37. Hamburger Ballett-Tage

Dance – Song – Parzival An interview with star baritone Thomas Hampson. Questions by Andrea C. Röber On July 1, 2011, a special performance of Parzival – Episodes and Echo takes place as part of the 37th “Hamburger Ballett-Tage” festival: The US-star baritone Thomas Hampson sings The Wound-Dresser, John Adams’ version of a poem by Walt [...]

By | July 8th, 2011|Ballet, German Culture, Hamburg|Comments Off on 37. Hamburger Ballett-Tage

Happiness in dance

By Evgeniya Koptyug The Hanseatic city usually makes a quiet impression on a Sunday morning. But not on November 28, 2010. I board the subway in the rural North of Hamburg, still a whole half hour away from downtown. And suddenly it’s loud and lively: the train is full of excited and foremost very much [...]

By | December 16th, 2010|Ballet, General, German Culture, Hamburg|Comments Off on Happiness in dance

The Phantom in Our Heads

By Anna Schwan The window on floor 4S of the Paris Opera is round, round and more than one meter wide. It’s decorated with ornate wrought-iron bars and leads straight to the Opera’s roof. Here I have the most beautiful view of  Paris. The city is at my feet, I see the domes of the [...]

By | December 7th, 2010|Ballet, German Culture, Hamburg|1 Comment

Ballet is a life, not a job

by Evgeniya Koptyug "Please close the door quietly, especially during rehearsals," reads a sign at the Wigman studio in the Ballet Center John Neumeier in Hamburg. Not a sound is heard from inside. I pull open the heavy outer door, and then a second one. The bit of autumn sun Hamburg got today is shining [...]

By | November 3rd, 2010|Ballet, General, German Culture, Hamburg|2 Comments

Hamburg Ballett – Motto: “Try everything”

The traffic noises and the cacophony from the building site nearby seem to disappear as I step over the threshold of the stage entrance to the Hamburg State Opera. My feelings are a mixture of Christmas and birthday-like excited anticipation. A childhood dream is coming true: I am visiting the costume department of [...]

By | October 26th, 2010|Ballet, General, German Culture, Hamburg|Comments Off on Hamburg Ballett – Motto: “Try everything”