The Little Mermaid

Year: 2011
Country: USA
Choreographer & director: John Neumeier
Conductor: Martin West
Set, costume and lighting designer: John Neumeier
Cast: Yuan Yuan Tan, Lloyd Riggins, Tiit Helimets, Sarah Van Patten, Davit Karapetyan
Genre: ballet
Runtime: 129 min.
Age: 12+
In The Little Mermaid, Hamburg Ballet Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier blends dance, dramatic storytelling and spectacle into a stunning interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable. The talented, award-winning Russian composer, Lera Auerbach, presents a dramatic score that evokes both atmosphere and emotional tone. With choreography, sets and costumes all by Neumeier, this ballet – as much theater as it is dance – reveals the depths of the choreographer’s imagination. Neumeier elevates a fantasy into a sophisticated portrayal of psychological transformation and the resilience of the spirit, human or otherwise. “Neumeier‘s place in the ballet world is as singular as his interpretation of the tale.“ (San Francisco Chronicle)