The Child: "Is it possible for someone to hit you – real loud and hard – and not hurt you a all?"
Julie: "Yes, it is possible dear – that someone may beat you and beat you and beat you - and not hurt you at all."

At the end of Ferenc Molnár's suburban legend, mother and child, who share the same experiences with Liliom. The former showman, though adored by women, bears a hard life, but still makes others suffer, too. He turns his back on the fair milieu because of a mislead feeling of honor and is drawn to the margin of society. His child is supposed to have a better life, yet Liliom must realize that his own life's story is written on by that of his child. "The events, that happen in the course of the play, make Liliom react", says John Neumeier, who retells Molnár's play through dance.

The background for the ballet is evoked by Michel Legrand's music, reminiscent of the America of the 1930s – at the height of the Great Depression with all its social consequences. A time, when people's shattered dreams made them crave for non-committal entertainment. Their lives were fundamentally disillusioned and they were therefore in need for a kind of amusement which made them feel that life was still worth living. This aspect is musically introduced by the NDR Big Band as Oscar winning composer Michel Legrand created an orchestra score, which also includes jazz elements.

Ballet Legend by John Neumeier
at the Hamburg State Opera
Performances: January 22, 24 and 31, 2015
7:30 PM
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A dramatic tale set in two contrasting worlds: The simple, underwater life of the ocean creatures and the flamboyant lifestyle of humans. The central figure of the mermaid travels through both worlds, enduring torment because of her committed love for the prince – but through her own strength in the end – transcends. The ballet underlines parallels to the fairy tale in the biography of Hans Christian Andersen.

The Little Mermaid
Ballet by Jon Neumeier based on Hans Christian Andersen
at the Hamburg State Opera
March 6, 12, 13 and 15, 2015
July 3, 2015
7.30 PM (March 15 at 7.00 PM)


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

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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, January 31

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

Friday, February 27

Tour to Muscat
The Nutcracker

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 150 min.

Saturday, February 28

Tour to Muscat
The Nutcracker

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 150 min.
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Friday, March 6

The Little Mermaid
Ballet by John Neumeier
State Opera | 7:30 | 150 min.

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February 27 and 28, 2015
The Nutcracker
Royal Opera House
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March 18, 19, 20 and 21 (2x), 2015
Death in Venice
Teatro Real
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National Youth Ballet
Hamburg State Opera
Philharmonic Hamburg
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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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