Don’t miss “Shakespeare Danced” on March 17, 2016

Kyoto Prize Symposium and University of San Diego Present “Shakespeare Danced” on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. at the Camino Hall, Shiley Theatre, University of San Diego. Click here for tickets.

© Photo by Holger Badekow

© Photo by Holger Badekow

Every year, the prestigious Kyoto Prize Laureates arrive in San Diego for a symposium celebrating their achievements in science, technology and the arts. Each honoree has an opportunity to share their knowledge with the community. The dance community may remember the moving presentation by Pina Bausch in 2007 shortly before she died.

This March, the Kyoto Prize Symposium and University of San Diego are pleased to showcase Mr. John Neumeier, the 2015 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy, in a rare U.S appearance. This free lecture/demonstration will feature four principal dancers of Germany’s internationally recognized Hamburg Ballet and will feature insight from Mr. Neumeier about his choreographic approach to 20th century ballet and his current work.

Dance lovers will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from a master who “uses traditional ballet techniques and vocabulary to broaden the range of bodily expression.”

© Photo by Holger Badekow

© Photo by Holger Badekow

John Neumeier, internationally renowned chief choreographer and artistic director of Germany’s Hamburg Ballet, will direct four of highly acclaimed principal dancers: Carsten Jung (Germany), Hèléne Bouchet (France), Edvin Revazo (Russia), and Anna Laudere (Latvia), in an afternoon performance of vignettes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Mr. Neumeier will share creative reflections about each dance and close the afternoon with questions from the audience.

General Admission is first come, first served. Space is limited. RSVP required.
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About the Kyoto Prize
The Kyoto Prize is a preeminent international award created by Japan’s non-profit Inamori Foundation to honor those who have contributed significantly to humankind’s scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment. The prize is presented in Kyoto on November 10 each year in the categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Since 1985, Kyoto Prizes have been awarded to 96 laureates from 15 countries – ranging from scientists, engineers and researchers to artists, architects, musicians, sculptors and film directors. Dr. Kazuo Inamori, an international entrepreneur and humanitarian, established the Kyoto Prize for two reasons: First, to reflect his belief that there is no higher calling than to work for the greater good of society; and second, to recognize dedicated people who improve the world through their research, science, and art. Through the Kyoto Prize, the Inamori Foundation works to recognize extraordinary human achievement and stimulate people to reach still greater heights.

About the Honoree
Mr. John Neumeier (Arts & Philosophy) Choreographer/Director of the Hamburg Ballet, is a world-leading choreographer who has successfully applied traditional ballet techniques and vocabulary to maximize the potential for bodily expression in capturing the details of human psychology. He has combined the essence of two genres, dramatic ballet and abstract ballet, raising the art to a new level. A native to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Neumeier studied English Literature and Theater Studies at Marquette University before moving to Europe, where he quickly established himself as a groundbreaking choreographer. His masterpieces, such as Illusions – like “Swan Lake,” are now performed around the world. Mr. Neumeier has been artistic director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet for more than four decades. He is a recipient of many accolades, including the Nijinsky Award and German Dance Prize. As a longtime resident of Germany, he is most highly regarded throughout Europe.