The Joffrey Ballet, America’s premier ballet company, returns to Houston for the first time since 2001! Now with a permanent residence in Chicago, namesake of the late Robert Joffrey, the Ballet has a long list of “firsts” including the first dance company to perform at the White House, the first to appear on television and the first and only dance company to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. Although The Joffrey Ballet has been a force for over a half century, it is still one of the most sought after companies in the world today. The Joffrey Ballet will perform its American Legends program which features repertoire such as Nine Sinatra Songs with choreography by Twyla Tharp set to the music of Frank Sinatra; Son of Chamber Symphony with choreography by Houston’s own Stanton Welch set to the music of John Adams; and Interplay, choreographed by Jerome Robbins to the music of Morton Gould.
Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Music by Morton Gould
Costumes by Santo Loquasto
Lighting Design by Nicole Pearce after Ronald Bates
Staged by John-Pierre Frohlich
Performed by permission of The Robbins Rights Trust.
WORLD PREMIERE: Friday, June 1st, 1945, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York
Pas de Deaux - TBA
Son of Chamber Symphony
Choreography by STANTON WELCH
Music by JOHN ADAMS
Costume Design by TRAVIS HALSEY
Lighting Design and Scenic Concept by JACK MEHLER
By arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner.
World Premiere: The Joffrey Ballet, August 22, 2012, Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA
Nine Sinatra Songs
Choreography by TWYLA THARP © TWYLA THARP
Songs Sung by FRANK SINATRA
Original Costume Design by OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Scenic Design by SANTO LOQUASTO
Lighting Originally by JENNIFER TIPTON, recreated by NICOLE PEARCE
Staged by CRISTA FRANCESCA VILLELA
With appreciation to Sinatra Enterprises and The Frank Sinatra Foundation.
Select costumes courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Kansas City Ballet.
World Premiere: October 14th, 1982, Twyla Tharp Dance, Vancouver, British Columbia
Premiere: March 17, 2011 – James and Martha Duffy Performance Space. Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, New York
Festival Dance was made possible by the New Works Fund with leadership gifts from Poss Family Foundation, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and John Meyer, and Abigail Turin and Jonathan Gans