Joffrey Ballet celebrates 'Russian Masters'

2013-09-19T13:00:00Z 2013-09-19T14:09:32Z Joffrey Ballet celebrates 'Russian Masters'Eloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Russian choreography takes the spotlight in a special performance by the Joffrey Ballet.

The acclaimed Chicago dance company will present "Russian Masters" through Sunday at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Featured in the production will be choreography of Yuri Possokhov, Vaslav Nijinsky and George Balanchine.

This not-to-be-missed performance includes four engaging works. The star of the production is no doubt Nijinsky's  "Le Sacre du Printemps" ("The Rite of Spring"), which dating to 1913, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

"Le Sacre du Printemps" revolves around a pagan fertility ritual storyline and includes fascinating avant garde choreography that startled audiences when it debuted. The work features music by Igor Stravinsky which adds to the atmosphere of the stellar dance.

The Joffrey Ballet will also delve into the works "Bells" and "Adagio" by Possokhov. "Bells," set to piano music by Rachmaninoff, features Russian folk dance while "Adagio," with music by Aram Khachaturian, is a lilting pas de deux.

Also on the bill will be "Allegro Brillante" by Balanchine, performed to a Tchaikovsky piano concerto. "Allegro Brillante," starring four couples, debuted in 1956, by the New York City Ballet with Maria Tallchief in the starring role.

FYI: "Russian Masters" will be performed through Sunday at The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway. Tickets are $31 to $152. For tickets, call (800) 982-2787 or visit ticketmaster.com

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