April 2018
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The Seagull

Art and love – love and art: For John Neumeier, the relationship between those two poles is the main topic of Chekhov's play "The Seagull". In April and May, John Neumeier's ballet of the same title returns to the stage of Hamburg State Opera. |  More...


Lady of the Camellias

A classical ballet returns to the stage of the Hamburg State Opera: 40 years ago John Neumeier's "Lady of the Camellias" premiered with the Stuttgart Ballet. His adaptation based on the same novel is well-known throughout the world and currently part of the repertoire of various international companies. |  More...


Guest Dancers

In April and May, international ballet stars will appear in repertoire productions: The principal dancer of English National Ballet Alina Cojocaru and the Principal of Bolshoi Theatre Artem Ovcharenko will dances in John Neumeier's ballets "The Seagull" (April 29) and "Lady of the Camellias" (May 1, 3, 11 and 12). Olga Smirnova, Principal at Bolshoi, will dance the title role of "Lady of the Camellias" on May 17 and 20. |  Casts


Wilhelm Oberdörffer-Preis 2018

Madoka Sugai was awarded the 2018 Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer Prize. John Neumeier considers her to be an extraordinary dancer and is impressed with her charisma, musicality and technique. After spending two years in the National Youth Ballet, Madoka Sugai joined the Hamburg Ballet in 2014. Shortly after being promoted to Soloist in 2017, she made her debut in the demanding role of Kitri in the premiere of "Don Quixote".

The Ballet School

First Steps

"First Steps" Anniversary Performance: 40 years Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet. Every two years, the entire ballet school presents on two evenings "First Steps" on the stage of the Hamburg State Opera. The performances on April 26 and June 25 are dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballett. The culmination is a ballet set to dances by Ludwig van Beethoven, created by John Neumeier with all grades. A further programme highlight pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday anniversary. In addition, the Ballet School will dance John Neumeier's complete "Bach Suite 2" for the first time. |  More...

Editorial – 18/19

Threads of my Life

For the past 45 years, I have moved dancers to move people in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg – the centre of my artistic life –, always believing that ballet is an art form of the present tense. During the forthcoming season, I will celebrate my 80th birthday. This occasion offers an opportunity to weave some threads of my life into the program of the Hamburg Ballet. |  More...


Season 18/19

The program for the upcoming season has been released: Two premieres, two revivals, the European premiere of John Neumeier's opera production "Orphée et Eurydice" and as an exceptional highlight the Benefit Gala "The World of John Neumeier" on the evening of his 80th birthday. Find the upcoming season's chedule and brochure here. | More downloads

On-Sale Dates

Performances, Galas & Workshops

NEW! Starting with the 2018/19 season, as of June 11, 2018 (for subscribers: from June 7, 2018) tickets can now be purchased for the entire season. Subscriptions are available as of Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Special purchase rules apply to the Nijinsky Gala, the birthday gala "The World of John Neumeier" and the Ballet Workshops. |  Tickets and Service


NEW! DVD "Nijinsky"

Eagerly awaited and finally here! The film version of John Neumeier's signature piece "Nijinsky" will be released in April 2018. Before the official release date, the DVD/Blu-ray can be purchased from March 29 at the online shop as well as at the CD shop and the ticket service of the Hamburg State Opera. On April 16, at 12:45 am, in the night from Sunday to Monday, John Neumeier's ballet will be broadcast on ARTE. |  More...


Journal No 5

April/May/June (in German)
Content: "Die Kameliendame" – Ein Ballettklassiker wird 40. John Neumeier: Intendant des Hamburg Ballett bis 2023. John Neumeiers "Orpheus" in Los Angeles. John Neumeiers "Anna Karenina" am Bolschoi-Theater | Download