Joffrey Ballet cancels remaining 2020/21 season due to Covid & goes digital with Joffrey Studio Series

The Joffrey Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the world, with a reputation for boundary-breaking performances for more than 60 years. The Joffrey repertoire is an extensive collection of all-time classics, modern masterpieces, and original works.

The Joffrey Ballet has sadly announced the cancellation of all remaining performances for the 2020/21 season. This unfortunately includes the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s Of Mice and Men and the Joffrey premiere of George Balanchine’s Serenade, as well as the Chicago premiere of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid.

In response to the crisis, the Joffrey has launched the creation of The Joffrey Studio Series, a new virtual programme that invites audiences to the intimate studios at Joffrey Tower for interviews and behind-the-scenes content with the artists of the Joffrey.

The Joffrey also begins “25 for 25, a year-long series of free performances, programs, and partnerships with peer organisations from around the city, celebrating 25 years since the Company arrived in Chicago in 1995.

The Joffrey Ballet In Creases. Photo by Cheryl Mann

“After once again consulting with health officials on the state of Covid-19, we have determined that the safest course of action for our artists and audience members is to cancel the remainder of our season,” said Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. 

“While this is yet another painful decision, especially for the artists, I am inspired by the positivity of the organization. We are back in the studios at Joffrey Tower, under strict safety guidelines, and benefiting from lots of creative energy. Robert Joffrey founded this Company based on innovation. We will carry on that legacy and bring art to the world regardless of the circumstances.”

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On The Joffrey Studio Series, Ashley Wheater MBE says, “The Joffrey Studio Series is designed to meet the demands of a virtual world. While nothing can truly replicate the magic of the stage, I am hopeful this will give the Joffrey an opportunity to connect more intimately with our patrons until our eventual return to live, in-person performances.”

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