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Hamburg Ballet to Start Into 2015/6 Season with two New Productions

Love and the experience of human agony are the overriding themes of the Hamburg Ballet’s premieres in the 2015/2016 season

John Neumeier, Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, will present two new creations in the 2015/16 season. In homage to the legendary Italian actress Eleonora Duse, the world premiere of the ballet “Duse” will take place on 6December 2015. Set to music by Benjamin Britten and Arvo Pärt, Neumeier will not only choreograph the new work but will also design the sets and the costumes. Guest ballerina Alessandra Ferri will dance the title role. On 3 July 2016, John Neumeier will present “Turangalîla”, a choreographed interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s seminal symphony. Kent Nagano will conduct, while the Akris designer Albert Kriemler will create the costumes and Heinrich Tröger will be responsible for the set design.

World Premiere to open 42nd Hamburg Ballett Days

The world premiere of “Turangalîla” will also mark the opening of the 42nd Hamburg Ballet Days. The two-week long festival, which culminates with the internationally renowned Nijinsky Gala XLII on 17 July 2016, will present a cross-section of John Neumeier’s extensive œuvre. This edition of the festival will include popular literature-based
ballets such as “Peer Gynt” and “Othello”, Neumeier’s interpretation of the classic romantic ballet “Giselle” and “Winterreise”, one of his seminal musically-inspired works. John Neumeier will also once again invite a renowned guest company to perform (12-13 July 12016).

New Season to start with “A Cinderella Story”

As part of the opening weekend with the Hamburg State Opera, John Neumeier will present a revival of his ballet “A Cinderella Story”, which was premiered in 1992, on 20 September 2015. Set to music by Sergei Prokofiev and with sets and costumes by Jürgen Rose, the ballet tells a story of self-discovery and growing up based around Grimm’s fairytale. The production was last performed in Hamburg in 2008. The return of John Neumeier’s ballet “Saint Matthew Passion” to the stage of the Hamburg State Opera will mark the second revival of the season. Premiered in
1981 and set to the synonymous musical masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach, the production was last performed at St. Michael’s Church in Hamburg. Back in a theatrical setting, even without the immediate connection to a sacred space, the dance acts as an agent of spiritual-sacral activity.

Four Ballet Workshops

John Neumeier’s popular ballet workshops will take place on four Sundays throughout the season. In these matinee performances, he expands on the historical background behind his ballets and offers unique insights into the creative process. On 14 June and 4 July2016, the school of the Hamburg Ballet will present with “First Steps” its traditional biannual performance featuring students from every level of training in a variety of choreographies on the stage of the Hamburg State Opera. From 29 February to 6 March 2016, the graduate classes will once again present their choreographies in the “Creativity Workshop VII” at the Ernst Deutsch Theater. In the spring, the “Young Choreographers” of the Hamburg Ballet will return to the opera stabile with their own creations, building on the success of the last edition of the series, which began in 1974.

Touring with Nine Ballets

The 2015/2016 season will also see the Hamburg Ballet embark on both national and international tours. With a total of nine different ballets, a ballet workshop and a gala programme, the company will appear on the stages of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo and the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.

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