One of Chicago’s most iconic art institutions is the Joffrey Ballet. The legendary company has brought such iconic shows such as The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake to life, while also creating cutting edge works of modern ballet.
In the 2019-2020 season, the Joffrey Ballet will debut a new ballet sure to be on the list of many Chicagoans. Blending the classics of ballet with the classics of literature, the company will debut an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s iconic novel Jane Eyre.
The story follows orphan-turned-governess Jane Eyre as she finds employment in the Rochester home. The daughter, Adele, quickly forms a close bond with Jane while Mr. Rochester remains aloof and mysterious. Jane finds herself drawn to Mr. Rochester, despite feeling as if something is not adding up in terms of what happened to his wife and Adele’s mother. When Jane finds out his secret, madness will follow.
Choreographed by Cathy Martson with Jane being portrayed by Amanda Assucena, performances begin October 16th and will run through October 27th. The show has a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. Tickets range from $35 to $197 and can be purchased online.
The company also provides an added bonus to anyone looking to get a deeper look into the show with three Meet the Artists events during the run. Here, audiences will be able to meet dancers from specific shows and hear their thoughts on the show and the creative process behind it.
Dates for Jane Eyre’s Meet the Artist are Saturday, October 19th, Thursday, October 24th, and Saturday, October 26th.
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