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John Neumeier




John Neumeier - Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet


Pictures from the "post show reception" with John Neumeier and the Artists Brisbane - Playhouse


John Neumeier and the Artists Brisbane - Playhouse



John Neumeier and the Artists Brisbane - Playhouse



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Ballet Nijinsky


Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky (1888-1950)


Vaslav Nijinsky, born in Kiev, Russia, March 12, 1888, while his parents, dancers Eleonora Bereda and Foma Nijinsky were on tour.


He studied at the Imperial School in St. Petersburg in 1898, and graduated in 1907.

His physics was short and stocky, and he was rather, shy and reserved, but the publicloved him.


Nijinsky moved in the aristocratic society of St. Petersburg. At a party he met Sergei Diaghilev, and under the influence of Diaghilev's strong personality, he soon became his lover and protégé.


In Paris he danced the leading roles in Le Pavillion d'Armida and Les Sylphides with Pavlova in 1909.


He continued to dance with the Diaghilev Ballet after 1909.


In 1911 Nijinsky danced with Tamara Karsavina in one of the most famous ballets of the time, Le Spectre de la Rose.


HIs choreography was influenced by Isadora Duncan in Paris and his ballets were often controversial.


In 1913 the Ballets Russes toured South America, and because of his fear of ocean voyages Diaghilev did not accompany them. Without his mentor's supervision Nijinsky fell in love with Romola de Pulszky, a Hungarian dancer. They were married in Buenos Aires: when the company returned to Europe, Diaghilev, in a jealous rage, fired them both.


During World War I Nijinsky,, was interned in Hungary. Diaghilev succeeded in getting him out for a North American tour in 1916, during which he choreographed and danced the leading role in Till Eulenspiegel.


Signs of his dementia praecox were becoming apparent, he became afraid of other dancers and that a trap door would be left open.


Nijinsky spent may years in and out of mental hospitals.


In 1947 the family moved to London, where he was cared for by his loving wife, Romola, until his death in 1950.


He is buried in Paris at the Sacre Coeur cemetery.


Vaslav Nijinsky is remembered especially for his effortless elevation, achieved without visible preparation. The combination of his virtuosity with acting and style made him the most famous male dancer of the twentieth century.




John Neumeier has been the Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet since 1973.


John Neumeier, was born in 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

He studied ballet both in Copenhagen and at the Royal Ballet School in London.


In 1963 he was "discovered" in London by Marcia Haydée and Ray Barra, leading John Cranko to engage him at the Stuttgart Ballet, where he progressed to solo dancer.

In 1969 Neumeier became Director of the Ballet in Frankfurt,


In 1973 August he took on his long lasting position in Hamburg.


The Hamburg Ballet became one of the leading ballet companies in the German dance scene and has received international recognition.


In 2011, John Neumeier founded the first National Youth Ballet in Germany, based at the Ballettzentrum( Ballet Centre) in Hamburg.


Giselle has been fortunate to see one of his first Ballets in January 1974, Romeo and Juliet.


John Neumeier and the Hamburger Ballet will be in Australia - Brisbane in August 2012.


Giselle will be attending the performance of Nijinsky, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). and will get the wonderful opportunity to meet John Neumeier and members of The Hamburg Ballet and Queensland Symphony Orchestra at an exclusive post-performance Hamburg Ballet cocktail party.



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