Friday, January 16, 2009

Art & Culture: A Must See The Joffrey Ballet Winter Program in Chicago

Planning on taking a trip to Chicago this February or live in the Chicago area a Must See for you is the Joffrey Ballet - Winter Program. This majestic show will feature four amazing pieces (all for the prices of one ticket) and will run from Feb. 18th - March 1st. This will give you a chance to see something besides The Nutcracker and indulge your inner culture queen.

The performance pieces are:

Choreography by Gerald Arpino
Music by Johann Strauss, Sr. and Johann Mayer

A beautiful interpretation of the music of Old Vienna filled with Viennese polkas, gallops and waltzes. Kettentanz was created by Gerald Arpino, co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet.

Choreography by Tom Ruud
Music by Aram Kachaturian

This serene meditation was inspired by the mobiles of the famed artist Alexander Calder. The ballet consists of a trio in which a man balances two women in slowly evolving positions that depend on balance and equilibrium, much like a mobile does. A Joffrey Ballet Premiere.

Hand of Fate pas de deux (from Cotillon)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Chabrier

Set in a haunted ballroom, this pas de deux from ballet icon George Balanchine’s Cotillon (1932), reveals the figure of fate as she visits a young girl’s cotillion. The atmospheric pas de deux pairs fate with a young cavalier and leaves the audience wondering what is real and what is fantasy. It shows Balanchine’s great choreographic abilities at a young age.

Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky
Reconstructed and staged by Millicent Hodson
Music by Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring stands as one of the most magnificent musical and dance masterpieces of the twentieth century. Choreographed by the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky, the piece caused riots in the streets when it was first staged. It disappeared only to reemerge due to the urging of Robert Joffrey and the painstaking research of Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archur. It is not to be missed.

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 East Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605


from $25.00 - $145.00

Single tickets on sale at Ticketmaster
Phone: 312-902-1500

Box Office:
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60605
M–F 12:00 – 6:00pm

The Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Tower
10 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
M-F 12:00 - 6:00pm

Performance Dates and Times:
Wednesday, Feb. 18 - 7:30 PM
Friday, Feb. 20 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 21 - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, Feb. 22 - 2:00 PM
Friday, Feb. 27 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 28 - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, Mar. 1 - 2:00 PM

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