The Joffrey Ballet presents Winter Program of ‘Bold Moves’ including World Premiere by Ashley Page

January 15, 2016

THE JOFFREY BALLET presents Winter Program of ‘Bold Moves’

including World Premiere by Ashley Page


Also featured are the popular returns of Forgotten Land by Jiří Kylián and

RAkU by Yuri Possokhov


At the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University: February 10-21, 2016


CHICAGO – For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents “Bold Moves,” a program of three contemporary ballets including a World Premiere by British choreographer Ashley Page, along with the return of two popular works from the Joffrey repertoire – Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU and Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land.  “Bold Moves” is presented in 10 performances only February 10–21, 2016.

A winner of many prestigious dance awards, Ashley Page is known for his daring collaborations with visual artists and contemporary composers. Though drawn from the discipline of ballet, his bold choreography explores new avenues for dance. Following 27 years dancing and choreographing for London’s Royal Ballet, and then a decade as the director of the Scottish Ballet, Page is currently working on numerous commissions from ballet and contemporary dance companies around the world. For The Joffrey Ballet, Page is creating a work (untitled) for 12 dancers exploring the elemental and organic nature of human behavior through abstract movement that feeds off the drama, texture and constantly shifting energies of British composer Thomas Adès’ violin concerto, Concentric Paths.


Forgotten Land, last performed by the Joffrey in 2012, was created for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1981 by Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián. Set to the music of English composer Benjamin Britten (Sinfonia da Requiem), with its images of the sea engulfing the land, this ballet is also inspired by a painting by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch, of women on a beach staring at the sea. Forgotten Land explores memories, events, and people that over time are lost or forgotten and how people sometimes vainly try to recover them, or a sense of them, in order to regain their former power and value.


RAkU, which mesmerized Joffrey Ballet audiences at the Chicago Premiere in September 2014, returns by popular demand. Set to music by Shinji Eshima, this contemporary ballet by San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer Possokhov, tells the tale of a Japanese emperor, his wife and a jealous monk driven mad by obsessive love. With a modernist, sepia-toned costume and set design with projections and moving screens, it is a stylized interpretation of the burning of the Kyoto Temple of the Golden Pavilion, brimming with lush lyricism and dark drama.


Title:                The Joffrey Ballet presents ‘Bold Moves’

Dates:               February 10 – 21, 2016

Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 13 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, February 14 at 2:00pm, Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 20 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, February 21 at 2:00pm.

Location:          The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

50 East Congress Parkway

Chicago, IL  60605


Tickets:            Prices range from $32 to $155


Box Office:       Single tickets are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 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