Joffrey Ballet

When: Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, 3 p.m. 2013

The first dance company to appear on television, first to tour the Soviet Union, and only to appear on the cover of Time, Chicago's Joffrey Ballet once wielded profound cultural significance. This American treasure is enjoying a contemporary renaissance under the artistic direction of former San Francisco Ballet principal Ashley Wheater. Making its first appearance since 2007, the Joffrey returns to Zellerbach Hall (Bancroft Ave. at Dana St., Berkeley) on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, with a program linking its heritage and its future: Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence, an exploration of sexual repression set to music by Philip Glass and Thomas Newman; Christopher Wheeldon'sAfter the Rain, with sensual duets on an evocative ArvoPärt score; and The Green Table, an antiwar masterpiece created by Kurt Jooss in 1932 and first presented in the US in 1967 by, you guessed it, the Joffrey. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.; $30-$92. 510-642-9988 or

Alison Peters

Price: $30

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