Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OPENING: The Joffrey Ballet Premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake #dance

An opulent production with costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant and scenic design by Adrianne Lobel, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake is set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and modeled from the original Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa choreography. 

The Joffrey Ballet
Swan Lake
Venue: Sollitt Stage (mainstage)
Dates: October 15-26, 2014
Times: Wed.-Fri. at 7:30PM, Sat. at 2PM & 7:30PM, Sun. at 2PM
Price: $ 32 - 170
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Wheeldon reimagines ballet’s greatest love story, setting it in the stunning, Degas-inspired studios of the Paris Opera Ballet of the 19th century. Combining classical elements with a modern vision, Wheeldon has created a stunning retelling of one of the most famous ballets of all time.
Joffrey Premiere

Wheeldon sets Swan Lake in 19th century Paris, during the time when Tchaikovsky was actually composing Swan Lake in Moscow and when a young impressionist named Edgar Degas was on the rise. A ballet in four acts, Wheeldon’s Swan Lake opens in the ballet studio as dancers prepare for a major opening night.  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.

Spectacular costumes, lavish sets and breathtaking movement breathe fresh life into Tchaikovsky's enchanting ballet-within-a-ballet Swan Lake. Directed by the world-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Joffrey Ballet's production is inspired by the eerily beautiful artworks of Edgar Degas, infusing the ballet's Parisian setting with an intriguing blend of both classical and modern elements, and a touch of fantasy. Within this dreamy realm, the famous tale of young Odette's transformation into a swan at the hands of the evil Rothbart unfolds, all set to Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score.

Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy. | Phone: 800.982.ARTS (2787)
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Auditorium Theatre’s 2014 - 15 Season:

The full Auditorium Theatre 2014 – 15 season includes “On Stage With…Susan Werner” (November 8); Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s “CJP @ Ten” (November 14); Dance Theatre of Harlem (November 21 – 23);Thodos Dance Chicago (November 29); “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” (January 17 – 18);Tango Buenos Aires (January 25); Giordano Dance Chicago (January 31); Grupo Corpo (February 28 – March 1); Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (March 6 – 15); River North Dance Chicago (March 28); Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s “Tender is the Night” (May 8 – 10); “His Way - A Sinatra Centennial Celebration” (May 30); and The Royal Ballet’s “Don Quixote” (June 18 – 21). For a complete listing of events at the Auditorium Theatre, please click here.

125th Anniversary Season Sponsors

The Auditorium Theatre would like to thank their 125th Anniversary Season Sponsors: Lead Corporate Sponsor Nicor Gas, Lead Foundation Sponsor Robert R. McCormick Foundation and David D. Hiller, International Dance Series Sponsor NIB Foundation, and “Made in Chicago” Dance Series sponsor The Boeing Company. Media sponsors include Chicago Magazine and WXRT, and the Pasquinelli Family Foundation is the Gala Dinner Celebration Sponsor. Student Matinee Series Sponsors for the 2014-15 Season include The Private Bank and The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation.

About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, located at 50 E Congress Pkwy, is an Illinois, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community and educational programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. In August of 2014, the Auditorium Theatre was named as an inaugural Fifth Star Award Honoree by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  The Auditorium Theatre is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Sage Foundation, and the Palmer House Hilton. For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theatre tours, call (312) 341-2310 or visit

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