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 Post subject: Joffrey Ballet's 2007 Season
PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:50 pm 
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Joffrey wins $50,000 to commission Pedro Ruiz ballet
by CHARLES STROCH for the Chicago Tribune
published: January 22, 2007

A $50,000 prize from the Joyce Foundation is bringing together the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Luna Negra Dance Theater in a first-time collaboration on the world premiere of a ballet.
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In the Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss previews the Joffrey's February 2007 program, which includes Kurt Jooss' "Green Table," Leonide Massine's "Les Presages," and Balanchine's "Apollo."

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 Post subject: preview for 2007-2008 season
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Joffrey takes some new steps in upcoming season
by SID SMITH for the Chicago Tribune
published: February 8, 2007

A new version of "Giselle" will launch the Joffrey Ballet's 2007-08 season, the troupe's first homegrown full-length production in 20 years.

The move - part of a season that includes a full-evening tribute to ballet innovator Antony Tudor and the company premiere of a work by Twyla Tharp - signals a new chapter in the Joffrey's evolution here and an important staff transition. "Giselle" will be staged by 48-year-old Mark Goldweber, ballet master and former Joffrey dancer.
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Chicago press reviews of the Joffrey program including "Apollo," "The Green Table," and "Les Presages."

Hedy Weiss in the Chicago Sun-Times;

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Sid Smith in the Chicago Tribune:

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The Joffrey will appear at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles March 22-24, 2007. The program for Thursday, March 22 is identical to their recent Chicago performances and should not be missed by anyone with an interest in classics of the 20th Century ballet: Massine's "Les Presages," Kurt Jooss' "Green Table" and Balanchine's "Apollo." The program for Friday evening and Saturday matinee and evening features works set to popular music: Twyla Tharp's "Deuce Coupe," Donald Byrd's "Motown Suite," and Laura Dean's section from "Billboards." Here is a preview from the La Canada Valley Sun with a link to the LA Music Center website:

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In the Los Angeles Times, Lewis Segal reviews the Balanchine/Jooss/Massine program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday, March 22, 2007:

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Lewis Segal reviews the Tharp/Byrd/Dean program from Friday, March 23, 2007 in the Los Angeles Times:

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Janice Steinberg reviews both the Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 performances in the San Diego Union-Tribune:

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I didn't see the Saturday pop program, but I think Segal was a bit too kind on the Thursday program.

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Andre, very interested to hear more of your views on this programme, especially your reaction to "the Green Table".

I can't remember a performance of a Massine work in the UK since I became a ballet goer - wish we could see "Les presages".


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Stuart,

I thought the Green Table was probably the best piece of the night, made all the more piquant by current events.

In the Massine piece, the dancers looked like they were connecting the dots, and put the foreign gestures on top of themselves without any meaning. I found Apollo unidiomatic.

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In the Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss previews the concluding program of the Joffrey's 50th Anniversary season, a tribute to retiring director Gerald Arpino:

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 Post subject: About the CA tour
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From the San Jose Mercury News.

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Twyla Tharp's life in dance
UC-BERKELEY BEGINS EXTENDED TRIBUTE TO GROUNDBREAKING CHOREOGRAPHER
By Andrew Gilbert
Special to the Mercury News
Article Launched: 10/04/2007 01:40:59 AM PDT

Twyla Tharp was raised for a life on stage, right down to her name.

The fearless choreographer has been at the center of the dance world for almost four decades, forging a spectacular body of work that draws on modern dance, ballet, Broadway and jazz. From her early training with Martha Graham and her first spartan avant-garde pieces that pointedly avoided the use of music, she grew to embrace pop culture, creating some of nation's best-loved dances to a century's worth of American popular music, from the Harlem stride piano of Willie "The Lion" Smith to Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys.

She achieved it all with piercing intelligence and an obsessive work ethic driven by an upbringing that would put the efforts of the most dogged stage parent to shame. Tharp's mother simply decided that her oldest child was born to be a star; she logged thousands of miles every year on the family car taking Twyla to an endless array of dance, music and art lessons around Southern California.


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