Revivals: The Nutcracker and The Lady of the Camellias

Two ballets by John Neumeier return to the repertoire

On Sunday 9 December 2018 at 7:30 p.m. John Neumeier’s The Nutcracker returns to the stage of the Nationaltheater following a five-year break.
Plus: A look forward to the revival of The Lady of the Camellias on 10 January 2019.

Revival in December: The Nutcracker

John Neumeier’s ballet The Nutcracker (world premiere in 1971), was performed for the first time in Munich about 45 years ago, on 8 May 1973. With a new stage design by Jürgen Rose, a new pas de deux created for Konstanze Vernon as Louise and Max Midinet as Drosselmeier, as well as a reworking of Günther’s choreography, which had been created for Heinz Bosl, this production was given the finishing touches in Munich back in the day. The piece was last performed at the Bayerisches Staatsballett in the 2013/14 season.

The motifs of Peter I. Tschaikowsky’s music remain as they are, but Neumeier does deconstruct the classic by getting closer to Marius Petipa’s world and staging a tribute to him. Neumeier’s atmospheric and poetic adaption of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Christmas story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King therefore relates a different story than that by Petipa and Tschaikowsky from the 19th century. With Neumeier, Marie celebrates her twelfth birthday and is given a pair of pointe shoes by her godfather Drosselmeier. She falls in love twice here on this day on the brink of adulthood – in love with her elder sister's boyfriend and in love with the world of ballet. In a dream sequence she encounters a theatre world still unknown to her, through which she is led by Drosselmeier.

Lloyd Riggins, Deputy Ballet Director at the Hamburg Ballet, supports the Bayerisches Staatsballett’s ballet masters with the rehearsals. He himself has also danced as Drosselmeier in Neumeier’s The Nutcracker and was a guest performer in Munich as Armand Duval in The Lady of the Camellias in 2000.
Guest dancer Nancy Osbaldeston and ensemble member Maria Chiara Bono among others will perform as Marie. Jonah Cook and Alexey Popov will assume the role of Drosselmeier. Dmitrii Vyskubenko and Ariel Merkuri take to the stage as Fritz. Both Prisca Zeisel and Elvina Ibraimova are rehearsing the role of Louise. Osiel Gouneoand Emilio Pavan take on the role of Günther.
Robertas Šervenikas conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.

Sun, 9 December 2018, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater, Revival
Fri, 14 December 2018, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Tue, 18 December 2018, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Wed, 26 December 2018, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Fri, 28 December 2018, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Wed, 2 January 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Fri, 4 January 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater

Outlook: The Lady of the Camellias

With The Lady of the Camellias, a further revival of a ballet by John Neumeier, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2019, already follows on Thursday 10 January 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The ballet was first performed in Stuttgart 40 years ago. It celebrated its premiere at the Bayerisches Staatsballett almost 20 years later on 15 November 1997. Since the world premiere the main roles have always been among the most coveted of the great dancers, such as Marcia Haydee. It was last seen in Munich in the 2015/16 season.

In The Lady of the Camellias, John Neumeier tells the story of the lung disease-afflicted courtesan Marguerite Gautier and the young Armand who has fallen for her in intense choreography and with dramaturgical sophistication. The highlights include their various pas de deux, which depict the development of the relationship.
The romantic theme is accompanied musically with piano pieces by Frédéric Chopin.
Michael Schmidtsdorff conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester for The Lady of the Camellias. Jürgen Rose is responsible for costumes and stage design.

Thu, 10 January 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater, Revival
Fri, 11 January 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Sun, 13 January 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Sat, 26 January 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Mon, 8 April 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater
Fri, 12 April 2019, 7:30 p.m. (CET), Nationaltheater