Sunday 17. Feb. 2019, 6.00 pm - 8.45 pm | Großes Haus Revival
Soldier Songs (Des Knaben Wunderhorn) / Fifth Symphony of Gustav Mahler
The two ballets "Soldier Songs" and "The Fifth Symphony", united under the title "All Our Yesterdays" do not tell a story. The choreography was a subjective reaction to the individual scores - that is, the music itself is their essential theme. Like Gustav Mahler, I have not given the separate movements titles nor written a "program" for either work. The texts of the "Wunderhorn" songs are not illustrated.
The two works were created as pure dance pieces celebrating my company's move into the newly remodeled Hamburg Ballet Center. The choreography was intended to "break in" the glorious new space and create a loving portrait of my ensemble. However, as I was creating them, two world events influenced my mood, directed my thinking, and affected my choices. In 1989 – 50 years after – we remembered with horror, deep sorrow and regret the beginning of World War II. These memories haunt "Soldier Songs" and the first two movements of the symphony. The optimism of Mahler's "Rondo Finale", on the other hand, was at the same moment in time reflected by the miracle of Communism's fall and the sudden Unification of Germany. The opening of borders and boundaries inspired the ballet's end – endless movement!
Music: Gustav Mahler
Choreography, Costumes and Lighting: John Neumeier
2 hours 45 minutes | 1 intermission
Hamburg Ballet, State Opera, Hamburg, December 10, 1989
Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 6,00 EUR to 109,00 EUR