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Monday, September 20


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A review of the Joffrey Ballet at the Ravinia Festival by Hedy Weiss for WTTW.


Bringing the program to a rollicking close was “The Times Are Racing,” created for the New York City Ballet in 2017 by Justin Peck (who has since choreographed Steven Spielberg’s new film version of “West Side Story”), and was premiered by the Joffrey in 2018. Set to a propulsive score by Dan Deacon, and featuring an ensemble of 20 dancers dressed in sneakers and ragged street wear (with one guy in a sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “REACT”), this homage to the current generation of youth is propelled by immense energy, with Gutierrez and Mendoza in fine form, and with Derrick Agnoletti — a veteran member of the company who seems to grow younger and more virtuosic with every year — dancing up a sensational storm. 


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