“Seeing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on the Auditorium Theatre’s Landmark Stage is an experience like no other,” states Brett Batterson, executive director of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, of the dance company’s 10 full performances from March 8 to March 17.
“We are honored to welcome back Robert Battle and his ‘cultural ambassadors of the world’ to their home here in Chicago for a 10 day run. There is truly something for everyone in this eclectic program that features so much breadth and diversity.”
Tickets to see the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater range from $32 to $92 and are available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com/auditorium; calling 800-982-ARTS; or at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office on 50 E Congress Pkwy. in Chicago.
Also in Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater presents Made in Spain, featuring the world premieres by Spanish choreographers Fernando Hernando Magadan and Mónica Cervantes at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago.
Inspired by the power of music over both emotion and physiology, Magadan’s Royal Road is performed to live music by jazz legends Turtle Island Quartet while Presente by Cervantes is set to Max Richter’s recomposed variation on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Luna Negra also reprises Magadan’s Naked Ape which explores the human capacity for technological innovation with the opposing need for physical intimacy.
“This season at Luna Negra, we’re deepening the relationships we began in earlier seasons with up-and-coming Latino choreographers,” explains Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Luna Negra Artistic Director.
“Last fall we brought back Fernando Melo for a world premiere. This spring, we do the same with Fernando Hernando Magadan, whom we introduced to Chicago two years ago. And of course we continue to nurture talent from within, presenting new work by our own Mónica Cervantes. These artists, plus others you’ll see later this season, represent the next generation of Latino creativity and artistry.”
Tickets for Made in Spain range from $25 to $65 and are available by phone at 312-334-7777 or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.
In Evanston, Occupy Dance 2013 which features choreography by Annie Arnoult Beserra, Lizzie Leopold, David Lakein, Susan A. Lee, Stephanie Paul and Billy Siegenfeld, with special guest artists from the Chicago-based dance company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.
The program showcases 17 Northwestern student dancers and a creative team that includes Chicago-based sound designer Nick Keenan and Northwestern second-year MFA students Lindsey Lyddan (lighting) and Alexis De Forest (costumes).
“This show serves as an entry point for people who are not traditionally dance audiences,” notes Northwestern faculty member Beserra.
Open to the public, performances will take place 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7; 8 p.m. Friday, March 8; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 847-491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu. Discounts for groups and students are available.