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The Joffrey Ballet kicks off its 20th anniversary season in Chicago

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The Joffrey Ballet celebrates 20 years in Chicago with its 2014-15 season starting with Stories in Motion (September 18-21) performed at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on 50 East Congress Parkway.

“With Stories in Motion, the Joffrey Ballet explores the ways by which stories are told with physical movement and music,” explains Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. “We tend to think of only full-length ballets as our narrative food, so I wanted to focus on telling a complete story in a very short space of time. We present three very distinct narrative works and hope to show that the language of dance is as expressive and nuanced as the spoken or written word. As with all great stories, human nature is the source of these ballets. Emotions are rendered through movement without words…love, longing, passion, jealousy, sorrow, revenge and forgiveness.”

The season also features George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. The piece, which has not been performed by the Joffrey in 15 years, includes Wheater in a rare dance appearance.

Lilac Garden returns this season. Set to Ernest Chausson’s Poeme for violin and orchestra, the Victorian melodrama choreographed by Antony Tudor premiered in 1936.

San Francisco Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov introduces RAkU to Chicago. Set to music by Shinji Eshima, this contemporary ballet is a premiere for both the city and the Joffrey.

Tickets ($32 to $155) are available at the Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office at Joffrey Tower on 10 E. Randolph Street in Chicago; by telephone at 800-982-2787; or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information, visit www.joffrey.org.

Season sponsors and partners include Alphawood Foundation Chicago; The Anne and Burt Kaplan Fund of the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation; NIB Foundation; United Airlines, Official Airline; AthletiCo, Official Provider of Physical Therapy; JW Marriott, Official Hotel; and Season Partner, Chicago Athletics Clubs.

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