| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Marius Petipa's 1877 "La Bayadere," set in India, has something of a split personality. Though its famous "Kingdom of the Shades" act represents the purest form of classical ballet, the other acts' tangled tales of romantic rivalries and betrayals...
| Oct 13, 2013
For the eighth annual Couture & Cocktails presented by The Joffrey Ballet's Women's Board, the world of dance and fashion came together in grand style Oct. 4 at the Park West. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed a luxurious fall runway show that featured designer...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Josie Walsh was walking through Temescal Canyon early this year when her sight was arrested by a mélange of rocks. Jagged stones bulged out on the trail's edge, while others, textured and worn smooth by water, lay nearby.
The passage — and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
My favorite part of the day is first thing in the morning when I open my various inboxes and social media accounts to see what landed there during the night. Typically the contents determine how I will approach the days and weeks ahead.
Which is why...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
With a nod to Wee Willie Keeler ("hit 'em where they ain't"), if you're looking for a quick year-end vacation, your best bets are places where business is seasonally soft. And that gives you some important options:
BEACH DESTINATIONS. Typically, the...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 9:56 AM
These days, perhaps more than ever, ballet companies are like sharks: they must keep moving or die. But even as they look toward the future, they ignore or forget ballet's long history at their peril.
The Joffrey Ballet's "Russian Masters" program has...
| 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,...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Dianna Cuatto, artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, describes the troupe's forthcoming season as one she hopes will bring "the versatility, depth, energy and passion of over 30 professional dancers alive on stage."
Under Cuatto, the...