Ghost Light, the first ballet created for the times of corona, will premiere in Hamburg this month before traveling to Baden Baden for four performances on October 8th through 11th. Arte will stream the performances live. The ballet is set to Schubert’s piano compositions that will include Moments musicaux, Four Impromptus Op. 90 and select movements from Sonatas D 958 and D 894, performed live by David Fray (performances in Baden Baden only).
John Neumeiers’ concept involves all 60 dancers of his company. To respect social distancing, he creates separate parts of the work with small groups of two to eight dancers. “‘Ghost Light’ is an ensemble work that I am developing in fragments. It is like the separate instrumental lines of a symphony – or a traditional Japanese meal: a sequence of carefully arranged, hopefully ‘delicious’ miniatures. How the separate parts will unite to create a complete work, will depend on the moment we are allowed to come near and touch each other again.”, says John Neumeier.