The 13-year-olds went from being at the same Chinese orphanage to being part of the Joffrey Ballet's "Nutcracker" in Chicago.
In 2000, two young dancers joined The Joffrey Ballet family as Arpino Apprentices. Still in their teens, the duo learned how to be professional dancers from watching, learning and performing with the Main Company. Both spent their entire...Show More Summary
Let's face it: However lovely as holiday confectionery, "The Nutcracker" is sadly lacking in drama. The Act II divertissements are just the most obvious and official of the ballet's many, many distractions from the absence of story.
With a goal of enhancing service at its hotels, JW Marriott has developed a new employee training program with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.
At what point does the animal turn into the human? Fear into love? The everyday into magic? The brilliance of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's re-imagined "Swan Lake" is to bring into high relief those transformations — as well as their reversals, in a tragic loss of art, of love.
Photo by Cheryl Mann I wish I were a dancer, I thought to myself as I sat in the gilded Auditorium Theatre as the curtain fell following an exquisite performance by the Joffrey Ballet of the world-renowned ballet Swan Lake,...
"You know, Degas was groundbreaking," says choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. "He painted ballet rehearsal the way it really is: The girls are sweaty, they have a bad back, they're leaning over. They're in their undergarments. He wanted to paint the blood, sweat and tears of rehearsal."
Dylan Gutierrez & Jeraldine Mendoza, Photo by Cheryl Mann Conductor Scott Speck is with us to talk about the music of one of the most famous ballets of all time--Swan Lake. He has been in rehearsal with Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, and they will open October 15th doing Christopher Wheeldon's version of this ballet classic. Show More Summary
The Joffrey Ballet announced Thursday that Joffrey dancer Erica Lynette Edwards will become the company’s director of community engagement. This new appointment also marks Edwards’ retirement from the stage after 15 years as a ballerina. She replaces Pierre Lockett, who stepped...
The Joffrey Ballet's extraordinary mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this past weekend: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet -- from GeorgeShow More Summary
Being told a story can be delicious, and the three distinct, clear tales on the Joffrey's "Stories in Motion" program, through Sunday at the Auditorium, are little jewels, revealing the economy and precision possible even in the expansive form of ballet.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Joffrey Ballet residing in Chicago. To celebrate, the company welcomes the 2014-2015 season with a special, one-weekend show, "Stories in Motion." "Stories in Motion" opens ahead of Joffrey's usual season of...
Sometimes it takes a full evening to tell a story through dance alone, but there are some pieces that need only one movement to take you on an emotional ride. [ more › ]
Some of the classical dance this fall has been bent, folded or mutilated — in the best possible way, of course. It's set to indie rock, transformed into a ballet within a ballet, dedicated to the philosophical significance of the growth and death of grass. Meanwhile other troupes...
Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater discusses the Stories in Motion program: why he chose to focus on storytelling, why he chose these three particular ballets, and what goes in to getting them on the stage. Wheater will be performing the role of Father in George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, September 18-21. Show More Summary
Sometimes watching professional dancers in rehearsal can be more exhilarating than seeing the final product onstage. [ more › ]
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 › ]
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
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 › ]
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.