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Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway Chicago, IL 60605
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from Scott
13 events 7 reviews

The event was mostly modern dance with classical ballet movements. It was entertaining but not thrilling. I'm glad I went, my wife who is a dancer loved it.

reviewed May 13 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Joan Graburn
15 events 7 reviews

This performance made me realize that I should attend more Joffrey performances. "Twas wonderful! jg

reviewed May 14 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Karen
15 events 6 reviews

Was a delightful presentation of new and refreshing ballets works. It was very strenuous yet beautiful and magical. Costuming and sets were great. The double piano accompaniment in second act was fabulous.

reviewed May 12 2011 report as inappropriate
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A former soloist for New York City Ballet, Liang’s first work for the Joffrey, The Age of Innocence, premiered in the fall of 2008 and was met with critical and audience acclaim. His theatrical work combines athletic prowess with contemporary sophistication and sensuality.  His new work for the Joffrey, titled Woven Dreams, is an abstract ballet inspired by dreams and the idea of a collective consciousness.  Using the musical common thread of strings and pizzicato, Liang weaves together seven different movements with music by four different composers, including Benjamin Britten, Michael Galasso, Henryk Górecki and Maurice Ravel, to create a journey through different dreamscapes that explore the visceral difference between dreaming and waking.

Possokhov, a former dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and a principal dancer and choreographer for the San Francisco Ballet, has made a name for himself as an austere and charismatic dancer and a bold, innovative choreographer.  Possokhov’s new ballet for the Joffrey is called Bells and is set to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.  Over the course of five movements, combining tender pas de deux, sweeping adagios and a powerful men’s section, Possokhov’s choreography plays off the bell-like tolling of the piano in Rachmaninoff’s opening movement and the lyrical freedom throughout the score to create a sense of romantic expressionism amid technical precision.

Rounding out the bill will be the company premiere of Adam’s Night, originally premiered by the San Francisco Ballet in 2000. Inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall and set to the music of “Night Grooves,” commissioned by composer Matthew Pierce, Adam’s work follows a woman through her dreams and nightmares over the course of a night.  Using the ebb and flow of energy and imagery common to dream life, Adam uses contemporary movement, both sharp and smooth, to embody the odd combination of memories, emotions and ideas that populate a dreamer’s fluid, fantastical world.

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