Hamburg Ballet's THIRD SYMPHONY OF GUSTAV MAHLER Cancelled at Harris Theater Due to Electrical Fire
Today and tomorrow's performances of the Hamburg Ballet's Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler has been cancelled due to an electrical fire that caused damage to the Harris Theater's operational and mechanical equipment earlier this afternoon. The illustrious company was scheduled to perform Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier's iconic ballet tonight, February 19, and tomorrow, February 20 at 7:30PM. Harris Theater ticket holders will be contacted by a Harris Theater Box Office representative as a result of the cancellation.
No injuries occurred as a result of the fire. Theater officials made the decision to cancel both performances after assessing the initial damage. Firefighters and technicians continue to search for further details.
About John Neumeier: Since 1973, John Neumeier has been Director and Chief Choreographer of The Hamburg Ballet, and since 1996, he has been "Ballettintendant." 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. In February 2006, Neumeier established the John Neumeier Foundation with the goal of bringing together his collection of dance and ballet related objects and his vast oeuvre. The Foundation will maintain and secure his life's work. In 2011, Neumeier founded the National Youth Ballet in Germany comprised of eight young dancers based at the Ballettzentrum in Hamburg. Last year, Neumeier was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse 2013 award for lifetime achievement. The award ceremony took place at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Neumeier is a native of Milwaukee, WI.