Joffrey Ballet

The Chicago Philharmonic is proud to be the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet

2017-2018 Joffrey Ballet Season Performances:

Photo of Ansa Deguchi of Oregon Ballet Theatre by Blaine Truitt Covert


October 18 – 29, 2017

Staged by: Lola de Ávila
Music: Adolphe Adam

A sweeping tale of passion beyond the grave, de Ávila’s visionary Giselle elevates one of the greatest Romantic ballets to new heights. When a young peasant girl discovers her lover is betrothed to another, she dies of grief, only to be enlisted by the vengeful Wilis, a ghostly army of maidens who haunt the forests, dancing to death any male mortal who crosses their path.  When her beloved wanders into their grasp, Giselle carries out the ultimate act of love to free him from his fate. An ethereal descent into madness, desire, and sublime beauty that will leave you breathless.

The Nutcracker

December 1 – 30, 2017

Choreographer: © Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Journey inside Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair with Wheeldon’s critically acclaimed holiday masterpiece. When young Marie and her mother, a sculptress who is creating the fair’s iconic Statue of the Republic, host a holiday party, a surprise visit from the charming Great Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. A must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.

Photo of Carla Körbes and Batkhurel Bold of Pacific Northwest Ballet by Angela Sterling.

Modern Masters

February 7 – 18, 2018

The Four Temperaments
Choreographer: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Paul Hindemith

One of Balanchine’s earliest experimental works, The Four Temperaments fuses classical steps with a lean, angular style. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament.

Body of Your Dreams
Choreographer: Myles Thatcher
Music: Jacob ter Veldhuis

A madcap play on fitness crazes, this inventive piece brings wit and whimsy to our obsession with physical perfection.

World Premiere
Choreographer: Nicolas Blanc
Music: Mason Bates

Joffrey Ballet Master Blanc transports us through five mesmerizing worlds amid Bates’ lush orchestral and electronic soundscape.

Glass Pieces
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Music: Philip Glass

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Robbins’ birthday, Glass Pieces is a tour de force from pioneer Robbins and minimalist composer Philip Glass. This electrifying work marries artistry and athleticism to echo the pulse of 1980s metropolitan America. Hailed by the New York Times as “landmark Robbins.”

Photo of Royal Swedish Opera by Hans Nilsson.

Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 25 – May 6, 2018

Choreographer: Alexander Ekman
Music: Mikael Karlsson

This is not Shakespeare’s midsummer. Swedish trailblazer Ekman astounds with this ode to the longest day of the year. Delight in joyful abandon and romance under the Scandinavian sun as dancers celebrate and let their imaginations run wild. A tour de force that took Stockholm by storm.


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