Congratulations to our 2018 Too Hot Poetry Contest Winners!

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 […]

A Look Back at Trinity Irish Dance Company

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 […]

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2019 Programming

Program A 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 […]

Oh, What a Night: Frankie Valli Returns to the Auditorium Theatre!

Frankie Valli returns to the Auditorium Theatre on November 3, marking the American icon’s first appearance at the Auditorium since 1977! Valli, who turned 84 this year, has had an illustrious career — take a look at some of the highlights! 1934: Frankie Valli (born Francis Castelluccio) is born on May 3 in Newark, NJ. […]

See a Preview of Ate9/Visceral/Deeply Rooted

These 3 ground-breaking contemporary dance companies open the “Made in Chicago” 312 Series with a vibrant and variant night of programming. The evening features Ate9 Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater demonstrating the wide range of diversity that resides in the Chicago dance scene. Ate9’s Artistic Director Danielle Agami present’s her […]

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 […]

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

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, […]

Meet Alicia Alonso

Originally published on Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s website. 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 […]

Interview with Choreographer Alicia Alonso

Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns to the Auditorium in May for three performances of its acclaimed Don Quixote, choreographed by longtime company director Alicia Alonso. The company’s version of the ballet puts a distinctly Cuban spin on the story ballet and has been called “a fiesta for firebrands” by the Washington Post. In this interview with the […]

2018-19 Season Just Announced!

Dear friends, At the Auditorium Theatre, we deal in stories told through dance, music, and the spoken word. One of my greatest joys is to share the story of our theatre with you: The Auditorium was created as a place where people from all walks of life could gather to experience the power of the […]