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Joffrey Ballet's Winning Works is scattered but still brings a smile

There were a few notable changes to the seventh edition of the Joffrey Ballet's Winning Works Choreographic Competition: There are four winners this year (previously three), and a change of venue to the Harold Washington Library. Plus, the performances are now free, thanks, in part, to a new partnership...

(35) Fabrice Calmels, Joffrey Ballet Principal Dancer

This week we are delighted to welcome Fabrice Camels, Joffrey Ballet Principal Dancer.  Fabrice was born in France and began dancing at the age of three.  He completed his ballet training at the Paris Opera Ballet school before venturing the the United States where he trained at the Rock School and danced with Pennsylvania Ballet. Show More Summary

Review: Game Changers (Joffrey Ballet of Chicago)

Game Changers is classic Joffrey - strong and stylish dancers flawlessly executing envelope-pushing choreography. The program is thoughtfully put together, with nods to ballet’s roots and genuine excitement for its future. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Joffrey Ballet announces 2017-18 season

The Joffrey Ballet has announced its 2017-18 season, including a world premiere by Joffrey ballet master Nicolas Blanc and Alexander Ekman's "Midsummer Night’s Dream." Beginning the company's 62nd season is Lola de Avila’s ghostly romance "Giselle" (Oct. 18-29), set to composer Adolphe Adam’s original...

'Game Changers' doesn't change the game, just plays it well

The Joffrey Ballet's first program of 2017 is called "Game Changers," highlighting three of ballet's most in-vogue choreographers: Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor and Justin Peck. Each has an affiliation with the Royal Ballet or New York City Ballet or both, is producing work at a fairly rapid...

Lyric Opera, Joffrey to co-produce new Gluck ‘Orphee’ with L.A.

In a first collaboration between Lyric Opera, L.A. Opera and the Joffrey Ballet, a new coproduction of the 1774 Paris version of Gluck’s opera “Orphee et Eurydice” will debut next season in Chicago and Los Angeles, the companies announced Tuesday. The stage direction, choreography and designs will...

L.A. Opera plans production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet and Hamburg State Opera

Los Angeles Opera will announce on Tuesday that its 2017-18 season will include an unprecedented collaboration with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet and the Hamburg State Opera of Germany. The Lyric Opera and L.A. Opera will co-produce the 1774 Paris version of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s...

Review: The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet, 2016)

Christopher Wheeldon’s new Chicago-centric version of Tchaikovsky's timeless ballet, set 5 months before Chicago's 1893 world's fair and beautifully executed by Joffrey Ballet, is imaginative and thrilling, emotional and sweet but never saccharine, and a flawless reimagining of an old classic. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Photos: Joffrey Ballet's Brilliant 'Nutcracker' Revamp Is Rich With Chicago History

With help from a Tony-winning choreographer, Joffrey dazzles with a cracking new update. [ more › ]

Auditorium Theater - Roosevelt University 12/10Joffrey Ballet – World Premiere of The Nutcracker

3 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

This was the frenzied pinnacle weekend for The Nutcracker throughout the land. Nuts were cracking open from the east coast to the left coast. On Saturday night the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago presented the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s The...

The Magic Remains - Joffrey's Nutcracker Transformation

The Joffrey Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker. Photo by Cheryl Mann. by Catherine L. Tully A different type of excitement buzzed throughout the Auditorium Theatre lobby Saturday night. In years prior the hum has always been the lively anticipation of a ballet that was a familiar favorite-a tradition for many people in the Chicago area. Show More Summary

Review: Joffrey Ballet’s New ‘Nutcracker’ Leaves Some Tradition Behind

3 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Christopher Wheeldon has made the company a production that catches a historic moment in Chicago: the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

The best dance of 2016: Farewell to a beloved fest and why Hubbard Street is underappreciated

An unusual quantity and quality of vintage dance graced Chicago this year. To name just a few items: the Joffrey's reprises of Sir Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella" and Jiri Kylian's "Forgotten Land," Miami City Ballet's pitch-perfect Balanchine revivals, Mark Morris' "Pacific" and Merce Cunningham's...

Joffrey Ballet brings 'Romeo and Juliet' to New York

The Joffrey Ballet will return to New York for the first time in over 20 years. The Chicago-based company will perform Krzysztof Pastor's "Romeo and Juliet" at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. announced Monday.  The production runs March 29-April 2 and...

Can 'The Nutcracker' Actually Be Working-Class, Christopher Wheeldon?

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This is a huge reimagining of the Robert Joffrey "Nutcracker" for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago: It's set at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, and a lot of money - like, a lot of money - is riding on its success.

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4 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The few comments that we've been able to find so far on social media after last night's Iowa City preview premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's new Nutcracker for the Joffrey Ballet are pretty ecstatic. Here's a shot from inside the brand...

'He's turning traditional dance on its head': Why S.F., Houston and Seattle troupes are in L.A.

William Forsythe has a thing about rules. He likes to break them — or bend them. Maybe reinvent them? The American choreographer, who performed with the Joffrey Ballet before serving as artistic director of Ballet Frankfurt and creating his own dance ensemble, the Forsythe Company, is as much a...

'He's turning traditional dance on its head': Why S.F., Houston and Seattle troupes are in L.A.

5 months agoArts : Culture Monster

William Forsythe has a thing about rules. He likes to break them — or bend them. Maybe reinvent them? The American choreographer, who performed with the Joffrey Ballet before serving as artistic director of Ballet Frankfurt and creating his own dance ensemble, the Forsythe Company, is as much a...

Video sneak peek of Joffrey's new 'Nutcracker'

The Joffrey Ballet is fast at work on its new, revamped production of “The Nutcracker.” Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s version will receive its world premiere this holiday season at the Auditorium Theatre, with performances Dec. 10-30. As reported previously in the Tribune, Wheeldon’s new...

Live Stream Rehearsal of The Joffrey Ballet's New Nutcracker

The Joffrey Ballet Company Members Rehearsing The Nutcracker, Photo by Todd Rosenberg Is September too early to start thinking about The Nutcracker? Not if you're in Chicago. Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is here,...Show More Summary

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