Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-10-22
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Gay in the Life: Justin Romme Gay in the Life: Justin Romme
Justin Romme has been living a wild roller-coaster ride over the past ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

Joffrey's Mauro Villanueva comes full circle
DANCIN' FEATS
by Vicki Crain
2013-04-10

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


"I just think it's time," he said. After 13 seasons dancing with the Joffrey Ballet, Mauro Villanueva, 31, has decided to leave the company. "I've always wanted, in a selfish way, to go out on top. I feel like I'm doing pretty well dancing-wise, so why not go out leaving people talking and wanting more."

At the end of a jam-packed season, in which the dancers haven't had a two-day weekend since going back into rehearsals in January, company life comes at a price. "It's hard," he said. "I'm kind of over the month-long tours. Now I get to choose what I want to do. There's an independence that I needed to gain instead of being told what to do."

Don't worry; he's not retiring from dancing or leaving his Lakeview neighborhood home. First thing post-Joffrey, he will be dancing as a guest artist at a gala in Philadelphia in early June with Joffrey ballerina Christine Rocas. He plans to audition for work around Chicago, looking for "a different approach to dance and movement."

Villanueva grew up in San Antonio, Texas, the son of a German/Spanish mother and Spanish father. After seeing the Houston Ballet perform The Nutcracker at age six, he decided he wanted to be a dancer. He studied locally with Shawn Knife (still a family friend) and attended the University of the Incarnate Word, a private Catholic university, where he met teachers Buddy and Susan Trevino. The Trevinos, a husband and wife team, helped Robert Joffrey set up the Joffrey Summer Program in San Antonio.

"That was my very first connection with the Joffrey," Villanueva said. That same summer program, where he has attended in the professional study program and served as a teacher for the last three years, is now in its 35th year. The Trevinos are looking to retire and are handing the program over to him. "Isn't that amazing," he said. "That's the next big thing. They are going to do this summer, then I'll work with Susan for a year really getting the ins and outs of the program." Full circle.

Another full-circle moment came recently when he performed Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence and a reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) for his hometown crowd on the company's last tour. "It was really cool," he said. "A lot of people got to see me dance." Back in Chicago, he's now in rehearsals to reprise the role of Iago in Lar Lubovitch's Othello (April 24-May 5).

Some of the highlights of his career at Joffrey include dancing the roles of the Prince in Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella and Prince Albrecht in Giselle, as well as performing in Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden and Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land. But one particular performance stands out. In May 2010, Villanueva had the honor of dancing with fellow Joffrey dancer and dear friend Suzanne Lopez in her final performance with the company. "In the beginning, I just appreciated the senior dancers in the company," he said. "Watching Maia [Wilkins], Calvin [Kitten] and Suzanne, those were big moments for me, because I felt like I learned how to be a professional from them, how to be an artist. Later on, to dance alongside them was a huge accomplishment. The fact that I was able to dance with Suzanne at her retirement performance was a moment in my personal history that will always stand out. It was such a pleasure."

He also met his partner, David Gombert, while dancing with the Joffrey. They will celebrate their 12th anniversary later this month. "We were such kids when we started," said Villanueva. "It just kind of happened, as young romance does. I don't know how or why, but we clicked and that was that. He makes me laugh. I think that's what I need most in my life. I tend to be a very serious and methodical person. He makes me chill out and go with the flow."

Joffrey Ballet presents Lar Lubovitch's Othello with live music from The Chicago Philharmonic at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Wed., April 24 through Sunday, May 5. Performance times vary. Tickets are $31-$152; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com . Pre-show Meet the Artists discussions on Saturday, April 27; Thursday, May 2; and Saturday, May 4.

Also in April:

The Seldoms mixes things up by having the dancers create the dances in "Mix With Six" at Links Hall/Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15; call 773-281-0824 or visit www.mixwithsixlh.eventbrite.com

The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble presents the Chicago premiere of "Motown in Motion" at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.AuditoriumTheatre.org .

In here, we are whole: an evening of dances features choreography by local artists Francesca Bourgault, Ashley Deran, Lauren Warnecke and Jessie Young at the new Links Hall/Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., Friday-Saturday, April 19-20, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10-$20; call 773-281-0824 or visit www.eventbrite.com .


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

DANCIN' FEATS Heidi Latsky dancer reinvents himself--twice 2014-10-08
Black Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award honors Joel Hall 2014-10-07
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Broadway legend returns to town 2014-09-24
HBHC ready to dance at Garden of Eve Pride XL 2014-09-18
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: AND YOU CAN DANCE, FOR INSPIRATION 2014-09-17
FALL THEATER SPECIAL Cornucopia of dance headed Chicago's way 2014-09-17
DANCIN' FEATS Singer Rachael Sage featured on 'Dance Moms' 2014-09-10
DANCE Francisco AviƱa's one-man show is about 'A.r.T.' 2014-08-19
Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 20-23 2014-08-19
Dance for Life stuns audience and breaks records 2014-08-19
The Joffrey Ballet celebrates 20th anniversary season 2014-08-13
Chicago's leading directors weigh in on Dance for Life 2014-08-13
Dance for Life on Aug. 16 2014-07-30
LeAnn Rimes releasing dance remix CD Aug. 5 2014-07-30
Obama honors Bill T. Jones with arts medal 2014-07-30
GLSEN calls for further guidance on gender identity protections 2014-07-27
Lambda: Stop HIV-based prosecutions due to DOJ guidance 2014-07-27
DANCIN' FEATS Kristina Isabelle: Chicago's dance darling 2014-07-09
Dance for Life on Aug. 16 2014-07-02
Dance for Life mid-August 2014-06-25
Hough tour in Chicago July 11 2014-06-24
By Women For Women dance at the Center 2014-06-15
Women's dance at Center June 14 2014-06-11
DANCIN' FEATS Catching up with Zachary Whittenburg 2014-06-11
Joel Hall Dancers, Center in dire financial situation 2014-06-08
Hubbard Street ball honors Baryshnikov 2014-06-04
Dance for Life: Top dance troupes raise funds for HIV/AIDS 2014-06-04
Queer Contra Dance Pride dance June 7 2014-06-04
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: DEEP IN DANCE 2014-05-28
SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT: Dance will match summer's heat 2014-05-28
DANCIN' FEATS Matthew Adamczyk: Joffrey's dancing painter 2014-05-07
Windy City Burlesque Fest June 18 - 21 2014-04-30
LGBT advocates commend new VAWA non-discrimination guidance 2014-04-24
CCC brings back two Chicago-born LGBTQ hits 2014-04-23
DANCIN' FEATS Trey McIntyre Project's last dance 2014-04-16
Spotlight: The Dance of Death 2014-04-16
Joffrey to premiere 'Romeo & Juliet' 2014-04-16
Proposal marks Dance of the Western Suburbs 2014-04-16
Violence Against Women office issues LGBTQ guidance 2014-04-09
Queer Contra Dance Chicago on April 3 2014-04-02





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Aon, KPMG hold pro-LGBT event
 
ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Election Guide Charts
 
Gay in the Life: Justin Romme
 
Sophia Bush on 'Chicago P.D.' and being an LGBT ally
 
BENT NIGHTS Xina Xurner;'Shame That Tune'; Asgeir
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.