Who's Joffrey Now?
The Joffrey Ballet may call Chicago home now, but it continues to have a strong L.A. following. This visit includes two mixed-bill programs with four of the current generation of choreographers. Friday offers Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain and Stanton Welch's Son of Chamber Symphony while Saturday and Sunday include William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence. But the big attraction at all three shows is the Joffrey's celebrated restoration of the legendary Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) that caused a riot at its 1913 Paris premiere. Igor Stravinsky's score is now so familiar, it's hard to image how primitive its polyrhythms sounded a century ago or how the stylized fertility rite choreographed by iconic dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was so far removed from accepted ideas of ballet the audience reacted with catcalls and fistfights. The Joffrey is only here for the weekend, but these performances are the launch event for a nine-month series of performances, exhibits, lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations spotlighting Stravinsky and dance, including his sojourn in Los Angeles. He lived here longer than he lived anywhere else. Just like the Joffrey, Stravinsky has strong ties to L.A. that will be celebrated and explored starting with the performances at the Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 3, 2 p.m.; $34-$125.; www.musiccenter.org.
Fri., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 3, 2 p.m., 2013
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