The Joffrey Ballet Returns
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison
This Spring, ARTS San Antonio presented “An Elegant Gala Evening at the McNay with The Joffrey Ballet” as one of the events in their celebratory series that led to The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of The Rite of Spring at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Guests enjoyed an evening of fine art and fine food at The McNay Art Museum and the opportunity to meet Senior Leadership and Principal dancers from the world-famous Joffrey Ballet. The event celebrated The Joffrey’s first appearance in San Antonio after more than 20 years. ARTS San Antonio created six Joffrey Experience events to herald The Joffrey Ballet’s return to San Antonio.
Gala guests posed for keepsake photos with a specially commissioned painting commemorating The Rite of Spring by renowned San Antonio artist Kathy Sosa. Young dancers from the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet led a procession to bring The Joffrey Ballet dancers into the Leeper Auditorium where Ballet San Antonio dancers performed and posed in vignettes. In addition, guests viewed displays of original costume sketches for the Ballets Russes provided by the Tobin Theatre Arts Collection.
The Joffrey Experience Honorary Chairs were Phil and Linda Hardberger, and Co-Chairs were Margaret R. Kanyusik and Barbara L. Stevens. The Gold Presenting sponsor was Capital Group Companies.