Two reviews of the Hamburg Ballet in "Nijinsky."
The Chicago Tribune
True to the aesthetics of its title character, "Nijinsky" doesn't tell a linear story, but plays as a kind of abstract meditation, albeit a sometimes frenzied one, unfolding with dreamlike stream-of-consciousness as figures from real life and fictional ballets emerge, recede, reappear and intermingle. It opens with Nijinsky's final performance in a St. Moritz ballroom and then evolves into a surrealistic dreamscape dotted with scenes of the dancer-choreographer's life as well as key characters from various ballets.
There were tears of joy at the conclusion of Hamburg Ballet’s Chicago debut last night, mostly from company director/choreographer John Neumeier. The audience showed its appreciation with a standing ovation. It was a memorable homecoming for the Midwest native who’s been based in Europe for more than 40 years. For it, he brought his much-anticipated story-ballet Nijinsky, playing two nights at the Harris Theater.