In 1973, John Neumeier took over as Director and Choreographer of the Ballet of the Opera of Hamburg. Born in 1942 in Milwaukee (Winsconsin/USA), Neumeier studied ballet dancing in his birthplace and obtained his diploma of Graduate in Arts, Literature and Theatre.
Passing by Copenhagen, he worked with Vera Volkova and attended courses of the Royal Ballet School in London. It was there that Maria Haydee and Ray Barra discovered him. In 1963 upon recommendation, John Cranko proposed him for an engagement with the Stuttgart Ballet, as principal dancer. It was within this company that John Neumeier created his first choreographies.
In 1973, he left Frankfurt for Hamburg, upob the invitation of August Everding. Under the direction of John Neumeier, the ballet of Hamburg took on international dimensions. John Neumeier, notabylo delivered “great ballets chassic”: Illusions on the Lake of the swans (1976), Sleeping Beauty (1978), and Don Quichotte (1979).
John Neumeier – setter in scene assembled Othello of Verdi to the Nationnal Opera of Bavaria like West Side Story and One the Town of Leonard Bernstein with the Opera of Hamburg. He does not move away either from the scene: he often holds the role principal in Passion according to Matthieu saint. In 1984 Maurice Bejart composed for him and Marcia Haydee the Chairs, according to the part of Ionesco.
John Neumeier also devotes himself to the visual audio recording of his ballets. In 1978, it received the Gold Camera for series televised on its “Workshops”, and in 1978, the film drawn from its Lady to the camellias obtained the gold medal to the Festival of Television of New York.
In 1983, the company received Dance Magazine Award. The city of Hamburg awarded Neumeier the title of doctor of arts in 1987, and the university of Milwaukee named him Honorary Doctor. In 1988, Neumeier obtained in Essen the German Price Dance, the Diaghilev Price. The Benois price of the dance was decreed to him in Moscow in 1992, and he received, in 1994, the medal of honor of the town of Tokyo and the gold medal Carina Ari of Sweden.
Neumeier is titular about the Merit of the Federal German Republic, was decorated with the cross of Knight of Denmark, and the French Ministry of the Culture made Chevalier of Arts and Lettres.