Joffrey announces lineup for 2013–14 performance season

January 28, 2013
Time Out Chicago
Matthew de la Pena


The “Legends” play the Auditorium Theatre in less than three weeks, but it’s the “Masters” on stage in 2014. Earlier today, Joffrey announced its 2013–14 performance season—dubbed “Masters of Dance”—on the heels of its “American Legends” series opening on Feb 13.

The company kicks off the new season with a special one-weekend-only program titled “Russian Masters.” Joffrey marks the centennial of Vaslav Nijinsky’s famed 1913 ballet The Rite of Spring with a reconstruction from choreographers Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer. George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and the return of Yuri Possokhov’s Bells round out the program, September 19–22.

Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch’s evening-length La Bayadère gets its Joffrey debut October 16–27, and per annual tradition, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker plays December 6–27. The company follows with a mixed winter bill titled “Contemporary Choreographers,” featuring Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum and the local premiere of Chicago choreographer Brock Clawson’s Crossing Ashland, happening February 12–23.

“Masters of Dance” closes with the contemporized, multi-media Romeo & Juliet from Krzysztof Pastor. Created in 2008 for the Scottish Ballet, the re-imagined classic from the Polish National Ballet director sets in Italy and spans three eras of the 20th century. The performance runs April 30–May 11.

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