Joffrey Ballet Brings Boldness to Winter Program

Tipping Point by Ashley Page. From Left- Lucas Segovia, Amanda Assucena, Yoshihisa Arai Photo by Quinn Wharton.
Tipping Point by Ashley Page. From Left- Lucas Segovia, Amanda Assucena, Yoshihisa Arai Photo by Quinn Wharton.

The Joffrey Ballet is adopting a contemporary flair for its winter engagement. The show, Bold Moves, takes place at the Auditorium Theatre and features three contemporary ballets, anchored by the premiere of Tipping Point by British choreographer Ashley Page.

“The Bold Moves program springs from the marriage of music and movement,” said Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. “By combing dynamic live music with compelling contemporary choreography, each piece delivers a dramatic punch.”

Page spent 27 years as a dancer and choreographer for London’s Royal Ballet and as director of the Scottish Ballet. Page now works on commissioned pieces for companies across the globe.

His 12-dancer piece for Joffrey explores human behavior through an abstract lens.

I was able to attend a recent rehearsal of Tipping Point. Page’s work is dynamic and engaging, without being too busy or overwrought. It contained exquisite and intricate partnering work, full of power, elegance and emotion. I’m excited to see how this work translates to the stage.

Page set his piece to Thomas Adès’ energetic and compelling violin concerto, Concentric Paths. The dancing rises and falls along with the music’s dramatic turns.

Alongside Page’s piece, the show features Joffrey favorites RAkU by Yuri Possokhov and Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land, accompanied lived by the Chicago Philharmonic orchestra.

Joffrey premiered RAkU in September 2014. The ballet follows a Japanese emperor, his wife and jealous monk, choreographed by Possokhov, the San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer.

Forgotten Land is a 1981 ballet inspired by a painting of women staring at the sea by Edvard Munch, a Norwegian expressionist. Joffrey first performed the piece in 2014.

“We’re proud to begin the second half of our 60th anniversary season with this emotionally-charged program,” Wheater said. “With masterpieces by Jiří Kylián and Yuri Possokhov and a world premiere by Ashley Page, this program offers dancing as bold as the music which inspired it.”

The show runs February 10-21. Tickets run from $32 to $155 and can be purchased at The Joffrey Ballet box office, the Auditorium Theatre box office, by phone at 800-982-2787 or online.

Miriam Finder Annenberg
Miriam Finder Annenberg
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