by Catherine L. Tully
The Joffrey Ballet opens its Bold Moves program Wednesday, February 10th at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre with one world premiere and two audience favorites. The evening will feature live music from The Chicago Philharmonic, with Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck at the helm.
Jirí Kylián’s Forgotten Land is the opening piece, set for 12 dancers, with music by English composer Benjamin Britten. Last performed by the company in 2012, this well-received ballet was inspired by an Edvard Munch painting of women staring at the sea from the beach. The choreography does indeed evoke water, its many lifts and swirling motions resembling the ebb and flow of waves.
Preview of world premiere:
Another work for 12 dancers, Ashley Page’s world premiere, Tipping Point, is the next item on the program. This piece is centered around the music, Thomas Adès’ violin concerto Concentric Paths. An award-winning choreographer, Page has a strong background in ballet, but this abstract piece focuses on highlighting human behaviors that are illuminated by the shifting tensions of the score. Take a closer look at how Page came to work with Joffrey in this post on Art Intercepts.
RAkU is the final piece in the Bold Moves program, and it is a truly unique offering. First created for San Francisco Ballet in 2011, Yuri Possokhov’s contemporary story ballet is based on the burning of Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion. The choreographer commissioned a score by composer Shinji Eshima, and the music illuminates the love story beautifully. A stunning visual piece as well, RAkU fits nicely with the program’s theme, as it leaves quite an impression.
Bold Moves runs from February 10th through the 21st at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.
Take a quick peek at the three program pieces here: