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.
Choreographer Krzysztof Pastor sometimes sets off metal detectors, the shrapnel in his body a permanent reminder of violent conflict.
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 […]
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
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.
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.
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 › ]
"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
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...
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...
“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
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