American ballet man collects $350k

American ballet man collects $350k


norman lebrecht

November 12, 2015

The American choreographer John Neumeier has pocketed the Kyoto Prize, worth $350,000.

Neumeier, 73, has been head of Hamburg Ballet since 1973, as well as director of ballet at Hamburg State Opera.

Looks like he’s won a supplement to his state pension.

John Neumeier


  • May says:

    Dear Norman, Neumeier will probably continue doing that what he loves the most, which includes funding projects with his own money, either educating young dancers or adding to his museum of Nijinsky memorabilia. I would be quite surprised if he ever takes a state pension as he doesn’t seem to show any signs of wanting to retire!

  • Naomi says:

    I agree with what May says.

    And the prize is not Tokyo prize, it is the Kyoto Prize.

  • Manu says:

    Calling John Neumeier “american ballet man” shows a lack of respect and an alarming level of ignorance.

  • Stephen Owades says:

    The Boston Ballet just finished a run of Neumeier’s ballet set to Mahler’s Third Symphony, the first in the United States. It was quite brilliant, and I look forward to encountering more of Mr. Neumeier’s work in the future. He does seem to have a great sensitivity toward the music he sets, a great virtue for someone like me who comes to the ballet with a musical orientation. I’m glad to see him getting increased worldwide recognition.