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With a goal of enhancing service at its hotels, JW Marriott has developed a new employee training program with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

REVIEW: 'Swan Lake' by the Joffrey Ballet ????

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.

Joffrey Ballet's "Swan Lake" Is Stunning on Opening Night Debut

last monthUnited States / Chicago : A/C

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,...

Joffrey's 'Swan Lake' is set to take wing

"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."

Conducting Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

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

Joffrey dancer moves to community outreach

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 Soars in Ambitious Triple Bill: Stories in Motion

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

REVIEW: Joffrey Ballet 'Stories in Motion' ???½

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.

Joffrey Ballet kicks off 20th Chicago season

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

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...

Joffrey Ballet Tells Short Stories With Full Heart In 'Stories In Motion'

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 › ]

Dance for fall 2014: Joffrey's 'Swan Lake' and a return for Beijing Dance Theater

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...

Artistic Director Ashley Wheater on Stories in Motion

3 months agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

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

Get A Peek Inside Rehearsals With Joffrey Ballet Live Stream

Sometimes watching professional dancers in rehearsal can be more exhilarating than seeing the final product onstage. [ more › ]

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"

7 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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