Joffrey Ballet Drops 'Founders' Program

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Chicago's Joffrey Ballet will not end its 2006-07 season—and its two-year 50th-anniversary celebration—as planned, with a program of rarely seen works by founders Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey.

Instead, the company announced, it will present a program including contemporary works by Joanna Haigood, Pilobolus, Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, and David Parsons, as well as Arpino's Light Rain and comic Valentine. The program runs April 25-May 6.

The change is intended to "showcase the edgy and contemporary side of the company's extensive repertoire," according to a press release.

The company also reported strong attendance for the last two programs of its 2005-06 season. "Cool Vibrations," a mixed program featuring the world premiere of Donald Byrd's Motown Suite that ran in April and early May, drew a total audience of 15,600, with about $850,000 in ticket revenue. In February, Romeo and Juliet had an audience of 16,500 and grossed over $900,000—the top-drawing program for the company ever, excluding The Nutcracker.

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