Chicago’s Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater Honors its Roots for Generations to Come


Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater’s main mission is to present and preserve the music and dance traditions of Spain — but the Chicago-based company is made up of dancers whose cultural backgrounds span the globe. Under the artistic leadership of Irma Suárez Ruíz (who started her career as one of the company’s original apprentice dancers in 1979) and executive director Jorge Perez (who joined the company in 1984), Ensemble Español continues to deepen its commitment to devel

Shen Wei Dance Arts: An Interview with Shen Wei


On September 23 and 24, Shen Wei Dance Arts makes its Chicago debut here at the Auditorium Theatre. Led by the MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning contemporary choreographer and visual artist Shen Wei, the company will perform the works Folding and Rite of Spring. The Auditorium Theatre got the chance to ask Shen a few questions about his artistic process, the differences between creating choreographed works and paintings, and the company’s first visit to Chicago. AUD: You’re known for bein

Kathleen Battle Choir Auditions


Want to sing on stage with Kathleen Battle? Here’s your chance! The Auditorium Theatre will host auditions for the “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey” choir, led by Roosevelt University’s Jonita Lattimore on August 11 from 3-9PM and August 12 from 10AM-5PM. Find audition requirements and rehearsal schedule below! There is a stipend for this performance. More information will be provided at the auditions. For further details prior to the auditions, please contact jlattimore@roose