THE JOFFREY BALLET ANNOUNCES JOFFREY TOWER OPENING EVENT SERIES, SEPTEMBER 11-15, 2008
(July 21, 2008) – Clear your schedule Chicago. It’s time to “Save the
Week” celebrating the opening of the Joffrey Tower at 10 East Randolph
Street! An incredible sequence of not-to-be-missed opening events will
welcome the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet to its first permanent home
in style, September 11-15, 2008.
Helen Melchior, Chair,
and her Joffrey Tower Opening Events committee have planned an
unforgettable weekend of celebratory activities that will honor and
entertain Joffrey Board members, Joffrey dancers, ballet lovers and
An Evening of Remembrances, Honoring the Victims and Families of 9/11, takes place at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Thursday, September 11, beginning at 6 p.m.
The performance, free and open to the public, will showcase Joffrey
favorites and new works, and is sponsored by Bank of America and the
The official Opening Night of the Joffrey Tower will be a black tie gala on Friday, September 12, beginning at 7 p.m.
Cocktails and tours of the new space will precede dinner, with guests
seated in two of the seven stunning studios. Two Joffrey Premieres will
be performed, followed by desserts and a costume retrospective in a
third studio. Tickets for the event are $1,000 per person with tables
available for $10,000 and $15,000. Event sponsors include The Private
Bank, Jewell Events Catering and CS Magazine. Helen Melchior is
chairing the event with the help of Honorary Chairs Jim O’Connor, Bruce
Sagan and Fred Eychaner. Seating is limited and tickets can be reserved
by calling (312) 386-8907.
The public will be welcomed to view the Joffrey Tower at a Community Open House on Saturday, September 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will be invited to tour the incredible new dance studios with floor-to-ceiling skyline views, along with featured
appearances by the Exelon Strobel Step-Up dancers, an interactive photo
display of vintage Joffrey performances, a costume retrospective and
other surprises. Sponsored by Boeing, Exelon and
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the event is chaired by Janet Melk, Christine
Ott and Leslie Zentner. The Open House is free of charge; guided tours
will be scheduled every half-hour.
Opening week at the Joffrey Tower culminates on Monday evening, September 15, at 6:30 p.m., with the splashiest "must attend" party of the season, Couture & Cocktails,
chaired by Candace Jordan. Held for the first time at the Joffrey
Tower, this amazing event will feature the space transformed with a
dazzling fashion show by renowned designer, Maria Pinto, debuting her
fall collection. True to its name, guests will sip cocktails in their
evening best while mingling with The Joffrey dancers, enjoying fun,
food and dancing to the latest sounds. There will be a silent and live
auction including Van Cleef and Arpels diamond earrings valued at over
$25,000 and tickets for two to Wimbledon, including air fare and hotel,
courtesy of legendary tennis player, Jimmy Connors.Tickets for Couture & Cocktails are $250 and can be reserved by calling (312) 386-8921.
Joffrey Tower opening events will feature fabulous cuisine from Jewell
Events Catering and cutting-edge décor by Jonathan Ryan from A Perfect
About the Joffrey Tower
The new permanent home of the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet – the Joffrey Tower
at 10 East Randolph Street –will confirm the company’s commitment to
Chicago, and allow its creative leadership, artists, administration,
technical staff, and students to work together under one roof, creating
streamlined operations and a more efficient and accomplished
organization. This home will also allow the company to expand its
education and community outreach programs and provide the space needed
to open a school for dance in the city. This school will not only
train future members of the company, but offer dance and movement
classes to the rest of the community.
The new facility
will at last allow the artists of the company to train and perform in a
state-of-the-art studio that will accommodate the staging of
full-length ballets. The planned space will give The Joffrey the
opportunity to rehearse and present more repertoire, mount additional
full-length ballets, launch additional revivals, and allow young
dancers and choreographers the opportunity to train and present their
new works in a new black box theater. Furthermore, the new space will
place artistic and administrative personnel under one roof, further
strengthening the sense of mission and connection to the art on stage
and the work done behind the scenes in the office.
Joffrey Tower was developed by Smithfield Properties and designed by
Larry Booth of the Chicago architecture firm, Booth Hansen Associates,
with interior design by Nate Berkus Associates. The Joffrey’s permanent
home will include:
The Joffrey Tower will make its mark
on one of the country’s busiest corners – State and Randolph Streets –
thanks to a 60-foot-high vertical stainless steel sign, backlit to read
For more information about The Joffrey Ballet, the Joffrey Tower, or its opening festivities, please visit www.joffrey.com.
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