“Images of Asia by Béjart” (“Bugaku” and “The Kabuki Suite”)
and “Flowing Worlds” by John Neumeier (“Seven Haiku of the Moon” and “Seasons –The Colors of Time”)
The Tokyo Ballet and Hamburg Ballet
Hamburg State Opera
June 23 and 24, 2010
by Horst Koegler
copyright 2010 by Horst Koegler
When John Neumeier took up his new job as artistic director and chief-choreographer of the ailing ballet company at the Hamburg opera house for the 1973/74 season, he was, at thirty-one, just one of the Anglo-Americans exploring the possibilities of the German post-World War II dance scene, following in the footsteps of Todd Bolender in Cologne, Alan Carter in Munich, Walter Gore in Frankfurt and Sonia Arova in Hamburg.