Ashley C. Wheater's 2013-2014 Letter
Dance is inherently about movement. Normally, we think of dancers gliding gracefully across the stage. With the benefit of our imagination, though, we can travel through space and time with them. This season, we journey to Russia, mother country to some of ballet’s finest work. We voyage around the globe to exotic India, the scene of romance, jealousy and intrigue. We visit Italy, with a fresh look at the timeless tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. And closer to home, we cross Ashland Avenue.
Why do we travel? In addition to the color, mystery and allure of exotic lands, looking at life through other people’s eyes offers perspective on our own. We find the “familiar” within the “foreign”. We recognize ourselves in the actions of others. We find that the big, broad world is inhabited by people remarkably like ourselves.
In September, 2013, we offer a special celebration of Russian dance and music. This is offered as an optional, added program with four performances only. Coming at the end of the 100th anniversary celebration of Le Sacre du Printemps, with Joffrey tours reaching audiences in twenty-two American cities, we honor the Russian contribution to the art of dance. Artists include Nijinsky, Stravinsky, Balanchine, Tchaikovsky, Possokhov and Rachmaninoff.
La Bayadere: The Temple Dancer, is one of the 19th century’s iconic ballets. We will present a Joffrey premiere, Stanton Welch’s update of the classic story. Set in the Rajah’s court, the tale involves a love quadrangle, with no earthly victor’s. Redemption is achieved in the Kingdom of the Shades, with perhaps the most memorable female corps de ballet choreography ever created.
Winter introduces more new work to the Joffrey repertoire. At the center of this program is Christopher Wheeldon’s contemporary masterpiece Continuum. Joffrey Ballet adds another exciting premiere: Crossing Ashland, by the talented local choreographer, Brock Clawson.
In the spring, romance returns with Krzysztof Pastor’s new Romeo and Juliet with Prokofiev’s magnificent score. Pastor translates this parable nearer to our own era, offering a 20th century setting. As a reminder of the story’s relevance today, Pastor recalls hearing of two lovers, one Muslim and one Christian, who were shot by a sniper on a bridge in war-torn Sarajevo.
This promises to be a very special year. The programming is compelling. Our dancers are performing at the pinnacle of their art form. At its heart, though, dance thrives when we share our excitement with an engaged audience. We invite you to experience this incredible world with us.
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Moving forward beautifully,
Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director