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Preview: American Legends/Joffrey Ballet

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Photo courtesy Christopher Duggan

Photo: Christopher Duggan

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The Joffrey Ballet winter program features work by four American choreographers, representing three generations and four decades of repertory. The company revives Jerome Robbins’ vibrant “Interplay,” last performed in 1972, and Gerald Arpino’s “Sea Shadow,” in honor of what would have been Arpino’s ninetieth birthday. Premieres include the romantic, sassy “Nine Sinatra Songs” by Twyla Tharp with elegant costuming by Oscar de la Renta—a charming blend of ballet and ballroom to some of Sinatra’s biggest pop hits—and a new work by Houston Ballet director Stanton Welch—“Son of Chamber Symphony,” titled after the score by John Adams and given a world premiere by the Joffrey at the Jacob’s Pillow festival in Massachusetts last August. It’s a lighthearted, optimistic evening in the coldest weeks of winter. (Sharon Hoyer)

At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (312)386-8905, February 13-24. $31-$152.

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