By Leslie Witt

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater intersects with rock ‘n roll’s Jack White this week at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. It may seem a surprising mash-up, but bending boundaries in dance and music is part of what makes Ailey performances a thrill.

The company’s ever-expanding repertoire, showcased through Sunday afternoon at the Auditorium Theater, includes its premiere of Wayne McGregor‘s Chroma, with music by Joby Talbot and The White Stripes. Songs like “Blue Orchid” and “The Hardest Button to Button” are re-imagined, placed in a futuristic setting and inhabited by Alvin Ailey dancers moving with beauty, clarity and athleticism beyond belief. Artistic director Robert Battle has described the work as “an assault of gesture and angles and legs and extremities.” Click here for a sneak preview:

More new works, famed Ailey pieces set to the music of Duke Ellington, and the mind-bending, show-ending Revelations round out this season’s three-program run, sure to be an exhilarating ride. Click here for ticket info:


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