Contemporary dance — that smooth (or chunky) blend of ballet and modern, with various optional admixtures — is huge this fall. Look too for the occasional detour into Mexico, Spain or Israel, plus an ambitious architectural collaboration. Mid-October is the white-hot center of dance overload, far too much for any one person to see.
Highlights from the Auditorium Theatre include:
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico: Founded in 1952 by Amalia Hernandez, Mexico’s premiere folk-dance company returns to Chicago after a three-year absence to perform the vivid dances of Mexico’s many regions and cultures. Sept. 26-27 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy; $30-$73 at 312-341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org
River North Dance Chicago: Frank Chaves says goodbye as RNDC head in his company’s only Chicago appearance of the 2015-16 season. The one-night show features three of Chaves’ dances plus works by several others, including Robert Battle, Sherry Zunker and Randy Duncan. Look for the troupe’s resurrection in fall 2016. Oct. 3 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy; $28-$68 at 312-341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org
Joffrey Ballet: After looking forward in September’s “Millennials” program, Chicago’s top classical troupe looks back with the U.S. premiere of John Neumeier’s “Sylvia” in October. Director of Hamburg Ballet since 1973, Neumeier choreographed his stark version of the classic in 1997 for the Paris Opera Ballet, which debuted the piece in 1876. Known for its flimsy plot and brilliant Leo Delibes score, “Sylvia” in Neumeier’s hands is reportedly a psychological study of the young huntress. Oct. 14-25 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy; $32-$155 at ticketmaster.com.
Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour: What will Twyla think of next? Chicagoans find out in November. The famously protean choreographer—who started small and eventually choreographed for ballet, Broadway and La-La Land — presents two new works during a nationwide tour: “Preludes and Fugues,” set to sections from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier,” and “Yowzie,” a comedic piece set to Henry Butler and Steve Bernstein, contemporary practitioners of old-time jazz who reportedly wowed the crowd at the Chicago Jazz Festival last weekend. Nov. 5-8 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy; $33-$103 at 312-341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org
By: Laura Molzahn