Each year, students from around the city of Chicago are invited to add their voices to the Auditorium Theatre’s Too Hot to Handel celebration by submitting original poetry for our Too Hot Poetry Contest. Chicago students, grades 3-12, entered this year’s contest by responding to one of two prompts: “How has my community shaped me?” or “This is how my community has shaped me!”.
Congratulations to our two winners and first runner-up. They will each be performing prior
Mark Howard is a proud Chicago Irish-American. Born in Yorkshire, England of Irish Parents, Howard trained as a child in Chicago church basements and banquet halls under the legendary Marge and Dennis Dennehy. Teaching his own students by the age 17, while studying at St. Ignatius College Prep, led to the founding of the Trinity Academy of Irish dance, Howard’s own dance school which continues to flourish as a Chicago institution.
A year after graduating from Loyola University, Howard coached
Lazarus by Rennie Harris
Midwest Premiere / Co-commissioned by the Auditorium Theatre
Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris returns to Ailey this season with the Company’s first two-act work, Lazarus. Inspired by the life and legacy of Mr. Ailey, Harris connects past and present in a powerful work that addresses the racial inequities America faced when Mr. Ailey founded this company in 1958 and still faces today. Harris’ previous contributions to the Ailey reperto