HM The Queen awards the medal Ingenio et arti to John Neumeier

Her Majesty The Queen awarded the medal Ingenio et arti to choreographer and ballet director John Neumeier on Wednesday, 19 May 2021.

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The medal Ingenio et arti, which is crafted in gold with an inscription, is a medal given for meritorious services that the monarch can award to distinguished personalities from the worlds of arts and science. After the premiere of the ballet “Mahler’s 3rd Symphony” on 19 May 2021 at the Royal Opera House, Her Majesty The Queen awarded Ingenio et arti to John Neumeier.

Through the years, the American-German ballet director and choreographer John Neumeier has been the driving force behind several of the Royal Ballet’s productions. In particular, the ballets “Romeo and Julie” and “La Dame aux Camélias” can be mentioned. Both ballets have been found several times in the Royal Danish Theatre’s ballet repertoire, and the current production of “Mahler’s 3rd Symphony” is John Neumeier’s latest ballet on the Danish national stage.

Since 1973, John Neumeier has been ballet director at the Hamburg State Opera.

Ingenio et arti is given to Danish and foreign citizens and is awarded rarely. The medal was most recently awarded in 2020 to former Tivoli A/S CEO Lars Liebst. The medal has previously been awarded to, among others, artist and professor Bjørn Nørgaard (1999), actor Ghita Nørby (2006), theater director Kasper Holten (2011) and art historian Hans Edvard Nørregaard-Nielsen (2013).