One of the most diverse dance programs this year will take place in the Loop, on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre. The Movement + Music Showcase is a collection of all new pieces by six Chicago companies and their musical collaborators for one night, one performance only. The six companies—representing a spectrum of styles and traditions—were selected from workshops held at the Auditorium’s Katten/Landau studio; some of the names may be familiar, some perhaps less so: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Kuumba Lynx, Mexican Dance Ensemble, DanceWorks Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago. Giordano Dance Chicago also gets a special invite. The evening is hosted by Brett Batterson, executive director of Auditorium Theatre, and Heather Hartley, executive director of Audience Architects—a nonprofit dedicated to making dance more visible and accessible. The high-profile venue for a showcase like this helps with the former, the hot ticket price with the latter. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (800)982-2787. Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30pm. $20, $15 for students.