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Joffrey Studio Series Continues Through March And April Photo Joffrey Studio Series Continues Through March And April
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2021

2020 winners of annual Winning Works choreographic competition reimagine their works for the virtual stage; livestream performances on March 25-26 and April 8-9

Joffrey Ballet Artists Activate 150 Media Stream With Dynamic New Video Installation Photo Joffrey Ballet Artists Activate 150 Media Stream With Dynamic New Video Installation
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2021

The Joffrey Ballet has announced that a dynamic video installation featuring members of the company will animate the acclaimed 150 Media Stream public art exhibition at 150 N. Riverside Plaza as the inaugural output of Action Lines, a new production company formed here by a pair of Joffrey Ballet Company Artists, Xavier Núñez and Dylan Gutierrez, and writer and film producer Eric Grant. 

Joffrey Ballet Announces World Premiere of BOLERO Photo Joffrey Ballet Announces World Premiere of BOLERO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2021

The Joffrey Ballet has announced the world premiere of Boléro, named after the acclaimed orchestral piece by composer Maurice Ravel and choreographed by Joffrey Company Artist Yoshihisa Arai February 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Boléro, to be performed by 15 members of the Company.

Chicago Dance History Project Announces Interview Marathon Schedule Photo Chicago Dance History Project Announces Interview Marathon Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2021

Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) has confirmed the lineup and schedule for its Interview Marathon on January 31. Interviewees will appear live from international locations and around the U.S. CDHP Executive/Artistic Director Jenai Cutcher will conduct all the interviews from Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, which has donated its space for the event.

Joffrey Ballet Receives $3M Gift From Abbott Fund To Endow Academy Role Photo Joffrey Ballet Receives $3M Gift From Abbott Fund To Endow Academy Role
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2020

Joffrey Board Chair Anne L. Kaplan, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater MBE, and Joffrey President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Cameron are pleased to announce that The Joffrey Ballet has established a newly named position at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet. Effective immediately, current Academy Director Raymond Rodriguez assumes the new title of Abbott Academy Director, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet.

Joffrey Ballet Announces Virtual Season Photo Joffrey Ballet Announces Virtual Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2020

 The Joffrey Ballet is introducing the Joffrey Studio Series, a comprehensive roster of virtual programming — from livestream performances and company rehearsals to pre-recorded conversations — curated by Joffrey artists during the COVID-19 era.

Chicago Dance History Project's Interview Marathon Kicks Off Fifth Anniversary Celebr Photo Chicago Dance History Project's Interview Marathon Kicks Off Fifth Anniversary Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2020

Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP), which investigates, documents, and presents the individual and institutional past of Chicago dance, kicks off its fifth anniversary celebration by showcasing that legacy and continuing its work with the Interview Marathon, a live, day- long, digital event on Sunday, January 31.

Joffrey Ballet Keeps Holiday Magic Alive With Virtual NUTCRACKER Offerings This Winte Photo Joffrey Ballet Keeps Holiday Magic Alive With Virtual NUTCRACKER Offerings This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2020

With the cancellation of The Joffrey Ballet's annual engagement of Christopher Wheeldon's critically acclaimed version of The Nutcracker in 2020, the Joffrey is pleased to announce a myriad of festive, interactive virtual offerings throughout the holiday season, including the debut of a newly animated digital display as part of Chicago's Art on theMART — the largest permanent digital art projection in the world.

Joffrey Ballet Cancels Remaining Performances of 2020-2021 Season Due to the Ongoing  Photo Joffrey Ballet Cancels Remaining Performances of 2020-2021 Season Due to the Ongoing Health Crisis
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2020

The Joffrey Ballet today announced the cancellation of all remaining performances for the 2020-2021 season, including the world premiere of Cathy Marston's Of Mice and Men and the Joffrey premiere of George Balanchine's Serenade, as well as the Chicago premiere of John Neumeier's The Little Mermaid, as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Joffrey Ballet Cancels Performances Through 2020 Photo Joffrey Ballet Cancels Performances Through 2020
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2020

The Joffrey Ballet today announced the cancellation of all performances for the remainder of 2020, a response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

Four World Premieres to Be Featured in Joffrey Academy's WINNING WORKS Weekend of Per Photo Four World Premieres to Be Featured in Joffrey Academy's WINNING WORKS Weekend of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2020

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, will present four world premieres in the culmination of Joffrey's national call for ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy's Tenth Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. This year's Competition winners-Chanel DaSilva, Tsai Hsi Hung, Pablo Sánchez and Durante Verzola-each have choreographed an original work created on the Joffrey Academy Trainees and Studio Company. Winning Works expands to four performances in 2020 and returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater (220 E. Chicago Avenue) Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 PM. Tickets for Winning Works are $30 and available for purchase at joffrey.org/winningworks.

The Joffrey Ballet Has Announced Their 2020-2021 Season Photo The Joffrey Ballet Has Announced Their 2020-2021 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020

Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, has announced the Company's 2020-2021 inaugural season at Lyric Opera House, featuring a ballet masterpiece from legendary choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, a world premiere from choreographer Cathy Marston, a Joffrey debut from George Balanchine, a Chicago premiere from Hamburg Ballet Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, and the fifth anniversary of Christopher Wheeldon's holiday classic The Nutcracker. The Joffrey Ballet begins its 65th season with MacMillan's iconic Manon, October 14-25, 2020, followed by Wheeldon's magical production of The Nutcracker, December 5-27, 2020. For its winter engagement, the Joffrey presents a mixed program that includes the world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men by Marston and the Joffrey premiere of Serenade by Balanchine, February 17-28, 2021. Closing the season is the Chicago premiere of Neumeier's acclaimed The Little Mermaid, April 21- May 2, 2021.

Joffrey Has Appointed José Carayol as New Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program Photo Joffrey Has Appointed José Carayol as New Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020

Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, and Greg Cameron, President and CEO, are pleased to announce that José Carayol, former principal teacher and head of Conservatory Program at Los Angeles Ballet Academy, has been appointed Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, effective Monday, January 13, 2020.

Joffrey Ballet's Ashley Wheater Honoured By Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II With MBE A Photo Joffrey Ballet's Ashley Wheater Honoured By Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II With MBE Appointment
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2019

The Joffrey Ballet President and CEO Greg Cameron and Board Chair Anne Kaplan are exceptionally proud to announce that Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, has been appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Wheater's designation, among those announced today on The Queen's New Year Honours 2020 list, has been recognized for his exceptional service to the U.K. in the field of performing arts.

Joffrey's THE NUTCRACKER Returns For The Holidays Photo Joffrey's THE NUTCRACKER Returns For The Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019

The Joffrey Ballet's critically-acclaimed reimagined classic, The Nutcracker, by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, returns to open the holiday season at the historic Auditorium Theatre, in downtown Chicago at 50 East Ida B. Wells Drive, in 29 performances only, November 30-December 29, 2019. This season's production marks the last time The Nutcracker will take place at the Auditorium Theatre since its world premiere in 2016. The Company moves to the Lyric Opera House with the start of the 2020-2021 season.

Joffrey Ballet Announces 2020 Winners of 10th Annual Winning Works Photo Joffrey Ballet Announces 2020 Winners of 10th Annual Winning Works
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2019

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the recipients of the tenth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Chanel DaSilva, Tsai Hsi Hung, Pablo Sánchez (recipient of the inaugural Zach Lazar Winning Works Fellowship, named in honor of former Joffrey Board Chair Zach Lazar) and Durante Verzola.

Joffrey Academy Names New Director Photo Joffrey Academy Names New Director
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019

Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, and Greg Cameron, President and CEO, are pleased to announce that Raymond Rodriguez, former Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program at the Joffrey, has been elevated to Academy Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, effective immediately. Rodriquez takes over after three years as Head of Studio Company and Trainees, succeeding former Academy Director Karine Provost.

Joffrey Ballet Welcomes Four New Dancers Photo Joffrey Ballet Welcomes Four New Dancers
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019

Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, is pleased to announce the addition of four dancers to the Joffrey roster for the 2019-2020 season: Joseì Pablo Castro Cuevas (Queretaro, Mexico), Jonathan Dole (Sacramento, California), Hyuma Kiyosawa (Nagano, Japan) and Miu Tanaka (Chiba, Japan). With these new company members, The Joffrey Ballet totals 45 dancers representing 13 countries.

VIDEO: Joffrey Releases Official Trailer for JANE EYRE Photo VIDEO: Joffrey Releases Official Trailer for JANE EYRE
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2019

The Joffrey Ballet opens its 2019-20 season with the Chicago premiere of Cathy Marston's enthralling adaptation of the classic novel, Jane Eyre, presented at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, in 10 performances only, October 16-27, 2019. The 2019-20 season marks the Joffrey's final season at the Auditorium Theatre. The Company moves to the Lyric Opera House with the start of the 2020-2021 season.

Joffrey Ballet Welcomes New Board Chair Anne Kaplan Photo Joffrey Ballet Welcomes New Board Chair Anne Kaplan
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019

Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, and Greg Cameron, President and CEO, of The Joffrey Ballet, are pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Kaplan as Chair of the Joffrey Board of Directors, effective immediately. Kaplan succeeds former Board Chair Zachary Lazar, who concluded a successful six-year term earlier this summer.

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