Christmas Oratorio I-VI

Ballet by John Neumeier (2013)
dedicated to Pater John J. Walsh SJ
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (1734)

Premiere
Wednesday, 17. Dezember 2014
7 pm

Conductor: Erwin Ortner
Choreographer, Costume and Light designer:
John Neumeier
With Lenneke Ruiten, Ann-Beth Solvang, Andrew Tortise and Andrè Schuen
Wiener KammerOrchester
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

Cooperation with the Hamburg Ballet
New musical interpretation by Theater an der Wien

Synopsis

When Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio opens with the famous words “Jauchzet! Frohlocket!” (“Exult! Rejoice!”) the listener is often tempted to yield to the illusion of floating. The rousing elation of this chorus and its infectious optimism appear limitless. The chorus sings of hope, not of salvation already attained. John Neumeier comments, “Salvation is not complete, it must be constantly regained. As soon as the music of the ’Exult! Rejoice!’ chorus begins, and this is the wonder of Bach’s music, a flame is kindled inside us that makes the idea of joy shine. When this music stops, stillness descends again and we sink back into our life on Earth.”

Hamburg’s ballet director choreographed the first three parts of the Christmas Oratorio for the Theater an der Wien back in 2007 to overwhelming success. In these parts, Bach portrays the ups and downs of human nature so impressively and vividly evokes the vicissitudes of faith. In 2013, Neumeier continued his work on it. For Neumeier it is important that two different ballets of equal status resulted from his work. “In my catalogue of works the opus number of the first three parts is different from that of the Christmas Oratorio as a whole. What we are now presenting is in actual fact the premiere of a new work consisting of Bach’s six cantatas.” Accordingly, what can now be seen at the Theater an der Wien is the continuation of the work begun by Neumeier in 2007 with the premiere of the first version.

Cast

Ballet by John Neumeier (2013)
dedicated to Pater John J. Walsh SJ

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (1734)
Hamburg Ballett

Co-operation with Hamburg Ballet

Choreography, Costume & light design

John Neumeier

Biography
Conductor

Erwin Ortner

Biography
Stage design

Ferdinand Wögerbauer

Biography
Soprano

Lenneke Ruiten

Biography
Alt

Ann-Beth Solvang

Biography
Tenor

Andrew Tortise

Biography
Bass

Andrè Schuen

Biography
Hamburg Ballet

Yuka Oishi – Silvano Ballone, Leslie Heylmann – Christopher Evans Lucia Ríos Mayo Arii, Krístina Borbélyová, Yaiza Coll, Winnie Dias, Natalie Ogonek, Zhaoqian Peng, Madoka Sugai, Priscilla Tselikova, Miljana Vracaric, Marcelino Libao, Aleix Martínez, Konstantin Tselikov Emanuel Amuchástegui, Jacopo Bellussi, Aljoscha Lenz, Graeme Fuhrman, Dale Rhodes, Lizhong Wang, Eliot Worrell

Biography
A man

Lloyd Riggins

Biography
The mother

Anna Laudere

Biography
Her husband

Carsten Jung

Biography
Ein Hirte

Karen Azatyan

Biography
Angel

Silvia Azzoni, Alexandr Trusch

Biography
Die drei Weisen

Marc Jubete, Florian Pohl, Thomas Stuhrmann

Biography
Der König

Dario Franconi

Biography
Echo

Winnie Dias, Mayo Arii, Christopher Evans

Biography
Ein Straßenkehrer

Vladimir Kocic

Biography
Orchestra

Wiener KammerOrchester

Biography
Choir

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

Biography

Photos Gallery

Weihnachtsoratorium I-VI 14/15

Premiere: 17. Dezember 2014
Musikalische Leitung: Erwin Ortner
Choreografie, Kostüme und Licht: John Neumeier
Kooperation mit dem Hamburg Ballett
Musikalische Neueinstudierung des Theater an der Wien
Fotos: Holger Badekow