The Joffrey Ballet Presents CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS, 2/12-23

Christopher Wheeldon is among today's most innovative contemporary ballet choreographers. Born in Somerset, England, Wheeldon developed an affinity for music and movement at an early age. At age 11, after studying at the East Coker Ballet School, Wheeldon entered The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet company in 1991. In 1993, Wheeldon traveled to New York where he soon accepted a position with New York City Ballet, where he served as Resident Choreographer from 2001 to 2008. Wheeldon has shown his versatility by working in various mediums. He choreographed the ballet sequences in Nicholas Hytner's film Center Stage (2000) and they collaborated again on the Broadway musical The Sweet Smell of Success (2002). Wheeldon made his operatic debut with the "Dance of the Hours" in the Metropolitan Opera House's revival of Amilcare Ponchiellis' La Gianconda (2006). Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company in 2007 with the goal of introducing a new spirit of innovation to classical ballet. He resigned as Artistic Director of Morphoses in February 2010 and continues to work as a freelance choreographer. To learn more, visit

The Joffrey Ballet is Chicago's premier ballet company committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a unique repertory encompassing masterpieces of the past and cutting-edge works of today. 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 Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron. The Joffrey is also committed to providing arts education and accessible dance training through its Joffrey Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs.

The Joffrey Ballet is grateful for the support of its 2013-2014 Season Sponsors and Partners. With special thanks to ContinuumProduction Sponsor, Elizabeth Yntema Ferguson and Mark Ferguson; Crossing Ashland Production Sponsors, Bill and Orli Staley and the National Endowment for the Arts; Abbott Fund and NIB Foundation, Co-Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Season; Alphawood Foundation Chicago, "Masters of Dance" Sponsor; United Airlines, Official & Exclusive Airline; Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago Center for Orthopedics, Official Healthcare Provider; AthletiCo, Official Provider of Physical Therapy; and JW Marriott, Official Hotel.


The three World Premieres of the Joffrey's annual Choreographers of Color Award will be presented in Winning Works at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, in one performance only, Saturday, March 1 at 7 pm. Award winners Justin Allen, Stefanie Batten Bland and Norbert De La Cruz III will each show new work along with a restaging of Le Roi S'Amuse by Joffrey Academy of Dance Co-Director Alexei Kremnev. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and will be available as of January 13 by calling the Harris Theater Box Office at 312-334-7777 or online at

The Joffrey's "Masters of Dance" season comes to a close with the Company and U.S. Premiere of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet, created in 2008 for the Scottish Ballet. Set in Italy and spanning three eras of the 20th century, the Polish National Ballet Director's modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic has all the drama, power and timeless themes of love and loss in one darkly intense ballet, set against a multi-media backdrop and Sergei Prokofiev's dramatic score. Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet runs for 10 performances at the Auditorium Theatre, April 30 - May 11. Tickets, $31-$152, are available now at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office at Joffrey Tower, the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (800) 982-2787 or online at

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