Season 2015/2016

When I first read about the Italian actress Eleonora Duse – her mythic career and near mystical life – an idea for a ballet took seed. Disregarding all theatrical effect, Duse seems to have spoken in the most simple, intense way of the essential things in life ... of love and human suffering.

Olivier Messiaen's "Turangalîla" symphony is also an epic love song. Kent Nagano has already explored this symphonic milestone in great detail and I am especially looking forward to working with him on this project.

The Season 2015/16 will present 18 different repertoire works. My ballet of J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion will return to the stage of the Hamburg State Opera in April and the season will open with a revival of "A Cinderella Story". Sergei Pro­kofiev would have celebrated his 125th birthday in 2016, and we will honor him with ballets that would have been unthinkable without his inspiring music. His masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet" will also be included during the season.

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Rehearsal Studio 1
4.00 – 5.30 PM
Introduction to Ballet
(each at 4.00 and at 4.45 PM, 30 minutes training for maximal 40 children, 6 – 10 years old, no registration required, barefoot or ballet shoes)
7.00 – 7.30 and 8.40 – 9.10 PM
Open class and rehearsal of the School of The Hamburg Ballet

Main Stage
9.00 – 9.30 and 10.00 – 10.30 PM
Greeting by John Neumeier and excerpt of his ballet "A Cinderella Story"

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Serge Prokofiev's "Cinderella", which was composed during the Second World War, is one of the most popular fairytale ballets of this century. For the Russian composer, however, Cinderella was more than just a fairytale character – for Prokofiev she was a living human being with real feelings and a destiny that should touch us. In 1992 John Neumeier created a fascinating new interpretation of this classic ballet. Emphasizing the mythical quality of the story while at the same time describing believable human characters and situations, Neumeier moved beyond the traditional ways of interpretating "Cinderella".

Sergei Pro­kofiev would have celebrated his 125th birthday in 2016, and we will honor him with ballets that would have been unthinkable without his inspiring music. His masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet" will also be included during the season.

A Cinderella Story
at the Hamburg State Opera
September 20, 2015 | 6.00 PM
September 22 and 24, 2015 | 7.30 PM
September 27, 2015 | 7.00 PM
October 20, 22 and 23, 2015 | 7.30 PM
July 14, 2016 | 7.30 PM

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Inamori Foundation Announces Three Laureates of 2015 Kyoto Prize: Dr. Toyoki Kunitake, a Japanese Chemist, Dr. Michel Mayor, a Swiss Astrophysicist and John Neumeier
The Inamori Foundation announced on June 19 three laureates of the 2015 Kyoto Prize for their contributions in the fields of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts and Philosophy. They are Dr. Toyoki Kunitake, a chemist and president of the Kitakyushu Foundation for the Advancement of Industry, Science and Technology, Dr. Michel Mayor, an astrophysicist and professor emeritus at the University of Geneva, and John Neumeier, artistic director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet.

The three laureates will each receive a diploma, the 20K gold Kyoto Prize medal and prize money of 50 million yen (360.000 Euro). The Prize Presentation Ceremony and a joint press conference will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center on November 10. The laureates will give commemorative lectures on November 11.

The Inamori Foundation was founded in 1984 by Kazuo Inamori, founder and now chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corp., a widely diversified fine ceramic and semiconductor components and electronic devices company based in Kyoto. The foundation awards the Kyoto Prize annually to people who have made significant contributions in the categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts and Philosophy.

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What's on
Saturday, September 5

Hamburg Theaters' Night
Opera House | 7:00
Children's program starst at 4:00

Sunday, September 20

A Cinderella Story

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 6:00 | 165 min.

Tuesday, September 22

A Cinderella Story
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 165 min.

Thursday, September 24

A Cinderella Story
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 165 min.

Sunday, September 27

Opera House | 11:00 | 120 min.
sold out

A Cinderella Story
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:00 | 165 min.

Wednesday, September 30

Peer Gynt
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:00 | 180 min.

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November 6, 7 and 8, 2015
The Nutcracker
November 13, 2015
November 14 and 15, 2015
Christmas Oratorio I-VI

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The School

The School of THE HAMBURG BALLET, established in 1978, trains young people from all over the world for a professional dance career. The syllabus gives priority to all aspects of classical-academic dance, but the syllabus includes as well courses dedicated to the techniques of modern and folk dance.
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National Youth Ballet

Germany's first ever National Youth Ballet has been founded at the beginning of the 2011/2012 theatre season. The company consists of eight professional dancers between the ages of 18 to 23, and has begun work at its new home at the Ballettzentrum Hamburg – John Neumeier. With its own repertoire comprising mainly works by young choreographers, the group will predominantly dance in new spaces – not theatres, but schools, museums, nursing homes and even prisons; spaces in which dance does not usually attract much interest. The National Youth Ballet aims to demonstrate that dance has a social relevance creating a spirit of community and a sense of unity.

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Since 1981, the association FREUNDE DES BALLETTZENTRUMS e.V. ('friends of the ballet centre') supports young and talented dancers within the school of THE HAMBURG BALLET - JOHN NEUMEIER financially as well as idealistically.

What are the advantages of being a member?
Behind-the-scenes insights into The Hamburg Ballet
Tours through the ballet centre
Insights into rehearsals and invitations to dress (final) rehearsals
Priority on ticket orders for ballet shows, among others

Two more institutions support the work within the school of The Hamburg Ballet:
Ballettfreunde Hamburg e.V.
Charlotte Uhse-Stiftung

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