You don't need to travel to Hamburg to see one of the world's premiere ballet companies, because Harris Theater's delivering the action right to our doorstep. On February 1 and 2, Harris Theater is presenting Hamburg Ballet's Chicago debut, as they present their landmark work, Nijinsky, inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky -- one of the greatest male dancers of the 20th century.
In Nijinsky, we meet the iconic dancer as he prepares for the last performance of his dancing career before, ultimately, succumbing to madness. Told in flashback (a memory ballet, as it were), we learn of the highs and lows of his landmark career through his fearless, intensely committed style, which became his trademark.
The score for Nijinsky includes music by Chopin as well as Rimsky-Korsakov's haunting "Scheherazade" and is created, conceived and choreographed by John Neumeier, a Nijinsky expert.
Check out this performance that dance critics around the world claim is a "tour de force."