Staatsoper Hamburg tickets 17 July 2025 - An evening of modern ballets "The Times are Racing": Adagio. Variations for Two Couples. The Thing with Feathers. The Times are Racing | GoComGo.com

An evening of modern ballets "The Times are Racing": Adagio. Variations for Two Couples. The Thing with Feathers. The Times are Racing

Staatsoper Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
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Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Hamburg, Germany
Starts at: 19:30

E-tickets: Print at home or at the box office of the event if so specified. You will find more information in your booking confirmation email.

You can only select the category, and not the exact seats.
If you order 2 or 3 tickets: your seats will be next to each other.
If you order 4 or more tickets: your seats will be next to each other, or, if this is not possible, we will provide a combination of groups of seats (at least in pairs, for example 2+2 or 2+3).

Cast
Performers
Ballet company: Hamburg Ballett
Creators
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Composer: Dan Deacon
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Composer: Richard Strauss
Choreographer: Demis Volpi
Choreographer: Hans van Manen
Choreographer: Justin Peck
Choreographer: Pina Bausch
Overview

Ballets by Pina Bausch, Hans van Manen, Demis Volpi and Justin Peck. How time flies. And how times change. The mixed bill "The Times Are Racing" brings together four diverse choreographies spanning the last 50 years of dance history.

In 1974, in her second season as Artistic Director in Wuppertal, Pina Bausch choreographed "Adagio" as the opening of a two-part piece. 50 years later, the Hamburg Ballet under Demis Volpi will reconstruct this seminal work and return it to the stage for the first time in decades. In a poetic situation typical of Bausch's works, the first movement of Gustav Mahler's 10th Symphony, played by the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, unfolds. In seemingly random encounters and seemingly everyday movements, dance and theatrical expression create a subtle drama of absorbing intensity. Bausch lets the dancers go through profoundly human states, whether rapture or despair, resistance or devotion.

"Variations for Two Couples" is a classic Hans van Manen. The Dutch choreographer is a master at creating relationships full of intent and tension. The two couples which give the piece its title perform one after the other, alternating and observing each other. Each couple seems familiar with the other, even provoking each other playfully from time to time. The movement is neo-classical, strict and controlled, but occasionally interrupted by elements of ballroom dance or the flexed hands typical of van Manen. Van Manen's choreography from 2012 is elegantly erotic, simple and yet highly virtuosic, with an unerring sense of timing and a twinkle in the eye in all the right places. The atmospheric set and streamlined costumes were designed by Keso Dekker, a long-standing collaborator of van Manen with over 60 joint creations.

Demis Volpi will introduce himself to Hamburg audiences with his 2023 work "The thing with feathers". The title of the ballet is borrowed from the poem "Hope is the thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson. The piece is a gesture of open arms, a tribute to individuality embedded in the belief in a community permeated by care and humanity. To Richard Strauss' "Metamorphoses", Volpi creates a touching interplay of sadness, joy and desire while optimistically illuminating the ephemeral nature of dance. Conductor Vitali Alekseenok describes Strauss' "Metamorphosen", a work for 23 solo string players, as a cloud of sound in which you immerse yourself and lose track of time. For him, Volpi's choreography is a visualization of the music: individual lines of sound combine with the form of the human body and reinforce each other.

Ballet doesn't get any cooler than this! Justin Peck's eponymous "The Times Are Racing" provides an emphatic finale to this quadruple bill. Peck, Resident Choreographer of the New York City Ballet since 2014, clearly comes from the neoclassical tradition of George Balanchine. With "The Times Are Racing" he has created a brilliantly fresh and uplifting work. The dancers wear sneakers, which gives their movements a youthful spontaneity far from the balletic ideal. Peck’s choreographic language is permeated by fast-paced and complex footwork reminiscent of tap dance, which the choreographer studied as a child. Set to Dan Deacon's "America", Peck's work is an examination of his homeland, the vastness and the pace of the country, its hopeful ideals, but also the political reality of division. The colourful, pedestrian costumes by fashion designer Humberto Leon are occasionally adorned with political messages such as "Resist", "Unite" and "Act". Like the sneakers, the costumes invite the audience to identify with the dancers. The Hamburg Ballet is the first European company to present this ground breaking, iconic choreography by Justin Peck.

Venue Info

Staatsoper Hamburg - Hamburg
Location   Große Theaterstraße 25

Staatsoper Hamburg is the oldest publicly accessible musical theater in Germany, located in Hamburg. It was founded in 1678. With the emergence of the Hamburg Opera House, researchers attribute the formation of a national German opera school.

Opera in Hamburg dates to 2 January 1678 when the Oper am Gänsemarkt was inaugurated with a performance of a biblical Singspiel by Johann Theile. It was not a court theatre but the first public opera house in Germany established by the art-loving citizens of Hamburg, a prosperous member of the Hanseatic League.

The Hamburg Bürgeroper resisted the dominance of the Italianate style and rapidly became the leading musical center of the German Baroque. In 1703, George Friedrich Handel was engaged as violinist and harpsichordist and performances of his operas were not long in appearing. In 1705, Hamburg gave the world première of his opera Nero.

In 1721, Georg Philipp Telemann, a central figure of the German Baroque, joined the Hamburg Opera, and in subsequent years Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Adolph Hasse and various Italian companies were among the guests.

To replace the aging wooden structure, the first stone was laid on 18 May 1826 for the Stadt-Theater on the present-day site of the Staatsoper Hamburg. The new theater, with seating for 2,800 guest, was inaugurated less than a year later with Beethoven's incidental music to Egmont.

In 1873, both the exterior and interior of the structure were renovated in the reigning "Gründerzeit" style of the time, and again in 1891, when electric lighting was introduced.

Under the direction of Bernhard Pollini, the house mounted its first complete Ring Cycle in 1879. In 1883, the year of Wagner's death, a cycle comprising nine of his operas commenced. The musical directors Hans von Bülow (from 1887 to 1890) and Gustav Mahler (from 1891 to 1897) also contributed to the fame of the opera house.

In the beginning of the 20th century, opera was an important part of the theatre's repertoire; among the 321 performances during the 1907–08 season, 282 were performances of opera. The Stadt-Theater performed not only established repertoire but also new works, such as Paul Hindemith's Sancta Susanna, Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf, and Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa. Ferruccio Busoni's Die Brautwahl (1912) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Die tote Stadt (1920) both had their world premieres in Hamburg. In the 1930s, after Hitler came to power, the opera house was renamed Hamburgische Staatsoper.

On the night of 2 August 1943, both the auditorium and its neighbouring buildings were destroyed during air raids by fire-bombing; a low-flying airplane dropped several petrol and phosphorus containers onto the middle of the roof of the auditorium, causing it to erupt into a conflagration.

The current Staatsoper opened on 15 October 1955 with Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Hamburg continued to devote itself to new works, such as Hans Werner Henze's The Prince of Homburg (1960), Stravinsky's The Flood (1963), Gian Carlo Menotti's Help, Help, the Globolinks! (1968), and Mauricio Kagel's Staatstheater (1971).

In 1967, under the direction of Joachim Hess, the Staatsoper Hamburg became the first company to broadcasts its operas in color on television, beginning with Die Hochzeit des Figaro (a German translation of Le Nozze di Figaro). Ten of these television productions have been released on DVD by ArtHaus Musik as Cult Opera of the 1970s, as well as separately. All of these were performed in German regardless of the original language (six were written in German, one in French, two in English, and one in Italian).

More recently, Hamburg gave the world premières of Wolfgang Rihm's Die Eroberung von Mexico (1992) and Helmut Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (1997), for which it received much international acclaim. The company has won the "Opera House of the Year" award by the German magazine Opernwelt in 1997 and in 2005.

Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Hamburg, Germany
Starts at: 19:30
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