| Dec 28, 2008
Music and dance figures
Leona Wood, 86; painter, teacher and dancer who co-founded the Aman Folk Ensemble (Feb. 7)
Natalia Bessmertnova, 66; Soviet-era prima ballerina who danced with the Bolshoi Ballet for decades (Feb. 19)
Dorothy Stone, 49, award-...
| Oct 31, 2008
Gerald Arpino, who co-founded the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet and oversaw its move from New York to Chicago, died Wednesday at his home in Chicago. He was 85.
Arpino, a dancer and choreographer when he established the troupe in 1956 with its namesake, the...
| Mar 3, 2009
| 7:42 PM
Eris M. Field, a philanthropist whose focus on the cultural life of the community led her to become a founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and a significant contributor to Walt Disney Concert Hall and to launch the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Improvement...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Two girls with southwest suburban ties will be taking the stage this holiday season as part of the cast of the Joffrey Ballet show, "The Nutcracker."
Alyssa Bulin, 13, of Plainfield, and Scarlett Nash, 10, of Channahon, both have landed roles in the...
| Dec 2, 2013
Holidays in Chicago are synonymous with the Joffrey Ballet's lavish production of "The Nutcracker," the classic ballet adapted in 1987 by Robert Joffrey from E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" and set to the traditional Tchaikovsky...
| Nov 24, 2013
Three to see
“A Christmas Carol” at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. (goodmantheatre.org), through Dec. 28. $25-$83.
Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway. (auditoriumtheatre....
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:26 AM
River North Dance Chicago, known for the athleticism in its dynamic choreography, will be supercharged this season. The ensemble welcomes new ballet master Patrick Simoniello (Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance), the return of RNDC apprentice Gretchen...
| Nov 21, 2013
For many Chicagoans, the holiday season involves two long-standing traditions: The Joffrey Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker" and the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol." And while those two iconic productions are not to be missed, why not...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 8:55 AM
The Joffrey Ballet announced on Monday that the company has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation.
The grant, large by the foundation’s standards, is meant to launch an endowment for the creation,...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:52 PM
"There are some really evil people in this story who deserve to die," says choreographer Stanton Welch of Marius Petipa's 1877 "La Bayadere." And indeed, royals (and clerics) behaving badly are a major focus.
Welch's swift, jam-packed treatment bursts...