Trey McIntyre Project

Nov. 30, 2012 (7:30 p.m.)

*Harris Theater debut

*Chicago premiere of new work


Trey McIntyre Project makes its Harris Theater debut with the Chicago premiere of the new work “LADIES AND GENTLE MEN,” commissioned by the Free To Be You And Me Foundation. Trey McIntyre, one of the most sought after choreographers working today, has created a canon of more than 90 works for companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and New York City Ballet.


Trey McIntyre Project is one of four American dance companies that took part in an international tour for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. As part of the program DanceMotion USASM, the Trey McIntyre Project toured China, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam to use dance as a diplomatic tool to engage people and create greater understanding. The performance at the Harris Theater is a collaboration between Trey McIntyre Project and a partnering dance company from Asia, celebrating Trey McIntyre Project’s homecoming.




Jan. 18, 2013 (7:30 p.m.)

*Harris Theater debut


Spectacular physical theater company Mummenschanz, based in Switzerland, this year on its 40th Anniversary Tour celebrates four decades of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, and is bringing its visually stunning spectacle to the Harris Theater in early 2013.


In the surreal, comic, wordless universe of Mummenschanz, common materials and everyday objects – such as wires, tubes, boxes and fabric – spring to life as fantastical characters. Audiences will witness wired creatures and enchanting colorful forms interacting in surprising ways to reveal timeless truths about human connections and relationships. It’s a wonder-filled, visually stunning spectacle that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers—this “no shushing allowed” show is perfect for the whole family.



Hamburg Ballet

Feb. 1, 2013 (7:30 p.m.)

Feb. 2, 2013 (7:30 p.m.)

*Chicago debut

*Harris Theater debut


The awe-inspiring Hamburg Ballet – considered one of the world’s greatest companies – makes its Chicago debut during Season 9 at the Harris Theater, presenting the Chicago premiere of “Nijinsky,” by acclaimed American ballet dancer, choreographer and dancer John Neumeier. Nijinsky’s life and work inspired Neumeier to create three ballets, and “Nijinsky” is of those ballets.


Nijinsky is based on the life and legend of one of the most exceptional artists of our century – Vaslav Nijinsky. As a dancer, Nijinsky experienced popularity, publicity and fame comparable to only that of Rudolf Nurejev during his time. It was as a choreographer, however, that Nijinsky established a new direction – a dance vision pointing toward modern choreography.


The ballet “Nijinsky” begins in a reconstruction of the “Festsaal” in the Suvretta-Haus, a hotel in St-Moritz, the room of Nijinsky’s last performance as a dancer:  It is a moment of transition, a place of memory and premonition. Neumeier interweaves this historic situation with flashbacks to events in Nijinsky’s past and personal experiences, as well as his most important roles as a dancer, such as Le Spectre de la Rose, Pertrushka and the Golden Slave. The score for Nijinsky includes music by Chopin as well as Rimsky-Korsakov’s haunting “Scheherazade.”




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