Choreographer John Neumeier’s world famous company will travel to Copenhagen to stage the acclaimed ballet adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. Inspired by the famous novel, Neumeier also relates his own story: The protagonist, Aschenbach, is to choreograph a ballet.
During a trip to Venice, Aschenbach becomes infatuated with a young man who rekindles in him the zest and eroticism of his youth. Aschenbach becomes so obsessed that not even a raging epidemic can persuade him to leave the city, a decision that proves fatal.
John Neumeier, the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973, is an exceptional artist in the world of ballet. Neumeier has always nurtured fond ties with the Royal Danish Ballet, which has staged his productions of e.g. A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Little Mermaid, Romeo and Juliet and, not least, The Lady of the Camellias.
“With Death in Venice John Neumeier proves that he is still able to create choreography and performances that surprise and move.” Jyllands-Posten