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Hamburg Ballet's Performance Tonight Canceled Due To Theater Fire [UPDATE]

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 19, 2014 10:30PM


One crisis averted, only to be derailed again by fire. The Hamburg Ballet was set to perform John Neumeier's Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler at the Harris Theater beginning tonight--the only two North American performances on this tour—when the shows were put in jeopardy by a delayed freight ship. The delivery of Hamburg's original costumes were delayed indefinitely because of a massive storm, but Brigitte Lefevere, Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet came to the rescue. Lefevre had just revived Neumeier's work last year, and offered to send the company's costumes to the Harris.

Now the Chicago Tribune is reporting that a fire at the Harris Theater has canceled tonight's performance. "According to a representative for the theater, there were no injuries and no more is known about the cause of the fire." Tomorrow night's performance should go on as scheduled, though. The Harris is contacting tonight's ticket holders, but a make-up date has not yet been set.

Tickets are still available for Thursday's performance, beginning at $40.

UPDATE: Both performances, tonight's and tomorrow's, are now canceled. Ticket holders will be contacted by a Harris Theater representative.