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

Vernard Gilmore – Chicago Ailey Dancer Spotlight


Hello, I’m Vernard Gilmore and I’ve been a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 1997, so this is my 20th year!. I was born and raised in Chicago, on the South Side. I left Chicago at 19 to pursue my dream to be an Ailey dancer. I had great teachers, who exposed me as a student to the arts and theater in Chicago. My first time inside the Auditorium Theatre, I was 16. My dance teacher Ms. Holda brought us to see Dance Africa. We sat in the nosebleed section, way up.