Photo: Gorman Cook
5/18–19 There’s nothing more restorative than spending time with Balanchine’s sweet choreography. Ballet Chicago performs his Swan Lake Act II and Serenade, followed by the premiere of a work by Ted Seymour. $25–$100. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org.
BRAIDING RIVERS FESTIVAL
5/31–6/2 This program features performances by Danceworks Milwaukee, Emma Draves, Ananya Dance Theater, and Krithika Rajagopalan, each providing an interpretation of contemporary life and culture in India, especially as it flowers beneath oppressive conditions. $10–$15. Links Hall, 3111 N Western. linkshall.org.
THE EIFMAN BALLET OF ST. PETERSBURG *Critic’s Pick
5/17–19 Auguste Rodin’s massive sculptures range from physically carnal to psychologically tormented, and it’s not often one gets to see his bronze figures expressed as living skin, muscle, and bone. $30–$90. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress. auditoriumtheatre.org.
MUSIC + MOVEMENT SHOWCASE
5/15 Giordano Dance Chicago and Luna Negra Dance Theater debut new works in a diverse program featuring jazz and contemporary Latin choreography. Both companies are vital to Chicago’s lively dance scene. $15–$20. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress. auditoriumtheatre.org.
TARIM UYGUR SONG AND DANCE
5/14 It’s a rare opportunity to experience Uygur music and dance; indeed, this is the troupe’s first tour through the Midwest, reviving the ancient and traditional works of Kazak, Kirkiz, Hui, Uzbek, and Tatar origin. Free. Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. cityofchicago.org.