I wanted to write a blog to everyone after Don Quixote to thank Chicagoans for their amazing support. It is a such an amazing feeling to have a responsive audience, and Don Quixote was accepted by Chicagoans in such a wonderful way.
The production involved much more than just dancing...great sets with projections against the backdrop, flying scenery, puppetry, and more. It was very complex, with a lot of people that worked incredibly hard on this production, and a new way to lead a performance for the size of our company.
The Joffrey has done more than just add a new ballet to our repertoire....I think we must have beat the record for putting together a production of this magnitude in such a short amount of time. What it takes months to do, we had to accomplish in weeks, all the while making sure we were going to deliver the full Auditorium experience our audiences expect and deserve.
Our Artistic Director Ashley Wheater challenges us and challenges this company in such a way that is wonderful for our progress. He takes more calculated risks than ever and gives the dancers more opportunities, making the company tight and strong. The challenge was nerve wracking at first, and the demands that Yuri Possokhov (the choreographer) expected from us never allowed anyone (especially true for me) to find short cuts or the easy way out in the process. The goal was to bring the best to the stage in Chicago, and I have to say from my own feelings and from your feedback, I think the Joffrey maintained its course and succeeded.
But it was you all that made us feel all our hard work was worth it. It was the biggest satisfaction to have a first act standing ovation, only to be repeated throughout the whole run....so thank you Chicago. You are why we work so hard. We can't thank you enough for your support....
Tonight we are performing Woven Dreams in New York City at Fall for Dance at City Center....will will represent you and our amazing city of Chicago as our absolute best tonight!
See you all soon enough for....Nutcracker! (it's that time of year again????)