After an incredibly successful world premiere of their new Chicago-focused version of The Nutcracker, the Joffrey Ballet continues its Chicago premieres with Game Changers. In his program note, Artistic Director Ashley Wheater described Game Changers by writing, “For me, good work, whether abstract or narrative, speaks of the human condition and touches the heart.” Each […]
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When the Joffrey Ballet announced that the company was creating a new version of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, anticipation ran high. As guests entered the Auditorium Theatre, you could feel the crowds’ excitement. People talked about the reimagined production as if they were worried about a beloved family member’s health. From the moment the theater lights […]
How do you like your Nutcracker? Traditional ballet? Whimsical? No dancing at all? This year, the Chicagoland area has a Nutcracker production for everyone. No matter where your family might be or when, there are Nutcrackers galore from Thanksgiving until December 31. The information below came from different press releases. Be sure to visit the […]
Sir Frederick Aston used the original Brothers Grimm story to create a three-act ballet which is a masterpiece of humor, magic and surprising twists. The result is the Joffrey Ballet’s new production,”Cinderella,” a haunting and mature story that captivates the audience from the moment the curtain lifts. The humor started the minute the ugly step-sisters […]
The Chicago Dancing Festival is one of my favorite summer programs. Chicago becomes the center of the dance universe when internationally-renown and local troupes converge on our stages to showcase ballet, modern and contemporary dancers in the largest dance festival in the country. Best of all, tickets to attend these stellar performances are free. The […]
I’m someone who waits until the day after Thanksgiving to put up our Christmas tree and start working on Christmas cards. Still, we’ve been chatting about holiday plans as we have relatives from all over who need to request vacation days, purchase airplane tickets, arrange for pet boarding, etc. Last week our plans shifted a bit […]
The Chicago Dancing Festival has brought free, world-class dance performances representing all dance genres to Chicago since 2007. This year the founders Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke continue the tradition with world premieres, special commissions and two outdoor simulcasts. The first simulcast brings the August 20 Opening Night performances to the Pritzker Pavilion and Great […]