Dec. 13, 2019 ( Chicago ) — For its winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents The Times Are Racing, a mixed repertory program featuring choreography from four of the most influential artists working today, including the Chicago premiere of Justin Peck's 2017 ballet for which the program gets its name, two pieces by Israeli choreographer and former Batsheva Dance Company member Itzik Galili, a Christopher Wheeldon classic, and a new work from Chicago's Stephanie Martinez, 2015 winner of the Joffrey's Winning Works choreographic competition. The Times Are Racing is presented in ten performances only, Feb. 12-23 at the Auditorium Theatre.
Created in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ballet Russes,Christopher Wheeldon's Commedia takes inspiration from Igor Stravinsky's "Pulcinella Suite"originally composed in 1920 for a ballet that featured harlequinade costumes by Pablo Picasso. Commedia 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.
Wiggling hips, break-neck twists and turns, and feats of grand athleticism make up Itzik Galili's Mono Lisa. Galili's dynamic and seductive spin on the classical pas de deux evokes a daring game of cat and mouse, set to original music inspired by the clapping sound of typewriters.
Award-winning choreographer Stephanie Martinez shares her newest work, Bliss!, set to Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, one of only two chamber concertos composed by Stravinsky. A Chicago favorite, Martinez presents her first work for the Joffrey mainstage.
Galili's Chicago premiere of The Sofa features a nuanced trio that 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 Tom Waits adds emotional depth to this comical take on gender, sexuality, and relationships.
Fresh off his Tony win for Broadway's Carousel ( Best Choreography ), Justin Peck's Chicago premiere of The Times Are Racing is a "sneaker ballet" for 20 dancers that channels the power of protest. Danced to the last four tracks of Dan 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.
Single tickets are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, by telephone at 312.386.8905, or online at Joffrey.org .
The Joffrey Ballet gives special thanks to Bliss! Production Sponsor the Shea Family Foundation in loving memory of Joanne Sevcik Shea. The Joffrey extends its gratitude toThe Times Are Racing Production Sponsor Jane Ellen Murray Foundation. Additional support for Bliss! provided by Elizabeth Yntema in honor of women in leadership in dance.
The Joffrey Ballet is grateful for the support of its 2019-2020 Season Sponsors: Abbott Fund, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, Sonia Florian, and Live Music Sponsors Sandy and Roger Deromedi, Sage Foundation, and The Marina and Arnold Tatar Fund for Live Music. The Joffrey also acknowledges our Preferred Partners Chicago Athletic Clubs and Athletico Physical Therapy, official provider of physical therapy for The Joffrey Ballet.
For more information on The Joffrey Ballet and its programs, please visit joffrey.org .