John Neumeiers National Youth Ballet
© Silvano Ballone

© Silvano Ballone

Founded at the initiative of Prof. John Neumeier, the National Youth Ballet is unique throughout Germany. Eight young professional dancers aged 18 to 23 have been dancing together since the 2013/14 season, forming the second generation of the young company, which is supported by Federal funds and wishes to bring ballet closer to people’s daily lives again. Therefore, the ensemble appears not only at opera houses, concert halls and theatres, but also in schools, senior citizens’ homes, clubs and even prisons. The National Youth Ballet honours the past by studying works from the history of ballet, experiences the present by working with contemporary choreographers of different ages and styles, and invests in the future of dance by commissioning its own works and supporting talented young choreographers. The dancers come from all over the world. Their home is the Hamburg Ballet Centre – John Neumeier; their language is dance. After its appearances in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the dancers perform together with young musicians for the fourth time at Young Euro Classic.

Dancers of the 2014/2015 Season:

Giorgia Giani, Maria del Mar Hernández, Minju Kang, Federica Ricciardello, Nicolas Gläsmann, Yehor Hordiyenko, Pascal Schmidt, Hélias Tur-Dorvault

August 7, 2015 8 pm

Konzerthaus, Berlin

John Neumeier
© Steven Haberland

© Steven Haberland

The US-American John Neumeier is among the most important choreographers of our times. As Ballet Director and Artistic Director of the Hamburg Ballet, he turned this company into one of Germany’s leading ones. John Neumeier won international acclaim for his combination of traditional ballet with new, contemporary forms. One of John Neumeier’s passions is the support and education of young talent. In 1978, he founded the Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet. In 2011, John Neumeier took on the position of Artistic Director of the newly-founded National Youth Ballet. John Neumeier has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit twice and was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2003. He already choreographed a ballet for Young Euro Classic in 2012, and in 2013 and 2014 the National Youth Ballet appeared at the Konzerthaus in two of his choreographies as well.

Director of the National Youth Ballet, Choreographer
Kevin Haigen

© Yohan Stegli

Born in Miami, Kevin Haigen has worked as a dancer, choreographer, ballet teacher and ballet master. He trained at the School of American Ballet under George Balanchine, where he created his first choreographies. In 1976 Kevin Haigen joined the Hamburg Ballet, where he returned in 1991, after several international engagements, as company ballet master and ballet teacher. Ever since, he has assisted John Neumeier in the production of numerous ballets worldwide. Since the founding of the National Youth Ballet, Kevin Haigen has been its Artistic and Pedagogical Director.

Artistic and Pedagogical Director

Today | Prologue

Music: Gustav Mahler: »Ging heut‘ morgen übers Feld« (Arr. Aike Errenst) | Choreography: Bundesjugendballett

Face to Face

Music: Philip Glass: »Knee Play« | Choreography: Joseph Toonga

Digital Skin

Music: Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G-Major: Adagio assai (2nd Movement) | Choreography: Wubkje Kuindersma

Revealance of Privacy

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in E-Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano Op. 67: Allegro con brio (2nd Movement) | Choreography: Joseph Toonga

Battling Individuality

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio in E-Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano Op. 67: Allegretto (4th Movement) | Choreography: Hélias Tur-Dorvault

Beyond Freedoms’ Borders

1. MSG Music: Aike Errenst (*1984): »What r u up 2?«, »Elaborated« | 2. D-Code Music: Guillaume Connesson (*1970): »Techno Parade« | Choreography: Pascal Schmidt

Eternal Finity

Music: Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B-Minor Op. 115: Adagio (2nd Movement) | Choreography: Joseph Toonga

Tomorrow | Epilogue

Music: Gustav Mahler: »Urlicht« (Arr. Aike Errenst) | Choreography: Bundesjugendballett & Just Us Dance Theatre

The National Youth Ballet continues its success story at Young Euro Classic: the elite of the young dance scene returns to the festival for the fourth time, bringing a fascinating mixture of brand-new works and classics by doyen John Neumeier, the artistic director of the National Youth Ballet, and other choreographers.

Festival Impressions

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