Special Celebration weekend by the Joffrey Ballet
It’s that time of year again; theater season! Performing arts organizations across the city will be kicking off their respective 2014-2015 seasons in September. There is a celebration not to be missed among the many choices of music, dance, and theater performances.
The Joffrey Ballet will commemorate their 20th anniversary of residence in Chicago with an extraordinary program offered for one weekend only. Supplementing their normal three-program subscription is “Stories in Motion”. Artistic Director Ashley Wheater presents three “story ballet[s]”, each told in a newly imagined way. “Stories in Motion” will consist of the return of two company repertoire favorites and the Chicago premier of a third piece.
Wheater wanted to “focus on telling a complete story in a very short space of time… and hope[s] to show that the language of dance is as expressive and nuanced as the spoken or written word.”
Familiar to the Joffrey audience will be Prodigal Son last performed by the company in 2000. This year Wheater himself will portray the Father, a rare appearance by the artistic director. Also returning is Lilac Garden choreographed by Antony Tudor. Finally, this exceptional trio of performances will round out with RAkU, choreographed by San Francisco Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov.
This show can be seen for 5 performances only on Thursday and Friday September 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, September 20 at 2pm and 7:30pm; and Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm. All performances will be at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Parkway).
Tickets are available at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 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 www.ticketmaster.com.