The Joffrey Ballet is heralded as America’s company of firsts and it is internationally known for presenting original and socially relevant ballets. Founders of the company Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino were discerning visionaries, and the first to commission ballets from choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Laura Dean, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp. Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater continues in this tradition by seeking out new works, from both time honored and emerging choreographers. A donation to the New Works Fund is a donation to the art of dance. It allows the Joffrey to commission new pieces and perform ground-breaking choreography.
New works are the heart of dance
There are two different kinds of new works. A World Premiere is a piece commissioned by the Joffrey and created on our dancers. Our Chicago audience is the first in the world to see this dance. A Joffrey Premiere is a contemporary or classical ballet that is brand new to the Joffrey stage.
Why are new works important?
Audiences love new works. New works show our audience the versatility and magic of dance. New dances keep the stage creative and exciting. They bring new perspectives to entertainment and breathtaking artistry.
Dancers love new works. New choreography gives dancers the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and versatility. The challenge of new roles retains and attracts the most talented dancers from around the world.
Our costume designers and production team also take the chance to show off their creativity when they are involved in new works.
A donation to the New Works Fund is a gift to art and entertainment.
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