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Joffrey Ballet announces 2018-19 season

The Joffrey Ballet’s 2018-19 season will include the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s “Anna Karenina,” presented as part of a first-time collaboration between the Joffrey and the Australian Ballet, it was announced Monday. Possokhov’s two-act ballet of Leo Tolstoy’s 19th century novel about a...

Joffrey’s intense, anything-but-safe ‘Modern Masters’ shows how American ballet got here

This season, it seems as though there is no challenge the Joffrey Ballet can’t meet. Last fall, “Orphee et Eurydice” marked the company’s first collaboration with the Lyric Opera. Stunning performances of Lola de Avila’s staging of “Giselle” came a few weeks later, with a full month of “Nutcracker”...

The Joffrey Ballet Selects Doctors at Rush University Medical Center to be Company Physicians

The internationally-acclaimed Joffrey Ballet has chosen Rush University Medical Center as the Company's preferred medical center for treatment.

5 things to do in Chicago this weekend

"The Nutcracker" is back, plus ice-skating alternatives and an exhibit from one of Chicago's favorite artists this weekend. Another Chicago Christmas tradition As is tradition, Chicago’s world-renowned Joffrey Ballet will tackle “The Nutcracker” during another holiday season. This year, the company...

Review: The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet, 2017)

Now in its second glorious year, Joffrey Ballet's updated The Nutcracker, set during the construction of Chicago's 1893 Worlds Fair in an immigrant family's shack and their daughter's fantastical dreams, is a gentle reminder to young...Show More Summary

Joffrey's Chicago-set 'Nutcracker' has become truly alive

Many of the walnuts, ragamuffins, snowflakes and rats are new. But the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet who form the emotional core of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s revisionist exploration of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” a gorgeously visualized work staged at the historic Auditorium...

High stakes on the dance floor: Making Joffrey's new 'Nutcracker' a compelling TV drama

“Making a New American Nutcracker” will accomplish something that’s incredibly tough to do: Get nondance people excited about a ballet. Those of us in the ballet-averse or ballet-ignorant community can go months if not years without thinking of the Joffrey Ballet, the world-class troupe headquartered...

Review: Giselle (Joffrey Ballet)

The Joffrey Ballet’s premiere of a newly-staged Giselle doesn’t disappoint, wringing out every possible drop of excitement, in a production that’s equal parts breathtaking and horrifying, hands-down one of the best ballets I’ve ever seen. Highly Recommended! (review by Lauren Whalen)

Joffrey Ballet sets aside its modern lines and embraces 'Giselle'

It’s a classic, but not classical. “Giselle” premiered in Paris in 1841, created for the ballerina Carlotta Grisi by choreographers Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and set to a magnificent score by Adolphe Adam. Considered today as epitomizing the height of ballet’s Romantic period, classical king...

The Merger Of Chicago's Lyric Opera And Joffrey Ballet: Why?

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Let's be honest: It makes financial sense. "Many European opera and ballet companies already have a similar arrangement. But there are also some significant financial considerations for Lyric and the Joffrey. Opera and ballet each have passionate fan bases but those audiences are shrinking and the costs for each art form are rising sharply."

How the Lyric and Joffrey's new partnership will change cultural Chicago

The Lyric Opera’s new partnership with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago is, at its core, an acknowledgment that it is no longer viable for even a world-class institution like the Lyric to sustain, maintain, operate and program a huge opera house entirely with productions of the repertory for which...

New dancers join Joffrey Ballet

Three dancers will join the Joffrey Ballet’s international roster for the 2017-18 season, artistic director Ashley Wheater announced Tuesday. The new dancers include: Olivia Duryea from Haslett, MI; Yuka Iwai from Iwate, Japan; and Greig Matthew from Aberdeen, Scotland. Duryea and Iwai join the...

Joffrey Ballet To Move Into Chicago's Lyric Opera House

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Just as the two companies have opened their first major collaboration, "the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago announced Friday that the dance company will move its season residencies from the Auditorium Theatre to the Lyric Opera House, beginning in fall 2020."

Joffrey Ballet moving performances to Lyric Opera House in 2020

In a major cooperative effort by the city’s leading producers of ballet and opera, the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago announced Friday that the dance company will move its season residencies from the Auditorium Theatre to the Lyric Opera House, beginning in fall 2020. The venue shift,...

A New 'Anna Karenina' Coming From Joffrey And Australian Ballet

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"The partnership will team the Russian composer Ilya Demutsky, who has been commissioned to compose a new score, with the Russian choreographer Yuri Possokhov. A former Bolshoi dancer, Possokhov currently is choreographer in residence at the San Francisco Ballet."

The Australian Ballet partners with Joffrey Ballet to bring Tolstoy’s beloved Anna Karenina to the world stage

6 months agoDance / Ballet : Ballet News

The Australian Ballet is delighted to announce that it has partnered with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet to create a new joint production of Tolstoy’s timeless masterpiece, Anna Karenina. In an all-Russian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

This 12-Year-Old Is Relatively New To Ballet And Is Already Rising In The Ranks

9 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The girl started late for a classical ballerina, and her teacher doesn't usually send in kids so young for the Joffrey summer program - but Dayanara Villanueva is heading to the summer intensive in New York.

'Mandarin' a puzzle, but those stilettos come through joyful and clear in Joffrey's 'Global Visionaries'

The main curtain at the Auditorium Theatre was already lifted as guests filed in for the Joffrey Ballet's last big event of the season. Titled "Global Visionaries," the program highlights three works by international luminaries created in the last two years especially for this company. Considered...

How Ashley Wheater Keeps The Joffrey Ballet's Dancers Content And Creative

10 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"In the ballet world, 'shut up and learn the steps,' I think is an archaic sentence." Reporter Kate MacArthur does a Q&A with the Joffrey's artistic director.

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