March 26, 2019

Also featuring the Joffrey premiere of Vespertine by The Royal Ballet 
Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett


At the Auditorium Theatre: April 24 – May 5, 2019 

March 26, 2019 (Chicago) – For its spring engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Across the Pond, a mixed repertory program featuring the United Kingdom’s most influential artists, with works that include two world premieres: HOME by Andrea Walker as well as Yonder Blue, a new piece by Andrew McNicol, set to a stunning collection of four short movements by composer Peter Gregson. The program also includes the Chicago premiere of Vespertine by The Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. Across the Pond is presented in ten performances only, April 24-May 5, 2019 at the Auditorium Theatre.

“Many of the world’s most exciting young dance makers are creating and showing their work in Britain,” said Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of the Joffrey. “We’re thrilled that three of the U.K.’s top choreographers are traveling to Chicago to end our season with such a groundbreaking program of incredible range and style.”

Andrew McNicol, winner of the Kenneth Macmillan Choreographic Competition, creates a sense of vastness in Yonder Blue, with minimalist costuming and a unique use of lighting. McNicol draws inspiration from Siri Hustvedt’s illuminating book A Plea for Eros. Hustvedt describes “Yonder” as a word that shifts and moves, implying distance between one place and another. The word “Blue” similarly holds multiple associations—honesty and melancholy. Both words encapsulate the idea of distance, whether it be related to nature or people. Yonder Blue is commissioned in honor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and First Lady Amy Rule.

The Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett takes inspiration from the spellbinding music of the Baroque period. Scarlett’s strikingly beautiful Vespertine, created for the Norwegian National Ballet in 2013, is inspired by the music of Arcangelo Corelli, resulting in an abstract ballet that evokes classicism and athleticism all in one, set amidst a scenic display of custom chandeliers.

Inspired by the personal stories of young DREAMers, choreographer Andrea Walker’s HOME is a story of strength, resilience, and the nature of belonging. Through his signature fusion of dance styles, Walker explores what home means—within ourselves, our relationships, and our country. 

Tickets and Schedule

The Joffrey Ballet presents Across the Pond April 24 – May 5, 2019; the full performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30pm, Friday, April 26 at 7:30pm, Saturday, April 27 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, April 28 at 2:00pm, Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm, Friday, May 3 at 7:30pm, Saturday, May 4 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, May 5 at 2:00pm.

Single tickets range from $35-$179 and 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 Box Office, by telephone at 312.386.8905, or online 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 The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and President and CEO Greg Cameron.


Special thanks to HOME World Premiere Sponsor Denise Littlefield Sobel.


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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