Ghost Light - A ballet by John Neumeier
Live recorded at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Saturday, 10 October 2020
A single lamp on a metal post is switched on and placed center stage signifying that no artist is allowed to use the stage... This ghost light has been lit on several stages during an unusual season.
The Hamburg Ballet is one of the first companies worldwide that has returned to its studios after the lockdown. It kicks off the season 2020/21 on Sep 6 in Hamburg with the world premiere of John Neumeier‘s new creation “Ghost Light“ using solo piano music by Franz Schubert, performed live on stage by star pianist David Fray.
The ballet for 55 dancers has been created since May 11. To respect social distancing, Neumeier creates separate parts of the work with small groups of two to eight dancers. In his words: ”Ghost Light“ is an ensemble work that I am developing in fragments. It is like the separate instrumental lines of a symphony – or a traditional Japanese meal: a sequence of carefully arranged, hopefully ‚delicious‘ miniatures. How the separate parts will unite to create a complete work, will depend on the moment we are allowed to come near and touch each other again.“
Hamburg Ballet, David Fray, piano
Produced by EuroArts & SWR in collaboration with ARTE
Directed for TV by Myriam Hoyer
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Live recorded at the Philharmonie Berlin, 1 May 2020
Berliner Philharmoniker (in chamber music formation)
Kirill Petrenko, conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano
The Philharmonie Berlin and its empty chairs have been filled with classical music tunes again...
The annual EUROPAKONZERT takes place as usual on May 1st with a very special setting this year. 15 musicians from the orchestra, maestro Kirill Petrenko and soprano Christiane Karg enchant the audience in front of their TV sets from the musical heart of Berlin, the Philharmonie.
For this symbolic concert, to encourage and to thank people in Europe and worldwide, a very comforting programme has been selected.
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
György Ligeti: Ramifictations
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4 (arr. for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein)