Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon | Music: Igor Stravinsky
Created in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ballet Russes, Commedia takes inspiration from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite—originally composed in 1920 for a ballet that featured harlequinade costumes by Pablo Picasso. Wheeldon’s “elegant piece, beautifully jointed and crafted …” (The Guardian) returns for an encore presentation following its Chicago debut in the spring of 2019, in a collaboration between the Joffrey and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about Christopher Wheeldon here.
Choreography: Itzik Galili | Music: Thomas Höfs
Wiggling hips. Break-neck twists and turns. Feats of grand athleticism. Galili’s dynamic and seductive spin on the classical pas de deux evokes a daring game of cat and mouse, set to original music based on the clapping sound of typewriters. Learn more about Galili here.
Choreography: Stephanie Martinez | Music: Igor Stravinsky
Award-winning choreographer Martinez shares her newest work, set to Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, one of only two chamber concertos composed by Stravinsky. A Chicago favorite, Martinez is set to premiere her first work for the Joffrey mainstage during the 2019-2020 season. Learn more about Martinez here.
Choreography: Itzik Galili | Music: Tom Waits
A “broad, physical comedy” (CriticalDance), this nuanced trio from Galili takes shape as a love triangle run amok, with a set design that consists of a single piece of vinyl-covered furniture. Music by Grammy Award-winner Waits adds emotional depth to this comical take on gender, sexuality, and relationships.
The Times Are Racing
Choreography: Justin Peck | Music: Dan Deacon
Fresh off his Tony win for Broadway’s Carousel (Best Choreography), Peck brings one of his most “arresting and complex” (New York Times) works to Chicago for the first time. A “sneaker ballet” for 20 dancers, The Times Are Racing channels the power of protest. Danced to the last four tracks of Deacon’s expansive 2012 album, America, with lighting by Peck collaborator Brandon Stirling Baker and streetwear designed by Opening Ceremony, this expressive ballet speaks to the times. Learn more about Peck here.