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Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway Chicago, IL 60605
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 43 members
Review from shobfoll
Red Velvet 39 events 5 reviews

I have seldom seen such a powerful and impassioned performance. If you have a partner who is ballet-shy and doubtful of the medium, this would be a great one to initiate them into what ballet could be. Beautiful women and men, dancing...continued

reviewed Oct 23 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Herr Vic
329 events 68 reviews

Really beautiful in every way -- very dramatic. Superb music and dancing. Bravo! Bravo!

reviewed Oct 17 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Candace M.
52 events 45 reviews

The dancers were excellent, you could see and feel their emotions through the expression of their movements. Othello's anguish in Act 3 was unbelievable. The last erotically charged dance between Othello and Desdemona was fabulous. Music was...continued

reviewed Oct 24 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from LeeZee
62 events 30 reviews

POWERFUL! Dance can tell the whole story when choreographed fearlessly to evocative music performed live. The scenery helped set the mood without being intrusive and the costumes gorgeously helped set the time period. Bravura performances by all...continued

reviewed Oct 17 2009 report as inappropriate
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“As Othello, Fabrice Calmels is glorying in the part of a lifetime, his swift abilities and magnificent presence part of a performance that’s electric, heartbreaking and unforgettable.” —_Chicago Tribune _(See the full review.)
“In his enthralling, boldly original Othello, choreographer Lar Lubovitch proves himself a true master of such words-into-motion ‘translation,’ weaving this classic tale of love and all-devouring jealousy in the most fluid and audacious dance terms. Lubovitch also banishes the need for the mime and stilted gestures that make even the most otherwise modern story ballets feel oh-so-19th century.” And, “Elliot Goldenthal’s lushly burnished score (with echoes of Prokofiev and Shostakovich, plus subtle riffs of jazz) is vividly played by the Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Scott Speck.” —Chicago Sun-Times (Read the full review.)


Choreography by Lar Lubovitch

Music by Elliot Goldenthal

The Joffrey premiere of Lar Lubovitch’s full length ballet! Chicago-born Lubovitch brings his rhapsodic interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale of passion, jealousy, ambition, and betrayal. _Othello _is beautifully told through Lubovitch’s expressive language of contemporary choreography. The ballet is heightened through the powerful score by Academy Award winner, Elliot Goldenthal and has incredible scenery projected on stage with a set made from shattered glass. _Othello _received a fifteen minute standing ovation when performed in Paris. You won’t want to miss it!

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