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Revival of Lera Auerbach's and John Neumeier's Ballet “Préludes CV“ in Hamburg

The ballet production "Préludes CV", with choreography to music by Lera Auerbach, will be revived at the Hamburg State Opera on 8 January 2013. John Neumeier developed the roles from the characters of his dancers to the music of the Russian-American composer. His ballet places fragments of human situations next to each other, apparently without any connection between them. In this way, a plot is created in the mind of each individual spectator. "Préludes CV" received its world premiere in Hamburg in 2003 and was last shown there in 2004.

Neumeier considers "Préludes CV" one of his most important ballets and conveyed the following to the public relations department of the Hamburg Ballet: "Like people in real life, the figures in the ballet ultimately remain enigmatic, mysterious," Neumeier comments. "I see what they do (I invented it myself!), but I don't always understand their motives. I know them – but then again, I don't know them. Their relationships appear unclear and change frequently. They are unpredictable – just like real people."

Lera Auerbach composed 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46 and 24 Preludes for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 47 in quick succession during the summer of 1999. The two works have an inner relationship to each other and there exists a dialogue between the two sets of Preludes. Lera Auerbach also composed the music to John Neumeier's ballet "The Little Mermaid" in 2005.

Revival of "Préludes CV" on 8 January 2013, 7:30 PM, further performances on 9, 11, 12 and 13 January, always at 7:30 PM.


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