Program 07

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Composer: Lera Auerbach
Choreographer, Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Design: John Neumeier

Dive into the emotional depths of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, a heart-wrenching tale of love and sacrifice. Featuring an original score by renowned composer Lera Auerbach, Neumeier’s contemporary version of The Little Mermaid is a haunting tale of two divergent worlds: the serenity and simplicity of underwater life and the complex, often flamboyant life of humans. The mermaid heroine travels between both worlds, tormented by her unrequited love for a prince.

Program Notes for John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid — READ & LISTEN
The Story of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid — READ & WATCH
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Behind the Scenes — WATCH

The Little Mermaid deals with mature themes and subject matter. Not recommended for children under 12. To ensure a great experience for everyone, no children under age five, including babes in arms.

View Casting

2 hours and 26 minutes with one intermission


Group Tickets

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Lighting Realized by: Ralf Merkel

The 2010 San Francisco Ballet premiere of The Little Mermaid was made possible in part by Lead Sponsor E. L. Wiegand Foundation.