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International dance productions and local premieres leap into Chicago

Despite wardrobe malfunctions due to a derailed ship carrying costumes, the show will go on—in costume—for The Hamburg Ballet’s production of John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20 at The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago. Tickets ($40–$95) are available at and at 312-334-7777.*

The Harris is also the setting for The Joffrey Academy of Dance’s fourth annual Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Award which showcases world premiere works by choreographers Justin Allen, Stephanie Batten Bland and Norbert De La Cruz III.

“Dance remains a universal language,” explains Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. “Dance is a powerful bridge. With Winning Works, we celebrate all that is different and all that is universal amongst us.”

Winning Works also includes a restaging of Le Roi S’Amuse by Academy Co-Artistic Director Alexei Kremnev at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Tickets ($20-$23) are available at 312-334-7777, at, and at the door.

The Winter Concert 2014 performed by Thodos Dance Chicago is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts on 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. In addition to Melissa Thodos and Ann Reinking’s A Light in the Dark (about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan), a world premiere of Tsuru by Lucas Crandall of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Panem Nostrum Quoditianum by Ahmad Simmons of River North Dance Chicago will be performed. Tickets ($20-$46) are available at 847-673-6300 or at

The Winter Concert will also be performed at Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance on 205 East Randolph Street at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. Call 312-334-7777 or visit for tickets.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan comes to Chicago with Songs of the Wanderers on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 3 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre on 50 E. Congress Parkway. Presented by The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and The Joffrey Ballet, tickets ($25–68) are available at and at 800-982-ARTS (2787).

*As of announcement made on Feb. 19, both performances of Hamburg Ballet’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler have been canceled. Ticket holders will be contacted by a Harris Theater representative.

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