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Your Dose of Dance

By Amy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 9, 2008 9:37PM

This month, you don’t have to be among the well-heeled to afford a ticket to the ballet. Quality ballet performances can be pretty gosh-durn expensive; don’t miss these chances to experience one of the most beautiful forms of dance for a relative steal.

2008_9_09_SFballet.jpgJoffrey Ballet: “An Evening of Remembrances, A Salute to the Victims and Families of 9.11”
This Thursday, Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet will host a free evening performance [PDF] in Millennium Park, dedicated to the memories of those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.

The anticipated popularity of the event prompted Millennium Park to release this statement:
“Please note for the Joffrey Ballet on September 11, 2008 the seating bowl will open one hour and a half before show time. For best seats, please line up on the walkway on the east side of the Pavilion. This line will be admitted to the seating bowl first. Guests may save one seat per person.”

Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 9/11, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Free

Harris Theater Welcomes the San Francisco Ballet
The San Francisco Ballet is kicking off their 75th anniversary tour with a week-long engagement at Harris Theater. The Chicago Sifonetta will accompany all performances by the ballet company; a total of nine Chicago premieres and the first full-Company engagement in Chicago in over two decades.

As of Monday, Harris announced a new pricing structure for a portion of the remaining individual tickets, reducing the cost to $50 and $30: “As we celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the Harris, we want the artistry of the internationally renowned San Francisco Ballet – America’s oldest professional ballet company – accessible to all residents of the Chicagoland area,” said Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater.

205 E. Randolph Dr., September 16, 17, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; September 20 and 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $30-$115

Sarah Van Patten and Pierre-François Vilanoba in Wheeldon's Within The Golden Hour, © Erik Tomasson, used with permission