Dance in Chicago: The world at our feet

September 12, 2010
Chicago Sun Times
Hedy Weiss


International roster of choreographers, companies to complement local favorites

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.

Joffrey Ballet

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;