Joffrey Ballet luncheon celebrates opening of Romeo and Juliet

The Joffrey Ballet hosted a cultural conversation with many of Chicago’s most powerful women and leaders in the arts on September 26 in honor of The Joffrey’s upcoming production of Romeo & Juliet, opening Thursday, October 13. Nearly 300 guests gathered at LondonHouse’s appropriately named Juliette Grand Ballroom to celebrate Krzysztof Pastor’s critically acclaimed reimagining of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet.

The event was co-chaired by Chicago business leaders and Joffrey Women’s Board members Kathleen Henson (founder/CEO of Henson Consulting), Jamie-Clare Colvin (chief of staff to the president of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson) and Ellie Forman (corporate community relations manager, Mesirow Financial Holdings).

The elegant, sunlit room overlooking the Chicago River was filled with conversation about the excitement for The Joffrey’s production. A discussion between Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet, and Barbara Gaines, artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, was moderated by Chicago Tribune theatre critic Chris Jones.

The discussion explored why Shakespeare remains relevant so many years after his work and how different art forms interpret his plays. Guests participated in a bag pull raffle sponsored by La Perla, featuring signature scents from their collection. Fashion illustrator Kristine Steiner drew sketches of guests as mementos of the afternoon. The three co-chairs, dressed by local fashion designer Maria Pinto, invited guests to donate to help support the activities of The Joffrey and secure its prominence as one of Chicago’s cultural treasures. (Photos by Steve Becker)

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