Game Changer's Review - Delightfully Entertaining

Fool's Paradise

Balletomanes and first timers were treated to a delightful performance by the ensemble of the Joffrey Ballet. The first piece performed titled, "Fool's Paradise" was choreographed by Tony Award winning choreographer, Christoper Wheeldon. Music by Joby Talbot and costumes design by Narciso Rodriguez. Although there were times when the dancers seemed to be out of sync, the performance was still graceful and elegant. The simplicity of the costumes and staging ensured that the dancers were the focal point.

 

Fool's Paradise

 

The second piece was titled, "Infra", which was choreographed by Wayne McGregor, who happens to be one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world of ballet. This also happened to be my favorite piece of the evening. I felt that Wayne was trying to show the lack of compassion and humanity in the world. This performance evoked a feeling of desperation and loneliness that many people experience and the refusal for others to acknowledge those who are in need.

Infra

Infra

 

The showcase’s finale, “Year of the Rabbit,” is an ensemble piece choreographed by 29 year old, Justin Peck, who has been hailed as an important new voice in 21st-century dance because of his innovative choreography.  Set to a classical orchestration of Stevens' electronic song cycle Enjoy Your Rabbit, Year of the Rabbit weaves its ensemble of dancers into intricate and architectural forms with grace to produce a visually arresting work.

As always, I enjoyed the performances by the Joffrey Ballet’s ballerinas and Danseurs. The shows are always tasteful and elegant. Thanks to artistic director, Ashley Wheater, the performances continue make strides while entertaining and enlightening audiences throughout the year. For information regarding the 2017-2018 season, visit the Joffrey Ballet’s website

 

 

Photos by Cheryl Mann

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