Season 2014/2015

Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier and his HAMBURG BALLET will dedicate their next season to romanticism.

The season will open in September 2014 with the revival of John Neumeier's "Giselle". The fantastical ballet in two acts, with traditional choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, is considered to be one of the most beautiful ballets of the romantic period. John Neumeier's production of this classic work was last performed in Hamburg in 2003.

The first premiere of the season in December will bring another masterpiece of this era to the stage – August Bournonville's "Napoli". The original choreography from the second act has largely been lost and Lloyd Riggins, a principal dancer and ballet master of THE HAMBURG BALLET and a long-time soloist of the Danish Royal Ballet in Copenhagen will take charge of the staging and new choreography.

In March, John Neumeier's ballet "Winterreise" will return to Hamburg. The piece was last performed in 2004 and is set to Hans Zender's orchestral arrangement of Franz Schubert's eponymous song cycle, which was originally completed in 1827. The second premiere of the season, "Peer Gynt", will present a revised version of John Neumeier's original ballet, which premiered in 1999 and is set to a commissioned score composed by Alfred Schnittke.

A further highlight of the 2014/2015 season will be the performances of John Neumeier's newest creation "Tatiana", based on the verse novel by Alexander Pushkin. Aside from the performances in Hamburg, THE HAMBURG BALLET will embark on more tours in one season than hardly ever before, and will be appearing on the stages of Copenhagen, Baden-Baden, Vienna, Madrid, Salzburg, Venice and Muscat, the capital of Oman.

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TATIANA – Premiere

On the 29th of June 2014 John Neumeier's ballet "Tatiana" will celebrate its world premiere at the Hamburg State Opera. For this new work, the Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of THE HAMBURG BALLET will approach Alexander Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" from a new perspective. "As I read Pushkin's verse novel, I realised that I was fascinated by the role of Tatiana Larina. She became more profound and more interesting with every paragraph, every page that I read. And so I had the idea to explore her role and her perspective in more detail through my ballet" says John Neumeier. In a speech given in June 1880, Fyodor Dostoevsky noted that "Tatyana is different. She is a strong character, strongly standing on her own ground. She is deeper than Onyegin and certainly wiser than he. With a noble instinct she divines where and what is truth".

The music for Neumeier's ballet has been composed by Lera Auerbach – commissioned by THE HAMBURG BALLET and the Hamburg State Opera, together with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Moscow. The Russian-American composer Auerbach was previously commissioned to write the score for John Neumeier's Ballet "The Little Mermaid" and also provided the music for his work "Préludes CV".

The female lead Tatiana will be danced by Hélène Bouchet, while Edvin Revazov will take on the male lead of Eugene Onegin. Leslie Heylmann and Alexandr Trusch will dance the roles of Olga Larina and Vladimir Lensky respectively. Carsten Jung will take on the role of Prince N..

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Tuesday, September 9

Tour to Copenhagen
Death in Venice

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 8:00 | 150 min.

Wednesday, September 10

Tour to Copenhagen
Death in Venice

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 8:00 | 150 min.

Thursday, September 11

Tour to Copenhagen
Death in Venice

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 8:00 | 150 min.

Friday, September 12

Tour to Copenhagen
Death in Venice

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 8:00 | 150 min.

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Fantastic ballet in two acts
State Opera | 6:00 | 150 min.

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