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Marimekko Designer Teemu Muurimäki on His Collaboration with Tero Saarinen

Choreographer Tero Saarinen always pays strong attention to the design elements in his works, and costuming is no exception. Enter fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki, who designed the wardrobe for Morphed, which will performed at The Joyce Oct 18 – 22. Muurimäki has worked in Paris, Milan and Sydney, designing for major international brands such as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and, most recently, the iconic Finnish design house Marimekko. We sat down with him to learn more about his first collaboration in dance. 

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Conductor Scott Speck on “Romeo & Juliet”

by Laura Diffenderfer

With performances in London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, Scott Speck has inspired international acclaim as a conductor of passion, intelligence and personality. Speck was named Artistic Director of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra in June of 2013, and has been Music Director of the Joffrey Ballet since 2010.

We sat down with Speck to discuss The Joffrey’s upcoming “Romeo & Juliet,” for which he will conduct the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, featuring members of the Chicago Philharmonic, performing Sergei Prokofiev's sweeping score. 

What do you try to bring out in the score of “Romeo & Juliet”?

"Romeo and Juliet" and the Hard Parts of Love

by Ada Calhoun

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A young Ada Calhoun.

Whenever I’m lucky enough to attend a ballet, I find myself remembering how hard I found dancing. As a little girl growing up in New York in the 1980s, I took classes at the Joffrey Ballet at their upstairs studio on Sixth Avenue and Tenth Street. The windows open, trucks barreling up the avenue below, I learned the five positions and did barre exercises in my powder blue leotard until it got difficult. 

It got difficult fast.

“The teacher is tough on you because you’re good,” said my mother, who was a dancer in her childhood. “That’s how ballet works.”

I went with this theory until after some months I began to notice that the teachers were hard on everyone.