Reviews of the Joffrey Ballet at Jacob's Pillow.
Accordingly, Welch's dance is filled with solos and duets, some extremely demanding, taking advantage of the Joff rey's greatest strength -- Rob ert Joffrey's in ten tion was to establish a company of soloists, rather than the traditional en semble in which the corps is a key element in its danc es, and that philosophy clearly continues to prevail.
Today, the wild child has matured: The triple bill presented through Sunday at Jacob’s Pillow feels like a grown-up night at the ballet; though the program is flecked with wit and imbued with youthful spirit, the dancers are given serious choreography. They perform a delicious flood of recognizable, largely unadulterated ballet steps with sincere, rather than satiric, vigor. (The company boasts so many terrific dancers that it seems unfair not to mention them all, especially given the Joffrey’s non-ranking system; but suffice to say, wow.) Now that it’s de rigueur for small to medium ballet companies to present a multimedia, crossover repertoire, perhaps the Joffrey’s next legacy is to bring us full circle, back to classical ballet, albeit 21st-century style.