The Joffrey Ballet announced its 2014-15 season on Tuesday. The company’s twentieth year in Chicago will feature eight premieres and some familiar Joffrey classics.
The season opens in September with George Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son,” Antony Tudor’s “Lilac Garden” and Yuri Possokhov’s “RAkU,” a Chicago premiere, all performed in mixed repertory over a single weekend (Sept. 18-21).
Then, in October, Christopher Wheeldon’s new “Swan Lake,” also receiving its Chicago premiere, runs 10 performances (Oct. 15-26). Commissioned for the Pennsylvania Ballet in 2004, Wheeldon’s version is set in the Paris Opera Ballet during the 19th century and utilizes the artwork of Edgar Degas. Throughout December, the company’s annual presentation of Robert Joffrey’s “The Nutcracker” will play 24 performances (Dec. 15-28).
The month of February features a contemporary program bringing Chicago premieres of three past Joffrey choreographers’ works. To be performed in mixed repertory (Feb. 11-22) are James Kudelka’s “The Man in Black,” a ballet-meets-country-western exploration of the music of Johnny Cash, Stanton Welch’s “Maninyas,” a dance set to “Maninyas Concerto for Violin” by Australian composer Ross Edwards, and “Tulle,” Alexander Ekman’s ballet about ballet incorporating video projections.
The season ends on another mixed repertory of three works including “In Creases” byNew York City Ballet soloist Justin Peck; a world premiere by choreographer Ashley Page, the former artistic director of the Scottish Ballet; and “Evenfall” by Joffrey ballet master Nicolas Blanc. The repertory is presented in 10 performances (April 22-May 3).
Single tickets for the Sept. program go on sale June 2; all other programs go on sale Aug. 1 at 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com. All performances take place at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway.
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