Rudolf Nureyev Fund
The Board of Directors of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation believes that The Joffrey Ballet has established a solid foundation on which to develop into a premiere ballet company that can uniquely represent itself and Chicago, nationally and internationally. In the spirit of facilitating this development, the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation has presented a $500,000 challenge grant creating an endowment for the Joffrey to perform full-length ballets on a continuing basis.
-- Barry L. Weinstein, Board President, Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation
If you would like to learn more about how you could be a part of the Nureyev match please contact Erin Fitzpatrick at efitzpatrick [at] joffrey [dot] org.
When I was a young dancer with the Royal Ballet and London Festival Ballet, Rudolf Nureyev became a mentor and a friend. Now, thirty-five years later, through this generous grant from the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, I find that Rudolf’s legacy supports my work still. As a dancer and as a creator, Rudolf had a passion for full-length narrative ballets. Story ballets serve as a great entry point for new audiences to discover dance and for dancers to discover their art. With this grant and the support of matching donors, we have the opportunity to explore what it means to tell a story through dance in the 21st century.
-- Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director, The Joffrey Ballet