As a young dancer at the Stuttgart Ballet, John Neumeier danced the premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's ballet The Song of the Earth. He was very impressed and inspired by the choreographic style, but also by the beauty of the symphonic music and the lyrics. As first premiere of the season, John Neumeier presents The Song of the Earth, the Hamburg version of his ballet with Gustav Mahler's masterpiece, which he created in February 2015 with The Paris Opera Ballet. To John Neumeier "Das Lied von der Erde" is "the most gripping and noble of Gustav Mahler's 'symphonies'".

The songs will be interpreted by Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and Bariton Michael Kupfer-Radecky.

The Song of the Earth
at the Hamburg State Opera
December 4, 2016 | 6.00 PM
December 6, 9, 13, 15 and 17, 2016 | 7.30 PM
July 15, 2017 | 8.00 PM



As with the other sacred works, my intention is not to illustrate the biblical story, but rather to deal choreographically with the emotions intrinsic to the music and theme, creating, from today‘s point of view, my subjective vision in movement of the human situations expressed in Bach's music.
John Neumeier

Christmas Oratorio I-VI
at the Hamburg State Opera
December 23, 2016 | 7.00 PM
December 25, 2016 | 5.00 PM
December 28, 2016 | 7.00 PM



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 29, 2016 | 7.00 PM
December 31, 2016 | 6.00 PM
January 3, 6 and 19, 2017 | 7.30 PM
January 22, 2017 | 7.00 PM



Eight dancers and one orchestra on stage: The National Youth Ballet and the National Youth Orchestra are facing up to Martin Luther in January. Combining dance and music on stage they show how the Reformation inspires young artists up to the present day.

The ensembles use the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as an opportunity to start their second project together; the results of their cooperation will be presented on a nationwide tour. New pieces by the choreographers Zhang Disha and Andrey Kaydanovskiy will be performed to a commissioned work by composer Michael van der Aa and music by Enjott Schneider. A new version of the Reformation symphony by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, interwoven with chorales by Martin Luther, will be played by the National Youth Orchestra. The highlight of the show is John Neumeier’s choreography to Johann Sebastian Bach’s third orchestra suite, performed by the National Youth Ballet for the first time in its entirety and accompanied by an orchestra. Using their young spirits and professionality the members of National Youth Ballet and National Youth Orchestra give artistic form to the topic of Reformation.

After the premiere in Hamburg the piece "Summit – Reformation" will be performed in various venues all over Germany: at the Philharmonic in Berlin and Semperoper Dresden among others.

National Youth Ballet / National Youth Orchester
Summit – Reformation
at the Hamburg State Opera
13. January 13, 2017
7.00 PM



We regret to inform you that due to unexpected circumstances the November 20, 2016 "Benefit Workshop" has been rescheduled and will now be held on January 29, 2017.

As originally planned, all proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization Hamburg Leuchtfeuer.

Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled date. In addition, the Hamburg State Opera offers all card holders to return their purchased tickets from Monday, November 21.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Benefit Workshop – Host: John Neumeier
at the Hamburg State Opera
New Date: January 29, 2017, 11.00 AM
(Training open to the public starts at 10.30 AM)

Foto: Christian Leiber

Marc Jubete was awarded the Erik Bruhn Prize 2016
26-year-old Marc Jubete, soloist of the Hamburg Ballet, received the prestigious Erik Bruhn Prize in the category "Best Contemporary Choreography" yesterday in Toronto (Canada). His choreography "Remember" was danced by his colleagues Madoga Sugai, dancer of the corps de ballet, and Christopher Evans, soloist of the Hamburg Ballet. Marc Jubete's piece prevailed over the choreographies of Jeffrey Cirio (American Ballet Theater), Calvin Richardson (The Royal Ballet) and Myles Thatcher (San Francisco Ballet).

The members of this year's jury were John Neumeier, chief choreographer and ballet director of Hamburg Ballett, the artistic directors of the other participating companies - Kevin McKenzie, Kevin O'Hare, Helgi Tomasson - and Karen Kain from the National Ballet of Canada, host of the competition.

Photo: Marc Jubete, Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco from the San Francisco Ballet (Best Dancers)


Calendar 2017
With the Hamburg Ballet through the year 2017!
This year's Hamburg Ballet calendar features exquisite large format photographs by Kiran West. These dynamic images capture company performances & rehearsals from John Neumeier's works including: "Turangalila", "Hamlet", "The Nutcracker" & "Messiah". The calendar is a perfect holiday gift for Hamburg Ballet supporters or for all the ballet lovers on your list.
Available on October 7, 2016


Ballet by John Neumeier after "Eugene Onegin" by Alexander Pushkin
Music: Lera Auerbach
Choreography, Staging, Set and Costumes: John Neumeier
Recorded live at The Hamburg State Opera (2014)
Video Director: Thomas Grimm

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Sunday, December 4

The Song of the Earth

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 6:00 | 90 min.

Tuesday, December 6

The Song of the Earth
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 90 min.

Friday, December 9

The Song of the Earth
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 90 min.

Tuesday, December 13

The Song of the Earth
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 90 min.

Thursday, December 15

The Song of the Earth
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 90 min.

Saturday, December 17

The Song of the Earth
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 90 min.

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

Opera di Firenze
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21, 22, 23, 24 and 25
(2x), 2017
Old Friends (working title)

The Joyce Theater
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March 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2017
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The Little Mermaid

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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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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:
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