Ballet by John Neumeier
||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Requiem" KV 626
and Gregorian Chant
No intermission - 1 hour 45 min.
The Hamburg Ballet, Felsenreitschule
Salzburg, July 26, 1991
The Hamburg Ballet, January 12, 1992
Jan de Schinkel
As someone who generally resents intrusions of any kind into masterpieces on this level, I can say that I was deeply moved.
The relentless drive, textural complexity and richness of detail are all there, as is, in Mozart's Kyrie for example, the climatic ecstasy. Yet Mr. Neumeier can also revert quickly to simple lines and lyrical effusions. The dancers surrender to the music in endlessly imaginative ways.
James R. Oestreich, The New York Times