Joffrey Ballet Announces its 2014-15 Season

Joffrey Ballet Announces its 2014-15 Season
A newly envisioned “Swan Lake” by Christopher Wheeldon is part of the new season line-up. Photo by Cheryl Mann

Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet is on their toes with the line-up for the 2014-15, 20-anniversary, season, featuring  blockbuster programming that mixes company classics with exciting premieres.

Some of the bright lights and highlights for new season include: the Chicago Premiere of a James Kudelka ballet, aptly named “The Men in Black” featuring the music of Johnny Cash; a newly envisioned “Swan Lake” by acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon; plus a new work from rising-star Justin Peck of the New York City Ballet.

Other not to be missed performances include an additional season opener to be presented this September following the success of last September’s season opener the Joffrey’s “Russian Masters.”  The one-weekend-only engagement, September 18-21, kicks off with the return of two Joffrey repertory favorites, Balanchine’s internationally acclaimed “Prodigal Son,” which hasn't been performed by the Joffrey since 2001, and Antony Tudor’s demanding Tudor ballet, “Lilac Garden,” plus the Joffrey/Chicago Premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s Asian-themed "RAkU."

Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, explains the focus of the 2014-15 season saying, “Next season, The Joffrey Ballet celebrates twenty years in the city of Chicago with a series of programs exploring the expressive power of dance.  By telling stories drawn from diverse sources, by embracing our history and our future, we celebrate the voice and spirit of this great American city,”

The Joffrey’s emphasis on narrative in dance will explore the concept of “story ballet” with their series of both repertory and evening length works that will re-imagine the story, through iconic music, or a familiar fantasy with a fresh new concept.

Season overview…

  • The main fall production of Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake,” set in the 19th century backdrop of the Paris Opera Ballet will offer ten performances from October 15 through 26.
  • Robert Joffrey’s beloved “The Nutcracker” is back once again for 24 performances from December 5-28.
  • The Joffrey’s winter programming features three company premieres: James Kudelka’s "The Man in Black" (Johnny Cash music); Stanton Welch’s "Maninyas" and Alexander Ekman’s "Tulle." This series will be presented in 10 performances from February 11-22, 2015.
  • Come spring, three more premieres, featuring mixed repertory programming, include: the Joffrey “In Creases” by New York City Ballet soloist Justin Peck set to the music of Philip Glass’ "Four Movements for Two Pianos;" British choreographer Ashley Page’s World Premiere and “Evenfall” by the Joffrey’s Nicolas Blanc.  The three premieres will be presented in 10 performances from April 22-May 3, 2015.

Tickets, location and information

Three-program subscriptions, not including the September engagement or The Nutcracker, start at $84.  Subscriptions are available for purchase starting February 19, 2014. or tickets and more information, click here or call 312 386 8905.  Performances take place in the Joffrey’s home venue, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, at 50 East Congress Parkway.

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