February's Best Lineup

After a ridiculously cold start to 2014, I'm ready to heat things up with a lineup of romantic performances to see in the month of February. Whether you take your S.O. or your grandma, hopefully these shows will warm your heart and melt some of the snow outside, too.

Contemporary Choreographers: The Joffrey Ballet presents their winter concert just in time for Valentine's Day. The show takes us back to Joffrey's contemporary roots and features three pieces: two by some of contemporary ballet’s most luminous choreographers working today and one by a local “rising star” choreographer. One of the pieces is even named after a Chicago street, Crossing Ashland.

Alvin Ailey: Once again the renowned dance company returns to the Auditorium Theatre, this time marking 25 years since Ailey's passing. The troupe will perform a combination of new and old works, including four Chicago premieres and several old mainstays from Alvin Ailey himself, including masterpiece Revelations.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet: The San Francisco-based contemporary ballet troupe is set to present two programs at the Harris Theater the weekend of February 27, with Constellation and Meyer. The first uses an LED lighting installation designed by Chicago-born visual artist and MIT alumnus Jim Campbell. The second was created for LINES Ballet's 30th anniversary last year and features choreography set to a mix of classical and jazz scores.

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