If you care anything at all about dance -- anything at all about the performing arts, in fact -- you know all about the Joffrey Ballet.
The Chicago-based company is now celebrating its 60th year, which a fairly astounding milestone. It was conceived as a six-member touring company out of New York City in 1956 and has had its offices in Chicago since the mid-1990s. Its company now includes about 40 dancers and is one of the most in-demand performing arts companies in the world.
The Joffrey will be in Sarasota on Thursday for a performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The company's trademark is having some of the most talented and most intensely classically trained dancers in the world, and setting on them reconstructions of familiar balletic masterpieces as well as modern dance works.
The program for the Van Wezel concert includes "In Creases, with choreography by Justin Peck and music by Philip Glass, "Rendez-vous," choreography by Nicolas Blanc and music by René Aubry, "Passengers," with choreography by Myles Thatch and music by Steve Reich and "Fool's Paradise," with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and music by Joby Talbot.
Details: 8 p.m. March 10, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $35-$75. Information: 941-953-3368, vanwezel.org.