THE JOFFREY BALLET ANNOUNCES ITS 2010-2011 SEASON
Season to feature two mixed repertory programs:
one, showcasing World Premieres by Liang and Possokhov,
the other, toasting famed choreographers Balanchine and Wheeldon;
plus, the revival of The Taming of the Shrew and the return of America's #1 Nutcracker
C. Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, is proud to
announce the Company's 2010-2011 season, which will launch with a
mixed repertory program of Company Premieres by iconic New York
choreographers George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon, October
13-24, 2010, followed by the timeless holiday classic, Robert
Joffrey's The Nutcracker, December 11-26, 2010. In the new year, The
Joffrey revives a Chicago favorite, John Cranko's romantic comedy
ballet The Taming of the Shrew, February 16-27, 2011, and culminates
the season with a second mixed repertory program showcasing two World
Premieres, by Edwaard Liang and Yuri Possokhov, May 4-15, 2011.
Continuing in The Joffrey Ballet's mission to provide the highest
level of performance quality, the season will feature live orchestral
accompaniment by the Chicago Sinfonietta, the official orchestra of The
Joffrey Ballet. All performances will take place in The Joffrey's
home venue, the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, in
downtown Chicago at 50 East Congress Parkway.
"The Joffrey's next season promises to be an intriguing array of
dance," noted Wheater. "We'll salute the contributions of 20th
century, New York masters in the fall, and introduce works by the next
generation in the spring, with two full-length story ballets in
between. Throughout the season we balance established and rising
talent, mixed rep and evening-length ballets, contemporary and
traditional. There's something for both the dance aficionado and the
dance novice, and everyone in between."
The Joffrey Ballet's 2010-2011 Season opens with a mixed repertory
program of Company Premieres, highlighting 20th century New York icons.
The program will include Christopher Wheeldon's emotionally resonant
After the Rain (2005). Set to the minimalist, classical music of Arvo
Part, After the Rain is in two sections that are strikingly different
in tone, with the first section marked by steel gray costumes and
backdrop with three couples creating bold lines and intricate lifts.
The second section shifts to a warmer palette as dancers embody an
emotional relationship, at times becoming tender and connected while at
other times pulling away or struggling to find each other. The bill
will also offer George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto, which
was revised in 1972 from a previous choreographic endeavor titled
Balustrade that premiered in 1941. Using the opening "Toccata," two
central "Arias", and the final "Capriccio" from Stravinsky's
Violin Concerto in D, Balanchine forms contrasting pas de deux for two
different couples. Dancers resemble musical notes floating over the
stage in Balanchine's sensual and saucy homage to the genius of Igor
Stravinksy. The fall program will include a third piece, to be
announced at a later date. This program will be presented October 13 - 24, 2010.
America's #1 Nutcracker and Chicagoland's most popular holiday
tradition, Robert Joffrey's production of The Nutcracker will again
transform the Auditorium Theatre into a winter wonderland, complete
with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic sweets. The
Tchaikovsky masterpiece, featuring the full Joffrey Company, local
childrenâ€™s choruses and more than 120 young dancers, will be
presented in seventeen performances, December 11 - 26, 2010.
In February 2011, The Joffrey Ballet revisits the popular The Taming
of the Shrew, last performed by The Joffrey in 2002. John Cranko's
world-renowned ballet adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic
story is a romantic comedy about the trials of finding balance in love.
With music by Kurt-Heinz Stolze and Domenico Scarletti, The Taming of
the Shrew depicts the boastful Petruchio as he attempts to tame the
strong-willed Katherine. When it originally premiered at the Stuttgart
Ballet in 1969, Cranko's translation re-defined narrative ballet
through witty and subtle choreography that brought the characters and
their foils vividly to life. The Joffrey will revive this two-act
ballet February 16 - 27, 2011.
The 2010-2011 Season concludes with a mixed repertory program
featuring two World Premieres, by Edwaard Liang and Yuri Possokhov. A
former soloist for New York City Ballet, Liang's first work for The
Joffrey, The Age of Innocence, premiered in the fall of 2008 and was
met with critical and audience acclaim. His theatrical work paired 19th
century romanticism with athletic prowess and a contemporary
sensibility. Possokhov, a former dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet, the
Royal Danish Ballet, and a principal dancer and choreographer for the
San Francisco Ballet, has made a name for himself as an austere and
charismatic dancer and a bold, innovative choreographer. The Joffrey
Ballet is proud to commission these new works, being performed May 4 - 15, 2011.
Three-program subscriptions, which do not include The Nutcracker,
start at $75. Subscriptions are available February 2, 2010 online at
joffrey.org, by mail (Joffrey Ballet Subscriptions, The Joffrey Ballet,
Joffrey Tower, 10 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601); telephone
(312) 386-8905, fax (312) 739-0119, or email subscriptions [at] joffrey [dot] org.
Single tickets, priced from $25 to $145, will be available for purchase
as of August 1, 2010 at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office
located in the lobby of 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster
Ticket Centers, by telephone at 800-982-2787, or online at
The Joffrey Ballet extends special thanks to United Airlines, the
Official & Exclusive Airline of The Joffrey Ballet; and AthletiCo,
the Official Provider of Rehabilitation, Fitness and Performance for
The Joffrey Ballet.
The 2009-2010 season continues as The Joffrey Ballet welcomes back
Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, regarded as one of his greatest
full-length ballets. Performed in three acts, the classic
rags-to-riches story comes to life in a dazzling ballet set to Sergei
Prokofievâ€™s brilliant score, with breathtaking sets and costumes
designed by David Walker. Ashton's Cinderella is a mysterious and
magical fantasy world, where the comedy of Cinderella's pantomime
step-sisters, unlucky in looks and love, provides the perfect foil
for the developing romance of Cinderella and the Prince. Last performed
by The Joffrey Ballet in October 2006, Cinderella will be presented
February 17 - February 28, 2010.
For more information about The Joffrey Ballet and current productions please call 312-386-8905 or visit joffrey.org.
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