Die Kameliendame (Lady of the Camellias)

John Neumeier: Die Kameliendame. Lucia Lacarra, Ivan Liška Die Kameliendame. Lucia Lacarra. ©Charles Tandy John Neumeier: Die Kameliendame
John Neumeier

Music by Frédéric Chopin

Alexandre Dumas' groundbreaking novel La dame aux camellias has served as model for operas (La Traviata) as well as countless films and ballets. John Neumeier created his 1978 version for Marcia Haydée and the Stuttgart Ballet. In the most enthrallingly dense choreography of unparalleled dramaturgical finesse, Neumeier tells the devastating tale of the consumptive prostitute Marguerite Gautier and the hopelessly enamoured young man Armand. Frédéric Chopin's romantically virtuosic and existentially despondent music further underlines the ballet's verity. His 2nd piano concerto, the romance from his 1st piano concerto, the Grande Fantasie op. 13 and the Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22 are supplemented by further compositions for piano such as the ballade in g-minor, the preludes Nº 2, 15, 17 and 24. from op. 28, the waltzes Nº 1 and 3 as well as Trois Ecossaises from op. 72. The Largo from the b-minor sonata op. 58 serves as the musical leitmotif of the dramatic action, occurring in dramaturgically crucial moments. Neumeier also implements a second motif from Dumas' novel in that the tragic fate of his protagonists mirrors that of another, equally doomed literary liaison; that between Manon Lescaut and her lover Des Grieux. This ballet’s leading roles, whose execution and interpretation demands technical perfection as well as emotional depth, are considered the epitome of the art of dance.


Choreographie John Neumeier
Bühne und Kostüme Jürgen Rose
Musikalische Leitung Michael Schmidtsdorff

Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
Bayerisches Staatsorchester