The 42nd Hamburg Ballet-Days will open with the premiere of John Neumeier's "Turangalîla" to music by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. Kent Nagano will be conducting.

The prelude to this year's Ballet-Days is the programme "Im Aufschwung VII" of the National Youth Ballet from June 28 to July 2 at the Ernst Deutsch Theatre.

The performance of "First Steps" on July 4 will be a memorable and special occasion. The focus will be the celebration of the 20th anniversary of John Neumeier's ballet "Yondering". Five of the most renowned ballet schools worldwide will be celebrating with us.

The performances of "Aspects of Creativity" on July 12 and 13 are one of the highlights in this year's festival. Dancers of the company and students of the school of the Hamburg Ballett will present their own choreographies at the main stage of the Hamburg State Opera.

The 42nd Hamburg Ballet-Days present the current repertory of the Hamburg Ballet, partly with international guest stars in the leading roles. The season 2015/16 has opened with the revival of "A Cinderella Story" to music by Sergei Prokofiev, who would have celebrated his 125th birthday in 2016. John Neumeier's ballet can be seen once again on July 14. Also John Neumeier’s ballet "Saint Matthew Passion" which has marked the second revival of the season is part of the two-week long festival.

Not in the next season's schedule is John Neumeier's ballet "Winterreise", which will be performed on July 7.

The Italian star ballerina Alessandra Ferri will dance the title role in John Neumeier's ballet "Duse" on July 15. Alina Cojocaru, who is a regular guest with the Hamburg Ballet, will dance the leading role in "Giselle" alongside Alexandr Trusch as Prince Albrecht on July 16. She will also dance the role of Solveig in John Neumeier's "Peer Gynt", while Carsten Jung will take over the role of Peer on July 6.  Another focus of the season 2015/16 was John Neumeier's adaptation of literature by William Shakespeare. The Cuban dancer Amilcar Moret Gonzalez will dance the male lead in John Neumeier's "Othello" alongside Hélène Bouchet as Desdemona on July 9. The role of Jago will be represented by Ivan Urban.

The 42nd Hamburg Ballet-Days will close with the traditional Nijinsky Gala on July 17, 2016. The gala features dancers of the Hamburg Ballet and internationally acclaimed guest stars. This year, the Nijinsky Gala is dedicated to "Portraits in dance and music". Also the National Youth Ballet will be part of the grand finale of the Ballet Days.
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"As with all words from ancient oriental languages, its meaning is very rich. 'Lila' literally means play — but play in the sense of the divine action upon the cosmos, the play of creation, of destruction, of reconstruction, the play of life and death. 'Lila' is also Love. 'Turanga': this is time that runs, like a galloping horse; this is time that flows, like sand in an hourglass."
Olivier Messiaen

Ballet by John Neumeier
at the Hamburg State Opera
July 3, 2016 | 6.00 PM
July 5 and 8, 2016 | 7.30 PM


FIRST STEPS – The Ballet School

An introduction to our school in the Hamburg State Opera
Every second year the stage of the Hamburg State Opera belongs to students of the School of the Hamburg Ballet. Students of all levels, from the Preparatory to the Theatre Classes, are given the opportunity to perform on two separate occasions. 

On June 14 the audience has the opportunity to see two ballets choreographed by John Neumeier. The program gives an insight into the style of the school and shows examples of the broad curriculum offered to the young dancers. A piece created in composition class, a character dance to traditional balalaika music and "Thank you" (a tour de force demonstration of the classical ballet syllabus) choreographed by the teaching faculty, will be performed.

This year the focus of the second performance on July 4 will be the celebration of the 20th anniversary of John Neumeier's ballet "Yondering". Five of the most renowned ballet schools worldwide will be celebrating with us.

First Steps
An introduction to our school in the Hamburg State Opera
June 14, 2016 | 7.00 PM
July 4, 2016 | 7.00 PM


20 Years "YONDERING"!

The performance of "First Steps" on July 4 in the Hamburg State Opera will be a memorable and special occasion. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of John Neumeier's ballet "Yondering", Theatre Class students from our own school perform with students from five of the most renowned ballet schools worldwide, dancing the ballet in a blended cast. Our guest schools are Canada's National Ballet School, l'École de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris, the San Francisco Ballet School, the Dutch National Ballet Academy and the Houston Ballet Academy.

The evening will start with "Thank You", choreographed by teachers of the ballet school, and John Neumeier’s "A Journey through the Seasons". In the second part the guest ballet schools will present characteristic examples from their repertoire. As the grand finale the anniversary performance of "Yondering" will be danced by around 70 students of six ballet schools.

John Neumeier created "Yondering" in February 1996 with students from Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto. The original concept was for a short ten minute piece for eight students, but the creative impetus which unfolded, culminated in a thirty-three minute piece for up to forty dancers. The world premiere took place on May 16, 1996 with students of the School of The Hamburg Ballet in Hamburg, followed by the premiere in Toronto, shortly thereafter, on May 29.

The title "Yondering", an old American expression from the pioneer days, means to cross a border and to engage in adventure and the exploration of the unknown. John Neumeier drew the musical inspiration from Stephen Foster’s 19th century, highly romantic songs of love to the nature.

The choreography is episodic in structure and includes elements of American folklore and square dance as well as from John Neumeier's very own choreographic style. Thematically the ballet explores the innocence and the spirit of adventure of youth, while it subtly implies their loss.

John Neumeier explains his view of the choreographic interpretation of the music as follows: "The success of this ballet depends on its performance by young, enthusiastic, energetic and idealistic students. The ballet must in fact only be performed by students – students of the very best schools..."

The ballet "Yondering" is part of the repertoire of the Canada's National Ballet School, the l'École de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris, the Royal Ballet School in London and the San Francisco Ballet School. This season, the Dutch National Ballet Academy and the Houston Ballet Academy join the "Yondering" group of schools worldwide.

As part of the  "Yondering Project", master classes and discussions are planned  with the directors and ballet teachers of all the schools involved . The aim is to promote professional and cultural exchange between the schools and to provide an impetus for future cooperation.


Aspects of Creativity
Choreographies by the Hamburg Ballet and its School
at the Hamburg State Opera
July 12 and 13, 2016 | 7.30 PM

Complex Desire – Ricardo Urbina (School)
Self Tensions – Léa Mercurol (School)
I Giorni + Rely on Trust – Florian Pohl
Bivio – Florencia Chinellato
Solo für zwei – Konstantin Tselikov
Ouroboros – Yuka Oishi
#theStruggleisReal – Marcelino Libao

Bist Du wirklich hier? – Ziyue Liu (School)
Ultimatum – Filip Clefos (School)
Kleines Requiem – Aleix Martínez
Vesna + Anima – Edvin Revazov
Oratio – Kristína Borbélyová
Metamorphosis – Marc Jubete


Season 2016/2017

Welcome to our "Russian" season!
For many years The Hamburg Ballet has concerned itself with the great tradition of this profoundly cultural nation. In the past, we have created and presented new interpretations of traditional and modern classical ballet scores by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Glazunov and Tcherepnin as well as works created in close cooperation with the Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach.

During the current season, we will focus on ballets based on masterpieces of Russian literature, most prominently with the world premiere of Anna Karenina after Leo Tolstoy and the revival of The Seagull based on Anton Chekhov's drama. Nijinsky, a choreographic portrait of the Polish-Russian dancer, one of the greatest artists in the history of ballet, will be our first major revival. In addition my choreography to Gustav Mahler's masterpiece "The Song of the Earth" will have its premiere during this season. We invite you to discover the comprehensive panorama of 19 different productions. Half of them will form the 43rd Hamburg Ballet-Days in July.

I look very much forward to seeing you at the Hamburg State Opera!

John Neumeier

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Sunday, July 3


Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 6:00 | 90 min.

Monday, July 4

First Steps
The Ballet School
Opera House | 7:00 | 180 min.

Tuesday, July 5

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 90 min.

Wednesday, July 6

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

Thursday, July 7

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 150 min.
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Friday, July 8

Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 7:30 | 90 min.

Saturday, July 9

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

Sunday, July 10

Saint Matthew Passion
Ballet by John Neumeier
Opera House | 5:00 | 240 min.

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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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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
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Two more institutions support the work within the school of The Hamburg Ballet:
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