January 2017
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Treffpunkt: Bühneneingang

Führung durch die Staatsoper


Großes Haus

Der Nussknacker

Ballett von John Neumeier


The Nutcracker

It has become a tradition for ballet companies all over the world to perform Peter Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" at Christmas time. John Neumeier's version of "The Nutcracker", however, avoids direct reference to Christmas. In his ballet, the central character Marie celebrates her twelfth birthday and is drawn by the mysterious ballet master Drosselmeier into the fascinating world of dance ... It is, in fact, a ballet about ballet itself. More...


Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler

"Mahler's Third Symphony is an incredible achievement, one of those masterpieces that permits a man's entire career to be re-evaluated […] This is a startling, handsomely nonconformist ballet on sempiternal architectural lines that ineffably presents Neumeier's visiting card as one of the major classic choreographers of our century. His many American detractors can patronize him as much as they like. This ballet is a work of genius". Clive Barnes, New York Post. More...



In choreographic episodes, combining dream, memory, premonition and reality John Neumeier's ballet "Tatiana" brings to life the story of Tatiana, a young girl brought up in the Russian countryside and her first great love. In his ballet, John Neumeier develops the narrative freely after Alexander Pushkin's verse-novel "Eugene Onegin", published in 1833. More...



At the turn of the 20th century the Italian actress Eleonora Duse was one of the most influential artists in the world. John Neumeier took incidents from the life and myth of this great artist who influenced such contrasting personalities as Rainer Maria Rilke, Isadora Duncan, Constantin Stanislavsky und Marilyn Monroe, as inspirations for his ballet. More...


Cast Changes

You will find the cast changes for the upcoming performances of the 2016/2017 season HERE


Debut and Benefit Workshops

The topic of the upcoming ballet workshop on January 22 will be "Debut". The audience will have the opportunity to see the dancers of the Hamburg Ballet in their favorite roles. A cast of young dancers will make their stage debut in leading roles. The traditional "Benefit Workshop", which has been rescheduled, will be now held on January 29, 2017. As originally planned, all proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization Hamburg Leuchtfeuer. John Neumeier will speak about "The Song of the Earth", a new ballet which premiered in Hamburg in December 2016. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled date.


Young Choreographers at the opera stabile

In March 2017, the "Young Choreographers" of the Hamburg Ballet will return to the opera stabile with their own creations. The performances will take place at the opera stabile on March 13 and 14 (Program I) as well as on March 15 and 16, 2017 (Program II). Advance booking for the "Young Choreographers" will begin on Monday, January 30, 2017. But you'd better be quick as the tickets are selling very fast! More...


Lifetime Achievement Award for John Neumeier

John Neumeier will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the education in dance and for his long collaboration with the Prix de Lausanne. Shelly Power,Artistic Director: "I chose Mr. Neumeier as the first Prix de Lausanne life time achievement recipient because his contributions to the evolution of the dance world are monumental. Mr. Neumeier's dance language is deeply human and based in a foundation of solid classical and contemporary movement." Prix de Lausanne

Information Materials

Journal / Brochure / Flyer

Find here free information material to download about the Hamburg Ballet, like our Journal, our brochure or flyer, a print format (PDF) of the season 2016/2017 and an iCalendar (.ics-file). More...


Tatiana on DVD

Ballet by John Neumeier after Alexander Pushkin
Music: Lera Auerbach
Choreography, Staging and Costumes: John Neumeier
Recorded live at the Hamburg State Opera (2014)
Video Director: Thomas Grimm


Calendar 2017

With the Hamburg Ballet through the year 2017!
This year's Hamburg Ballet calendar features exquisite large format photographs by Kiran West. These dynamic images capture company performances & rehearsals from John Neumeier's works including: "Turangalila", "Hamlet", "The Nutcracker" & "Messiah". The calendar is a perfect holiday gift for Hamburg Ballet supporters or for all the ballet lovers on your list.


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Financial Assistence and Sponsorship

Since 1982 the foundation "Freunde des Ballettzentrums Hamburg" provides scholarships and supports the school financially. Many former scholarship holders are now dancers of the Hamburg Ballet. Two more institutions support the work of the school: the "Ballettfreunde Hamburg" and the Charlotte Uhse Foundation. More...