The Hamburg Ballet - John Neumeier
The Nutcracker, Beethoven Project, The World of John Neumeier
Dance | Germany
13-24 Mar 2019
The Hamburg Ballet - John Neumeier
The Nutcracker, Beethoven Project, The World of John Neumeier
Dance | Germany
13-24 Mar 2019
The World of John Neumeier © Kiran West
The World of John Neumeier © Kiran West
The World of John Neumeier © Kiran West
Nutcracker © Kiran West
Nutcracker © Kiran West
Beethoven-Projekt © Kiran West
Beethoven-Projekt © Kiran West
The Hamburg Ballet - John Neumeier
The Nutcracker, Beethoven Project, The World of John Neumeier
Dance | Germany
13-24 Mar 2019

The Hamburg Ballet - John Neumeier
The Nutcracker, Beethoven Project, The World of John Neumeier

Filled with beauty, invention and energy, John Neumeier’s choreography has made Hamburg Ballet a world-beating ensemble. Three thrilling programmes: The Nutcracker - best loved ballet of all time; a brand new ode to Beethoven featuring exquisite dance set to incomparable music; and finally a glorious gala showcasing highlights from Neumeier’s four decades of creativity with the Hamburg Ballet.
Filled with beauty, invention and energy, John Neumeier’s choreography has made Hamburg Ballet a world-beating ensemble. Three thrilling programmes: The Nutcracker - best loved ballet of all time; a brand new ode to Beethoven featuring exquisite dance set to incomparable music; and finally a glorious gala showcasing highlights from Neumeier’s four decades of creativity with the Hamburg Ballet.

Dance legends at every stage – John Neumeier and Hamburg Ballet

“At Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier built not only a world class troupe, but also a whole new generation of ballet lovers” Pointe Magazine

Twenty years since first dazzling Hong Kong audiences Hamburg Ballet makes its fourth visit to the Festival. At the helm of the company in 1973, John Neumeier is one of the world’s longest serving artistic directors. His astonishing creativity has produced more than one hundred and fifty ballets. He has led the company to more than three hundred tours on five continents and is the recipient of innumerable awards and distinctions all over the world. With its updated versions of classic repertoire and ballets exploring human dramas, Hamburg Ballet epitomises this year's festival theme; truly a company for every stage.

Celebrating his forty-five year reign, the company’s Festival programmes thrillingly showcase Neumeier’s genius. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, The Nutcracker remains the world’s favourite ballet, charting a young girl’s transition from childhood to adolescence. Neumeier’s interpretation – a jewel in the repertoire of ballet companies across the globe – transforms a winter fairytale for children into a ballet for all seasons and audiences of all ages.

Following acclaimed works inspired by Mahler, Mozart, Bach and Handel and others, The Beethoven Project is an emotional response to this composer’s music, danced to some of the composer’s most memorable piano, string quartet and symphonic music, in particular Eroica Variations and Symphony No.3.

Hamburg Ballet’s season climaxes with The World of John Neumeier, a glorious autobiographical tribute featuring excerpts from some of his greatest works. In Neumeier's words, ‘my world is dance’; that world is here and now.


The 15 Mar performance of The Nutcracker is sponsored by Industrial Bank

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Student Matinee Programme on 14 & 16 Mar of The Nutcracker (by special arrangement with selected schools) is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

The 19 Mar performance of The Beethoven Project is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series

The Festival Finale,The World of John Neumeier on 23 Mar, is sponsored by ICBC (Asia)

13-15 March 2019
The Nutcracker 
John Neumeier’s tribute to ballet’s golden age

“Probably the most convincing, charming and beautiful version of The Nutcracker” klassik-begeistert.de

A jewel in the repertoire of many famous companies, John Neumeier’s Nutcracker transforms the world’s favourite ballet from winter-holiday fairytale for children to an enthralling spectacle for all seasons and audiences of all ages. It has become a hugely popular modern classic. Exquisite dance, charming characters, ravishing costumes and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music makes this story of a young girl’s transition from childhood to adolescence a truly memorable confection. Neumeier’s hommage to original choreographer, Marius Petipa, and to ballet’s golden age, reveals a gift for storytelling and love of dance that shines through all his work.

19-20 March 2019
The Beethoven Project 
John Neumeier – master of the symphonic ballet

Inspired by an overwhelming love of dance and music in equal measure, John Neumeier has created memorable ‘symphonic’ ballets based on master works by Bach, Mahler among other great composers.

Premiered in 2018 The Beethoven Project fulfills his long-held desire to explore Beethoven’s musical universe. Rather than tell a story, his first full-length work using Beethoven’s music is a response to aspects of the composer’s emotional life. Based mainly on Eroica Variations and Symphony No.3, Neumeier’s timely choreographic tribute celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 2020. Sublime music, superb dance – an ode to Beethoven that will live long in the memory.

23-24 March 2019
The World of John Neumeier (Festival Finale)

John Neumeier provides the narration for this spectacular ballet gala, which features Hamburg Ballet’s superb dancers performing twelve highlight extracts from some of his greatest works. Greeted with a standing ovation at its 2018 Asian premiere in Tokyo the programme includes highlights from The Lady of the Camellias, Bernstein Dances, Death in Venice, Peer Gynt, symphonic ballets set to Bach and Mahler music, and Nijinsky – his tribute to the most famous dancer of the early 20th century, if not of all time. Enjoy the magnificent, magical world of Neumeier creations, each one a milestone in a glittering career in dance.
Introduction

Dance legends at every stage – John Neumeier and Hamburg Ballet

“At Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier built not only a world class troupe, but also a whole new generation of ballet lovers” Pointe Magazine

Twenty years since first dazzling Hong Kong audiences Hamburg Ballet makes its fourth visit to the Festival. At the helm of the company in 1973, John Neumeier is one of the world’s longest serving artistic directors. His astonishing creativity has produced more than one hundred and fifty ballets. He has led the company to more than three hundred tours on five continents and is the recipient of innumerable awards and distinctions all over the world. With its updated versions of classic repertoire and ballets exploring human dramas, Hamburg Ballet epitomises this year's festival theme; truly a company for every stage.

Celebrating his forty-five year reign, the company’s Festival programmes thrillingly showcase Neumeier’s genius. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, The Nutcracker remains the world’s favourite ballet, charting a young girl’s transition from childhood to adolescence. Neumeier’s interpretation – a jewel in the repertoire of ballet companies across the globe – transforms a winter fairytale for children into a ballet for all seasons and audiences of all ages.

Following acclaimed works inspired by Mahler, Mozart, Bach and Handel and others, The Beethoven Project is an emotional response to this composer’s music, danced to some of the composer’s most memorable piano, string quartet and symphonic music, in particular Eroica Variations and Symphony No.3.

Hamburg Ballet’s season climaxes with The World of John Neumeier, a glorious autobiographical tribute featuring excerpts from some of his greatest works. In Neumeier's words, ‘my world is dance’; that world is here and now.


The 15 Mar performance of The Nutcracker is sponsored by Industrial Bank

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Student Matinee Programme on 14 & 16 Mar of The Nutcracker (by special arrangement with selected schools) is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

The 19 Mar performance of The Beethoven Project is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series

The Festival Finale,The World of John Neumeier on 23 Mar, is sponsored by ICBC (Asia)

Programmes
13-15 March 2019
The Nutcracker 
John Neumeier’s tribute to ballet’s golden age

“Probably the most convincing, charming and beautiful version of The Nutcracker” klassik-begeistert.de

A jewel in the repertoire of many famous companies, John Neumeier’s Nutcracker transforms the world’s favourite ballet from winter-holiday fairytale for children to an enthralling spectacle for all seasons and audiences of all ages. It has become a hugely popular modern classic. Exquisite dance, charming characters, ravishing costumes and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music makes this story of a young girl’s transition from childhood to adolescence a truly memorable confection. Neumeier’s hommage to original choreographer, Marius Petipa, and to ballet’s golden age, reveals a gift for storytelling and love of dance that shines through all his work.

19-20 March 2019
The Beethoven Project 
John Neumeier – master of the symphonic ballet

Inspired by an overwhelming love of dance and music in equal measure, John Neumeier has created memorable ‘symphonic’ ballets based on master works by Bach, Mahler among other great composers.

Premiered in 2018 The Beethoven Project fulfills his long-held desire to explore Beethoven’s musical universe. Rather than tell a story, his first full-length work using Beethoven’s music is a response to aspects of the composer’s emotional life. Based mainly on Eroica Variations and Symphony No.3, Neumeier’s timely choreographic tribute celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 2020. Sublime music, superb dance – an ode to Beethoven that will live long in the memory.

23-24 March 2019
The World of John Neumeier (Festival Finale)

John Neumeier provides the narration for this spectacular ballet gala, which features Hamburg Ballet’s superb dancers performing twelve highlight extracts from some of his greatest works. Greeted with a standing ovation at its 2018 Asian premiere in Tokyo the programme includes highlights from The Lady of the Camellias, Bernstein Dances, Death in Venice, Peer Gynt, symphonic ballets set to Bach and Mahler music, and Nijinsky – his tribute to the most famous dancer of the early 20th century, if not of all time. Enjoy the magnificent, magical world of Neumeier creations, each one a milestone in a glittering career in dance.