Double Michaels! Triple threats! Joe Jackson’s aggression! MJ the Musical titillates in a new touring production of the Broadway hit navigating the chaotic life of King of Pop Michael Jackson, highlighting the challenges public and private during his 1992-93 Dangerous world tour. The Pepsi-Cola-sponsored global event went on to gross $140 million for Jackson’s Heal […]
Year after year the critic comes, that unkind aunt who wasn’t quite invited to the house spoiling Christmas for the children by pointing out that The Nutcracker is, like most American traditions, not as old and established as it purports to be and problematic where it comes to gender and race to boot. This year, […]
Electric performances heat up a Joffrey program that could use more coherence.
Christopher Wheeldon’s World’s Fair magic makes its last appearance at the Auditorium.
The company’s shoe manager tells us what it takes to keep the company on its toes.
But a program of Stravinsky, Ravel, and Rossini at Symphony Center shows neither to its best advantage.
The most memorable dances, unfortunately, are the most offensive.
Victoria Jaiani’s performance as Odette and Odile deserves better.
The Joffrey’s 2016, $4 million commissioned production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker returns to the Auditorium for another season. As spectacle, there is surely no more lavish rendition of the holiday classic. Set in Chicago around the time of the Columbian Exposition, the production includes Polish folk dances to a thinned-out, brassier arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s score in Act […]
The choreographer celebrates ten years as artistic director of the dance company. What might the next decade have in store?
A “queer as f**k riot grrrl musical” and Chicago Dance Crash’s latest story-length hip-hop showcase are among this week’s best bets.
The program also includes exquisite works by Christopher Wheeldon (Fool’s Paradise) and Wayne McGregor (Infra).
Set to Sufjan Stevens, the dancer-choreographer’s Year of the Rabbit lives up to the program’s title.
Christopher Wheeldon’s update of the classic puts class consciousness at the forefront, to illuminating effect.
Christopher Wheeldon’s $4 million production grounds the fantasy in working-class life.