Ballets by John Neumeier: video on-demand from Hamburg Ballet

The Hamburg Ballet has now overcome some initial issues and will be screening several recordings of works by John Neumeier over the next month. Starting the weekly series is Saint Matthew Passion, recorded at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in 2005 and featuring Neumeier in the leading role of Jesus for the last time.

“The current Corona crisis is a historical turning-point. It is particularly severe for us as a ballet company, because our creative development is based on the daily, physical work in the Ballet Centre Hamburg. Presenting video streams of our high-quality ballet films, is also a means of creating hope and a feeling of anticipation of an end to the global crisis”, says Ballet Director John Neumeier.

Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov in John Neumeier's The Lady of the CamelliasPhoto Kiran West
Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov
in John Neumeier’s The Lady of the Camellias
Photo Kiran West

In addition to Saint Matthew Passion, that was scheduled to be performed live at the Hamburg State Opera on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, screening dates have also been set for

Lady of the Camellias, Death in Venice, Beethoven Project, and Illusions – like Swan Lake. Each will be available for 48 hours as a free Video on Demand service on the website of the Hamburg Ballet. Each will then return on-line nine days later for a further 48 hours.

Hamburg Ballet have many other offerings on at the moment including classes, fitness videos and snippets from other ballet evenings.

Videos on Demand on
(each available for 48 hours from the date and time shown)

Saint Matthew Passion
Thu April 9, 4.30 pm; then Sat April 18, 4.30 pm
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography, Staging, Set and Costumes: John Neumeier
Video Recording 2005, from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, featuring John Neumeier in the role of Jesus

Lady of the Camellias
Thu April 16, 4.30 pm; then Sat April 25, 4.30 pm
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Choreography and Staging: John Neumeier
Set and Costumes: Jürgen Rose
NDR Studio Production 1987

Death in Venice
Thu April 23, 4.30 pm; then Sat May 2, 4.30 pm
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner
Choreography, Staging and Lighting Concept: John Neumeier
Set: Peter Schmidt
Costumes: John Neumeier, Peter Schmidt
Video Recording 2004, from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Beethoven Project
Thu April 30, 4.30 pm; then Sat May 9, 4.30 pm
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Choreography, Lighting Concept and Costumes: John Neumeier
Set: Heinrich Tröger
Video Recording 2019, from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Illusions – like Swan Lake
Thu May 7, 4.30 pm; then Sat May 16, 4.30 pm
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography and Staging: John Neumeier
Choreography (“Second Remembrance”): after Lev Ivanov, reconstruction with the
collaboration of Alexandra Danilova
Choreography (Grand Pas de deux in the “Third Remembrance”): after Marius
Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Set and Costumes: Jürgen Rose
Video Recording 2001, from the Hamburg State Opera