Under Neumeier's direction The Hamburg Ballet became one of the leading ballet companies of the German dance scene and soon received international recognition. As a choreographer, Neumeier has continually focused on the preservation of ballet tradition, while giving his works a modern dramatic framework. He has worked as a guest choreographer with many companies, including The Royal Ballet in London, the State Operas of Vienna, Munich and Dresden as well as The Ballet of the Paris Opera and The Tokyo Ballet. He received various awards, most recently the Herbert von Karajan Musikpreis in 2007 and the Deutscher Jubiläums Tanzpreis in 2008. He was made an honorary citizen of the city of Hamburg in 2007.
Lady of the Camellias is his seventh ballet to enter American
Ballet Theatre’s repertoire since Le Baiser de la Fée
(1974), the pas de deux Epilogue (1975), Hamlet Connotations
(1976), the pas de deux Désir (1979), Spring and
Fall (1998) and Getting Closer (1999).