Joffrey's winter show soars with creative works

2014-02-19T17:00:00Z 2014-02-19T17:51:18Z Joffrey's winter show soars with creative worksEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Exciting visuals, powerful dancing and captivating music are in the spotlight during The Joffrey Ballet's winter season show.

The troupe's "Contemporary Choreographers" program is in full swing on stage at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre through Feb. 23.

During the concert on Feb. 15, the company proved in excellent form as they entertained the dance crowd with the innovative works of choreographers Brock Clawson, Alexander Ekman and Christopher Wheeldon.

Clawson's piece titled "Crossing Ashland" was a fascinating look at pedestrians dealing with change, new environments and taking a look within. The performers' movements combined sleek modern dance and ballet elements with simple walking techniques and strides.

Choreographer Wheeldon's "Continuum," which was a Joffrey premiere, also stood out for its innovative movements as dancers performed as a group, solo and as duos.

Most enjoyable on the roster was Ekman's "Episode 31," performed to various compositions by Ane Brun, Mikael Karlsson and Erik Satie. Prior to "Episode 31," the audience had a chance to watch a video featuring the Joffrey in rehearsal for the piece. Throughout the video, performers were seen not only in the studio but dancing in the streets of Chicago as they were featured at Millennium Park, on the L, on stairways, in stores and other places.

FYI: The Joffrey Ballet presents "Contemporary Choreographers" through Feb. 23 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway. Tickets are $31 to $152. For more information, call (800) 982-2787 or visit ticketmaster.com

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