With an extensive and rich history, Joffrey Ballet returns to Dallas after 20 years. Thank you TITAS and the AT&T Performing Arts Center! Known as "America's Company of Firsts", Joffrey Ballet has a long list of credit's to prove its many accomplishments in creating history including the first ballet to perform at the White House, the first ballet to appear on American television and the first and only dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine to name a few.
Founded in 1956, the company currently consists of 42 dancers that tour domestically and internationally as well as having their residence in Chicago. They have had many choreographers work with them including Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor and founders Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nijinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" (Rite of Spring), the Joffrey Ballet will present this classical piece in it's entirety and with the original choreography. With the music composed by Igor Stravinsky, it dates back to 1913 first performed by The Russian Ballet in Paris. After being performed only 8 times the original choreography was changed and nearly lost until the Joffrey Ballet restored it in 1987.
Also in the program is Wheldon's "After the Rain" and Liang's "Age of Innocence". Performances are Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 at Dallas' premier performing arts center, the Winspear Opera House. Tickets can be found HERE. Get there early! There is a 6:45 pre-show discussion with Charles Santos and Joffrey Ballet artistic staff about "Le Sacre du Printemps" (Rite of Spring) to hear the history of this important piece of work.