Ballettschule des Hamburg Ballett (School of The HAMBURG BALLET)

Hamburg, Germany

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The School of The HAMBURG BALLET, established by John Neumeier in 1978, prepares young people between the ages of 10 and 18 from all over the world for a professional dance career. The syllabus gives priority to classical-academic dance, but teaches as well the techniques of modern dance, character, classical variations and dance composition.

The “Ballettzentrum Hamburg”, the last buildings designed by the famous Hamburg architect Fritz Schumacher, provides a roof for the unique combination of school and company, offering a dance education surrounded by the constant presence, example and inspiration of a successfully functioning professional ensemble. This symbiosis, preserving tradition while encouraging creation, encompassing “stars” and beginners, demonstrates that ballet is an immanently human art – constantly developing and a very living language.

John Neumeier, Director & Chief Choreographer The HAMBURG BALLET

Since 1973 John Neumeier has been Director and Chief Choreographer of The HAMBURG BALLET and since 1996 he has been “Ballettintendant”. He received his first dance training in his home town Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he also created his first choreographic works, and went on to study ballet both in Copenhagen and at the Royal Ballet School in London. In 1963 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet, where he progressed to solo dancer. Before being appointed Director in Hamburg, he had been Director of Ballet in Frankfurt in 1969.

Under Neumeier’s direction The HAMBURG BALLET became one of the leading ballet companies of the German dance scene and soon received international recognition. As a choreographer, Neumeier has continually focused on the preservation of ballet tradition, while giving his works a modern dramatic framework. He has worked as a guest choreographer with many companies, including The Royal Ballet in London, American Ballet Theatre, The San Francisco Ballet as well as The Ballet of the Paris Opera and The Tokyo Ballet. He received various awards, most recently the “Herbert von Karajan Musikpreis” in 2007 and the “Deutscher Jubiläums Tanzpreis” in 2008. He was made an honorary citizen of the city of Hamburg in 2007. In 2011, John Neumeier founded the first National Youth Ballet in Germany.

Marianne Kruuse, Pedagogical Principal & Deputy Director

Marianne Kruuse was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and received her training in Copenhagen and Paris. During her long performance career, she danced with the Scandinavian Ballet (1959 – 1961), Théatre d’Art du Ballet (1961 – 1962), Mulhouse Ballet (1962 – 1963) and Stuttgart Ballet (1965 – 1970). She was a principal dancer with the Frankfurt Ballet from 1970 to 1973 and with The HAMBURG BALLET from 1973 to 1985. Since 1985, Marianne Kruuse has been engaged with The School of the Hamburg Ballet, as a teacher and, since 1993, as Pedagogical Principal and Deputy Director.


Louiza Avraam, Student choreographer

Louiza Avraam is 19 years old and comes from Cyprus. She is in her second year at the School of The Hamburg Ballet. Her training includes classical technique as well as modern and folk dance.  She participated in the Varna International Ballet Seminars and the Varna competition in 2010, as well as the YAGP finals the year after. In 2009, she won the first prize in the Pancyprian Ballet Competition and, in 2011, the first prize in modern category of YAGP-semi finals which took place in Paris. In 2012, she choreographed a piece named Hope Wanted which was performed in Ernst Deutsch Theatre and selected to represent the Ballettschule Hamburg Ballett in the Assemblée Internationale 2013.

Here is Louiza Avraam’s note on her choreography, Hope Wanted:

“Never the peoples’ homes
were so close, but their hearts
so far away”.

The crisis of spiritual and ethical values in our time is interrelated with materialism and consumption dominating our perception of life. People become strangers, selfish, hypocrites, apathetic and indifferent. But there comes a moment when they feel the loneliness and the emptiness inside, realizing the absence of love. They try, but in vain, because it is difficult to escape the philosophy of individual interest. Of course hope always hovers, is persistent and travels even in dreams…

Hélias Tur-Dorvault, Student choreographer

I started dancing at the age of four, with my mother who was a contemporary dance teacher, in Marseille, France. My passion for dance has grown since childhood and I decided to become a dancer when I was 13. At 14, I started ballet in a private school in Marseille (Atelier Anne Ouin-dit-la-croix) and met Patrick Armand during a summer course two years later. Then I went to the Studio Ballet Collette Armand, where he prepared me for the Prix de Lausanne 2010. There I met Marianne Kruuse who accepted me in the Ballettschule des HAMBURG BALLETT, where I am now studying in last year Theaterklasse. For the 2013/14 season, I have been offered a contract for the Bundesjugendballett John Neumeier.




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