Alvin Ailey 2018 Programming

Program A Talley Beatty’s Stack-Up New Production Inspired by Los Angeles’ urban landscape and the lives of its disparate inhabitants, Stack-Up depicts the emotional “traffic” in a community that is stacked on top of each other. Set to the background of a throbbing 1970s beat (with music by Earth, Wind & Fire; Grover Washington, Jr.; Fearless Four; and […]

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 […]

Meet the Golden Dancers

In honor of the Auditorium Theatre’s 50th anniversary of its grand re-opening, A Golden Celebration of Dance honors the legendary dance history of the Auditorium Theatre, stars the world’s best dancers, and features the next generation of dance. Meet the Golden Dancers below, and join us as we commemorate 50 years with a one-night-only mixed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Sarah Daley – Chicago Ailey Dancer Spotlight

This summer began my 6th season as a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It still sounds surreal when I say it aloud, especially when contemplating my relationship with the Auditorium Theatre, the first and only place I saw the company perform. I grew up in a few different suburbs of Chicago and […]

2017: A Year of Memories and Milestones for Thodos Dance Chicago

Written by Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Dancer at Thodos Dance Chicago My name is Jessica Miller Tomlinson and I am the senior ensemble member of Thodos Dance Chicago. Thodos Dance Chicago’s upcoming Full Circle 25th Anniversary Performance on March 11th at the beautiful Auditorium Theatre is an occasion which marks several milestones. Firstly, this performance is […]

25 years. It has gone by so fast.

Written by Laura Gates, Artistic Associate at Thodos Dance Chicago Melissa Thodos and Dancers originated in 1992. I joined the company as a guest artist in 1999, and, well…I just sort of stayed.  We had ten dancers the year I joined the company, six women and four men.  At that time, almost all of our repertory […]