September 10, 2018


September 10, 2018 (Chicago) – The Joffrey Ballet today announced an updated lineup to its 2018-2019 mixed repertory program, April 24-May 5, 2019 at the Auditorium Theatre. Across the Pond, featuring the United Kingdom’s most influential artists, now includes the Joffrey premiere of Vespertine by The Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett and a world premiere by Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Competition winner Andrew McNicol. Works by Scarlett and McNicol replace the previously scheduled Kairos by Wayne McGregor and Symphonic Variations by Sir Frederick Ashton.

“We have had to adjust our programming to accommodate the busy schedules of all involved,” said Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director. “Though we look forward to presenting works by Wayne and Sir Frederick in the future, I am very excited to welcome Liam, Andrew, and Andrea Walker to the Joffrey for a program that truly embodies the future of dance. Introducing this trio of influential young artists to an American audience has topped my list for a long time. Now we get to do it in a single program.”

About the Artists

The Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett brings his impressive body of work to the Joffrey for the first time. In Vespertine, Scarlett takes inspiration from the spellbinding music of the Baroque period. Created for the Norwegian National Ballet in 2013, this abstract ballet evokes classicism and athleticism all in one, set amidst a scenic display of custom chandeliers. Learn more about Scarlett here.

Andrew McNicol (“An impressive young choreographer, musical and fully engaged.” —Dance Tabs), winner of the Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Competition, creates a world premiere for the Joffrey’s spring program. Described as a “rapidly rising star in the world of ballet …” (BBC News), McNicol draws on his prodigious musicality to inform a style that has quickly earned him recognition across Europe and around the globe. Learn more about McNicol here.  

Andrea Walker, Founder and Artistic Director of London’s cutting-edge 201 Dance Company, brings his striking sensibility state-side with a new work created exclusively for The Joffrey Ballet. Walker, known for his work with international sensations Coldplay and Lady Gaga, takes dance-theater to a new level by bending genres and shining light on the politics of today. Walker’s world premiere marks his first collaboration with the Joffrey. Learn more about Walker here.

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

Tickets and Subscriptions

Single tickets for the Joffrey’s 2018-2019 season are available at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of 10 East Randolph Street, by telephone at 312-386-8905 or online at


Three-program subscriptions, which do not include The Nutcracker, start at $90. Subscriptions are available for purchase online at, by mail (Joffrey Ballet Subscriptions, The Joffrey Ballet, Joffrey Tower, 10 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601), by telephone at 312-386-8905, by fax at 312-739-0119 or by email at subscriptions [at] joffrey [dot] org. Groups of 10 or more call 312-386-8937.


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.


The Joffrey Ballet is grateful for the support of 2018-2019 Season Sponsors: Abbott Fund, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, NIB Foundation, and the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation; Live Music Sponsors Sandy and Roger Deromedi and The Marina and Arnold Tatar Fund for Live Music; and 2018-2019 Season Partners: Clear Channel Airports, Chicago Athletic Clubs, Preferred Hotel JW Marriott, and Official Provider of Physical Therapy Athletico.

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