When: Sat., Aug. 20 2011
The world-renowned Joffrey Ballet returns to Blossom Music Center this weekend for the third time in as many years, bringing with it a troupe of extraordinary dancers drawn from places as near as Ann Arbor and as far as Madrid, Istanbul, and Manila. Those international roots reflect the Chicago ballet's commitment to diversity and to crafting a repertoire that ranges from classical story ballets to contemporary works. (Joffrey was, after all, the first company to commission a rock & roll ballet.) This weekend's bill includes five far-ranging dance numbers, including a Tchaikovsky pas de deux choreographed by the legendary George Balanchine, and Julia Adam's Night, a 2000 ballet based on the dreamscape paintings of Marc Chagall. The performance begins at 8 p.m.; come early to enjoy a picnic or a stroll through the Blossom grounds. Tickets are $23 to $93; available by phone or online. And don't forget: Dance fans under 18 are free on the lawn with an adult. — Cicora 1145 Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls,216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.