Hamburg Ballet to Present THIRD SYMPHONY OF GUSTAV MAHLER at Harris Theater, 2/19-20
The Hamburg Ballet, led by Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, brings the classic Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Wednesday, February 19, and Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:30PM. The Harris Theater is the only American venue that will present Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler during the company's U.S. visit in 2014.
Following the Chicago debut of Neumeier's critically acclaimed Nijinsky last season, the world-renowned ensemble makes a triumphant return to the city with another Neumeier classic. In Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler-described by dance critic Clive Barnes as "a work of genius" (New York Post)-the Milwaukee-born choreographer takes inspiration from Mahler's captivating Third Symphony (the longest of Mahler's nine symphonies), translating the imagery into a momentous six-movement ballet that conjures themes of creation, death, and existence, among others. The Hamburg Ballet will make its second appearance at the Harris in as many years, a special return as part of season 10.
"The Harris Theater has established itself as a premier destination for international dance companies," said Neumeier. "When the Hamburg Ballet premiered Nijinsky last season [at the Harris Theater], the company received an incredible reception from the patrons of Chicago, and we look forward to performing again during the Theater's 10th season."
The fourth movement of Neumeier's ballet ("Night") originally premiered in Stuttgart in 1974 as a tribute to choreographer and former Stuttgart Ballet director John Cranko. The full-length ballet premiered in Hamburg, Germany, in 1975, and has since toured in more than 40 cities internationally, including Paris, Tel Aviv, Beijing, and New York City. Third Symphony has been performed by some of the world's most prestigious dance companies and is currently in the repertory of the Paris Opéra Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet.
Michael Tiknis, the Harris Theater's President and Managing Director, added: "We've forged a special relationship with The Hamburg Ballet and John Neumeier in just two short years. It becomes even more special with this performance of Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, a ballet of immense beauty and virtuosity. We were very fortunate to make this happen exclusively for Chicago audiences."
Tickets for the performance are $40-$95, available at HarrisTheaterChicago.org or by calling the Box Office at 312.334.7777.
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.
The Harris Theater's mission is to partner and collaborate with an array of Chicago's emerging and mid-sized performing arts organizations to help them build the resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve artistic growth and long-term organizational sustainability. Now in the midst of its 10th season, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance was the first multi-use performing arts venue to be built in the Chicago downtown area since 1929 and today the Theater continues to host the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, featuring the city's world-renowned music and dance institutions and the Harris Theater Presents series of acclaimed national and International Artists and ensembles.