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Dance leads programming for Auditorium's season

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2009 file photo, pianist and vocalist Michael Feinstein poses for a photograph in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, file)

Six widely varied dance companies will claim the Auditorium Theatre stage during the 2012-2013 season. They include: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez (Oct. 6-7), now in its 60th year; the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Nov. 2-4), Canada’s oldest classical company, presenting choreographer Jorden Morris’ 2009 hit, “Moulin Rouge – The Ballet,” set to a rollicking French soundtrack evoking late 19th century Paris; the annual visit of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (March 8-17. 2013); River North Dance Chicago in collaboration with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic ((April 13, 2013), in choreographer Frank Chaves’ exploration of the evolution of Cuban jazz and the music of the Afro-Cuban diaspora; Michigan’s Eisenhower Dance Ensemble in “Motown in Motion” (April 14, 2013), featuring dance vignettes to the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, the Supremes, Michael Jackson and more; and the return of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia in “Rodin” (May 17-19, 2013), Eifman’s look at the relationship between sculptor August Rodin and his mistress/muse, Camille Claudel, set to music by Saint-Saens, Massenet and Ravel.

The musical offerings will include an onstage cabaret evening with Susan Werner (Sept. 15); Michael Feinstein with Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra (Sept. 29), an homage to the classic American songbook; and “Too Hot to Handel” The Jazz Gospel Messiah” (Jan. 19-20. 2013).

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