World Premiere of the Film Version
Christmas Oratorio I-VI
at the Hamburg State Opera
November 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Tickets: 10,- € at the box office of the Hamburg State Opera – Große Theaterstrasse 25
Monday – Saturday 10.00 AM - 6.30 PM
Ticket sale start October 5, 2015!

John Neumeier will sign the DVD after the showing

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PEER GYNT – Repertory

Peer Gynt certainly must rank musically as the most substantial fulllength ballet d'action commissioned since Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet of 1938. This is by far the most ambitious undertaking of Neumeier's career, going even beyond his St. Matthew Passion, and I find that on the whole he has magnificently succeeded.

Horst Koegler, Dance Magazine (1989)

Peer Gynt
at the Hamburg State Opera
September 30, 2015 | 7.00 PM
October 6 and 8, 2015 | 7.00 PM
October 11, 2015 | 6.00 PM
July 6, 2016 | 7.00 PM

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Serge Prokofiev's "Cinderella", which was composed during the Second World War, is one of the most popular fairytale ballets of this century. For the Russian composer, however, Cinderella was more than just a fairytale character – for Prokofiev she was a living human being with real feelings and a destiny that should touch us. In 1992 John Neumeier created a fascinating new interpretation of this classic ballet. Emphasizing the mythical quality of the story while at the same time describing believable human characters and situations, Neumeier moved beyond the traditional ways of interpretating "Cinderella".

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.

A Cinderella Story
at the Hamburg State Opera
September 20, 2015 | 6.00 PM
September 22 and 24, 2015 | 7.30 PM
September 27, 2015 | 7.00 PM
October 20, 22 and 23, 2015 | 7.30 PM
July 14, 2016 | 7.30 PM

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LILIOM – Repertory

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.

at the Hamburg State Opera
October 27, 28 and 31, 2015 | 7.30 PM
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Five of the world's leading ballet companies will stream 23 hours of live, behind-the-scenes footage on Thursday, October 1. The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and the San Francisco Ballet have partnered to provide viewers around the world with an inside look at professional ballet companies. Each company will introduce viewers to a variety of experiences from technique classes and rehearsals to backstage preparations.

You can watch World Ballet Day live on or pick one of the host companies YouTube channels and watch from their channel. For more information please visit the World Ballet Day website. You can watch a trailer here.

The Hamburg Ballet has been invited as Special Guest to participate on the World Ballet Day: The Bolshoi Ballet will show a short pre-recorded trailer from The Hamburg Ballet with an interview with John Neumeier and various sequences of the ballets, The Hamburg Ballet will present in Moscow in January 2016.



Joeffrey Ballet | The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
October 14, 16, 17 (2x), 18, 22, 23, 24 (2x) and 25, 2015

Thrid Symphony of Gustav Mahler
Boston Ballet | The Boston Opera House
October 22, 23, 24 (2x), 25, 29, 30 and 31, 2015
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What's on
Tuesday, October 6

Peer Gynt
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:00 | 180 min.

Thursday, October 8

Peer Gynt
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:00 | 180 min.

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Peer Gynt
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 6:00 | 180 min.

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November 6, 7 and 8, 2015
The Nutcracker
November 13, 2015
November 14 and 15, 2015
Christmas Oratorio I-VI

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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:
Ballettfreunde Hamburg e.V.
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