Posted 29 August 2002 - 01:53 PM
Posted 29 August 2002 - 02:09 PM
Attending the Joffrey Ballet School is, of course, one of the very best places to be able to hear firsthand what's going on with the company, but you certainly don't have to be a student there to attend auditions.
Posted 29 August 2002 - 02:37 PM
As for what schools...I am sure there are dancers from various professional schools in the US and abroad.
Posted 29 August 2002 - 02:42 PM
Posted 30 August 2002 - 02:38 PM
Posted 30 August 2002 - 04:17 PM
1. Why is the company in Chicago - wasn't it at one time in NYC?
2. Why is the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and not Chicago?
3. Do they have schools in other cities as well - such as San Antonio, or are these places just for their summer programs?
4. Do they ever perform in NYC, anymore?
5. Who is the Artistic Director?
6. Is there a specific "style" of ballet that they perform...I've heard that their school in NYC has a very different style of ballet that they teach...is this true?
Posted 30 August 2002 - 04:41 PM
1. The company moved to Chicago in the mid-90's following a period of financial difficulty. I am not sure, but it is possible it even reincorporated during the move.
2. The Joffrey School itself is a separate entity from the company, and is a private venture. It began in NYC and did not move when the company did. I am sure that the two maintain ties, however.
3. I believe the summer programs do not have schools attached.
4. They have not yet performed in NYC since their move. As I recall, one of the most debilitating financial problems they had was the cost of their NY seasons. Sadly, this is true of almost any company performing in City Center (or NYC, for that matter)
5. Gerald Arpino is the artistic director.
6. This is a subject in and of itself. Personally, I feel like I can recognize a Joffrey trained dancer. I think that can best be answered by observation, though to my eye, Joffrey dancers have a very specific way of using their backs, shoulders and port de bras as well as a very athletic approach to technique.
Posted 31 August 2002 - 04:54 AM
Posted 31 August 2002 - 05:25 AM
Posted 05 September 2002 - 01:10 PM
Posted 05 September 2002 - 02:11 PM
Posted 05 September 2002 - 10:20 PM
Joffrey's move to Chicago also coincided with the decision of the Ruth Page foundation to discontinue the RP Foundation/Tribune Charities production of the Nutcracker. For years, this production had a lock on Chicago audiences, performing at the Arie Crown Theater. Joffrey's first year here ('94 or '95 I think) they did 23 near sell-out performances of the Joffrey/Arpino choreographed Nutcracker over 2-1/2 weeks at the Rosemont Theater. They continue that schedule now at the Auditorium Theater.
While it's not New York, Chicago does have a healthy appetite for the arts. (The Lyric Opera regularly sells 110% of it's capacity). The business community welcomed a nationally recognized ballet company. ComEd, Sara Lee Foundation, American Airlines, and Philip Morris are among major contributors. ComEd donated a downtown building to Joffrey which will consolidate their administrative offices, rehearsal space, outreach program, and costume shop into 1 facility. Joffrey has secured $20 million in donations to renovate the building once the lease is up on all the current tennants.
Joffrey currently performs at the Auditorium Theater. In Chicago at least, the labor situation is dictated by the venue you are performing at. If it's a union house, you use union labor through the contract that was negotiated by that house. All major theatrical venues in downtown Chicago are union houses, as will be the new Music and Dance Theater currently under construction.
Joffrey also had a "Summer Home" in Colorado - possibly Vail I think. They used to go there for several weeks to rehearse and do several performances. I haven't heard much about it lately - perhaps it was too expensive and they scrapped the program.
Of the three dancers I have met with Joffrey, one went to a regularly scheduled Joffrey audition and was offered a company contract, one attended the Joffrey New School University BFA program, and one auditioned while at college.
BW - just hope that they are not performing Billboards when they come to your area.
Posted 06 September 2002 - 02:42 PM
Posted 07 September 2002 - 07:50 PM
It also was a place noted for the photographic studio of Maurice Seymour who could make dancers look ravishing, glamourous and everything else to make the heart go pity pat or oh, wow! If you can get ahold of one of the two books of his photographs, you'll understand what I mean.One old
de Basil Company member told me that the photographic sessions usually happened after performances and into the early hours of the morning. Hideous thought, but some of our only records of ballets such as Frederick Ashton's Devil's Holiday are the result of Seymour's passion for ballet.
When The Joffrey Ballet was regrouping after the fight with Rebeckah Harkness, their shakedown venue was The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. My understanding is that the company has been always popular there.
Somewhere on the letterhead or some other roster, I noticed that a board member, as well as Gerald
Arpino are listed as life-time members. After Arpino's fight with members of the Board when the company had a bi-coastal arrangement with Los Angeles, Chicago was a logical choice, and I think that Arpino was very much in favor of the move.
As a San Franciscan, I very much miss the June seasons the Joffrey used to have at the Opera House, sponsored by the San Francisco Symphony.
It was a fiscal win-win situation when the association began, but by the last season that was
not the situation.
Posted 08 September 2002 - 08:11 PM
I also recollect that they did far fewer performances while at Rosemont -- more like 10. Their first year at the Auditorium they presented the ballet 22 or 23 times, and eventually increased to about 30. (This latter information is based on my daughters' performance schedule in the children's cast.)
But this is all nitpicking. I hope we can agree that the Joffrey production is far, far superior to the Ruth Page version. The latter always struck me as lackluster, possibly due to the fact that it was a pick-up company.
Now, as to BW -- I certainly hope you do get to see the Joffrey perform sometime! I have an extra ticket to "The Taming of the Shrew" in October, if you are really eager ...
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