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.
Cast & Crew
Beethoven's ideal / Apollo – Edvin Revazov
Beethoven / Prometheus – Aleix Martínez
Beethoven's mother – Patricia Friza
Beethoven's Beloved / Terpsichore – Anna Laudere
Beethoven's nephew – Borja Bermudez
Choreographer – John Neumeier
Conductor – Simon Hewett
Lighting Concept and Costumes – John Neumeier
Hamburg Ballet Director John Neumeier has always been deeply moved by the powerful, majestic and striking music of Ludwig van Beethoven and for many years has thought about creating a full length ballet on the music of this iconic artist. With the 2020 Beethoven Jubilee celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the German composer in the offing, Director Neumeier realized that our upcoming season provided the perfect opportunity for him to bring his personal vision of Beethoven's works to artistic fruition. We are eagerly anticipating Neumeier's new ode to Beethoven with the debut of his ballet, "Beethoven Project".
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."