Chicago Dance: Joffrey Ballet Announces its 2011-2012 Season.


CHICAGO, February 24, 2011.  Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, is proud to announce the company’s 2011-2012 season, titled New Generation.  The four program season will kick off October 12, 2011 with Yuri Possokhov’s story-ballet DON QUIXOTE.

Program I: Don Quixote.
The Joffrey Ballet will launch its 2011-2012 season with Yuri Possokhov’s story-ballet Don Quixote.  Marius Petipa staged Don Quixote in 1869 for the Bolshoi Ballet of Russia, based on the novel The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, and Possokhov, a former Bolshoi principle dancer, performed Petipa’s ballet many times. A bright and humorous piece, the plot revolves around a poor barber, Basilio, an innkeeper’s daughter, Kitri, and Don Quixote, an aging nobleman who imagines himself a valiant knight off to rescue the damsel Dulcinea along with his trusty sidekick Sancho Panzo set to a score by Ludwig Minkus. The Joffrey will perform Possokhov’s Don Quixote October 12 – 23, 2011.

Program II: The Nutcracker.
Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Chicago’s most popular holiday tradition and America’s #1 Nutcracker, returns to transform the Auditorium Theatre for 20 performances kicking off December 8, 2011.  Once again the Auditorium Theatre will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled with magical presents, waltzing flowers and exotic sweets.  Accompanied by the Tchaikovsky masterpiece, the full Joffrey company will be joined on stage by local children’s choruses and 120 young dancers from Chicago and beyond.  Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker will be presented in 20 performances, December 8 through December 27, 2011.

Program III: Beyond the Threshold.
For its winter engagement, the Joffrey Ballet will present the U.S. Premiere of of Wayne McGregor’s “Infra”, (also a company premiere for The Joffrey).   Originally created in 2008 for The Royal Ballet in London with music by Max Richter, the set includes a 59-foot LED screen displaying animations designed by British artist Julian Opie.  Below the screen the dancers will perform a mixed repertory program of contemporary ballet featuring McGregor’s signature combinations. The winter program will also feature the Joffrey Premiere of William Forsythe’s “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated”, which originally premiered on the Paris Opera Ballet in 1987. In the Middle is a purely abstract work that combines classical ballet lines with contemporary, rapid-fire virtuosity and a coolly impersonal sensibility.  The winter program, Beyond the Threshold, will run February 15- February 26, 2012.

Program IV: Attractions.
The Joffrey “New Generation” season will conclude with a spring mixed rep program, “Attractions” featuring a World Premiere by Val Caniparoli along with the return of Edwaard Liang’s “Age of Innocence” inspired by the novels of Jane Austen with a score by Philip Glass and Thomas Newman and Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night”, a series of three romantic pas de deux all set to music by Chopin.  The Spring Program will run April 25-May 6, 2012.


Three-program subscriptions, which do not include The Nutcracker, start at $75.  Subscriptions will be available for purchase on March 1, 2011 online at, by mail (Joffrey Ballet Subscriptions, The Joffrey Ballet, Joffrey Tower, 10 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601), telephone (312) 386-8905, fax (312) 739-0119, or email  Single tickets, priced from $25 to $145, will be available for purchase on August 1, 2011 at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of 10 East Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at 800-982-2787, or online at

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