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At The Auditorium Theatre, February 17-28, 2010THE JOFFREY BALLET CONCLUDES ITS 2009-2010 LEGENDS SEASON WITH
A SPRING PROGRAM FEATURING WORLD PREMIERES BY
JAMES KUDELKA AND JESSICA LANG, PLUS A GERALD ARPINO CLASSIC
At The Auditorium Theatre, April 28 to May 9
23, 2010 The Joffrey Ballet's 2009-2010 Season of Legends
concludes with a spring mixed repertory program, Eclectica, featuring
two world premiere commissions: Pretty BALLET by innovative
choreographer James Kudelka, and Crossed by distinguished
dancer/choreographer Jessica Lang, plus the revival of Joffrey
Co-Founder Gerald Arpinoâ€™s Reflections. Eclectica will be presented
at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress
Parkway, in nine performances only, April 28 to May 9, 2010.
"We are grateful to the people of Chicago and surrounding
communities for embracing The Joffrey Ballet during our 2009-2010
season", said Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater. In
spite of the economic challenges of the last year, it is our mission to
bring the highest quality of dance to the stage. Without a doubt, the
company is dancing at a very high level, and audiences have responded
with overwhelming support. Following on the success of Othello and
Cinderella earlier this year, we conclude the season with two world
premieres, Pretty BALLET by renowned choreographer James Kudelka, and
Crossed by visionary young choreographer, Jessica Lang. Rounding out
the evening, we present a revival of Reflections, choreographed by
Joffrey co-founder, Gerald Arpino, his most romantic ballet.
Kudelka's world premiere Pretty BALLET will be his fourth piece
for the Joffrey and the first time he has returned to work with the
Company since 1988. For this new work, Kudelka uses Bohuslav
Martin's Symphony No. 2, an upbeat 1943 composition that utilizes
waltz-like melodies but with off-kilter timing and syncopation. Set in
four movements, Pretty BALLET creates a pastiche of different moods
with small ensembles that continuously shift in organic but unexpected
ways. Kudelka's demanding phrase work and intricate spatial patterns
will explore the subject of ballet itself as a balance between romantic
ideas and industrious principles.
Lang's first commission by The Joffrey Ballet, the world premiere
of Crossed is set to music by Mozart, Handel and des Prez. Crossed is a
reflection and reaction to music inspired by religion, and with a cast
of 14 dancers, the piece ranges from dramatic and reverent to
high-spirited and joyous. The work is consistent with Lang's
inventive vision, deep artistry and emotionally spellbinding
A neoclassical, pure dance ballet and a perfect example of the Arpino style, high lifts, a flying pace and classic beauty
Gerald Arpino's Reflections is set to Tchaikovsky's Variations
on a Rococo Theme for Violoncello and Orchestra, op. 33. This
fast-paced and physically challenging ballet was re-created by Arpino
in 1985, after having been out of active repertory since 1976, and has
not been seen on the Company since 2003.
About the Choreographers
Gerald Arpino was born in Staten Island, New York in 1923 and died
in Chicago in 2008. He co-founded The Joffrey Ballet with Robert
Joffrey in 1956 and served as Associate Director. Upon Joffrey's
death in 1988, Arpino succeeded him as Artistic Director. Arpino
choreographed his first work, Ropes, in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he
became the company's resident choreographer. He created more than
one-third of the company's repertoire. His ballets are in the
repertoires of companies around the world. Arpino was the first
choreographer commissioned to create a ballet to honor the office of
the American presidency; he was the first American commissioned by a
city, San Antonio, to do a ballet. In 1993, he produced America's
first full-evening rock ballet, Billboards, set to the music of Prince.
Arpino received numerous awards and honors over his long and
prestigious career. In 1995 he moved The Joffrey Ballet to Chicago.
Prior to that move, no ballet company had ever successfully been
transplanted from one part of the country to another.
James Kudelka is widely acknowledged as one of North America's
most innovative choreographers. His mastery of both classical ballet
and modern/contemporary dance has earned him commissions from
companies, some 20 in all, as stylistically diverse as American
Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.
Even as a student at Canada's National Ballet School, Kudelka
demonstrated a choreographic interest in exploring innovative
approaches. While adept in the classical ballet vocabulary he infuses
it with a contemporary sensibility acquired from his intense interest
in modern movement idioms. Kudelka's work covers an impressive range,
from virtuoso pas de deux, through large-scale and always arresting
adaptations of such classics as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and
Cinderella, to boldly innovative creative collaborations with dancers,
designers and musicians. Kudelka is known to have never been afraid to
tackle psychologically challenging subject matter in his story
ballets he views dance as a primary medium of artistic
discourse and through his gift for movement metaphor infuses poetic,
emotional meaning into his many non-narrative works. After nine
distinguished years as artistic director of the National Ballet of
Canada (1996-2005), Kudelka continues to undertake collaborative
projects that engage and challenge him as a choreographer.
Jessica Lang, a Juilliard graduate and former dancer with Twyla
Tharp, has created and restaged her own works on companies across the
U.S. including American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Richmond
Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet,
Milwaukee Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet, ABT II, Ailey II, Hubbard Street
2, Dallas Black Ensemble Theater, Ballet de Monterey, and New York City
Ballet's Choreographic Institute, among others. Her choreography has
also been performed abroad in Japan, France, Mexico and South Africa.
She has also received unique commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art
to create a new work for their Henri Matisse Exhibition as well as from
The Juilliard School for its Centennial Celebration Concert. Lang has
received numerous grants for her choreography including three NEA
grants in sole support of new creations and a Choo-San Goh award. She
is on faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American
Ballet Theater as well as for ABT's summer program in New York City.
Performance Schedule and Pricing for Eclectica:
Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.;
Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30
p.m.; and Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Single tickets, priced from $25 to $145, are available for purchase
at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office, located in the lobby of
10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt
University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at
(800) 982-2787 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Joffrey Ballet extends special thanks to its 2009-2010 Season
Sponsors: Abbott Fund; NIB Foundation; United Airlines, the Official
& Exclusive Airline of The Joffrey Ballet; AthletiCo, the Official
Provider of Rehabilitation, Fitness and Performance; UBS, Live Music
Sponsor; and MAC, Official Cosmetic Sponsor. The Joffrey would also
like to thank the National Endowment for the Arts, Program Sponsor for
Eclectica, and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Production Sponsor
for Jessica Lang's Crossed. The 2009-2010 Season is partially
supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and CityArts 4
grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.
For more information about The Joffrey Ballet and current productions please call 312-386-8905 or visit joffrey.org.
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