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Hamburg Ballet probes monumental themes in Mahler’s ‘Third Symphony’

Gustav Mahler's "Third Symphony" clearly became an obsession for the Milwaukee-bred choreographer John Neumeier, who, for more than four decades, has served as artistic director of Germany's Hamburg Ballet. He created his "Third Symphony...Show More Summary

Review: Sordid, racially confrontational 'Othello' is dark but not deep

Gang rape, sexy virgins, spousal abuse, a racist parody of the love between Othello and Desdemona, a Babel of voices and cultures suggesting the dangers of miscegenation: John Neumeier's ballet "Othello" is undeniably confrontational and contemporary. But does modernizing a classic really have...

John Neumeier On Reviving His Ballets From Decades Ago

7 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“As long as I’m alive, I constantly check my ballets: Do I still feel a part of myself in this work? And does it move me?”

Talking to Hamburg Ballet's John Neumeier about 'Othello' and 'stupid love'

"Dance is a living art," proclaims Hamburg Ballet artistic director John Neumeier. "If I make a ballet, it's not like I paint a picture and hang it on the wall, or write a book and keep it on a shelf. As long as I'm alive, I constantly check my ballets: Do I still feel a part of myself in this...

Joffrey Ballet fires arrows straight into the heart in ‘Sylvia’

Anyone who still believes that classical ballet is a 19th century art form trapped in amber is advised to take a look at the Joffrey Ballet. As Exhibit A: The altogether stunning production of John Neumeier's "Sylvia," now in a company...Show More Summary

A welcomed relapse of Camelliaphilia

10 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

If you enjoyed yesterday's cinemacast of the Bolshoi Ballet's production of John Neumeier's masterpiece, The Lady of the Camillias, be sure to try to see the next Bolshoi cinema presentation on December 20 of Yuri Grigorovich's Nutcracker. It is the...

Bolshoi in Cinema Lady of the Camellias

11 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

We don't yet have casting info for the December 6 Bolshoi in Cinema presentation of John Neumeier's incredible The Lady of the Camellias, but we have this teasing promo with Lantratov and Obraztsova, which will play over and over fo...

American ballet man collects $350k

11 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The American choreographer John Neumeier has pocketed the Tokyo Prize, worth $350,000. Neumeier, 73, has been head of Hamburg Ballet since 1973. Looks like he’s won a supplement to his pension.

Joffrey's beautiful work can't save uneven 'Sylvia'

Choreographer John Neumeier certainly set himself a task with "Sylvia," combining a 16th-century pastoral drama, complete with rustics and gods, with a well-loved 19th-century score (created for the universally despised 1876 ballet "Sylvia") and stark 20th-century design. The prolific Neumeier,...

Joffrey Ballet fires arrows straight into the heart in “Sylvia”

Anyone who still believes that classical ballet is a 19th century art form trapped in amber is advised to take a look at the Joffrey Ballet. As Exhibit A: The altogether stunning production of John Neumeier's "Sylvia," now in a company...Show More Summary

Joffrey Presents New Twist on Old Ballet With Sylvia

12 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Photo by Holger Badekow. The Joffrey Ballet unveils the U.S. premiere of John Neumeier's Sylvia, a new twist on a ballet that originally premiered in 1876. The production opens tonight at the Auditorium Theatre. The female-powered ballet was groundbreaking for...

The heart is a lonely hunter in the Joffrey Ballet’s reinvented “Sylvia”

Choreographer John Neumeier is a passionate man of deep intellect and wide-ranging creativity. You need do nothing more than listen to him talk about "Sylvia," the contemporary reinvention of the 19th century classic he devised originally...Show More Summary

5 reasons to see Nijinsky

12 months agoDance / Ballet : Behind Ballet

John Neumeier’s Nijinsky is the blockbuster of our 2016 season – a mesmerising blend of glamour, tragedy and spectacular dancing. So why should you see it? … The fascinating life of a ballet legend Vaslav Nijinsky was a prodigy whose … Continue reading ?

John Neumeier, Choreographer, Wins $400,000 Kyoto Prize

Mr. Neumeier, 73, has been the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973.

Hamburg’s US ballet chief collects $400,000 for lifetime work

John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of Hamburg Ballet since 1973, has been awarded the Kyoto Prize for 2015, along with Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor and Japanese chemist Toyoki Kunitake. Neuemeier, 73, Wisconsin born and a protégé of John Cranko, has built many of his major works upon the music of Gustav Mahler.

Miami City Ballet and Hamburg Ballet among major dance companies headed to Harris Theater in 2015-2016 season

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has come up with a glittering lineup of international, national and Chicago-based dance companies for its 2015-2016 season. Among the offerings will be John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet, performing...Show More Summary

DANCING JOHN NEUMEIER’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

By Kalyn Oden, PR Intern Fairies, lovers, donkeys and a love spell gone completely wrong…Houston Ballet begins its 2014-15 season with the company premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreographed by John Neumeier  and inspired by William Shakespeare’s famous comedy, from September 4 – 14 at Wortham Theater Center. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; Artists of […]

Dance review: Hamburg Ballett's U.S. premiere of powerful 'Liliom'

3 years agoArts : Culture Monster

In the contemporary ballet “Liliom” -- based on a 1909 play of the same name, which Rodgers & Hammerstein turned into the musical “Carousel” -- Hamburg Ballett choreographer-director John Neumeier sends the audience home with a surprising hopefulness surrounding the iconic, central couple.

A cinematic approach to Hamburg Ballett's 'Liliom'

3 years agoArts : Culture Monster

Choreographer John Neumeier trades rigid structures for fade-ins, dissolves and more in his production of 'Liliom,' which was inspired by the musical 'Carousel' and Ferenc Molnár's original play. After 16 years in purgatory, a carousel barker takes his granted leave to perform a good deed on Earth. Show More Summary

Ida Praetorius: Danish Ballet Star in the Making

3 years agoDance / Ballet : The Ballet Bag

Towards the end of Act 1 in John Neumeier’s Romeo & Juliet there is a scene where the star-crossed lovers meet properly – alone and unmasked – for the first time. It is always a lovely scene but, with Ida Praetorius’ Juliet and Gregory Dean’s Romeo earlier this year it was more than that. It was an exceptional [...]

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