Joffrey Ballet names Mayor Rahm Emanuel honorary board chair
He may have tapped Lane Alexander to be the dance voice on Joffrey Ballet announces this morning that our freshly-minted mayor was chosen unanimously by the 18 members of its Executive Committee to be its honorary chairman., but Rahm Emanuel hasn’t forgotten his early days at the barre. The
“We wanted to honor his commitment to dance,” Joffrey executive director Christopher Clinton Conway tells me by phone, “to really recognize his support, which is real, and knowledgable.” The board invited Emanuel at , at which $1.3 million was raised for the company.
Asked how involved Emanuel will be in board efforts, Conway says, “He intends to play an active role, and I’m thrilled,” mentioning that, as head of Jimmy Carter’s fund-raising from 1995–2000, the former president “would take honorary roles, but wouldn’t typically have the ability to participate in the activities of an organization. Since coming back to Chicago, Rahm has attended all of our performances, as well as the gala, so it does mean something. He has an interest, as well as a critical eye for dance, wants to lend his expertise and his wisdom.”
Lest it seem as if our new mayor will fill his days weighing in on casting choices for Infra, Conway adds, “We only have four [board] meetings a year, so it’s not a really onerous commitment.”
The Joffrey recently closed its 2010–11 season at the Auditorium San Francisco Ballet and choreographed after the 19th-century original by . You can also catch the company on August 27 in Millennium Park for free, during ., with a production of Don Quixote originated at