Dr. Kara Cooney on Egyptology and Ancient Leaders


This year, the Auditorium Theatre is partnering with National Geographic Live on a three-part speaker series dedicated to the stories of inspirational women. Dr. Kara Cooney, a celebrated Egyptologist and professor at UCLA, kicks off the series in September with “When Women Ruled the World,” delving into a time when women held positions of power in ancient Egypt. People often ask me how I decided on Egyptology. And I have no idea how to answer why I do what I do. I say banal things like “I

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


Cesar G. Salinas in “Wings”! 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, breathtakingly diverse presentation of the many veins of American jazz dance. It was dance pioneer and GDC founder Gus Gior

Meet Alicia Alonso


Originally published on Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s website. Alicia Alonso in “Don Quixote,” photo by Alessio di Paola 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 studies in 1931, at the Pro-Arte Musical Society Ballet School. Later she