Joffrey Ballet announces 2017-18 season

The Joffrey Ballet has announced its 2017-18 season, including a world premiere by Joffrey ballet master Nicolas Blanc and Alexander Ekman's "Midsummer Night’s Dream."

Beginning the company's 62nd season is Lola de Avila’s ghostly romance "Giselle" (Oct. 18-29), set to composer Adolphe Adam’s original score.

Returning for the holidays is "The Nutcracker" (Dec. 1-30), Christopher Wheeldon's Columbian Exposition-take on Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic.

The winter program, titled "Modern Masters" (Feb. 7-18, 2018), features a mixed repertoire of four works: a new work by Blanc, "Kammermusik No. 2" by George Balanchine, "Body of Your Dreams" by Myles Thatcher and "Glass Pieces" by Jerome Robbins, just in time for the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Closing out the season is Ekman’s "Midsummer Night’s Dream" (April 25-May 6, 2018), which made its world premiere with The Royal Swedish Ballet in 2015.

As previously announced, The Joffrey will also collaborate in the fall with Lyric Opera of Chicago on a world premiere production of Gluck's "Orphee et Eurydice," directed and choreographed by The Hamburg Ballet's director and chief choreographer John Neumeier.  The production runs Sept. 23-Oct. 15 at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr.

All performances feature live music performed by the Chicago Philharmonic, conducted by Joffrey music director Scott Speck.  The Joffrey performs at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.





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