Ballet company based at Hamburg Opera House. Its origins date back to ballet performances given during the 17th century by dancers associated with the opera company and by visiting companies and artists. During the 1830s and 1840s the great Romantic ballerinas, including Taglioni, Elssler, and Grahn, danced there and during the 1880s Katti Lanner choreographed her first ballets for the company. During the 20th century there was little notable activity until 1959 when Peter van Dyk became director of ballet at the opera and a close connection was forged with Balanchine who revived many of his ballets for the company and also directed some opera productions. In 1973 John Neumeier was appointed director and virtually re-created the company in his own image. Though some works by other choreographers (Cranko, Béjart, Kylián) have been brought into the repertory, it has been dominated by the 60-plus ballets made by Neumeier, including St Matthew Passion (1980), Nijinsky (2000), and Parzival—Episodes and Echo (2006). Their ambitious scale, theatricality, and variety have showcased the company's fine dancers and brought it an international reputation to rival Stuttgart's. It frequently tours abroad, in Europe, the US, S. America, and Israel. Since 1978 a school has been attached to the company and since 1989 both it and the company have been housed in Ballettzentrum Hamburg.
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