The Joffrey Ballet will make its triumphant return to New York City this spring with The Joyce’s presentation of Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet at Lincoln Center.
The Joyce’s Annual Gala will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 and feature The Joffrey in a one night only program with works by three esteemed choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Fool’s Paradise, Yuri Possokhov’s Bells, and Myles Thatcher’s Body of Your Dreams promise to showcase the artistic scope of this beloved company.
Following the performance, an elegant dinner will take place on the promenade of the David H. Koch Theater, during which The Joyce will honor Joffrey Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, and Joffrey Board Member, Pamella Roland DeVos for their contributions to the dance world.
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Body of Your Dreams – a Joffrey premiere - is a tongue-in-cheek take on fitness and body image created by San Francisco Ballet dancer Myles Thatcher as part of the 2014–2015 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Thatcher creates ballets that resonate with feeling and atmosphere. SF Gate says “there’s a fearlessness to Thatcher’s own eye-catching and dynamic choreography.”
Bells, Yuri Possokhov’s first choreographed work for The Joffrey Ballet, premiered in Chicago on May 4, 2011. Set to seven piano compositions (one repeated at the end) by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Bells “mixes classic form with seething intensity…Possokhov embraces an often exhilarating tradition only to tease and tickle it whenever the mood strikes” (Chicago Tribune). Possokhov offers this quote from W.H. Auden: “Each lover has a theory of his own, about the difference between the ache of being with his love and being alone.”
Fool’s Paradise blends classical technique with a modern sensibility in choreography of great beauty. Bathed in warm light, the dancers move through solos, duets and trios, occasionally settling into still, sculptural tableaux. The work contains a moving pas de deux and builds to a spectacular arrangement for the whole ensemble, as gold petals shower down on the stage.
Major support for The Joyce’s presenting initiative at Lincoln Center provided by the Ford Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Pasculano Foundation.