WHAT: The Joffrey Ballet
WHEN: April 5, 8 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium
TICKETS: $10-$30 for IU Bloomington
students with a valid ID, and $20-$35 for general public, on sale now.
Individual tickets may be purchased online at IUauditorium.com, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through Ticketmaster.com,
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Classically trained dancers from the
Joffrey Ballet will perform their interpretations of classic and
contemporary pieces at IU Auditorium on April 5 at 8 p.m.
This world-renowned group is known as
"America's Ballet Company of Firsts" for good reason: It was the first
dance company to perform at the White House, the first to appear on
television, the first American ballet company to visit Russia, the first
classical dance company to incorporate multimedia into its performances
-- and the first, and only, dance company to be featured on the cover
of Time magazine.
The company was founded by visionary teacher Robert
Joffrey in 1956 and guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Alpino
from 1988 until 2007. While Joffrey remained in New York to teach
classes (so he could afford to pay the dancers), Arpino led the troupe
across America in a station wagon with a trailer attached, overseeing
performances of the company's original choreography.
From the beginning, Joffrey and Arpino wanted a company
that came out of their American roots; their youthfulness, original
ballets and embrace of pop culture set them apart from other dance
companies. Now the troupe resides in Chicago, where artistic director
Ashley C. Wheater carries the late Joffrey's name forward. Wheater is
teaching and coaching the company toward a widening repertoire that
incorporates the best of the 20th century while continually breaking new
The IU Auditorium performance will include "Reflections,"
with choreography by Gerald Arpino and music by Peter Tchaikovsky; "…
smile with my heart," featuring choreography by Lar Lubovitch and music
by Richard Rogers; "Sea Shadow," choreographed by Gerald Arpino with
music by Ravel; and "Age of Innocence," featuring choreography by
Edwaard Liang and music by Phillip Glass and Thomas Newman.
"The Joffrey Ballet's revolutionary style combined with
unique and varied choreography -- and exquisite execution -- brought
them to the forefront of the classical dance world," said Doug Booher,
director of IU Auditorium. "These highly trained dancers move with
unparalleled elegance, in a performance that will mesmerize our audience
with its flawless beauty."
Before the performance at 7 p.m., there will be a special
pre-show talk in the Neal-Marshall Grand Hall by Michael Vernon, chair
of the Department of Ballet at the IU Jacobs School of Music.
Vernon, who studied at the Nesta Brooking School of
Ballet and the Royal Ballet School in London, arrived in New York City
in 1967. He will discuss his experiences with American dance and ballet
companies, including the Joffrey Ballet. The talk is free and open to
For more information on the Joffrey Ballet and all 2010-2011 season shows at IU Auditorium visit IUauditorium.com.
The Web site features video clips and a selection of songs from this
season's performances, in addition to a direct link to the IU Auditorium
Facebook Fan Page and Twitter page, whose members receive exclusive
benefits throughout the year.
Joffrey Ballet is sponsored by Limestone Grille. The IU Auditorium 2010-2011 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, The Herald-Times, Indiana University Document Service Center, and Indiana University Residential Programs and Services.
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