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American Ballet Theatre

Few classical ballet companies can hold a candle to American Ballet Theatre’s stable of principal dancers. Not only is their ballet technique outstanding, they’re renowned for creating an onstage magic that lingers well after the curtain goes down. In recent years ABT has charmed Chicago audiences with superb performances of Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, and mixed repertoires. Members of the company (including Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Amanda McKerrow, Keith Roberts, Gil Boggs, and Angel Corella) will be coming to the Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, performing a diverse program that includes James Kudelka’s disarmingly pessimistic Cruel World and Antony Tudor’s glorious The Leaves Are Fading. Also on the bill is the premiere of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (the well-known acronym for the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America), an unusual dance choreographed to live barbershop quartet music. Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 and 7 at the Arts Center of the College of DuPage, 22nd and Lambert in Glen Ellyn; $53-55 ($50 for groups of 15 or more). Lecture-demonstration Saturday at 11, same place; $3. Call 708-942-4000 for tickets and information.

–Maura Troester

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo of dancer.