Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, which opened its doors in 1889, announced plans on Monday morning for its 125th-anniversary season. It includes the June 2015 return to Chicago of Britain's Royal Ballet for the first time since 1978, and the return in the fall of 2014 of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
The venue, which is owned by Roosevelt University, also said that First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as honorary chair of the anniversary season, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule serving as honorary co-chairs.
Led by Director Kevin O’Hare, the Royal Ballet will present Carlos Acosta's production of “Don Quixote," a triple bill of Wayne McGregor's “The Art of Fugue,” Christopher Wheeldon's “Aeternum," and a still-in-progress piece from choreographer Liam Scarlett, which will premiere at the Royal Opera House in London in Feb. 2015. The Auditorium will be part of a three-city, 2015 tour of the United States that also includes the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.
The new season also features a "Made in Chicago" variety series of local performers and artists, as well as a "Made in Chicago" dance series, featuring Thodos Dance Chicago, Giodarno Dance Chicago and River North Dance Chicago, showcasing works in tribute to the City of Chicago. The theater also will have free screenings of Chicago-themed movies, and will throw a gala party for itself next year on Dec. 9, featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, singers from the Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Apollo Chorus. It was the singers of the Apollo Chorus who helped open the hall 125 years ago.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun