Phenomenal! The Joffrey Ballet Presents Global Visionaries at Auditorium Theatre (May 4, 2017)

The Miraculous Mandarin by Yuri Possokhov

The entire Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra is on stage playing behind the dancers. In this piece, the woman seduces men and then steals from them. The beginning of the relationship is very flirtatious and fun but then it becomes very dark and mysterious when she brings in her friends to rob him. It’s an emotionally intense piece executed expertly by the Joffrey.

1_The Miraculous Mandarin_Victoria Jaiani_Photo by Cheryl Mann

JOY by Alexander Ekman


A narrator’s voice says “What if the entire piece is just this? 30 minutes of random joyful dancing? Maybe that would work in gallery, where you could choose how long to watch. But here, you are stuck!” The audience cracks up. Comedy and dancing don’t often go together, but it’s become one of Ekman’s specialties.

Later on, a single dancer moves to the front of the stage and stares straight out. He sees something that makes him happy and he starts to dance. The entire company (about 30 dancers) emerges from off stage and stands behind him. Slowly, they all see what he sees and they begin joyfully dancing. Then, he stops and walks to the side to look at something else, where he eventually starts dancing again. The simplicity of this while at that same time displaying great joy is fantastic. Everyone has a smile on their face.

At one point, the dancers let go of a balloon and it floats to the high ceiling. The audience gasps at this loss, thus proving how this performance has brought upon a childlike joy by the dancing and the fun balloon.

Mammatus by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

The score for this piece is “Weather One” by composer Michael Gordon. It has a very modern, sleek, and mysterious feel which matches the modern version of ballet dancing. The set features a large bright white structure of light tubes which contrasts perfectly with the all-black outfits worn by the dancers. A very thick fog covers the stage which gives the appearance of dancing on a cloud. The title, Mammatus, is derived from the Latin word for a specific cloud formation which is a perfect fit. This piece is a great finale to a phenomenal night of dancing.

Get tickets now for the final weekend of Global Visionaries!

Quinn Delaney

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