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DANCE LOOMS LARGE IN AUDITORIUM'S 2013-2014 SEASON

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The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, has announced its dance-packed 2013-2014 season. Here's the lineup:

± BALLET WEST (Oct. 4-6): This acclaimed Salt Lake City-based company will present Adam Skulte's new production of the full-length classic, "Sleeping Beauty" (Oct. 4 and 5), and the Midwest premiere of "a new classic" -- Val Caniparolli's "The Lottery" (Oct. 6, in conjunction with the Auditorium's gala benefit).
± THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT (Nov. 9): A chart-topping star of the Israeli popular music scene, Raichel will showcase his work which blends African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds.
± HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE (Nov. 22): Considered one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, this troupe returns with its rich and colorful repertoire, all of which is based on authentic Hungarian dances. It will be accompanied by the Hungarian Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra.
± "TOO HOT TO HANDEL: THE JAZZ GOSPEL MESSIAH" (Jan. 18 and 19, 2014).
± ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (Feb. 28 - March 9, 2014): In its annual visit to Chicago.
± CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN IN "SONGS OF THE WANDERERS" (March 14 and 16, 2014): A visually stunning work by choreographer Lin Hwai-min that explores the religious practices found throughout Asia.
± HOUSTON BALLET IN "ALADDIN" (March 22-23, 2014): This marks the Chicago debut of celebrated choreographer David Bintley's ballet.
± CHICK COREA AND BÉLA FLECK (April 5, 2014): These two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders will meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo.
± RIVER NORTH DANCE CHICAGO (April 12, 2014): Returning to the Auditorium for the third time, with details tba.
± PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY (May 17 and 18): In a rare visit to Chicago, this world-renowned company, led by one of the great masters of American modern dance both classics and recent works.

Subscription packages go on sale April 15. Call (312) 341-2357. Go online at www.AuditoriumTheatre.org starting May 1.


The Auditorium Theatre is the official home of the Joffrey Ballet, and the semi-official home of many dance companies with local, national or international home bases. The newly announced 2013-2014 season for this beautiful Louis Sullivan landmark at 50 E. Congress confirms many of its traditional ties, but also marks the arrival of some artists rarely seen in Chicago. The season also gets a multi-cultural boost from its musical offerings.

Here's the lineup:

± BALLET WEST (Oct. 4-6): This acclaimed Salt Lake City-based company, under the artistic direction of Joffrey veteran Adam Sklute, will present Skulte's new production of the full-length classic, "Sleeping Beauty" (Oct. 4 and 5), with the Tchaikovsky score played by a live orchestra. It will also perform the Midwest premiere of "a new classic" -- Val Caniparolli's "The Lottery" (Oct. 6, in conjunction with the Auditorium's gala benefit). Based on Shirley Jackson's tale of a quiet American town with a startling and frightening secret, and set to an original score by Robert Moran, this groundbreaking interactive theatrical experience allows the audience to take a journey alongside the dancers and to find out the hidden secret of the town before the performers themselves do. It will be performed along with "Esmeralda (Pas de Deux)" and "Rubies + Diamonds (Pas de Deux)."


± THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT (Nov. 9): A chart-topping star of the Israeli popular music scene, Raichel will showcase his work which blends African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds. One reviewer described it as "opening a fascinating window onto the young, tolerant, multi-ethnic Israel taking shape away from the headlines."

± HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE (Nov. 22): Considered one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, this troupe returns to Chicago with its rich and colorful repertoire, all of which is based on authentic Hungarian dances. The folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is played both by the Hungarian Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra.

± "TOO HOT TO HANDEL: THE JAZZ GOSPEL MESSIAH" (Jan. 18 and 19, 2014): Returning for its ninth consecutive year to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this all-American version of Handel's beloved oratorio features nearly 200 performers, with acclaimed soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson, plus pianist Alvin Waddles, bassist Marion Hayden, the 150 voices of the city-wide "Too Hot" Choir under the direction of Bill Fraher, and a 50-piece symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton.

± ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER (Feb. 28 - March 9, 2014): In its annual visit to Chicago, the ever-popular company, under the artistic direction of Robert Battle, will give 10 mixed repertory performances.

± CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN IN "SONGS OF THE WANDERERS" (March 14 and 16, 2014): A co-presentation with the Dance Center of Columbia College, this visually stunning work by choreographer Lin Hwai-min explores the religious practices found throughout Asia, as well as Herman Hesse's novel about Siddhartha's quest for enlightenment. It features an epic scene in which golden grains of rice flood the stage.

± HOUSTON BALLET IN "ALADDIN" (March 22-23, 2014): This marks the Chicago debut of celebrated choreographer David Bintley's ballet which spins the story of a young marketplace boy who becomes part of a whirlwind adventure that involves trickery, romance, great riches, love at first sight, treachery, and a magical lamp. Originally created for the New National Ballet of Japan in Tokyo in 2008, the production features spectacular scenery by the celebrated English designer Dick Bird, and an original score by Carl Davis. A co-production between Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Houston Ballet Foundation, the work is being co-presented here with the Ravinia Festival.

± CHICK COREA AND BÉLA FLECK (April 5, 2014): These two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders will meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing myriad genres from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, the duet will combine 20-time Grammy winner Corea and 15- time Grammy winner Fleck's most recognizable tunes with the music from their Latin Grammy- winning album "The Enchantment".

± RIVER NORTH DANCE CHICAGO (April 12, 2014): Returning to the Auditorium for the third time, this powerful Chicago company, admired for it athletic prowess and bold, theatrical flair, will stage a world premiere, with details to be released at a later date.

± PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY (May 17 and 18): In a rare visit to Chicago, this world-renowned company, led by one of the great masters of American modern dance (still creating new work at the age of 82), will showcase both Taylor's classics and recent works.

A variety of subscription packages go on sale April 15. Call (312) 341-2357. Or, beginning May 1, go online at www.AuditoriumTheatre.org.

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I've seen the Paul Taylor Dance Company numerous times in New York. It's great that this outstanding company is coming to Chicago. If ever there was a modern dance company that sets the standard of artistic excellence it's this incredible company of dancers. Paul Taylor is a master and his dancers are absolutely stunning to watch. I'm happy for Chicago and hats off to The Auditorium Theater for booking this world renowned company.

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