Joffrey Ballet to Launch Anniversary Celebration in 2005-06

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The Joffrey Ballet will mark its 50th anniversary with a two years of performances, including the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons and a gala celebration in the summer of 2006.

The Chicago-based company announced its plans for 2005-06 today; details of the gala and the 2006-07 season have not yet been released.

The company's first season was in 1956, when artistic director Gerald Arpino took six dancers on the road in a borrowed station wagon and U-Haul truck. (According to the Chicago Sun-Times, co-founder Robert Joffrey, who died in 1988, stayed home to oversee the school.)

The 2005-06 season will begin with a program, called Midsummer Night's Dream, that includes Frederick Ashton's The Dream, Jir‹ Kylišn's Return to a Strange Land, and Arpino's Celebration.

John Cranko's full-length Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev's score, will comprise the winter program, and the company's own Nutcracker, choreographed by Joffrey and Arpino, will occupy its usual holiday spot.

The spring program, called Cool Vibrations, features Twyla Tharp's Deuce Coupe and Laura Dean's Sometimes It Snows in April (set to music by Prince), along with a world-premiere work by Donald Byrd.

Music for the entire season will be provided by the Chicago Sinfonietta, conducted by Joffrey music director Leslie B. Dunner.


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