Chicagoans of the Year 2010

December 26, 2010
Sid Smith


Ah, the ballerina — the one word conjures up much of the mystique and majesty of dance. An exemplar in our midst is the Joffrey Ballet's Victoria Jaiani. In 2010 her artistry soared to new heights. In one evening alone, on Oct. 13, she seemed to be three completely different women: a sharp neoclassicist in George Balanchine's “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” a loopy self send-up in Jerome Robbins' artfully slapstick “The Concert (or the Perils of Everybody)” and a haunting lead in “After the Rain,” blending beauty and drama and shedding new light on a modern classic.