Segerstrom Center's International Dance Season continues tonight, February 8 - 10 with the return of Hamburg Ballet performing its hauntingly compelling production of The Little Mermaid.
This will be the company's exclusive Southern California engagement and the Southern California premiere of the ballet. It is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen with direction and choreography by John Neumeier, Hamburg Ballet's director and chief choreographer. This sophisticated interpretation of the classic story delves into the deeper themes of conflicted love and loss. Featuring an original commissioned score by renowned composer Lera Auerbach, Neumeier's contemporary version of The Little Mermaid explores two divergent worlds: the serenity and simplicity of underwater life and the complex, often absurd, lives of humans.
Inspired in part by traditional Japanese theater, Neumeier's vision features striking costumes and dramatic scenery. He interweaves the story with elements of Andersen's biography, making the writer a figure in the ballet. The Mermaid's feelings and her tragic destiny become a reflection of Andersen's own longing. As she travels through both her own world and that of humans, enduring torment because of her committed love for a prince, in the end, the Mermaid discovers her own strength.
Tickets for Hamburg Ballet start at $25 and are available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714-556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714-755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Free Preview Talks will occur one hour prior to each performance. Tonight's February 8 Preview Talk will be sign-language interpreted. Artists and program are subject to change.