This is our most recent promo piece for our friends at The Joffrey Ballet. Within this piece, we get to hear from Joffrey’s Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, as well as some of the company dancers: Amber Neumann, Anastacia Holden and Derrick Agnoletti.

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Here is a quick description of each of the dances that make up the show:


Choreographer: Stanton Welch

Music: Ross Edwards

Contemporary in design and abstract in nature, Maninyas is a powerful, exotic and passionate ballet that explores the sometimes frightening process of revealing oneself layer by layer in a relationship.

Joffrey Premiere


The Man in Black

Choreographer: James Kudelka

Music: Johnny Cash

Six of Johnny Cash’s later songs are given visual resonance in a suite of dances for an ensemble of three men and a woman, all in cowboy boots. The choreography riffs off several popular American country-western dance styles. Like the songs that inspired it, The Man in Black is an ode to the human spirit, vulnerable yet resilient.

Joffrey Premiere



Choreographer: Alexander Ekman

Music: Mikael Karlsson

On the heels of Ekman’s wildly successful Episode 31, we present a second ballet by the young Swedish choreographer. Featuring the full Joffrey company, voice-over commentary and three large onstage LED screens, this is a ballet about ballet. Part homage and part tongue-in-cheek critique, Ekman displays his fresh wit and serious craft.

Joffrey Premiere

You can also read more about this show in  Chicago Sun Times Entertainment.

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