The World of John Neumeier
Autobiographical Ballet Gala Performed by the Whole Company with a Narration by the Master Himself

The World of John Neumeier

Choreography, Direction & Narration:John Neumeier
Music:Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner, Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich, Michael Tippett, Frédéric Chopin, Simon & Garfunkel, Gustav Mahler

Selected excerpts from the following works: Bernstein Dances, Shall We Dance?, The Nutcracker, Death in Venice, Peer Gynt, Saint Mathew Passion, Christmas Oratorio I-IV, Nijinsky, Hamlet, Lady of the Camellias, Opus 100-for Maurice, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler

Opus 100-for Maurice

Peer Gynt

Choreographer John Neumeier narrates his life charmed by ballet, and the dancers of the Hamburg Ballet under his tutelage perform his masterpieces. In the end, a magnificent, miraculous world emerges--this is The World of John Neumeier.

The ballet begins with Bernstein Dances set to Bernstein's Candid Overture to express John Neumeier's joyous meeting with the world of dance in his childhood. Death in Venice and Peer Gynt tell about his creation through dance, which lead to the psychological world in Saint Mathew Passion and Christmas Oratorio I-IV. In the second part, Nijinsky, Hamlet and Lady of the Camellias depict the themes and people that have influenced Neumeier, which develops the essence of The World of John Neumeier. Opus 100-for Maurice naturally talks about his friendship with Maurice Béjart. The finale with Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler is overwhelming.

Its premiere at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in 2016 received a sustained standing ovation. Some audience members were in tears. It was a legendary night. The heat and excitement spread overnight on SNS, and on the following day, there was a long line of people to buy the tickets of the day.

On this tour 2018, the gala will be performed only one time. Don't miss it!

Bernstein Dances

Photos: Kiyonori Hasegawa