Free Performance in Millennium Park

Performance Details

  • When Sunday, June 25
  • where Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
  • time 5:30 PM

Join us for free public performances in the heart of downtown Chicago in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. Created as a gift to all Chicagoans, and the first event of its kind, The Joffrey Ballet’s Joffrey for All Celebration will feature performances by Joffrey Company Artists, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and students from the Joffrey Community Engagement. See below for programming details.

Programming

colōrem

'colōrem', a bold work by choreographer Chanel DaSilva with an original score by Cristina Spinei which received its world premiere in The Joffrey Ballet’s 2022-23 season opener Beyond Borders and was met with critical acclaim. For the Joffrey for All Celebration, DaSilva incorporates the first and third movements with students from the Joffrey’s Community Engagement programs.

Swimmer Pas De Deux | Yuri Possokhov

'Swimmer Pas de Deux' is by frequent Joffrey choreographer Yuri Possokhov, whose most recent productions with the Joffrey include Don Quixote (2022) and Anna Karenina (2019, 2023). First premiered in 2015, Swimmer is a modern ballet masterpiece set against a backdrop of flowing projections evocative of waves and water, based on the short story by John Cheever.

Convergence and The Red Violin Caprices | Nicolas Blanc

'Convergence' features a score by Philip Glass and was created in collaboration with artist Katrin Schnabl for her art installation EWNS (East, West, North, South). The piece represents these directions through four dancers who are seen as a collective force yet as individual, distinct entities. 'The Red Violin Caprices' was born out of a collaboration with world-renowned violinist Philip Quint, depicting a musician’s love letter to a muse.

Italy Pas De Deux | Yuri Possokhov

Described by Ashley Wheater as the “crème de la crème” in Anna Karenina, which became the highest-grossing non-Nutcracker production in Joffrey’s history earlier this year, the pas de deux depicts Anna and Vronsky’s sublime new life in the Italian countryside. Filled with passion, emotion, light, and color, the piece bursts with the highs and lows of human emotion.

Suite Saint-Saëns | Gerald Arpino

Presented earlier this season in Beyond Borders, 'Suite Saint-Saëns' weaves classical movement with the late choreographer’s signature neo-classical style of speed, energy, and quality. With its lilting score, choreographer Agnes DeMille once described this American masterwork as like “standing in a flight of meteors.”

Sponsorship

Sponsorship

Honorary Co-chairs

  • Maria Marable-Bunch and Lonnie Bunch
  • Nick Cave and Bob Faust
  • Adela Cepeda
  • Anne Eleanor Roosevelt

Presenting Sponsors

  • Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust
  • Anne L. Kaplan
  • The Negaunee Foundation
  • Northern Trust
  • Wilson Garling Foundation
  • The Women's Board of The Joffrey Ballet
  • Zell Family Foundation

Co-chairs

  • Abbott with Juliana and Robert Ford
  • Luann and David Bowers
  • W.C. Cameron Family and Greg Thompson
  • Marc DeMoss
  • William and Shelley Farley
  • Brendan Fernandes
  • Sherry and Richard Holson III with Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company
  • ITW
  • Lashana Jackson
  • Sally and Jon Kovler
  • The Pritzker Foundation
  • Yolanda and Jason Tyler

Host Committee

  • Allstate
  • BMO
  • Mary Jo and Doug Basler
  • Amina J. Dickerson
  • Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark
  • Make It Better Foundation
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Grubhub
  • Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols
  • Cari and Michael J. Sacks
  • Courtney C. Shea
  • Chuck Smith and SKADDEN
  • Rita Spitz and David Blears
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson