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May is for ballet, modern dance and more

This weekend (May 2-4), Ballet Preljocaj will debut Snow White for Chicagoans. Featuring the choreography of Angelin Preljocaj and costumes of Jean Paul Gaultier, the ballet will be performed at Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance. For the theater's Eat + Drink to the Beat event, DanceWorks Chicago will perform aman choreographed by Harrison McEldowney and Jeremy Plummer as well as the Chicago premiere of self-portrait of a woman by Stuttgart Ballet Resident Choreographer Demis Volpi at 5:30 p.m. on May 7. Tickets for both shows are available at

Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates the Year of the Chicago Cultural Mile by participating in the Second Fridays event on May 9 with a free reception and series of performances honoring dance legends Isadora Duncan and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson at the American Rhythm Center. For information, visit

The Joffrey Ballet's 2013-14 Masters of Dance season concludes with the U.S. premiere of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet which runs through May 11 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on 50 East Congress Parkway. For tickets ($31-$152), call 800-982-2787 or visit

During their Diamond Anniversary Tour, Paul Taylor Dance Company (PTDC) returns to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on May 17-18 after a 30-year absence. Tickets ($25-$68) are available at and at 800-982-ARTS.

"As the Auditorium Theatre approaches our 125th anniversary season, we are thrilled to celebrate both the past and present by welcoming back the Paul Taylor Dance Company to our historic stage as they too celebrate a special anniversary," explains Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson. "It is a pleasure to present the work of a living legend who not only creates beautiful, mesmerizing pieces, but whose work tackles the issues our society faces each and every day."

"The Auditorium Theatre has always welcomed us with open arms and we are thrilled to be coming back to this historic venue after 30 years,” adds PTDC Executive Director John Tomlinson. “The pieces that we will perform in Chicago represent both the past and present. As the Auditorium embarks on their 125th Anniversary Season, and as we celebrate 60 years, we feel that these particular pieces embody the spirit of celebrating such incredible milestones."

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