MESSIAH – Revival

"Handel's oratorio depicts not 'only' the Passion of Jesus Christ, but also deals with the suffering of all mankind long before the appearance of a savior. It cites a number of prophecies that predict these rescuers, it tells the story of his birth, his ordeal, his ascension. It describes the disciples spreading His word around the world and the rejection of this word, it speaks of the punishment for those who deny the word, and the joy of the believers."

John Neumeier

at the Hamburg State Opera
April 18, 2014
6.00 PM
April 20, 2014
7.00 PM
April 24, 26 and 29, 2014
July 5, 2014
7.30 PM

RENKU – Repertory

A Renku is a Japanese form of poetry, comprised of linked verses of several authors.

The writing of a Renku is comparable to a group game: something existing is continued by someone else.

A poet writes down a verse, finding out later – to his amazement and probably also to his delight – that the team-mate continues the verse in a way, the first author did not expect.


at the Hamburg State Opera
May 11 and 16, 2014
7.30 PM


The ballet "Lady of the Camellias" based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas jr. to music by Frédéric Chopin is one of John Neumeier's most popular ballets. The tragic story deals with the love between the courtesan Marguerite Gautier and the nobleman Armand Duval. Originally it was created for Marcia Haydée and the Stuttgart Ballet in 1978. The coming performances of the legendary love story are presented by two different casts: on the matinee performance of May 18th, Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov dance the lead roles of Marguerite and Armand, in the evening performance Alina Cojocaru and Alexandre Riabko are on stage as tragic lovers.

Lady of the Camelias
at the Hamburg State Opera
May 18 | 2.00 and 7.30 PM
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National Youth Ballet and National Youth Orchestra on tour through Germany – in Hamburg on May 2, 2014
Two young top ensembles together to conquer the stages of Germany. The National Youth Orchestra and the eight dancers of the National Youth Ballet dissolve the boundary between stage and orchestra pit. Three premieres of new ballets by John Neumeier, Wubkje Kuindersma and Marc Jubete and Sasha Riva will be presented. Neumeier's creation of Haydn's "Alleluia"-Symphony is his 151st ballet and the conclusion of an extraordinary evening.

After the orchestral prelude of the National Youth Orchestra with Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Alagoana - Caprichos Brasilieros" the National Youth Ballet is dancing to Paul Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" with a choreography by Wubkje Kuindersma. Marc Jubete and Sasha Riva have choreographed to James MacMillan's "Exsultet".

The joint tour leads the two young ensembles through the most important concert halls and opera houses of Germany. Beginning on Easter Sunday, April 20, at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, going to the philharmonics in Essen (April 21), Cologne (April 25) and Berlin (May 4) as well as the Hamburg State Opera (May 2).

An Encounter of Young Artists
at the Hamburg State Opera
May 2 | 7.30 PM

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GUEST COMPANY: Nederlands Dans Theater 1

NDT guests at the 40th Hamburg Ballet Days
During this year's 40th ballet festival, the Nederlands Dans Theater is guesting at the Hamburg State Opera and will present two highly acclaimed pieces during two evenings. With its program "Sehnsucht/Schmetterling", the two choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have been celebrated around the world.

The word "Sehnsucht" (desire) arises from the first part of the program, which was created to various pieces of Beethoven. The choreography shows not only the various stages of the feeling of longing, but also presents characters and themes that recur in the second part of the program. For "Schmetterling" (butterfly), the second part of the evening, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot were inspired by the themes of life and death and their interfaces. The music of contemporary composer Max Richter is combined with songs by the indie rock band The Magnetic Fields .

Photo © Rahi Rezvani

at the Hamburg State Opera
July 8 and 9 | 7.30 PM


Saturday, April 12, 2014  |  2 to 6 PM

Ballettzentrum Hamburg – John Neumeier
Caspar-Voght-Str. 54
20535 Hamburg

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With 444 pages, the anniversary-annual of THE HAMBURG BALLET for the 39th Hamburg Ballet Days offers a special overview of four decades of John Neumeier in Hamburg. In high quality print, the hardcover book presents today's ensemble as well as numerous companions, colleagues, supporters and friends in words and pictures.





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Friday, April 18


Ballet by John Neumeier
Staatsoper | 6:00 PM | 150 min.

Sunday, April 20

Ballet by John Neumeier
Staatsoper | 7:00 PM | 150 min.

Thursday, April 24

Ballet by John Neumeier
Staatsoper | 7:30 PM | 150 min.

Saturday, April 26

Ballet by John Neumeier
Staatsoper | 7:30 PM | 150 min.

Tuesday, April 29

Ballet by John Neumeier
Staatsoper | 7:30 PM | 150 min.

Friday, May 2

National Youth Ballet / National Youth Orchestra
Staatsoper | 7:30 PM

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May 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Lady of the Camellias
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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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Hamburg State Opera
June 7 and 30, 2014 | 7:00 PM
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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, focussing especially on a young audience.

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in Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Essen, Cologne and Hamburg

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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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