Siri Hustvedt

Studies In Blue – A Joffrey Ballet Masterpiece
Feb 2024

The Joffrey Ballet

Studies In Blue – A Joffrey Ballet Masterpiece

The Joffrey Ballet continues its 68th season with a captivating, mixed program with original work choreographed by Liam Scarlett and Andrew McNicol, and with a world premiere by Stina Quagebeur. Studies in Blue runs at the historic Lyric Opera House, 20 North Upper Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, in ten performances only, from February 15–25, 2024. Studies in Blue features live music performed by the Lyric Opera Orchestra, conducted by Scott Speck, Music Director of The Joffrey Ballet.

One part of the program, "Yonder Blue", is "a mesmerizing and beautiful opener to Studies in Blue. Think of the piece as opening up the horizon of perspective and possibilities of your life. What is out there to see and discover? Inspired by Siri Hustvedt’s book, A Plea for Eros, the author describes the word “yonder” as a word that shifts and moves, implying distance between one place and another. The color blue is similar to this thought, as it is a color that contains several associations, such as honesty, melancholy and hopefulness."