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John Neumeier and the Hamburg Ballet had to wait six months due to the pandemic before they could finally premiere the Beethoven Project II. The Beethoven Year served as the inspiration for Neumeier’s exploration of music that is brimming with impulses to movement. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, the “apotheosis of the dance,” as Richard Wagner called it, was the first symphony that was created entirely out of rhythm. It forms a central part of the Beethoven Project II, together with a violin sonata and excerpts from the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives. Neumeier has created a choreography that is loosely based on Beethoven’s life – as previously in the Beethoven Project I, which was performed and filmed with great success in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Program

Beethoven Project II
Ballet by John Neumeier
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven

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