You don't have to be Beyonce or Jay-Z to visit Cuba. To luxuriate in the irresistible dance and music of the island all you have to do is head to the Auditorium Theatre at 50 E. Congress this Saturday at 8 p.m. to see "Havana Blue," a joint program by River North Dance Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
Last fall, choreographer Frank Chaves, artistic director of River North (who was born in Cuba), and Robert Davis, founder of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, spent nine days in Havana as part of a cultural exchange, soaking up the "romance, angst, energy and uncertainty" of the place. Now they've put together a program exploring the origins and evolution of Cuban jazz and music of the Afro-Cuban diaspora, with a major collaboration in the title work, as well as individual pieces by each group.
For tickets ($32-76) call (800) 982-2787 it visit www.AuditoriumTheatre.org/music and movement.