Hamburg, March 5th, 2012
THE HAMBURG BALLET’s highlights until summer: Young Choreographers, The Little Mermaid, First Steps of the Ballet School, 38th Hamburg Ballet Days with Renku
In the first half of 2012, the HAMBURG BALLET presents the current season’s second revival as well as young choreographers at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus theatre and the 38th Hamburger Ballett-Tage (Hamburg Ballet Days) with the opening premiere Renku and guest performances by the San Francisco Ballet.
This spring, aspiring choreographers from the company will present their latest works: The Young Choreographers of the HAMBURG BALLET will be guests at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg on March 27th and 28th. Since 1974, when John Neumeier initiated the “Young Choreographers“, this forum has given company members an opportunity to try out their choreographic ambitions. Some of the resulting choreographies made their way into the repertory of the company.
On April 21st the revival of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid will be a long expected event inHamburg. This highly successful production, created in 2005 for the Royal Danish Ballet, was last seen here in autumn 2009. Since then, it has been performed by the San Francisco Ballet and the Moscow Stanislawsky Music Theatre Company. In autumn 2012 it will be staged by the National Ballet of China. The production is also available on DVD and Bluray Disc, performed by the San Francisco Ballet and HAMBURG BALLET Principal Lloyd Riggins.
On May 15th and June 18th the Ballet School of the HAMBURG BALLET will present their new programme of Erste Schritte (First Steps). For these bi-annual performances at the Hamburg State Opera, a diverse programme is put together with contributions by all age levels and dance genres. The highlight of this year’s edition is Demis Volpi’s Carnival of the Animals. The choreography, which was originally created for the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, will be performed by students of theBalletSchool of the HAMBURG BALLET for the first time.
The 38th Hamburger Ballett-Tage will be the final highlight of the current season. This year’s festival will start with the world premiere of Renku on June 17th. A renku is a Japanese form of poetry created by various poets. John Neumeier has assigned two members of his ensemble with the task of adapting this literary form to dance: Yuka Oishi und Orkan Dann will be the choreographers. The guest company of the festival will be the San Francisco Ballet. The grand finale of the two weeks will be the »Nijinsky-Gala XXXVIII«, where internationally acclaimed guest dancers as well as members of the HAMBURG BALLET will perform.
On June 25th, the BUNDESJUGENDBALLETT (National Youth Ballet) have scheduled an additional performance in Hamburg: Following the great success of “Im Aufschwung“, the junior company’s Hamburg theatrical debut at the Ernst Deutsch Theater, the eight dancers return with a second edition of the programme, “Im Aufschwung II”. In the meanwhile, the BUNDESJUGENDBALLETT performs all over Germany. For details, please visit their website.
Young Choreographers of the HAMBURG BALLET at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg
Performances: March 27th and 28th, 2012,8 p.m.
Tickets are available online or call +49-(0)40-248713.
At the Hamburg State Opera
Erste Schritte (First Steps)
The Ballet School of the HAMBURG BALLET at the Hamburg State Opera
Performances: May 15th, June 18th, 2012,7.30 p.m.
The Little Mermaid
Ballet by John Neumeier
Based on Hans Christian Andersen
Music: Lera Auerbach
Choreography, Staging, Set and Costume Design: John Neumeier
Conductor: Simon Hewett
Revival: April 21st, 2012,7.30 p.m.
April 25th, 28th, May 9th, 12th, 2012
June 22nd, 2012, 7.30 p.m.
A Ballet by several choreographers based on a Japanese form of poetry
Music: Franz Schubert, Alfred Schnittke, Philip Glass
Choreography: Yuka Oishi, Orkan Dann
Costume Design: Michael Court
Premiere: June 17th,6.00 p.m.
June 19th, 29th, 2012,7.30 p.m.
38th Hamburger Ballett-Tage (June 17th – July 1st, 2012)
June 17th, 2012,6.00 p.m. Renku
June 18th, 2012,7.00 p.m. Erste Schritte (First Steps)
June 19th, 2012,7.30 p.m. Renku
June 20th, 2012,7.30 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 21st, 2012,7.30 p.m. Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler
June 22nd, 2012,7.30 p.m. The Little Mermaid
June 23rd, 2012, 7.30 p.m. Purgatorio
June 24th, 2012,5.00 p.m. Lady of the Camellias
June 26th, 2012,7.30 p.m. Guest company:San Francisco Ballet
June 27th, 2012,7.30 p.m. Guest company:San Francisco Ballet
June 28th, 2012, 7.30 p.m. Liliom
June 29th, 2012,7.30 p.m. Renku
June 30th, 2012,7.30 p.m. Chopin Dances
July 1st, 2012,6.00 p.m. Nijinsky-Gala XXXVIII
Hamburgische Staatsoper (Großes Haus) –
Tickets: 4,- to 97,- Euro, call +49 – 40 – 35 68 68 or visit the website