Dream weavers

May 12, 2011
Northwest Indiana Times
Eloise Marie Valadez


The Joffrey Ballet is delivering a trio of works by stellar choreographers through Sunday at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

The program "Rising Stars" features a mix of poignant, whimsical, and innovative pieces by Yuri Possokhov, Edwaard Liang and Julia Adam. All of the works feature a dream theme and fit nicely together on one program.

In "Rising Stars," the Joffrey dancers prove, as always, that they're at the top of their game. The performers move effortlessly from work to work showcasing a range of emotions, a blend of graceful ballet and angular modern-inspired movements and great strength.

The work "Woven Dreams" by Liang, proved a mesmerizing jaunt through a dreamscape and featured seven segments done to different musical compositions.

Liang's work was a world premiere. He previously crafted "The Age of Innocence" for the Joffrey.

Dance fans will delight in seeing Julia Adam's "Night" as well. The work showcases a blend of playful and precise choreography.

Russian choreographer Possokhov's "Bells" was fascinating to watch as the dancers performed to Rachmaninoff's stunning Piano Concerto No. 2.

In their closing production of the 2010-2011 season, the troupe showed they can still captivate an audience. FYI: The production continues through Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $145. Call (800) 982-2787