This Week in Chicago Dance: Joffrey's Eclectica and theConvention by dylan

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Reflections featuring Miguel Blanco & Christine Rocas, photo by Temur Suluashvili

Some very exciting stuff happening in the Chicago dance world this week!

The Joffrey Ballet premieres Eclectica, a mixed repertory program, next Wednesday, April 28. The show features two world premiere commissions, Pretty BALLET by James Kudelka and Crossed by Julliard grad and former Twyla Tharp dancer Jessica Lang. Pretty BALLET is Kudelka's fourth piece for the Joffrey and is set to Bohuslav Martinu's Symphony No. 2. Crossed is Lang's first piece for the Joffrey and is set to music by Mozart.

The brand new works promise to be spatially innovative and choreographically fresh, but the Joffrey is also reviving an original, one of Joffrey co-founder Gerald Arpino's most elegant ballets, Reflections. The neoclassical Reflections was first created in 1985, and is a physically demanding, fast-paced ballet.

Also this week is theConvention by dylan, a three-day convention at the Hotel Sax Chicago April 30-May 2. The weekend-long event includes classes from top choreographers as well as industry seminars for career-minded dancers.

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Jordan Francis III, Choreographer (Photo courtesy of theConvention by dylan)

Find my review of Eclectica on ChicagoNow after the Wednesday premiere!

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