Joffrey celebrates 25 years in Chicago with their historic move to the Lyric Opera House in the fall. Today, they shared a detailed press release outlining the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Longtime fans of the dance company should be excited for the many premieres that are coming soon. Joffrey Premieres Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon on October 14-25, 2020 and Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker enjoys its five-year anniversary with a run from December 5-27, 2020. A mixed program featuring the World Premiere of Cathy Marston’s Of Mice and Men and the Joffrey Premiere of George Balanchine’s Serenade runs from February 17-28, 2021. The season will wrap up with the Chicago Premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid on April 21- May 2, 2021.
Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director and Greg Cameron, President and CEO of the Joffrey recently made some interesting comments about their upcoming season.
Ashley Wheater: “It gives me great joy to begin a milestone year at the Joffrey with productions that I have wanted to bring to Chicago for a long time. I am thrilled to begin our season with Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, a true work of genius, and conclude it with John Neumeier’s beautiful The Little Mermaid, two of the largest productions the Joffrey has ever mounted. I am also pleased to welcome back Cathy Marston for a world premiere performance based on a powerful American story, and to present a Joffrey debut with a work by George Balanchine—a giant of the art form. We also celebrate five years of Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker, which has brought so much joy to the Joffrey and Chicago. We look forward to a spectacular season in our new home at Lyric Opera House.”
Greg Cameron: “We are excited to begin our partnership at Lyric while celebrating a quarter-century in our home city, a point of great pride for all of us. There is limitless opportunity that will take us to a new level of artistic excellence, and with Ashley’s artistic vision at the helm, we will exceed the expectations of our audiences, students, and the Chicago community. This new business model places Joffrey, Lyric, and the City of Chicago in a position of leadership across the cultural landscape. As a result, we collectively heighten our commitment to enriching people’s lives through art, education, and engagement.”
Besides the magical Nutcracker, the 25th anniversary also highlights some of Joffrey’s greatest accomplishments like the 2009 establishment of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, which birthed Winning Works. “The establishment of the Joffrey Community Engagement programs, now with 93 programs in 58 Chicago Public Schools.” The very first time the Joffrey brought original choreography, designs, and a commissioned score to the stage was with Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina.
Congratulations to the Joffrey Ballet!
*A Special Thanks to The Joffrey Ballet and The Silverman Group for the press release.*