Thrilling ascents and hard-to-stick landings define both premier ballerinas and short-lived elevator operators. Carom toward top-notch bounce with this GrouponLive deal to see the Joffrey Ballet at the Zeiterion Theatre. For $28, you get one ticket for seating in rows L–V of the left or right orchestra sections on Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m. (a $56 value, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The Joffrey Ballet, established more than half a century ago as a six-person dance troupe traveling in a U-Haul trailer, captivates audiences around the world with precise footwork and striking performances. On March 1, the graceful band of dancers builds on its historic tradition by representing one of the first major American ballet companies to grace a New Bedford stage. A trio of contemporary pieces unfurls throughout the evening, starting with William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, which fuses classical ballet routines with the hokey pokey to hatch a wholly abstract scene. Wheeldon's After the Rain then sets a feverish pace before melting into a more pensive, tender tone. The performance pirouettes to a Jane Austen–inspired finale during Age of Innocence, as choreographer Edwaard Liang aligns his sure-footed hoofers in dazzling sequences and revolutionary rugby formations.
Past rows of seats covered in crimson, past a red carpet that brings out the auditorium's regality, past a centerpiece chandelier that dangles from the ceiling with the quiet grace of a toddler climbing out of her crib, is a stage. Upon this stage, the Zeiterion Theatre explores the performing arts, hosting national and international performers who enlighten the community to other cultures and inspire the younger population to actively participate in the arts. Every year, Zeiterion, lovingly known as "The Z," also provides 5,000 free tickets to children and families with low incomes, working to make arts more accessible to all.