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THE JOFFREY BALLET’S WINTER PROGRAM HONORS DIAGHILEV'S BALLETS RUSSES CENTENNIAL WITH NIJINSKY’S HISTORIC LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS
Program to also feature the company premiere of Tomm Ruud’s Mobile, George Balanchine’s Hand of Fate, plus Gerald Arpino’s Kettentanz
AT THE AUDITORIUM THEATRE, FEBRUARY 18 – MARCH 1, 2009
CHICAGO – The Joffrey Ballet continues its successful 2008-2009 season with a Winter Program featuring Vaslav Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in commemoration of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes Centennial, as well as the Joffrey Premiere of Tomm Ruud’s Mobile, George Balanchine’s Hand of Fate, and Kettentanz by
Joffrey Co-Founder Gerald Arpino. The Winter Program will take place at
the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway,
in nine performances only, February 18-March 1, 2009.
Joffrey’s winter performances feature a program of remembrance and
reflection. Throughout the nation, dance companies are joining in
celebration of the Ballets Russes Centennial. The Joffrey will stage
Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, which was choreographed specially for Ballets Russes in the 1900’s,” notes Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater. “Tomm Ruud’s calming and meditative Mobile will have its Company debut and a pas de deux, Hand of Fate, from Balanchine’s Cotillon will receive a Joffrey revival. This
program also pays homage to the company’s prolific co-founder, Gerald
Arpino, who has been missed since his passing last October. Kettentanz remind us of Gerry’s lively nature that brought the company where it is today. “
The Winter Program opens with Kettentanz choreographed
by the late Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus
Gerald Arpino. One of the most popular Arpino ballets, with music by
Johann Strauss and Johann Simon Mayer, this 1971 work pays tribute to
Old Vienna and the exuberance and grandeur of its dances, the Viennese
polkas, gallops and waltzes. Kettentanz was created by Arpino
in grateful thanks to Vienna for the warm welcome it gave the company
during its tour there that year. The work was last performed as part of
Chicago’s Millennium Park Blockbuster Week in September 2008.
The program continues with The Joffrey Premiere of Mobile,
choreographed by Tomm Ruud with music by Aram Khachaturian. This
serene meditation was inspired by the mobile exhibit “Moving Objects
Behaving In Linear Equipoise” of the famed artist Alexander Calder.
The ballet consists of a trio in which a man balances two women in
slowly evolving positions that depend on balance and equilibrium, much
like a mobile does. Mobile is known as one of Ruud’s most famous works and is found in the repertoire of over twenty companies worldwide.
Also on the bill is Hand of Fate, a pas de deux from ballet icon George Balanchine’s 1932 Cotillon. Set in a haunted ballroom, this work reveals the figure of fate as she visits a young girl’s cotillion. Cotillon was
one of the first ballets choreographed by Balanchine after the death of
the great Serge Diaghilev in 1929, in whose Ballets Russes, Balanchine
had danced and choreographed. Thought to be a ''lost'' ballet, Cotillon
was rediscovered by Robert Joffrey before his death and performed in
its entirety for the first time since 1946 as the centerpiece of the
Robert Joffrey Memorial Season in 1988. The reconstructed Cotillon
was set by dance historian Millicent Hodson and her husband, Kenneth
Archer, whose collaborative success in reconstructing Vaslav Nijinsky's
Le Sacre du Printemps the season prior convinced Joffrey that they should revive Cotillon. Hand of Fate was last performed by The Joffrey Ballet in 1991.
The Joffrey Ballet’s Winter Program will close with Vaslav Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring),
the reenactment of a sacrificial fertility rite, which inspired
audience members to storm the streets of Paris following its 1913
debut. Set to the strident, now classic, commissioned Stravinsky
score, with scenery and authentic Himalayan costumes by Nikolai
Roerich, The Rite of Spring stands as one of the most
magnificent musical and dance masterpieces of the twentieth century.
Disappearing after its debut, this work only reemerged after the urging
of Robert Joffrey and the meticulous research of Hodson and Archer.
First staged by The Joffrey Ballet 1987, The Rite of Spring was last performed in 2003. This performance will be staged in honor of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes Centennial.
Performance Schedule and Pricing for The Joffrey Ballet’s Winter Program:
The performance schedule for The Joffrey Ballet Winter Program, February 18 – March 1, is as follows: Wednesday,
February 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday,
February 21 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 22 at 2:00
p.m.; Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 28 at 2:00
p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Single tickets, priced from $25 to $145,
are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office
located in the lobby of the Joffrey Tower at 10 E. Randolph Street, as
well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all
Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (312) 902-1500, or online
at joffrey.org or www.ticketmaster.com.
Ballet’s 2008-2009 season will conclude with a mixed repertory program
featuring the Company Premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), the Company Premiere ofHelgi Tomasson’s Valses Poeticos and Branislava Nijiska’s Les Noces, April 29 – May 10, 2009. The 2008-2009 season is dubbed “Time To Move! Ten Choreographers, Five Premieres, One
Company” to showcase not only the company’s prodigious physical
movements and season accomplishments, but also its literal move into,
and first year occupying, the new Joffrey Tower at the high profile
corner of State and Randolph in downtown Chicago.
Joffrey Ballet extends special thanks to its 2008-2009 Season Sponsors
the Abbott Fund and Huron Consulting Group; United Airlines, the
Official & Exclusive Airline of The Joffrey Ballet; AthletiCo, the
Official Provider of Rehabilitation, Fitness and Performance; M.A.C,
the Official Cosmetic of The Joffrey Ballet and The Walter E. Heller
Foundation, Production Sponsor for Le Sacre du Printemps. For more information about The Joffrey Ballet and current productions please call 312-739-0120 or visit joffrey.org.
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