Friday, February 29, 2008

More Georgian Ballet coverage

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In case you missed it, the Tribune and Sun-Times have articles about the State Ballet of Georgia in today's issues.

Here's the opening of the Trib article:

"Those lucky, pampered ballerinas -- bouquets at their bows, adoring fans, even heat in the studio in the dead of winter.Well, maybe not always that last. If proof were needed that everything is not so beautiful at the ballet, it's in the story of Nina Ananiashvili and her struggle to restore the endangered State Ballet of Georgia in her native homeland."

And, from the Sun-Times, Nina on Georgian dancers:

"We are people of the south. We have a different look, a different temperament. We speak loudly and use our hands, and people think we are very emotional in the way we express ourselves. That is probably why the 'Don Quixote' ballet [the story of two young lovers, Kitri and Basil, who are supported in their fight to marry for love rather than money by the Don and his pal, Sancho Panza] fits us so well."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New York Times on State Ballet of Georgia

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The New York Times had a feature on the State Ballet of Georgia yesterday. What a great story about a company overcoming formidable odds!

Here's what Artistic Director and Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili said about how her company reacted when confronted with no electricity, no heat and no pay:

“Nobody said no,” she recalled. “And they didn’t even have car money. They walked to the theater.” Some dancers were frightened that they could never be ready in time. “Calm down,” she told them. “We will be ready. And then we’ll be happy because we did it.”

Read the article for more - it really is inspiring!

After their New York engagement this weekend, the company heads to Chicago for 4 performances at the Auditorium.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Joffrey Ballet reviews

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Once again, our resident dance company The Joffrey Ballet garnered rave reviews! Read what the Tribune, Sun-Times and New York Times have to say about Antony Tudor Centennial.

Antony Tudor Centennial continues this weekend and next. Tickets are available at 312.902.1500, and at our box office.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

"The Myth of Diana"

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Time Out New York has a preview of Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion, opening at City Center tonight. After an engagement in Mowcow, the performances comes to the Auditorium this June.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Joffrey Ballet's Antony Tudor Centennial opens tonight

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Our resident ballet company, The Joffrey Ballet, opens Antony Tudor Centennial tonight. Here's an article from this Sunday's Tribune.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Photos - State Ballet of Georgia

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For the most part, we've been using this picture of Nina Ananiashvili in Don Quixote to promote the March 5-9 engagement by the State Ballet of Georgia:

We love this picture, but in addition to performing Don Q three times, the company will also perform an evening of mixed rep on March 7, with pieces by Balanchine (a native of Georgia), Possokhov and Ratmansky. So here are a few more pics:
From Bizet Variations

From Sagalobeli

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tribune Article: "How Boeing Revived Jazz in Chicago"

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This Sunday's Chicago Tribune featured an article by Howard Reich on Boeing's support of jazz in Chicago. There are several Auditorium mentions - especially the two recent concerts by Orbert Davis's Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

(Boeing is also the Lead Corporate Sponsor of the opera Margaret Garner, making its Chicago premiere at the Auditorium November 1-9.)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ailey News: Program Info and FAMTIX

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The program info for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 16-20) is now available on our website. It's an exciting lineup - check it out! Plus Ailey's set up AileyConnect, where you can call to hear messages about Ailey and its repertory.

Did you know that you can bring a child under the age of 18 to see the Saturday, April 19 matinee performance free? We are offering a free child's ticket with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket - but hurry, we only have a limited number of free tickets available! Just call 312.902.1500, click here or visit our box office and use promotional code FAMTIX. (When ordering online, enter the number of adult tickets in the FULL PRICE TICKET box; enter the number of children's tickets in the "Free Child with Adult Ticket" box. The number of children's tickets must be equal to our less than the number of adult tickets.) This promotion is not available on top price tickets and may not be combined with any other discount or offer. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability; restrictions apply.

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