This high-octane, pedal-to-the-floor weekend features new works by Chicago’s best choreographers and ensembles. See ballet, tap, urban, Irish, character, jazz and contemporary works all weaved in to one exhilarating night of dance. Special guests  this year include the Dance Chicago premiers of the great Moscow Ballet, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, New York’s Ajkun Ballet Theatre, and South Korea’s Kim Geung-soo Ballet Company, as well as the polished works of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, LehrerDance New York, World Champion Trinity Irish Dancers, Concert Dance Inc. and other unexpected surprises.

Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 pm

The list of performing companies (rosters) will be continually updated on this page.

Opening Weekend Special Guests

Moscow Ballet
“Charming, vibrant, beautiful and refined” - New York Times. 
Moscow Ballet, an internationally acclaimed ballet company featuring over 100 classically trained Russian dancers, is expanding it's extensive repertoire with the addition of the lavishly produced Sleeping Beauty.  The premier of Sleeping Beauty accompanies the 16th annual tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker taking these extraordinary dancers to more than 70 cities across the United States and Canada.

Ajkun Ballet Theater
The company draws rave reviews internationally from romantic and bravura ballets to innovative contemporary creations. Chicago premiere!

Kim Geung-soo Ballet Company
Established in 1999 by Artistic Director Kim Geung Soo, the Kim Geung Soo Ballet Company prides itself on its diverse and innovative repertoire.  In addition to the classical and contemporary styles of ballet, the company integrates its Korean culture and influence into its choreography.  Having performed in Asia, Europe and the United States, the company is dedicated to the education that comes from the cross-cultural experience of sharing art.  Formally the Artstic Director of the Korean National Ballet Company, Kim Geung Soo is a professor of dance at the prestigious Chung Ang Universtity in Seoul, South Korea. Chicago Premiere!

Houston Met attracts a wide range of renowned choreographers such as Randy Duncan and Robert Battle, as well as emerging choreographers like Peter Chu and Kate Skarpetowska! Chicago premiere!

is an inspiring and innovative contemporary company, showcasing Jon Lehrer’s definitive style, blending modern and jazz dance.

Details of the Program

LehrerDance / Loose Canon (2006) / Jon Lehrer

DanceWorks Chicago / Etude / Robert Battle

Houston Metropolitan Dance Company / Folk Tales / Kate Skarpetowska

Moscow Ballet / Don Quixote - Gypsy Dance

Ajkun Ballet Theatre / WALPURGIS NIGHT, choreography by Chiara Ajkun

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago / Wings / Gus Giordano

South Korea's Kim Geung Soo Ballet Company /
La Vivaledere by Kim Geung Soo

Lucky Plush Productions / meet them and wonder again

Elijah Alhadji Gibson / Flashback

Concert Dance, Inc. / Meetings Along the Edge / Venitia Stifler

South Korea's Kim Geung Soo Dance Company / Daybreak: World Premiere by Altin Naska

Mexican Dance Ensemble / Zapateado Veracruzano

From New York: LehrerDance / A Ritual Dynamic / Jon Lehrer

Group Sales

Group tickets: call the Athenaeum Box Office: 773/935-6860 or Fax the order form to the Athenaeum at 773/935-6878, or you may also order your group tickets at Ticketmaster: 312/902-1500 or at

Groups of 10 or more tickets to any one performance will receive 20% off your ticket order.   For information call 773/935-6860


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