for instance his recently published 460-page anniversary year book. We hope you enjoy shopping!

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What's on
Saturday, December 20

Tour to Vienna
Christmas Oratorio I-VI

Ballet by John Neumeier
Theater an der Vienna
7:00 | 195 min.
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Tuesday, December 23

The Nutcracker
Ballet by John Neumeier
State Opera | 7:00 | 150 min.

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Oratorio I-VI
Ballet by John Neumeier
State Opera | 6:00 | 195 min.

Saturday, December 27

Christmas Oratorio I-VI
Ballet by John Neumeier
State Opera | 7:00 | 195 min.

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December 17-20, 2014
Christmas Oratorio I-VI
Theater an der Wien
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February 27 and 28, 2015
The Nutcracker
Royal Opera House
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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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