Duse - Teatro La Fenice



The Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier
La Fenice Opera House


The Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier


At the turn of the 20th century, the Italian actress Eleonora Duse was one of the most influential artists worldwide. John Neumeier takes episodes from the life of this great woman, who influenced such diverse personalities as Rainer Maria Rilke, Isadora Duncan, Arrigo Boito and Gabriele D’Annunzio, as inspirations for his “choreographic fantasies” (2015). Enthralled by the legendary professional charisma of Duse, her relentless quest for an ideal theatre and a number of love/hate relationships, Neumeier develops a subjective vision of her biography. Discarding a documentary approach, he invents situations and images to conjure the essence of this unique personality. As music he chose pieces by Benjamin Britten and Arvo Pärt

photo © Kiran West


Sets Charles Edwards
lighting & Costumes John Neumeier
The Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier




Benjamin Britten

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Sinfonia da Requiem op. 20
Prelude and Fugue op. 29
Two Portraits


Arvo Pärt

Fratres string quartet version
Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten

La Fenice Orchestra
Conductor Luciano Di Martino


Eleonora Duse Alessandra Ferri
Désirée von Werheimstein Hélène Bouchet
Luciano Licastro Alexandr Trusch
Annunzio Cervi Jacopo Bellussi
Arrigo Boito Alexandre Riabko
Gabriele D’Annunzio Karen Azatyan
Isadora Duncan Anna Laudere
Sarah Bernhardt  Silvia Azzoni
Il pubblico Marc Jubete

The performance lasts about 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

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