Thrilling ascents and hard-to-stick landings define both premier ballerinas and short-lived elevator operators. Carom toward top-notch bounce with today’s Groupon: for $150, you get two ballet outings for two with seats in rows AA–LL in the orchestra level’s Dress Circle at the Joffrey Ballet’s Winter and Spring shows at the Auditorium Theatre (up to a $316 value). Choose from the following options:
- Wednesday, February 15, and Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 17, and Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 18, and Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, February 18, and Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 19, and Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m.
- Thursday, February 23, and Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 24, and Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 25, and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, February 25, and Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 26, and Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m.<p>
Show dates may be exchanged after purchase, if necessary.
Established more than half a century ago as a six-person dance troupe traveling in a U-Haul trailer, the Joffrey Ballet captivates audiences around the world with precise footwork and striking performances. Even before tapping their way onto the Auditorium Theatre’s National Historic Landmark–designated grounds, guests receive a ribboned folder bestowed with tickets and show information. This winter, On the Threshold entertains eyes with three shorter contemporary pieces. The final leg of the program, “Infra,” pairs Max Richter’s music to a matrix of figures coursing along a giant LED screen. Beneath them, dancers swim and swoon on stage, mimicking the pulsating energy of modern life and the victory dances of champion water-polo teams.
In April, Spring Desire floats to the stage with a romantic triumvirate of dance. The evening opens with “In the Night,” a series of three pas de deux, in which couples twirl, lock, and embrace amid Chopin’s lingering nocturnes. Next, “Age of Innocence” explores the strength of women throughout history through Edwaard Liang’s choreography and a score by Philip Glass and Thomas Newman. Later, the world premiere of new work by innovative choreographer Val Caniparoli will mark Chicago’s first dance debut since the Louis Sullivan taught the Stock Exchange building how to limbo in 1903.