Wednesday, January 30, 2008

La Scala cancels U.S. tour; "Beauty in Motion" takes its place

Teatro alla Scala, set to close out our season with "Romeo and Juliet" in June, lost their tour funding and cancelled their U.S. tour. We are of course extremely disappointed by this cancellation, especially since La Scala's lavish sets and costumes would have looked amazing in our landmark theatre!

The good news is, we were able to book another show in that time slot. Diana Vishneva, the ballerina who was scheduled to dance Juliet in two of the LaScala performances, is starring in a new show. Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion is an evening of 3 new pieces created by some of today's top choreographers to showcase Vishneva's grace, artistry and talent. (If you attended opening night of last season's Kirov Ballet engagement, you were able to see what a dynamic artist she is!)

The three pieces are "Pierrot Lunaire," choreographed by Bolshoi Ballet director Alexei Ratmansky to music by Arnold Schoenberg and featuring members of the Kirov Ballet, Opera and Orchestra; "Picarte" by MOMIX's Moses Pendleton, a solo for Vishneva; and Dwight Rhoden's (of Complexions) "Three Point Turn," featuring Complexions' Desmond Richardson and members of the Kirov Ballet.

Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion premieres in Orange County in February; the show makes its way to New York and Moscow before making its Chicago premiere right here at the Auditorium.

If you have already purchased tickets to La Scala's Romeo and Juliet, you can either exchange them for Beauty in Motion or request a refund:

  • If you are a subscriber or group leader, or if you purchased tickets in person at the box office, call 312.431.2357
  • If you purchased tickets online or over the phone through Ticketmaster, call 312.902.1500
  • If you purchased at an outlet, please return to that outlet.

Tickets for Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion go on sale Friday, February 1 at 10am. Call 312.902.1500, buy online or visit our box office in person for tickets.

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