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Important works are also the Fairytale Ballets like A Cinderella Story and Undine as well as his interpretation of Homer's epic poem Odyssey of which the world première took place in Athens on 20 November 1995, Bernstein Dances and Images of Bart both in 1998. In 1997 he created Sylvia for The Ballet of the Paris Opera. The American Ballet Theatre gave a world première of his ballet Getting Closer in 1999. John Neumeier has also received particular acclaim throughout the world for his choreographies of symphonies by Gustav Mahler; choreographic arrangements to Bach's Saint Matthew Passion and Mozart's Requiem brought him worldwide recognition.

His Ballet Workshop events (lecture demonstrations in which aspects of current repertoire or general dance themes are analyzed) enjoy great popularity in Hamburg. In 1978 Neumeier received the 'Golden Camera' for a four-part television series recorded by North German Radio (NDR). A further four 'Workshops' were produced for television in 1981. In addition German Television (ZDF) and North German Radio (NDR) have recorded four of Neumeier's ballet productions: Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Wendung (String Quintet in C major by Franz Schubert), Scenes of Childhood and Othello. His version of The Lady of the Camellias, produced 1986 by Polyphon GmbH, was awarded a gold medal at the International Television Festival in New York. The Hamburg Ballet has given numerous guest performances in Europe, North and South America, Russia and Japan.

John Neumeier has worked as guest choreographer with many companies, including The Royal Ballet in London, The Vienna, Munich and Dresden State Operas, The Ballet of the German Opera in Berlin, The Stuttgart Ballet (for which he has created several works), The Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Finnish National Ballet, Le Ballet due Sile in Brussels, The Ballet of the Paris Opera, The Tokyo Ballet, The American Ballet Theater in New York, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.

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Copyright © 17 April 2004 Tess Crebbin, Germany


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