Auditorium Theatre announces 2013–14 season
Today the Auditorium announced its 2013–14 season, noticeably big on dance with spots of music in between. We’re inclined to focus on dance, so we’ll save any suspense: Music includes Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel of Idan Raichel Project on November 9, the annual “Too Hot To Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah," January 18 and 19 (one-hour student matinee on the 17th), and Chick Corea and Béla Fleck on April 5.
Now, on to dance.
Artistic director Adam Sklute and Salt Lake City’s Ballet West return for a double bill, October 4–6. The versatile troupe—from Balanchine to Petipa to Tharp—performs the classic Sleeping Beauty during the first two days of its three-day stint. It closes on Sunday with a matinee of The Lottery, based on author Shirley Jackson’s macabre story of the same name. Lottery’s Midwest premiere, set to a new score from composer Robert Moran, dabbles in innovation. That is, interacting with the audience for what Sklute calls, “Perhaps the most powerful theatrical experience Ballet West has ever offered.” The Auditorium’s annual gala follows the last performance with a reception at the Chicago Hilton.
In a special one-night-only appearance, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, founded in 1951, returns to Chicago with its rich base of authentic Hungarian folk dances. See it November 22, accompanied by the Hungarian Folk Orchestra. Judging by what's been done in the past, we’re betting on a full-on barrage of culture-infused richness.
Fresh off an unprecedented ten-performance run at the Auditorium this past season, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater heads back, February 28–March 9, for another long stint. Don’t spoil us, Ailey. Start appearing for extended engagements on a regular basis and we’ll expect you in Chicago more often. As new artistic director Robert Battle continues to expand the company rep, there’s no telling what we might see from the legendary bunch. You can bet on one thing, though: Alvin Ailey’s famed Revelations is sure to close, per company tradition.
If you followed yesterday’s post about Dance Center’s 2013–14 season, then you know Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan performs March 14 and March 16. The company brings Songs of the Wanderers, copresented by the Dance Center, the Auditorium and the Joffrey.
This past winter, we got a look at Stanton Welch’s Son of Chamber Symphony when Joffrey performed its Chicago premiere at the Harris. It seems that the Houston Ballet artistic director can’t get enough of the Windy City, considering he’ll be staging his La Bayadère for Joffery’s upcoming season. He’ll then bring his company to the Auditorium March 22 and 23 for its Auditorium debut. They perform David Bintley’s Aladdin, originally created for the New National Ballet of Japan in 2008. The original score comes courtesy of Carl Davis, with lavish scenery from English designer Dick Bird.
River North’s Havana Blue, a world-premiere collaboration between RivNo’s Frank Chaves and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s Orbert Davis, opens in less than two weeks for a single performance. Keeping in that tradition, RivNo returns for the 2013–14 season on April 12 for yet another world premiere. The burning question: When will RivNo get a full weekend-long engagement?
The best for last? On May 17 and 18, Paul Taylor Dance Company makes a brief stop in Chicago. The program is TBD, but considering Taylor’s status among the pantheon of modern virtuosos, we’ll gladly endorse anything that gets put onstage.
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