Elements Ballet (Elements) cultivates an appreciation for ballet by producing original, distinctive, and dynamic performances that are relevant and exciting to today’s audiences. Hailed as “magnificent” by the Chicago Tribune, Elements presents new works in the neo-classical vein with impressive technicality and grace.
Founded in 2005 by choreographers Mike Gosney and Joseph Caruana, Elements has created a repertory of original contemporary ballets and collaborative productions with Chicago-based artists and organizations including Haymarket Opera Company, Aerial Dance Chicago, ALEXA GRÆ, and Third Coast Baroque. Now in its 13th season, the company is known for its ability to engage audiences with passionate dancing, innovative choreography, and transcendent theatrical experiences.
Elements trains its dancers and develops work according to artistic director Mike Gosney’s unique philosophy of dance, based on the four classical elements. Each represents a major facet of dance: earth for physicality, air for focus, water for freedom, fire for expression. Gosney has used this approach to revolutionize the way dancers study, rehearse, and create new work. It is this fresh interpretation of ballet that serves as the basis for Elements’ mixed repertory concerts, site-specific pieces, original story-ballets, and outreach programs.