Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler | Harris Theater | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Alexandre Riabko, Hélène Bouchet, Thiago Bordin

Alexandre Riabko, Hélène Bouchet, Thiago Bordin

Holger Badekow

Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler 

When: Feb. 19-20 2014
Price: $40-$95
Both performances have been canceled due to an electrical fire that damaged the theater's operational and mechanical equipment. Ticket holders will be contacted by a box office representative.

Gustav Mahler's symphonies, less classical than romantic and avant-garde, are unique for their emotional complexity. Suggestively mournful, triumphant, brutal, fanciful, and riddled with stylistic contradictions, they'd remained unexplored by choreographers for years, despite their postwar popularity, because people supposed it'd take a miracle to make sense of them. That's why John Neumeier's strategy with Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, which premiered at the Hamburg Ballet in 1975, was so weirdly ingenious. When he got started, he says, "there was no rational thought about what I wanted to achieve." Resisting Mahler's literary sources, he treated the symphony as something to feel, and its pool of mysteries as something not to pollute. The result—six movements, two hours, no intermission—is a pure response to the music. From the footage I've seen of the Hamburg Ballet's current touring production, it's also extraordinary. Continue reading >>



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