John Neumeier

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John Neumeier (born 24 February 1942) is an American ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He has been the director and chief choreographer of Hamburg Ballet since 1973. Five years later he founded the Hamburg Ballet School, which also includes a boarding school for students. In 1996, Neumeier was made ballet director of Hamburg State Opera.

Neumeier was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US, where he received his first ballet training. He later studied in Copenhagen and at the Royal Ballet School in London. He then became director and chief choreographer at the Hamburg Ballet. From 1971 through 1974 Neumeier was guest choreographer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where he provided repertoire and choreographed a new version of "Nutcracker".

In 1988 he received the award Deutscher Tanzpreis, in 1992 the Prix Benois de la Danse as choreographer.


  • John Neumeier, In Bewegung. Edited by Stephan Mettin, Collection Rolf Heyne, 2008. ISBN 978-3899104035
  • John Neumeier. Images from a Life. Edited by Horst Koegler (German / English), Edel Germany, 2010. ISBN 978-3941378728
  • John Neumeier. Trente ans de ballets à l'Opéra de Paris. Edited by Jacqueline Thuilleux (French), Editions Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2010. ISBN 978-2353400898


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