Elements Contemporary Ballet will present The Sun King, a lush one-act ballet choreographed by resident choreographer Caruana, in its 10th anniversary performance in historic Studebaker Theater (photo courtesy of Elements Contemporary Ballet).
Elements Contemporary Ballet will present a special 10th anniversary performance this fall at the newly refurbished Studebaker Theater in downtown Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. Commemorating Elements’ 10 years of performance in Chicago, the concert will showcase two of the company’s signature ballets, choreographed by co-founders Mike Gosney and Joseph Caruana. The first act of the program, The Sun King, is a lush one-act ballet choreographed by Elements’ Resident Choreographer Caruana. Based on the life of French monarch Louis XIV and his relationship with his official court composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully, The Sun King tells the story of ballet’s beginnings at Louis XIV’s court and features live music, including compositions by Lully, performed by period instrument orchestra Haymarket Opera Company. The Sun King premiered in 2014 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The second act of the program features Pathos, by artistic director Gosney.
Set to Mozart's Requiem, Pathos is a starkly modern interpretation of the much-loved musical masterpiece, fusing classical ballet with a unique contemporary movement vocabulary. Thematically, Pathos is an affecting tale of love, loss and redemption, harkening back to the supernatural and ethereal motifs of romantic period ballet. (A shorter version of Pathos premiered in 2012.)
The 10th anniversary concert will take place November 20 and will mark Elements’ first appearance at the newly re-opened Studebaker Theatre, which was originally built in 1898 for vaudeville shows, featuring performers ranging from Bob Hope to Peter O’Toole and Vincent Price. The 1,000-seat Studebaker will now host music, dance and theatrical performances, and is located in the Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Ave, an historic Chicago arts complex and architectural gem.
For more details or for tickets, visit elementscontemporaryballet.com.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts