Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
4.5

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The area
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren • 3 min walk
  • Harrison • 4 min walk
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Irene S
Thousand Oaks45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
December 2016 We flew to Chicago from California and Colorado for Christopher Wheeldon's new Nutcracker performed by the incredible Joffrey Ballet - and it was an over the top performance and experience. The Gala after opening nite was a 'feast' for the senses. Bravo! We have also experienced Christopher's magic through the Vail, CO Dance Festival. I have loved Joffrey Ballet Company for 35 years.
Written August 24, 2023
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Aurora
Spooner, WI224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We were from out of town and wanted to pop in and take a dance class. Felt like we would feel out of place but we weren't and we didn't. The receptionist was new and didn't know what she was doing so we ended up being late for the class but the lady helping her was very kind and knew what she was doing. The class was amazing. We didn't see a description for the class we were taking and new receptionist said it was a workout/fitness class and we were hoping more for an actual ballet class so were disappointed. Well she was wrong, it was absolutely a ballet class with Ms. Kim and it was wonderful. I hope your new gal can get some help and be comfortable there. See you again for sure!
Written August 22, 2023
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I attended a matinee performance of the Joffrey's Anna Karenina. When I learned I needed to visit Chicago, I planned my trip around the ballet

In light of the times, the afternoon began with a moving tribute to the people of Ukraine, as the year anniversary of the conflict had just occurred.

The dancing, design, costuming and sets were first rate. Imaginative use of multi media added to the tone of the story.

Definitely a world class company that continues to innovate and redefine the art. Bravo!
Written March 2, 2023
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Andrew H
Winter Park, FL2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
They give a bad name to ballet, and customer service. Avoid this company or they will take your money. They cancelled the show I was supposed to see with only 1 day notice, and did not offer a way to exchange my tickets, nor did they have the courtesy to give an immediate refund. I still don’t have the money back in my account. No way am I ever going to buy tickets with them again u til I am fully refunded for the show they cancelled on me at the last minute.
Written December 18, 2021
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AP0702
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Simply awful! Nothing at all looked original Nutcracker with beautiful scenery, costumes, and dreamy feel. This would be a good story as a separate ballet of its own, but definitely not the Nutcracker.
Written December 2, 2019
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Kim P
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
I have always wanted to see the Nutcracker ballet...I was so excited when my boyfriend bought me tickets. I was so disappointed when I saw this production. It was not the original and I'm so upset about it. I am 60 years old and probably will never see it again. I dreamt of seeing the dance of the sugar plum fairies,which did not happen instead the world fair performers danced. I wish I could get my money back. They should of called it something else or make sure it was stated that it's not the original.
Written December 29, 2018
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psimpsonsegmedica
Buffalo, NY2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
A big fan of the wonderful Joffrey Ballet and recently loved their classical presentation of Swan Lake. Their Nutcracker 2019 however, while brilliantly performed deformed the plot and lost the charm. Set in Chicago just before the world's fair of 1892 and with the central family being poor. It not only lacked the sheer magic of a traditional approach but took liberties withe the score and the story line which robbed it of its magical and childlike quality. The romanticization and almost sexualization of the relationship between the Mage and the Sugar Plum Fairy and ultimately the apparently formation of a new family with the Mage coming into the family household as paramour of the Mother was a step or two too far.

The crowd cheered and clapped but mostly stayed in their seats. There was no widespread standing ovation. The artists deserved it for their great merit but the producers did not.

Given the cost of attending there are better around the country
Written December 16, 2018
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LUchicago
Chicago419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
How creative to place the scene of the story in a shack of an immigrant working at the 1893 World's Fair. This Nutcracker could only be appreciated in Chicago. The Christmas theme was the same, cleverly weaving the attractions of the Fair into the sequence of dreams. Technology produced stunning sets. The dancers meshed to tell the traditional story of a magical evening of shared traditions and wishes but the first half definitely lacked the luster and opulence usually associated with the original version.
It was an appropriate opportunity to introduce the youngsters to Chicago history and the grace of ballet.
Written December 15, 2018
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odysseusChicago
Chicago147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We saw Jioffrey's Chicago based nutcracker last night and it was a stunning success. The opening set is different from the usual production but since much of the Nutcracker is a dream it really doesn't matter. Live music and enchanting set make this a special event.
Written December 10, 2018
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Koda H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Part of the beauty of the traditional Nutcracker ballet was the colorful scenery, the grand Christmas tree, the 3 headed Mouse King, the Snow Queen etc.....this version, set at the the world's fair in Chicago, with the characters being poor immigrants living in a shack instead of a wealthy German family is so drab, colorless, boring...why do this to this beautiful music and story? Why remove so many essential elements? It felt "equalized", as if people will be offended by a wealthy white family?. Its another assault on Tradition. Glorious dancing, glorious music, awful, horrible set and story...don't see it. Wait until a traditional version is produced.
Written December 9, 2018
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