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World's Tallest Ballet Dancer Wasn't Going To Let Height Stunt His Dreams

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts

When one talks to Fabrice Calmels, a veteran principal dancer at Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, it’s hard to believe he was ever anything but completel...

The Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic Set the Auditorium Theatre Ablaze in Swan Lake

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.20.2014 | Chicago
Carla Escoda

Wheeldon's is hardly the first, nor the most radical, revision of Swan Lake. Yet purists may object to his elimination of the court scenes and the bracing folk dances that add a more respectable character to Act III than the striptease and the can-can.

Conducting Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Tchaikovsky was the essence of the Russian Romantic era. He wore his heart on his sleeve, and his unforgettable melodies are full of the most honest expression.

The Joffrey Ballet Soars in Ambitious Triple Bill: Stories in Motion

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The Joffrey Ballet's extraordinary mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this past weekend: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet.

Joffrey Triumphs with La Bayadere

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Welch's choreography is both brilliant and difficult with demanding lifts, whiplash turns and unexpected combinations. In the first act, the dance for the four men was especially impressive, but the group dancing was also a joy to watch.

Music, Ballet and the Russian Masters

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Today we have conductor Scott Speck with us to talk about the music for the Joffrey's upcoming Russian Masters program. The company will perform Nijinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps," or "The Rite of Spring," with music by Stravinsky.

LaQuan Smith Designs For The Joffery Ballet

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Black Voices

LaQuan Smith's daring and exquisitely tailored designs have been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Tyra Banks and Alicia Keys, to name a few. B...

The Possibilities of the Art: Ashley Wheater and Jazz at the Joffrey

Johnny Nevin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

2013-02-19-NEVINPULL.JPGThe more dramatic the movement, the harder it is to stay balanced; the higher the leap, the more difficult it is to land it gracefully. Those may sound like universal principles of motion, but you'd never know it from watching Ashley Wheater move.

Dance Artist Portraits in my Natural Light Studio at Jacob's Pillow

Christopher Duggan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

Kassandra Cruz and Alonso Guzman I had been dreaming for a few seasons about making portraits of the incredible dancers, choreographers and artists ...

Once Wild, Now Beloved: The Rite of Spring Is Back

Edward Goldman | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Exactly one hundred years ago, a riot broke out among the Parisian sophisticates attending the premiere performance by the Ballets Russes of Le Sacre du printemps, otherwise known as The Rite of Spring..

Lifetime Network's Trick or Treat: Abby Lee Miller's Dance Teacher Disguise

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 12.26.2012 | TV
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

I can only hope that Abby Lee Miller's oft said phrase, "Everyone's replaceable," applies quickly to her. Viewers have been tricked for too long into believing that watching kids getting eaten alive is a treat.

Joffrey Ballet's 'Human Landscapes' Program Connects

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The contrast of effortless beauty and diligent work is explored throughout this piece -- both concepts dear to the very heart of ballet as an art form.

Music and Dance in Real Time: The Joffrey Ballet's Scott Speck

Johnny Nevin | Posted 12.16.2012 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

As Scott Speck describes the complex process of preparing for such a performance, it becomes more and more clear that the luxurious and powerful sound of a symphony orchestra is only the beginning of the story.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival: Then and Now

Christopher Duggan | Posted 12.08.2012 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

When the From the Horse's Mouth program was presented this summer, taking advantage of the connection to Ted Shawn's Men Dancers was a no-brainer.

Donna's Cancer Story: Whiplash

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.29.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you are new to treatment, you turn away from the sobbing, wailing parents in the halls because their pain is too close, too scary and too unbearable. It is their pain, not your pain, and you don't want to be near it. Until it is your turn and it becomes your pain.

Claudia Folts: Tutu Nation's Pied Piper

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 11.13.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

"Tutus are every girl's dream at sometime in her life. I like the idea that Tutu.Com has a hand in making those dreams come true."

Photographing the Joffrey Ballet

Christopher Duggan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

2012-09-04-Screenshot20120904at5.45.38PM.jpgIt's always exciting to photograph a world premiere.

Michael Uthoff: Life of an Artist

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 07.09.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Michael Uthoff is an artist and the son of artists. He is a dancer and a choreographer, an artistic director and administrator and above all, Michael Uthoff is a teacher.

The Choreography of Understanding: Edwaard Liang and Age of Innocence

Johnny Nevin | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home
Johnny Nevin

2012-05-01-20120428AgeofInnocenceCompany1photobyHerbertMigdoll_hp.jpg When the Joffrey Ballet performs Liang's Age of Innocence this month, their audience will see the return of a powerful and profound work, presented with richly-woven precision.

Celebrating the Joffrey Ballet

George Heymont | Posted 05.29.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

2012-03-29-Screenshot20120329at10.10.20AM.jpgBallet fans will want to get their hands on Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, a thrilling new documentary.

Joffrey Lockout: Contract Dispute May Derail Ballet Company's Season

Posted 09.04.2011 | Chicago

Dance fans anxiously awaiting this fall's start of the new Joffrey Ballet season, which includes a new interpretation of the classic "Don Quixote," mi...

The Joffrey Ballet Opens This Week

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet is one of the most recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world, so when it names it'...

Cinderella as a Box Office Sweep for the Joffrey Ballet?

Donna Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Donna Perlmutter

What did this extraordinary company do at the Music Center Pavilion? You guessed right: it put away one-act connoisseur feasts and brought out the bread and butter: Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella

Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino Dies

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Gerald Arpino, who co-founded the Joffrey Ballet and oversaw its move from New York to Chicago, has died. He was 85. Ballet spokeswom...