Scene: A blustery, freezing February night in Chicago. As we approach the Civic Opera House, a cluster of protestors come into focus. They’re holding aloft bloodied ballerina soft sculptures, signs that sport slogans like “supporting ‘great Russian culture’ is supporting the war,” and large-scale images of Oleksandr Shapoval, a Ukrainian ballet dancer and teacher who […]
Two years into this pestilence, the misery of war, the disappointment of mankind day after day weighing down desperate minds, with a future certain of nothing but social and planetary destruction, do we not long for a reprieve? As the nobleman Alonso Quijano sought glory in the guise of the knight Don Quixote, as a […]
The evening begins with Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk’s melancholy Melody meandering through the auditorium, a haunting tune that invites contemplation. Curtain down, panels bordering the stage lit in blue and yellow, vines rise in relief where pillars would seem to stand: a ruin retaken by foliage or a reminder of the interdependence of nature and […]
Victoria Jaiani’s performance as Odette and Odile deserves better.
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.
The Joffrey’s Romeo and Juliet, which opens tonight, features real-life couple Jeraldine Mendoza and Dylan Gutierrez in the title roles.
What’s it say when the Cubs are more fun to watch than the Joffrey?