While Mann conceived his protagonist as a poet, Neumeier re-imagines the aging Gustav von Aschenbach as a successful and honored choreographer totally immersed in his work. Experiencing a professional crisis, he visits Venice, where he is stunned by the beauty and innocence of an adolescent boy named Tadzio. (We offer some photos of the two below.) Fascination turns to obsession as Aschenbach turns from art to life — and death — in Venice.
Death in Venice, in its U.S. premiere run, receives two more performances, tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House. Information and tickets are available at www.bam.org.
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All photos by Stephanie Berger.