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The Joffrey Ballet

Program 1 (March 4 & 6)

ARPINO Birthday Variations (1986; music by Giuseppe Verdi)
CHANEL DASILVA Swing Low (West Coast Premiere; 2021; music by Zoë Keating)
NICOLAS BLANC Under the Trees’ Voices (West Coast Premiere; 2021; music by Ezio Bosso)
ITZIK GALILI The Sofa (1994; music by Tom Waits)
YOSHIHISA ARAI Boléro (West Coast Premiere; 2021; music by Maurice Ravel)

Program 2 (March 5)

ARPINO Birthday Variations (1986; music by Giuseppe Verdi)
CHANEL DASILVA Swing Low (West Coast Premiere; 2021; music by Zoë Keating)
NICOLAS BLANC Under the Trees’ Voices (West Coast Premiere; 2021; music by Ezio Bosso)
ITZIK GALILI Mono Lisa (2020; music by Thomas Höfs)
YOSHIHISA ARAI Boléro (West Coast Premiere; 2021; music by Maurice Ravel)

A crown jewel of America’s homegrown dance companies, the esteemed Joffrey Ballet returns to Berkeley to conclude its six-year campus residency.

In two programs, the company showcases fresh new choreographic voices and works by an international group of renowned creators, many in their West Coast premieres.

Company artist Yoshihisa Arai’s Boléro is inspired by the popular orchestral piece by French composer Maurice Ravel; and Chanel DaSilva, the Joffrey’s 2020 Winning Works Choreographer, has set her new dance Swing Low to music by cellist Zoë Keating. Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili contributes two short dances—Mono Lisa, an athletic pas de deux, danced to a score of typewriter sounds, and the comedic trio The Sofa, which takes place on a single piece of vinyl-covered furniture. Birthday Variations is an enduring classic by Joffrey co-founder Gerald Arpino.

Joffrey ballet master Nicolas Blanc’s moving Under the Trees’ Voices, created during the pandemic, channels the power of community in the age of social distancing. The San Francisco Chronicle raved about the company’s last Berkeley performance of a Blanc work, during its most recent campus visit: “Mesmerizing…. The Chicago-based Joffrey company members, with their febrile flair, looked like they owned the piece. They danced with confidence, daring and disciplined self-possession.”

Patron Sponsors: Daniel Johnson and Herman Winkel, March 5 performance

Patron Sponsor: Anonymous, March 6 performance

Mar 4–6, 2022
Add to Calendar 03/04/2022 08:00 pm 03/04/2022 09:30 pm America/Los_Angeles The Joffrey Ballet https://calperformances.org/events/2021-22/dance/joffrey-ballet-2122/ Zellerbach Hall
Tickets start at $42

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Mar 4–6, 2022
Add to Calendar 03/04/2022 08:00 pm 03/04/2022 09:30 pm America/Los_Angeles The Joffrey Ballet https://calperformances.org/events/2021-22/dance/joffrey-ballet-2122/ Zellerbach Hall
Tickets start at $42
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