Beethoven Project (DVD) – A Ballet by John Neumeier

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Beethoven Project (DVD) – A Ballet by John Neumeier

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Artists: Hamburg Ballet, Die Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Conductor: Simon Hewett
Director: John Neumeier
Format: NTSC
Language: German
Subtitles: None
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2020
Run Time: 134 minutes

Beethoven Project is John Neumeier’s choreographic tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven, blending elements of Narrative and Symphonic Ballets.

Based on the “Eroica Variations” Piano and Chamber Music, the “Prometheus” Ballet and the “Eroica” Symphony, John Neumeier describes his idea of the Beethoven Project:

“My ballet is an attempt to give physical shape to the form and emotion of Beethoven’s music. The music continues to offer me the most direct biographical material. But my choreography does not aim to illustrate any historical picture. I’m rather interested in the contradictory aspects of our image of Beethoven. As a choreographer, I look for equivalents that are communicated by movements alone.”(John Neumeier)


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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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