Myles Thatcher's New Ballet at The Joffrey

Myles Thatcher, a choreographer and corps member at San Francisco Ballet, just keeps on winning. Not only has he made work for the SFB School and the main company, not only was he named one our 13 Hot Young Choreographers and not only did he just finish a year as renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky's protégé (!!!), but he also has two major premieres this year: One at New York City Ballet and one at The Joffrey Ballet. Whew!

The dance world can't get enough of Thatcher's work, and for good reason. His vision is sophisticated, mature and crowd-pleasing. If you're not able to make it to Chicago to see the premiere of the (yet-to-be-named) "New Thatcher" as part of the The Joffrey's "Millennials" program from September 16–20, check out this promotional clip from the company.

It features Joffrey stunners Jeraldine Mendoza and Victoria Jaiani, and it really gives you a sense of how cool, calm and collected Thatcher is during his creation process. Merde!

 

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