A Living Art Form: Giordano Dance Chicago Honors Jazz Dance Legacy

As America’s original jazz dance company prepares to take our stage, you may be wondering, “What is jazz dance?” Some have argued that this iconic company has moved beyond jazz dance and entered into a more contemporary dance world, but if you delve deeper into the company’s June 9 program, you’ll find an unbelievably rich, […]

Meet Alicia Alonso

Originally published on Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s website. Alicia Alonso, prima ballerina assoluta and general director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, is one of the most outstanding personalities in ballet history and is the top figure of classical ballet in the realm of Ibero-American culture. She was born in Havana, where she started her ballet […]

Interview with Choreographer Alicia Alonso

Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns to the Auditorium in May for three performances of its acclaimed Don Quixote, choreographed by longtime company director Alicia Alonso. The company’s version of the ballet puts a distinctly Cuban spin on the story ballet and has been called “a fiesta for firebrands” by the Washington Post. In this interview with the […]

2018-19 Season Just Announced!

Dear friends, At the Auditorium Theatre, we deal in stories told through dance, music, and the spoken word. One of my greatest joys is to share the story of our theatre with you: The Auditorium was created as a place where people from all walks of life could gather to experience the power of the […]

A Timeline of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Work

Originally published on HubbardStreetDance.com As we prepare for our upcoming Spring Series, a full evening of works by Alejandro Cerrudo, March 23+24 at the Auditorium Theatre, we took a look at Alejandro’s history with Hubbard Street and the other companies he has choreographed for. For more information about the Spring Series, click here. 2005: Joined Hubbard Street […]

The Monte-Carlo method: a ballet company’s fairytale story

Originally published in The Guardian By Judith Mackrell “It sounds like a stupid fairytale. It’s unreal, the situation I have here.” When I meet the artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, one thing is very clear. Jean-Christophe Maillot is a man who knows his own luck. Back in 1993, when Maillot was first invited by Caroline, Princess of Hanover to […]

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2018 Program

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to the Auditorium Theatre after 20 years for a special two-night engagement devoted entirely to work by Hubbard Street’s Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Learn more about the program below! Lickety-Split Originally performed in 2006 at the Harris Theater as part of the Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop, this is the first piece […]

2018 “Too Hot” Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 Too Hot Poetry Contest Winners! Thank you to our Eductional Outreach Sponsor, AllState. These Are the Sounds of My Community Poet: Giselle Alencastro Galileo Scholastic Academy I hear the wind Taking the leaves in different directions I hear dogs Barking, wanting to take ownership of the whole town I hear youngins […]

Alvin Ailey 2018 Programming

Program A Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary Chicago Premiere Longtime Ailey dancer Jamar Roberts’ choreographic debut for the company, Members Don’t Get Weary, is a work for 10 dancers set to music by jazz legend John Coltrane, 50 years after his death. Roberts calls the work “a response to the current social landscape in America … […]

Why Director Joan Curto Chose to Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne

Written by Joan Curto In commemoration of their centennials, much has been written about the lives, careers, awards, and accomplishments of Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne individually. But in my research for the upcoming show on November 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, something struck me: the similarities between the two women. Not just the fact […]