Mahler 3rd Symphony Ballet


Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, written as “a great hymn to the glory of all creation,” combined with John Neumeier’s lyrical and powerful choreography, creates an elegant and inspired evening of dance from the Paris Opera Ballet.
The entire edifice of John Neumeier’s work is built around a profound musical sensibility. However, the choreographer, in his constant questioning of the human condition, probably finds the closest reflection of his own humanist concerns in the works of Gustav Mahler, several of whose symphonies he has set to dance. On the wings of the emotions inspired by the monumental Third Symphony, he enters the composer’s tormented and contrasting universe to sculpt images of a powerful and profound lyricism. The piece is an osmosis between music and dance, shot through with a palette of emotions, from existential angst to mystical faith. Chorus and soloists accompany the dancers’ elegant movements, curved lines and vertiginous lifts,
reminding us yet again of the richness of inspiration that powers Neumeier’s choreography. (Total running time: 120 mins., Not Rated) Digital