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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?

2 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

2 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

3 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

3 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

6 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

7 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.

Different Decades, Same Problems?

7 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Romeo & Juliet” The Joffrey Ballet David H. Koch Theater New York, NY March 29, 2017 by Marianne Adams copyright © 2017 by Marianne Adams The marquee event of The Joffrey Ballet’s brief return to New York City after being gone for 22 years was its modernized “Romeo & Juliet,” which was fresh and interesting, but also imperfect. Show More Summary

Joffrey Ballet Archives Go To Lincoln Center

7 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Film and documents "are among the highlights from the Joffrey’s archive, which has been donated to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division. The gift coincided with the company’s return to New York for the first time last week since it moved to Chicago in the mid-1990s."

Joffrey Ballet's Archives Find A Permanent Home

7 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

575 linear feet of material has been donated to the dance division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, on the grounds of Lincoln Center.

Joffrey Ballet’s Archive Heads to the New York Public Library

The 61-year-old company, which was founded in New York, has donated about 575 linear feet of materials to the library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

No Tulle, No Tutus, No Intermission

8 months agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Bells," "Body of Your Dreams," Fool's Paradise" Joffrey Ballet David Koch Theater New York, New York March 30, 2017 by Carol Pardo copyright ©2017 by Carol Pardo New Yorkers remember the Joffrey Ballet, not seen in town at full strength...Show More Summary

The Joffrey Ballet @ Lincoln CenterDancing with bells on

8 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

The Joffrey Ballet’s gala performance on Thursday night was the type of program that those who remember the company from its New York years would associate with it. The three part program of Bells by Yuri Possokhov, Body of Your...

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