The Joffrey Ballet Brings Back “Othello”

Joffrey Ballet Othello 2009
Fabrice Calmels and April Daly

If you missed the performance of Othello by the Joffrey Ballet in 2009 or you’d like to see it again, join the crowd. Choreographer Lar Lubovitch’s Othello portrays jealousy and betrayal through movement set to a score by Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal with live orchestral accompaniment provided by The Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck.

The opening night of Othello is on Wednesday, April 24, just one day off from Shakespeare’s birthday and also the day of his death.

“This spring, we welcome the return of Lar Lubovitch,” says Ashley Wheater, artistic director, The Joffrey Ballet. “In his full-length Othello, Lar tells the tragic Shakespearian story using bold contemporary movement rather than words or pantomime. We watch the tragedy unfold, helpless to prevent the stunning, dramatic conclusion. Othello was the first full-length [production] I introduced to the Joffrey in 2009 and is certainly a masterwork of narrative dance in the new century.”

Single tickets, which range $31-$152, are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (800) 982-2787, or online at

Othello is performed Wednesday, April 24 through Sunday, May 5.

Herbert Migdoll Photographs




About Cindy Burns

Cindy Burns is an author, researcher and freelance writer. She has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and The Women's Auxillary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She’s also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and writes as TCW's "Woman About Town," covering Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, interviews with women who are making a difference, and more around Chicago