A few things to think about as you leap into the fall dance season:
•In August, an estimated 10,500 people packed Millennium Park's
Pritzker Pavilion and the lawn beyond to see the big, free outdoor
Chicago Dancing Festival. No further proof is necessary that this city
has a vital dance audience, and that it is only the price of tickets
that can sometimes keep them away from the theater.
Great works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Christopher
Wheeldon -- master choreographers from three different generations --
will be at the center of this fall's "All Stars" program, with company
premieres of Balanchine's "Stravinsky Violin Concerto"; Robbins' "The
Concert (or The Perils of Everybody)," a comic gem, set to the music of
Chopin, about the inner thoughts of concertgoers, and "After the Rain,"
Wheeldon's emotionally shifting work for three couples set to the music
of Arvo Part. A bonus comes in the form of Balanchine's eye-popping pas
de deux, "Tarantella," to music by Gottschalk. (Oct. 13-24 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress; (800) 982-2787; joffrey.org)
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