For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet’s commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company, based since 1995 in Chicago. The work of company founder Robert Joffrey (1930-1988) was first seen at the Pillow in 1952 and 1953 on what were known as Choreographer's Workshop Programs. Pillow director Ted Shawn took a personal interest in promoting Joffrey's career, and presented several return engagements in the 1950s and 60s. The performance seen here marked the company's first Pillow appearance in 47 years, after a pivotal season in 1965 which marked their re-emergence after a complete reorganization. The Joffrey is now under the direction of Ashley Wheater, who was first hired as a Joffrey dancer by co-founder Gerald Arpino in the 1980s.
Dance Title: Son of Chamber Symphony
Choreography: Stanton Welch (2012)
Music: John Adams
Soloists: April Daly and Temur Suluashvili
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