AAMERICAN BALLET THEATRE BRINGS WHIMSICAL STORY BALLET WHIPPED CREAM TO THE AUDITORIUM THEATRE FOR ITS
CHICAGO PREMIERE APRIL 11-14
Featuring Stunning Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and
Dazzling Costumes and Sets by Mark Ryden
Whipped Cream Engagement Kicks Off the Auditorium Theatre’s New Four-Year Partnership with American Ballet Theatre; The Company Will Return to Chicago Every Year
as a Visiting Resident Company Through 2022
(CHICAGO, IL) American Ballet Theatre (ABT), America’s National Ballet Company®, brings the Chicago premiere of its new story ballet Whipped Cream to the Auditorium Theatre April 11-14. Whipped Cream features choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, sensational sets and stunning costumes by pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden, and a revived 1924 score by composer Richard Strauss (performed by the Chicago Philharmonic).
In August 2018, the Auditorium Theatre and American Ballet Theatre announced a four-year partnership that will bring ABT to the theatre as a Visiting Resident Company once a year through 2022. Whipped Creamis the first engagement in this partnership, and Chicago is one of just five major cities to host the story ballet since its 2017 premiere at California’s Segerstrom Center.
“The Auditorium Theatre is thrilled to start its new partnership with American Ballet Theatre with the joyous Whipped Cream,” says Rachel Freund, Auditorium Theatre Interim Chief Executive Officer. “ABT first performed on our landmark stage 50 years ago, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with this internationally-renowned company with this Chicago premiere.”
“We are thrilled to kick off this four-year partnership by bringing the brilliant dancing and whimsical world of Whipped Cream to the Auditorium Theatre stage,” says Kara Medoff Barnett, ABT Executive Director. “The ‘T’ in ABT stands for ‘Theatre,’ and this ballet delivers a theatrical experience that dazzles and delights. ABT is the only company in the world that performs this ballet, and we look forward to delivering a sugar rush to Chicago.”
With all-new choreography by Ratmansky, former director of The Bolshoi Ballet, Whipped Creamfollows the story of a young boy who, after receiving his first communion, is rewarded with a trip to a pastry shop. The boy, especially fond of whipped cream, overindulges in sweets and falls into a sugar-induced delirium, in which he encounters mystical creatures, nightmarish puppets, and the beautiful Princess Praline, who comes to his rescue.
Ryden, a celebrated painter known as the founder of the genre “pop surrealism,” designed more than 150 costumes and colorful, extravagant sets for the production, incorporating more than 78,000 Swarovski crystals into his intricate designs.
Whipped Cream is set to a rarely heard score by Strauss, which premiered at the Vienna State Opera in 1924. Strauss made his first United States appearance at the Auditorium Theatre in 1904. When he returned to the Auditorium in 1921 for the Chicago Opera Company’s revival of Salome, the Chicago Tribune noted that he was working on a new composition, titled Schlagobers (German for “whipped cream”), which “concerns the adventures of a group of children in a confectionary shop.” Nearly 100 years later, the Chicago Philharmonic will perform this score live at the Auditorium.
Ryden’s creations, Ratmansky’s choreography, Strauss’ score, and the world-class talent of ABT’s dancers make Whipped Cream a show fit for all ages and for any fan of ballet, theatre, or visual arts.
NIB FOUNDATION – International Dance Sponsor
CIBC and THE ROBERT THOMAS BOBINS FOUNDATION – Student Matinee Sponsors
JOYCE CHELBERG – Live Music Sponsor
MORGAN STANLEY – Opening Night Sponsor
HELEN HALL MELCHIOR – Performance Sponsor
About American Ballet Theatre
Recognized by an act of the United States Congress as America’s National Ballet Company®, American Ballet Theatre is one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Founded in 1940, ABT performs for more than 400,000 people annually. It has made more than 30 international tours to 45 countries, including recent triumphant engagements in Hong Kong, Brisbane, Singapore, Oman, and Paris.
SPECIAL EVENTS – For more information or to purchase tickets to these events, please visit AuditoriumTheatre.org.
College Night | Thursday, April 11 at 6PM
The Auditorium Theatre hosts a special College Night on Thursday, April 11. College Night tickets are $25 and include a seat to the performance and a pre-show pizza party.
Student Matinee | Friday, April 12 at 11AM
American Ballet Theatre performs a one-hour Student Matinee for students in grades K-12 at the Auditorium Theatre on Friday, April 12 at 11AM. Tickets may be reserved online here and are $15 per person.
Young Professionals’ Night | Friday, April 12 at 6PM
The Auditorium Theatre hosts a special Young Professionals’ Night on Friday, April 12. Young Professionals tickets are $50 and include a seat to the performance and a pre-show party with light bites from Cafecito and drinks. Tickets may be reserved online here using the promo code YOUNGPRO.
FREE Dance Master Class | Saturday, April 13 at 11AM
Intermediate and advanced dancers are invited to register for the Auditorium Theatre’s free Dance Master Class, led by dancers from American Ballet Theatre, on Saturday, April 13 at 11AM. Participants may register online here.
Fireside Chat | Saturday, April 13 at 6PM
Auditorium Theatre subscribers and donors are invited to an exclusive pre-performance Fireside Chat discussion with American Ballet Theatre, featuring light bites from Trattoria No. 10, wine, and other beverages.
FREE Post-Show Q&A | Sunday, April 14 following the 2PM matinee performance
A free post-show Q&A with the artists of American Ballet Theatre, guided by Auditorium Theatre Creative Engagement staff, takes place immediately following the Sunday, April 14 matinee performance.