The Joffrey Ballet will open its 2015-2016 60th Anniversary season with a special  mixed repertory program entitled Millennials, showcasing new works by the country’s next generation of choreographic talents including World Premieres by Myles Thatcher and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and the Chicago Premiere of Fool’s Paradise, choreographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon. Millennials will be presented in five performances September 16-20 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Parkway).

Thatcher, a current dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, for whom he’s also created new works, will premiere a brand new 25-minute piece (untitled) for nine dancers set to sections of The Four Sections and Triple Quartet by contemporary composer Steve Reich. Known for his fearless and dynamic choreography, audiences can expect a high energy, contemporary work based on the classical vocabulary.  

Dancer-turned-choreographer Lopez Ochoa, known for her close collaborations with dancers and a fierce improvisational talent, has choreographed critically acclaimed works for numerous dance companies across the national and around the world. For Joffrey Ballet, Lopez Ochoa will create a powerful 20-minute abstract piece (untitled) featuring 20 dancers in a series of ensembles set to Weather One by Michael Gordon.

Following the triumphant success of the Joffrey premiere of his reimagined Swan Lake, and on the heels of his Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway hit, An American in Paris, Weeldon will make his return with the Chicago Premiere of Fool’s Paradise. Set to a score by Joby Talbot, this abstract ballet moves through solos, duets and trios in a grand display of beauty and strength as the dancers’ bodies form a series of living sculptures while falling glittering petals shower the stage. The Joffrey Ballet has also commissioned Wheeldon to re-envision a new Nutcracker, which will make its world premiere in December 2016.

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Joffey Ballet Sets Sights on the Work of Millennials for Season Opener

Dancer and Choreographer Myles Thatcher's new work will be in focus as Joffrey Ballet opens its new season this fall with a performance dedicated to emerging young choreographers (photo by Rolex Reto Albertalli).