Season 2014/2015

Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier and his HAMBURG BALLET will dedicate their next season to romanticism.

The season will open in September 2014 with the revival of John Neumeier's "Giselle". The fantastical ballet in two acts, with traditional choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, is considered to be one of the most beautiful ballets of the romantic period. John Neumeier's production of this classic work was last performed in Hamburg in 2003.

The first premiere of the season in December will bring another masterpiece of this era to the stage – August Bournonville's "Napoli or The Fisherman and his Bride". The original choreography from the second act has largely been lost and Lloyd Riggins, a principal dancer and ballet master of THE HAMBURG BALLET and a long-time soloist of the Danish Royal Ballet in Copenhagen will take charge of the staging and new choreography.

In March, John Neumeier's ballet "Winterreise" will return to Hamburg. The piece was last performed in 2004 and is set to Hans Zender's orchestral arrangement of Franz Schubert's eponymous song cycle, which was originally completed in 1827. The second premiere of the season, "Peer Gynt", will present a revised version of John Neumeier's original ballet, which premiered in 1999 and is set to a commissioned score composed by Alfred Schnittke.

A further highlight of the 2014/2015 season will be the performances of John Neumeier's newest creation "Tatiana", based on the verse novel by Alexander Pushkin. Aside from the performances in Hamburg, THE HAMBURG BALLET will embark on more tours in one season than hardly ever before, and will be appearing on the stages of Copenhagen, Baden-Baden, Vienna, Madrid, Salzburg, Venice and Muscat, the capital of Oman.

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MESSIAH – Revival

"Handel's oratorio depicts not 'only' the Passion of Jesus Christ, but also deals with the suffering of all mankind long before the appearance of a savior. It cites a number of prophecies that predict these rescuers, it tells the story of his birth, his ordeal, his ascension. It describes the disciples spreading His word around the world and the rejection of this word, it speaks of the punishment for those who deny the word, and the joy of the believers."

John Neumeier

at the Hamburg State Opera
April 18, 2014
6.00 PM
April 20, 2014
7.00 PM
April 24, 26 and 29, 2014
July 5, 2014
7.30 PM

RENKU – Repertory

A Renku is a Japanese form of poetry, comprised of linked verses of several authors.

The writing of a Renku is comparable to a group game: something existing is continued by someone else.

A poet writes down a verse, finding out later – to his amazement and probably also to his delight – that the team-mate continues the verse in a way, the first author did not expect.


at the Hamburg State Opera
May 11 and 16, 2014
7.30 PM


The ballet "Lady of the Camellias" based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas jr. to music by Frédéric Chopin is one of John Neumeier's most popular ballets. The tragic story deals with the love between the courtesan Marguerite Gautier and the nobleman Armand Duval. Originally it was created for Marcia Haydée and the Stuttgart Ballet in 1978. The coming performances of the legendary love story are presented by two different casts: on the matinee performance of May 18th, Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov dance the lead roles of Marguerite and Armand, in the evening performance Alina Cojocaru and Alexandre Riabko are on stage as tragic lovers.

Lady of the Camelias
at the Hamburg State Opera
May 18 | 2.00 and 7.30 PM
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National Youth Ballet and National Youth Orchestra on tour through Germany – in Hamburg on May 2, 2014
Two young top ensembles together to conquer the stages of Germany. The National Youth Orchestra and the eight dancers of the National Youth Ballet dissolve the boundary between stage and orchestra pit. Three premieres of new ballets by John Neumeier, Wubkje Kuindersma and Marc Jubete and Sasha Riva will be presented. Neumeier's creation of Haydn's "Alleluia"-Symphony is his 151st ballet and the conclusion of an extraordinary evening.

After the orchestral prelude of the National Youth Orchestra with Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Alagoana - Caprichos Brasilieros" the National Youth Ballet is dancing to Paul Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" with a choreography by Wubkje Kuindersma. Marc Jubete and Sasha Riva have choreographed to James MacMillan's "Exsultet".

The joint tour leads the two young ensembles through the most important concert halls and opera houses of Germany. Beginning on Easter Sunday, April 20, at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, going to the philharmonics in Essen (April 21), Cologne (April 25) and Berlin (May 4) as well as the Hamburg State Opera (May 2).

An Encounter of Young Artists
at the Hamburg State Opera
May 2 | 7.30 PM

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GUEST COMPANY: Nederlands Dans Theater 1

NDT guests at the 40th Hamburg Ballet Days
During this year's 40th ballet festival, the Nederlands Dans Theater is guesting at the Hamburg State Opera and will present two highly acclaimed pieces during two evenings. With its program "Sehnsucht/Schmetterling", the two choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have been celebrated around the world.

The word "Sehnsucht" (desire) arises from the first part of the program, which was created to various pieces of Beethoven. The choreography shows not only the various stages of the feeling of longing, but also presents characters and themes that recur in the second part of the program. For "Schmetterling" (butterfly), the second part of the evening, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot were inspired by the themes of life and death and their interfaces. The music of contemporary composer Max Richter is combined with songs by the indie rock band The Magnetic Fields .

Photo © Rahi Rezvani

at the Hamburg State Opera
July 8 and 9 | 7.30 PM


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Thursday, April 24

Ballet by John Neumeier
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Saturday, April 26

Ballet by John Neumeier
Staatsoper | 7:30 PM | 150 min.

Tuesday, April 29

Ballet by John Neumeier
Staatsoper | 7:30 PM | 150 min.

Friday, May 2

National Youth Ballet / National Youth Orchestra
Staatsoper | 7:30 PM

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May 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Lady of the Camellias
Theater an der Wien


September 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2014
Death in Venice
Royal Opera House


October 4 and 5, 2014
Shakespeare Dances
October 10, 11 and 12, 2014
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden



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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, focussing especially on a young audience.

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in Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Essen, Cologne and Hamburg

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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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