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 that they were both black women, who lived during a time of significant racial inequality and segregation, yet rose to great heights in their respective

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 repertory program! JACQUELINE BURNETT (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) is from Pocatello, ID. Burnett received classical ballet training in Pocate

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 in 1979) and executive director Jorge Perez (who joined the company in 1984), Ensemble Español continues to deepen its commitment to devel