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Interview: Joffrey Ballet Dancer Fabrice Calmels

We got a chance to chat with the Joffrey's Fabrice Calmels about ballet, being a guest judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and what makes Chicago a world class city. [ more › ]

Scott Speck on the music for "Romeo & Juliet"

3 months agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck began conducting music for dance almost as a fluke. The second conductor for San Francisco Ballet found himself faced with conducting all 40 Nutcrackers one season in the late 90s and called Speck in to help. Show More Summary

The Joffrey Ballet Brings A Modern Day 'Romeo & Juliet' To Life

To close out their 'Masters of Dance' season, the Joffrey Ballet has chosen 'Romeo & Juliet,' adapted by Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor from Shakespeare's classic tragedy. [ more › ]

Joffrey's 'Romeo' makes war as well as love

DANCE REVIEW: "Romeo & Juliet" by the Joffrey Ballet ???½ DANCE REVIEW: "Romeo & Juliet" by the Joffrey Ballet ???½... Political conflict is the hallmark of choreographer Krzysztof Pastor's honed, muscular new "Romeo & Juliet," a three-act ballet set not in some "universal" never-never land but in three fraught periods of 20th-century Italian history.

Joffrey Ballet will stage a 'Romeo' for our time

Choreographer Krzysztof Pastor sometimes sets off metal detectors, the shrapnel in his body a permanent reminder of violent conflict.

The Daily Edit – Angela Cappetta: Built on Toil Promo Piece

Built on Toil Designers: Liron Kormas, Kormas Studio Dancers: Joffrey Ballet School Photographer: Angela Cappetta What inspired you to develop this body of work, is ballet in your background? I trained until I was about 20 but was never professionally serious about it.  Since I live nearby, I’d see the dancers everyday.  At the deli, coffee […]

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5 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

Joffrey Ballet – Chicago “Crossing Ashland”, “Bells”, “Nine Sinatra Songs” Center for the Arts George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia March 8, 2014 by George Jackson copyright 2014 by George Jackson April Daly and Fabrice Calmels in Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Show More Summary

Joffrey Ballet announces 2014-15 season

The Joffrey Ballet announced its 2014-15 season on Tuesday. The company’s twentieth year in Chicago will feature eight premieres and some familiar Joffrey classics.

Joffrey 'Choreographers' filled with adventure

DANCE REVIEW: Joffrey Ballet's 'Contemporary Choreographers' at the Auditorium Theatre ???? DANCE REVIEW: Joffrey Ballet's 'Contemporary Choreographers' at the Auditorium Theatre ???? The concept of contemporary ballet opens up a whole new universe, not just of hybrid vocabularies but of limitless subjects — the timeless verities of the flash mob, for instance.

Interview: 'Crossing Ashland' With Brock Clawson

The Joffrey Ballet's 'Contemporary Choreographers,' opens tomorrow night with Brock Clawson's 'Crossing Ashland.' We spoke with Clawson about his piece and what it's like working with the Joffrey. [ more › ]

Dance Chicagoan of 2013: Ashley Wheater of the Joffrey Ballet

"The first couple of years were tough," says Ashley Wheater, Joffrey Ballet artistic director since 2007. "The company was in transition, we hit a terrible recession." But an old friend, Houston Ballet's Stanton Welch, told him, "You will fall in love with your company." Now, Wheater says, "I know what he means. Show More Summary

Orange Cat Can't Jump, Will Never Get Into American Ballet Company

7 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

This orange cat is not the graceful ballerina he believes itself to be. Watch him prepare, poise, and then completely fail the leap that would have gotten him a job at the Joffrey. Sorry, cat, it's off to the corps with you. Here's a rose for you to wave and a spear for you to carry. Read more...

Holiday Magic in a Bottle: The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker

7 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

The Joffrey Ballet bills its Nutcracker as "America's Number One" and for good reason. From the elaborate set pieces to the expertly crafted costumes to the outstanding special effects to the top-notch dancing, The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition to...

Joffrey Ballet Chicago's Christmas Treat

8 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“The Nutcracker”?? Joffrey Ballet Chicago ??Opera House?? The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts?? Washington, DC?? November 27, 2013? ? by Alexandra Tomalonis ?copyright 2013 by Alexandra Tomalonis Robert Joffrey’s production...Show More Summary

Cracking up with 'Nutcracker' dancers

Holidays in Chicago are synonymous with the Joffrey Ballet's lavish production of "The Nutcracker," the classic ballet adapted in 1987 by Robert Joffrey from E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" and set to the traditional Tchaikovsky score with live musical accompaniment from the Chicago Philharmonic. Show More Summary

Dancers pivot into a new role: entrepreneur

After winning her first ballet contract with the Joffrey Ballet at age 9, Allison Patel was dancing professionally in dance troupes and Off-Broadway shows by her early 20s. But that meant financial struggle. "My first year I netted $20,000," said Ms. Show More Summary

Joffrey Triumphs with La Bayadere

April Daly, Erica Lynette Edwards and Jeremy Taulbee in Joffrey's La Bayadere. Photo by Cheryl Mann. Even when choosing a large-scale ballet Joffrey is unique -- and La Bayadere is certainly a bold choice. The ballet was first performed in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in St. Show More Summary

La Bayadère Brings Indian Glamour To The Joffrey

The Joffrey Ballet brings us another full length story-book ballet as part of their Masters of Dance season. [ more › ]

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