Skip to Content

A Monthly Culture Matrix For the Cosmopolitan Traveler

American Ballet Theatre: Mixed Repertory Program


Auditorium Theatre / Chicago / Stage

Pull any ballet press rep aside and most likely they’ll agree that repertory programs—a mix of three or four short ballets—just don’t sell like the full-length fairy tales. That’s one of the reasons we see fewer mixed bills these days. So the repertory program that American Ballet Theatre is bringing to Chicago is a real treat. It begins with Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère Act Two—a night-blooming dream of love and regret known as “The Kingdom of the Shades,” a realm in which nether spirits emerge like mist in the high Himalayas. The second ballet is Antony Tudor’s early masterpiece Jardin aux Lilas (Lilac Garden), a “tearful little tale” (as the critic John Martin called it) set in Edwardian England. The third ballet is Deuce Coupe—Twyla Tharp, the Beach Boys, a milestone in modern ballet. —L.J.

Buy tickets here
Auditorium Theatre 50 East Ida B, Chicago, IL 60605
Get Directions »
Start a New Search
Subscribers Only

Start your free trial to access the full Arts Intel Report

Subscribe to Air Mail to access every article
and search our entire Arts Intel Report.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in here.