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Sun-Times 2017 Fall Entertainment Preview — Dance – Chicago Sun

Chicago has become home to a large, exceptionally talented (if all too often unheralded) community of dancers and choreographers, as well as a destination for touring companies. And this fall’s action-packed lineup showcases the art in all its forms with something for ballet aficionados, contemporary dance enthusiasts, fans of jazz, folkloric and percussive dance, and musical theater lovers captivated by electrifying dance sequences.

Here is a look at the fall season:

JOFFREY BALLET ( The Joffrey’s exceptionally busy season will begin with a first-ever collaboration with Chicago’s Lyric Opera – a not-to-be-missed world premiere production of Gluck’s “Orphee et Eurydice” directed, choreographed and designed by Hamburg Ballet’s John Neumeier (Sept. 23 – Oct. 15 at the Civic Opera House). Next up will be the Chicago premiere of Lola de Avila’s acclaimed adaptation of “Giselle” (Oct. 18-29 at the Auditorium Theatre), the quintessentially romantic ballet set to Adolph Adam’s score. A tale of love, class distinctions, betrayal, madness, forgiveness and more, its title role is a great test of a classical ballerina’s dramatic powers.

John Neumeier (right) rehearses for “Orphee et Eurydice” with Joffrey ballet dancers Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili. | Courtesy Joffrey Ballet

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO ( To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Hubbard Street will leap out of the gate with something completely different. Its Fall program, “Space, In Perspective” (Sept. 21-24 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance), will take the form of an “immersive installation,” as its 16 company members, plus 16 dancers from the Hubbard Street Professional Program, perform a work choreographed by Peter Chu (of FOX TV’s “So You Think Can Dance” fame), and set to a score by Djeff Houle (musical director for Criss Angel’s “MINDFREAK  Live!”). The hour-long piece will have the dancers and audience (no more than 400 people per performance, broken into several

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