Ballet by John Neumeier

 

Music
  Jean Sibelius
"The Storm" op. 109, No 1 and 2
Symphony No 1 e-minor op.39
"Lemminkainen" op. 22, No 2 and 3
Choreography
Staging
Set
  John Neumeier
Costumes
  Silvia Strahammer

1 intermission - 2 hours 30 min.

 

World Premiere
The Hamburg Ballet, Hamburg, December 12, 1982

 

Original Cast    
King Arthur
  François Klaus
Merlin
  Max Midinet
Guinevere
  Colleen Scott
Lancelot
  Kevin Haigen
Elaine
  Gigi Hyatt
Morgane
  Lynne Charles
Mordred   Gamal Gouda
Ygerne   Beatrice Cordua
Uter Pendragon   Steven Majewicz
Galahad   Jean-Jacques Herment

 

New Version
The Hamburg Ballet, Kampnagelfabrik
Hamburg, April 4, 1986

 

Original Cast    
King Arthur
  François Klaus
Merlin
  Max Midinet
Guinevere
  Colleen Scott
Lancelot
  Johannes Kritzinger
Elaine
  Gigi Hyatt
Morgane
  Chantal Lefèvre
Mordred   Gamal Gouda
Ygerne   Beatrice Cordua
Uter Pendragon   Stephen Pier
Galahad   Jeffrey Kirk

 

This ballet to music by Jean Sibelius (and others) is based on the English middle ages saga of King Arthur. A thorough study of interpretations, both philological and psychological, as well as the very complex genealogy surrounding this epos, has led John Neumeier, not only to a full and detailed libretto, but to what one could term, a choreographic poem.
The story's structure does not unfold chronologically, but takes autonomous turns where the imaginary is just as important the real.
The exposition of this myth and its archetypes centers on King Arthur, who wishing to bring a just and peaceful order to the a world beset by violence, is able to maintain this for only a short period. His Kingdom falls into ruins and anarchy as he is overthrow by his son Mordred.

 

 
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