Swan Lake Returns to Open The Joffrey’s 18'-19' Season!
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The Joffrey Ballet opens 2018-2019 with the much-anticipated return of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake, which became an audience-favorite when it premiered in Chicago in 2014. Danced to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score and performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic, Swan Lake is presented at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway in 10 performances only, October 17–28, 2018. A ballet in four acts, Wheeldon’s modern re-telling transports one of ballet’s most famous works to the studios of the Paris Opera during the 19th century, the same era Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake in Moscow and when a young impressionist named Edgar Degas was on the rise in Paris. The story begins as the dancers of the world’s most famed ballet company prepare for opening night. Inspired by the paintings of Degas, this opulent production follows Siegfried, a leading dancer who falls in love with his beautiful partner. When a wicked arts patron threatens to spoil their love, Siegfried is thrust into a world of mystery and wonder, as the line between reality and fantasy suddenly blurs together in unexpected ways. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, with lavish costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant and scenic design by Adrianne Lobel, Wheeldon’s “ballet within a ballet” brings to life Paris’ bohemian fervor of the era while staying true to the classical elements of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa’s original choreography. Throughout the production, Wheeldon plays with themes of fantasy, illusion and transformation, juxtaposing both time, setting and characters to reveal a new way to see this classic fairytale ballet. Swan Lake features live music performed by the Chicago Philharmonic, conducted by Scott Speck, Music Director of The Joffrey Ballet.