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Joffrey Ballet offers rare experience in live stream of Swan Lake rehearsal

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This Thursday, August 21, The Joffrey Ballet will, for the very first time, offer the public a rare, up-close glimpse into its creative process when it streams live a rehearsal of Swan Lake, its first production for the upcoming 2014-15 season. As if this event weren’t special enough, it’s even more exciting because this is the first time The Joffrey Ballet has presented any Swan Lake performance in its almost 60 year history. Join the ballet company in its rehearsal studio via its YouTube channel for this one-day-only opportunity from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as internationally renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon guides the dancers through his re-imagined production of the famous ballet.

The Joffrey Ballet’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater will serve as host and moderator for viewers, introducing Wheeldon and conducting brief interviews with the choreographer and lead dancers during periodic rehearsal breaks.

The Joffrey Ballet’s Swan Lake is a $1.5 million production with opulent costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant, scenic design by Adrianne Lobel and music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wheeldon sets Swan Lake in the 19th century milieu of the Paris Opera Ballet, during the time when Tchaikovsky was actually composing Swan Lake and when Edgar Degas was on the rise. Young boy Siegfried daydreams of escaping rehearsal for the lake while the ensemble prepares for a major opening night gala performance of Swan Lake, thus positioning the story as a ballet within a ballet. The ballerinas and their wealthy patrons serve as the central characters in a re-telling of the classic fantasy about love, jealousy and transformation.

The Joffrey Ballet’s Swan Lake will have its Chicago premiere at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Parkway) October 15-26, 2014. Single tickets ($32-$155) are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (800) 982-2787, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

To learn more about choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, click here. For more information on The Joffrey Ballet and its programs, please visit joffrey.org.

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