Chicago is known for a lot of great things, one of which is our rich love and dedication to performing arts & culture-national and international. This coming week, Harris Theater with past notable international performers (Paris Opera Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov,New York City Ballet) will introduce Chicago to the prowess of the Hamburg Ballet.
Coinciding with Hamburg Ballet’s upcoming 40th anniversary celebration under the helm of Director and Chief choreographer John Neumeier (A midwesterner), Hamburg Ballet will be touring only 3 U.S cities and performing two of their most outstanding ballets: “Nijinsky” and “The Little Mermaid.” Their US tour will kick off here in Chicago when they present “Nijinsky” at the Harris Theater for 2 nights(Friday Feb. 1 & Saturday Feb. 2) GET YOUR TICKETS NOW because this will be a great show. We had the opportunity to briefly speak with Michael Tiknis-President & Managing Director of Harris Theater about upcoming performances.
The Hamburg Ballet is one of greatest companies in the world. For the past 40 years, it’s been helmed by John Neumeier. He’s a phenomenal choreographer , the company will perform John’s epic ballet, “Nijinksy” which is one of his signature works. “ Nijinsky” is a thrilling and achingly beautiful ballet based on the life of the tumultuous and legendary dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky. I hope people will leave the ballet having experienced all the emotions this work evokes. -Michael Tiknis
SLC: Last year Harris theater brought Paris Opera Ballet and now Hamburg Ballet will kick off their US tour here, how significant is this engagement for the city of Chicago and Harris theater as a world class performing arts destination?
MT: It’s very significant. Visits by companies such as the Paris Opéra Ballet and Hamburg Ballet further secure Chicago’s reputation as one of the preeminent destinations in the country for dance. These engagements also underscore the Harris Theater’s role as an important presenting venue in the region and nation. We, at the Harris, are committed to bringing the very best in music and dance to our audiences.
SLC: We are excited for John Waters’ show this spring.
MT: John Waters performed a sold-out engagement at the Theater a couple of years ago so he is very familiar with the theater and his fans here. We’re so excited he’s decided to return to Chicago this May with his critically acclaimed one-man production of “This Filthy World.” We can’t wait to welcome him back.
SLC: How can someone not familiar with performing arts at Harris theater begin to experience it?
MT: A great way to experience the Harris Theater is through our fun Eat to the Beat lunchtime series, which offers exciting 45-minute performances by local groups and performers. You can buy lunch from some of Chicago’s delicious and most eclectic food trucks or bring your own bag lunch. Tickets are only $5. The next performance is on Valentine’s Day featuring DanceWorks Chicago.
And one ensemble that’s not to be missed is the acclaimed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In the coming months, they will give four distinct concerts showing the full artistic range of its musicians. From Strauss to Schumann to Mendelssohn to Britten, there’s a program for every music lover.
Hamburg Ballet will be at Harris Theater Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2. TICKETS