June 13, 2018


Company to present Robbins masterworks Interplay and Glass Pieces

as part of a shared program with New York City Ballet


CHICAGO – June 13, 2018 – For the first time as a Company, The Joffrey Ballet will make its Paris debut at the invitation of Les Étés de la Danse (“The Summer of Dance”), a highly-anticipated annual festival that welcomes the world’s most prominent dance companies, artists and choreographers to Europe each summer for a month of performances.


This year, the festival will present Hommage à Jérôme Robbins (“Tribute to Jerome Robbins”), a program honoring the 100th anniversary of Jerome Robbins’ birth. Performances for the Joffrey engagement take place June 25-27, when the Company will present two works choreographed by Robbins as part of a shared bill with New York City Ballet. They include: Interplay (first performed by the Joffrey in 2013), and Glass Pieces (which made its Chicago debut during the Company’s Modern Masters winter program in February). Other participating companies scheduled to perform during the festival include Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.


“We are honored to join our peers for such an important occasion celebrating the life of Jerome Robbins, a pioneer in the field of dance,” said Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. “This is also an important moment for the Joffrey, as we continue to broaden the Company’s national and international profile. There is perhaps no better place to do so than Paris, considered by many to be the birthplace of classical ballet. We are grateful to this year’s festival committee for their generous invitation.”


Founded in 2005, Les Étés de la Danse has established itself as the premier choreographic event of the Parisian summer. Summer performances are rare in Paris, but audiences are not: tourists come from near and far, as do Parisians who enjoy long summer evenings in the city. Each year, Les Étés de la Danse invites extraordinary artists to Paris, where a growing number of spectators discover new and exciting performers from around the world.


More about the Joffrey program



Choreography: Jerome Robbins | Music: Morton Gould 

An energetic and brightly colored ballet, Interplay conveys the wonderful playfulness and unfettered curiosity of youth. It is often described as one of Robbins’ truly American works, with movement in the same style as his later Broadway choreography for West Side Story.





Glass Pieces

Choreography: Jerome Robbins | Music: Philip Glass

Glass Pieces is a tour de force, set to music by minimalist composer Philip Glass. This electrifying work marries artistry and athleticism to echo the pulse of 1980s metropolitan America and has been hailed by the New York Times as “landmark Robbins.”


More about the Joffrey’s upcoming 2018-2019 season


Swan Lake

October 17-28, 2018


Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning re-telling of this classic tale returns for the first time since its Chicago Premiere with the Joffrey in 2014. A ballet in four acts, Wheeldon transports one of ballet’s most famous works to the studios of the Paris Opera during the 19th century, the same era Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake in Moscow and when a young impressionist named Edgar Degas was on the rise in Paris. 


Swan Lake is presented in 10 performances, October 17-28, 2018.


The Nutcracker

December 1-30, 2018


The Joffrey Ballet will once again present its reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon. Set during Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, Wheeldons turn-of-the-century tale opens as young Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the Fair’s iconic Statue of the Republic, host a festive Christmas Eve celebration. After a surprise visit from the creator of the Chicago Columbian Exposition, the mysterious Grand Impresario, Marie embarks on a whirlwind of adventure and romance with the Nutcracker Prince through a dreamlike World’s Fair.


The Nutcracker is presented in 29 performances, December 1-30, 2018.


Anna Karenina

February 13-24, 2019


Created by visionary choreographer Yuri Possokhov, this world premiere collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet brings Leo Tolstoy’s epic 19th century story of forbidden love, passion and self-destruction to life on the stage.


The world premiere of Anna Karenina will be presented first in Chicago in 10 performances with The Joffrey Ballet, February 13-24, 2019, and then in Melbourne with The Australian Ballet in May 2020.


Across the Pond

April 24-May 5, 2019


The Joffrey’s spring engagement, a mixed repertory program entitled Across the Pond, features the United Kingdom’s most influential artists, including a world premiere by London-based choreographer Andrea Walker, the Chicago Premiere of Kairos by Wayne McGregor and the Joffrey Premiere of Symphonic Variations by the iconic Sir Frederick Ashton.


Across the Pond is presented in 10 performances only, April 24-May 5, 2019


Joffrey Gala Performance

April 12, 2019


For the fourth year in a row, The Joffrey Ballet will open its special, one-hour gala performance exclusively to Joffrey subscribers and gala attendees. For the first time, the gala will be held at the Lyric Opera House and will celebrate the artists who make the Joffrey one of the world’s leading international dance companies. This one-night-only performance features a specially-curated program by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater.


The Joffrey in Performance with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

May 30-June 1, 2019


A special appearance in 2019, The Joffrey Ballet makes its Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) debut in performances that feature a world premiere work (choreographer to be announced at a later date) set to the music of Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto. This program also features Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet Commedia, set to the music of Stravinsky’s Suite from Pulcinella.


Note: The Joffrey’s collaboration with CSO is not part of the Joffrey season and tickets are not available through The Joffrey Ballet. Performances take place at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave.). More information can be found at


About The Joffrey Ballet­­


Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its Company, audiences, and repertoire, which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works.


The Company’s commitment to accessibility is met through an extensive touring schedule, an innovative and highly effective education program, including the much-lauded Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, Community Engagement programs and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations.


Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron.

For more information on The Joffrey Ballet and its programs, visit Connect with the Joffrey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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