Mainly based on the "Eroica Variations" and Symphony No. 3, John Neumeier describes his idea of the Beethoven Project as follows: " A choreographic poem inspired by Beethoven’s music, and perhaps by Beethoven himself." Aleix Martínez – “a force of nature” (tanz) – dances the leading role as Beethoven at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. The dancers are phenomenal, a fantastic ensemble performance that can only succeed if a company dances at such a high level as the Hamburg Ballett.
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This season, John Neumeier's first full-length ballet with music by Ludwig van Beethoven celebrates its premiere on the stage of the Hamburg State Opera. When approaching the universe of Beethoven's music, John Neumeier was especially inspired by the composer's piano oeuvre. Back in April, when the School of the Hamburg Ballet celebrated its 40th anniversary, John Neumeier created "Beethoven Dances" - his first choreography with music by Beethoven.
Mainly based on the "Eroica Variations" and Symphony No. 3, John Neumeier describes his idea of the Beethoven Project as follows: "Originally a working title, 'Beethoven Project' became the suitable expression of my choreographic approach to the composer. There is no clearly relatable story. Rather than a clear plot, the ballet combines fragments of music as well as suggestions of emotional situations from Beethoven's biography. 'Beethoven Project' is a form of symphonic ballet shaped by the inspiration of Beethoven's music and my subjective choreographic response."
2 hours 24 minutes with one intermission
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