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Ghost Light

Hamburg Ballet, David Fray, piano
A ballet by John Neumeier

A ballet by John Neumeier

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.“

Live recorded at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden


Music by Franz Schubert


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Ballet / Dance
105 mins
Myriam Hoyer
EuroArts & SWR in collaboration with ARTE
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