Among the many holiday traditions Chicagoans can enjoy in the
upcoming month, one of the most visually beautiful is the Joffrey
This year’s Nutcracker adds contemporary choreography to
Robert Joffrey’s 1987 adaption of this famous ballet. In adapting it
for his dance company, Joffrey took a well-known European ballet which
was first performed in Russia in 1892 and gave it a uniquely American
The Nutcracker features Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous orchestral score, which was written for the original performance of Nutcracker 118 years ago. The score will be performed live by the Joffrey Ballet’s resident orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta.
The Nutcracker is a wonderful experience for adults and
children alike. The Joffrey Ballet combines athleticism with artistry
and strength with beauty in creative dance experiences. If you’ve never
seen the Joffrey Ballet perform, the Nutcracker would be a wonderful introduction to a world-class ballet company for you and your family.
The Joffrey Ballet, which began in New York City, came to Chicago in
1995 and has since become a prominent part of Chicago’s arts culture.
The company recently moved into its permanent home in the middle of
Chicago’s performing arts center downtown surrounded by the Chicago
Theater, Goodman Theater and the Gene Siskel Film Center.
The Nutcracker will be performed Thursdays through Sundays,
December 10 – December 26 (no performance on Christmas). Tickets can be
The Joffrey Ballet performs in the beautiful Auditorium Theater at 50
E. Congress Parkway (between Michigan and Wabash) in downtown Chicago.
Discounted parking for theater goers is available across the street at
Loop Auto Parks (524 S. Wabash). Click here for complete directions and parking and public transportation information.
By the way, Whole Foods has designated Wednesday, December 1 as
Joffrey’s 5% Day, which means the Joffrey Ballet will receive 5% of all
Whole Food sales on that day in all of their five metro Chicago stores -
Halsted & Waveland, Gold Coast, Lakeview, South Loop, and Lincoln
Park. This is a great opportunity to support the Joffrey Ballet just by
buying the groceries you need.
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