January 14, 2010
Live the Fairytale...
The Joffrey Ballet warms the hearts of Chicago with
Sir Frederick Ashtonâ€™s timeless
At The Auditorium Theatre, February 17-28, 2010
â€“ The Joffrey Balletâ€™s 2009-2010 â€œSeason of Legendsâ€ continues
with Sir Frederick Ashtonâ€™s Cinderella, back by popular demand.
Widely considered one of the greatest ballet interpretations of this
timeless fairytale, Ashtonâ€™s Cinderella is an enchanting fantasy full
of splendor, humor and magic. The Chicago Sinfonietta, the official
orchestra of The Joffrey Ballet, under the baton of conductor Scott
Speck, will provide live musical accompaniment of Sergei Prokofievâ€™s
classic score. Cinderella will take place at the Auditorium Theatre of
Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, in nine performances
only, February 17 â€“ February 28, 2010.
â€œAs a company known for its many â€˜firsts,â€™ The Joffrey Ballet
was the first to perform Ashton's Cinderella in America in October
2006,â€ notes Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater.
â€œHaving worked closely with Sir Ashton at The Royal Ballet, I can
confidently say that The Joffrey upholds the full ingenuity, sincerity
and authenticity of his brilliant work. A work for the entire company,
Cinderella is one of the Joffreyâ€™s most popular and lavish
productions ever and we are proud to revive it this season.â€
Acquiring Ashtonâ€™s Cinderella was a longtime dream of Joffrey
Ballet Founder Robert Joffrey, and it was his last wish that the
Company perform this production. When it premiered in 2006 it was the
first brand new, full-length story ballet that The Joffrey had mounted
since The Nutcracker premiered in 1987. The Joffrey Ballet retains the
exclusive rights to perform Ashtonâ€™s Cinderella.
Performed in three acts with 39 different characters portrayed,
Cinderella is a rags-to-riches fairytale about a downtrodden young
Cinderella, a glass slipper and a handsome prince, who are all brought
together by a fairy godmother. Ashton creates a mysterious and magical
world where pumpkins become coaches, rags turn to ball gowns, and the
comedy of Cinderella's pantomime step-sistersâ€”portrayed, as is
tradition, by male dancersâ€”provides the perfect foil for the
developing romance of Cinderella and the Prince.
Sir Frederick Ashton joined The Royal Ballet of London as
choreographer when the company was founded in 1931 and served as its
Artistic Director from 1963 to 1970. When Cinderella premiered at the
Sadlerâ€™s Wells Ballet (London) in December 1948, it was not only
Ashton's first full-evening ballet, but also the first production in
the West to use Prokofiev's hauntingly brilliant score, which was
composed specifically for Ashtonâ€™s choreography. Ashton later revised
and restaged Cinderella for The Royal Ballet in 1965. As a young
dancer, Wheater trained at The Royal Ballet School in London, and at
age 13 he worked with Ashton on the World Premiere of Benjamin
Brittenâ€™s Death in Venice. Wendy Ellis Somes, a former dancer with
The Royal Ballet, staged and directed Ashtonâ€™s Cinderella for The
Joffrey Ballet, with the production boasting breathtaking sets and
costumes designed by David Walker.
Performance Schedule and Pricing for Cinderella:
Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 19Â at 7:30
p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday,
February 21 at 2:00 p.m.; Friday, February 26Â at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday,
February 27 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 28 at
Single tickets, priced from $25 to $145, are available for purchase
at The Joffrey Balletâ€™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 2009-2010 season of Legends will conclude with a mixed repertory
program entitled Eclectica, April 28 â€“ May 9, 2010, which will
feature Gerald Arpinoâ€™s Reflections, and two newly commissioned
works, The Madness of Crowds by the innovative choreographer James
Kudelka, and Crossed by distinguished dancer and choreographer Jessica
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;Â AthletiCo, the Official
Provider of Rehabilitation, Fitness and Performance; and UBS, Live
Music Sponsor. The Joffrey would also like to thank the Production
Sponsors for Cinderella: Bank of America; Margot and Josef Lakonishok;
MAC, Cinderellaâ€™s Cosmetics Sponsor; Todayâ€™s Chicago Woman, Media
Sponsor; and Park Hyatt, Hotel Sponsor. Â Â The 2009-2010 Season is
partially supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; the
Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; 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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