Tonight at the Joffrey Tower, Joffrey Ballet dancers will premiere in-house works benefitting a local charity. EMBARC, co-founded by Joffrey dancer Anastacia “Stacia” Holden and two teachers at Harper High School in Englewood Imran Khan and January Miller, works to empower underprivileged youth by expanding their education to outside of school activities and cultural experiences. Through mentoring programs, field trips to shows or participating at a local garden, EMBARC strives to empower with skills to improve the students’ future. A quote by Antoine de Saint Exupery on the charity’s homepage reflects the core of their mission: ”If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”.
Joffrey dancer Derrick Agnoletti (Holden’s bff) is also on the board of directors and will participating in tonight’s event as a performer and choreographer. ”I like the fact that EMBARC is providing a space for choreographers of a world-class company to deliver in-house work all for a good cause,” says Agnoletti. ”I’m grateful for the Joffrey being so passionate about taking part in this.” Everyone has been hard at work, some since this summer, creating works and the environment for a special, intimate evening of dance. Agnoletti and Holden will dance a duet by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc and Agnoletti has created a solo for fellow dancer Erica Lynette Edwards set to Strange Fruit by Nina Simone. ”Erica dances with her heart,” he says. ”She exudes a quality that i feel is very rare in dancers today. She is able to touch an audience with her movement. She can pull people in and drive them to feel something.”
Go see the Joffrey dancers strut their creative stuff for a great cause. A reception will follow the performance. For more information, please visit: embarcchicago.org
Joffrey Ballet & EMBARC present A New Movement
Nov 3 at 630pm, $100, Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph, 4th fl