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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

Why Doctors Are Prescribing A 'Date Rape Drug' For Narcolepsy

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

At 20 years old, Trinity Hamilton thought she was living a charmed life. It was 1996, and after practicing with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago for less than a week, she had been invited to join the world-renowned company. Over the next...Show More Summary

A Manhattan Rent Spike May Put The Joffrey Ballet School Out Of Business

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The school was negotiating to buy the building in 2014 when the owners sold it instead to the Sabet Group for $24 million. Sabet more than doubled the $40,000 annual rent to a crippling $108,000, according to Joffrey ­executive director Christopher D’Addario.”

Something Old, Something New

4 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Valse Fantaisie", "Confianza", "And So It Goes...", "Tessellations", "Spring Waters", "Suite Saint-Saëns" Joffrey Ballet Concert Group New York Live Arts New York, NY May 26, 2016 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill The...Show More Summary

If You’re Going To Direct A Ballet Company, You Better Know Your Psychology [LISTEN]

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Joffrey Ballet’s Ashton Wheater on running the famous company and what he thinks about ballet audiences.

The Black Iris Project Is Exploring Black History Through Dance

Choreographer Jeremy McQueen founded the Black Iris Project in the early months of 2016, though the idea behind the dance initiative took root a few years before. Back in 2013, McQueen was working with the Joffrey Ballet under the prestigious...Show More Summary

Prince Was A Big Ballet Fan. He Had A Major Impact On The Joffrey

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Today, the great success of “Billboards” remains a cautionary tale. A ballet company needs to approach a radical new direction with care, and a view to the future. But what also remains is the generosity and inspiration of a singular musical artist, who saw new possibilities for classical ballet. Prince knew that ballet could tell […]

Christopher Wheeldon's new 'Nutcracker' for Joffrey announces Broadway artists

Christopher Wheeldon's all new production of "The Nutcracker" for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago is shaping up to be quite a Broadway-style extravaganza. Plans include a new narrative by the acclaimed author Brian Selznick ("The Invention of Hugo Cabret"), a top standard ticket price of $150 and...

Dance Directors Share Their Biggest Audition Pet Peeves

7 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Joffrey Ballet’s Ashley Wheater, Nederlands Dans Theater’s Paul Lightfoot, and Broadway casting director Rachel Hoffman offer some suggestions for what not to do.

'Nutcrackers' and 'Game Changers,' Joffrey Ballet announces 2016-17 season

The Joffrey Ballet announced its 2016-17 season Thursday, highlighting the results attained over the last nine years by artistic director Ashley Wheater in his ongoing quest to create a "world-class company." In the process, he’s also brought the Joffrey into the 21st century. First, Wheater forged...

Groundbreaking Contemporary Works Shine In Joffrey Ballet's Winter Program

The annual winter program that focuses on groundbreaking contemporary works has become our favorite program of the year. [ more › ]

Review: Joffrey Ballet surpasses itself in 'Bold Moves'

At its best, dance is the most perfect of stage arts, sculpting entire worlds through the most ineffable means: color, light, music, human movement. "Bold Moves" offers three especially demanding, beautiful and distinct visions. And on Wednesday's opening night, the Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago...

Joffrey Ballet continues to forge the new with ‘Tipping Point’

For "Bold Moves," the Joffrey Ballet's winter program of three works, artistic director Ashley Wheater has tapped British choreographer Ashley Page to create a world premiere piece. Page's "Tipping Point" will be the centerpiece of a...Show More Summary

Joffrey Ballet fires arrows straight into the heart in ‘Sylvia’

Anyone who still believes that classical ballet is a 19th century art form trapped in amber is advised to take a look at the Joffrey Ballet. As Exhibit A: The altogether stunning production of John Neumeier's "Sylvia," now in a company...Show More Summary

After 28 years of holiday magic, a sparkling grand finale for the Joffrey Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

Sunday afternoon marked a poignant moment in the history of the Joffrey Ballet as the company "retired" its beloved version of Robert Joffrey's "The Nutcracker" on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre. Before a capacity crowd of 3,900...Show More Summary

Moments before curtain with Joffrey dancer Fabrice Calmels

Before each performance of the "The Nutcracker," the Joffrey Ballet dancers meet for a warm-up class in the Auditorium Building. As they line up along the wall at noon, one head sticks out across a sea of uniformed bodies by almost a foot. That towering frame belongs to Fabrice Calmels, the tallest...

Joffrey Ballet's 'Nutcracker' wins Goldstar award.

The Joffrey Ballet's long-running version of "The Nutcracker" has won the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award. Ticket discounter Goldstar said Tuesday that the Chicago-based show beat out more than 106 other "Nutcracker"-themed productions to win the annual audience-favorite prize, which includes...

Review: The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet, 2015)

The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic for a reason. With a poignant score, magnificent production values and gorgeous dancing, The Nutcracker truly has something for everyone. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....

Joffrey Ballet Presents Final Performances of Robert Joffrey's "The Nutcracker"

10 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

This holiday season marks the end of a 28-year-old Chicago tradition. The Joffrey Ballet presents Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker for the last time this year, with 24 performances from tonight to December 27. Joffrey's version of The Nutcracker, which he...

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