The Joffrey Ballet ushers in its 2011-2012 season

April 23, 2011
The Examiner
Janet Arvia


"The Joffrey Ballet has always embraced the challenge of honoring the past while looking towards the future," said Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater of the dance company’s recently-announced 2011-2012 season, entitled New Generation.

"While respecting our heritage, The Joffrey Ballet celebrates a new generation. I love the phrase 'new generation,' with its reference to both 'time' and 'creation.' Ours is a rich world, and the Joffrey thrives by exploring its many frontiers."

The 2011-2012 season launches with Yuri Possokhov’s story-ballet Don Quixote in October 2011.

In 2012, the Joffrey will present two mixed repertory programs, first featuring the U.S. Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Infra along with the Joffrey premiere of William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. 

The spring mixed rep program will feature a world premiere by Val Caniparoli as well as the return of Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence and Jerome Robbins’s In the Night.

Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Chicago’s most popular holiday tradition and America’s premier Nutcracker, returns in December.

Continuing in The Joffrey Ballet’s mission to provide the highest level of performance quality, the season will feature live orchestral accompaniment by the Chicago Sinfonietta conducted by Scott Speck, Music Director of The Joffrey Ballet.  
All performances will take place in the Joffrey’s home venue, the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, in downtown Chicago at 50 East Congress Parkway. 

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