Joffrey Ballet

Cheryl Mann


Past Event

Location Info:

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
The popular Joffrey Ballet arrives with Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor's contemporized Romeo and Juliet. Serge Prokofiev's score still puts the star-crossed lovers in Italy, but Pastor injects time-capsule shifts over the three acts. Opening with Mussolini's fascists in the 1930s, the action moves to the Red Brigade and political kidnappings in the '70s, concluding with Silvio Berlusconi's social upheaval in the '90s. Along the way, there's even a ball that nods to West Side Story, perhaps the original contemporary version of the doomed lovers. Originally set on the Scottish Ballet in 2008, Pastor's version joined the Joffrey repertoire in 2014. The spread-out performance schedule reflects the Joffrey doing double duty, alternating with another tale of star-crossed lovers dancing John Neumeier's choreography for the Los Angeles Opera's performances of Orpheus and Eurydice. Complete details on both productions at


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