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Margaret Trudeau and The Second City
CIRQUE du Soleil’s newest production, Volta, will showcase the talents of its daring performers when it arrives at Soldier Field for performances from May 18 through July 6. Described as “a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail,” Volta stands apart from other Cirque du Soleil shows with the introduction of new and breathtaking additions. Under the Big Top, the show focuses on the character Waz, who has lost touch with his inner self in the pursuit of fame. Through some energetic, urban and contemporary displays, the audience follows the story to see if Waz will be able to reconnect with his true self. For more information and tickets, go to www.cirquedusoleil.com.
The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
Cirque du Soleil's VOLTA
THE Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia’s most innovative dance company, returns to the Auditorium Theatre May 17-19 for the North American premiere of Boris Eifman’s The Pygmalion Effect, a new re-envisioning of the classic Greek myth. Set to a score by Johann Strauss Jr., choreographer Eifman and his exquisite dancers deliver a new perspective on the mythological tale of Pygmalion, a sculptor who became infatuated with his own carving of a beautiful girl. Eifman’s ballet follows a passionate ballroom dancer who crafts a young woman into a brilliant dancer. Celebrated for his flamboyantly narrative ballets, the controversial Eifman has created a superb body of work that’s described as “extreme theatricality and spectacular effect," showcasing elegant dancing and riveting drama. For much of his career, the defiant Eifman, trained in the classical style of Russian ballet, has been inspired by historical figures or great works of literature. For more information and tickets, go to www.auditoriumtheatre.org.
CANADIAN icon Margaret Trudeau, the mother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and who became an international celebrity in the 1970s as the wife of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is scheduled to participate in The Second City’s “Wellness Week 2019: You’re Not The Only One, a series of special workshops and seminars focusing on mental health issues. As part of the May 6-12 event, Trudeau will debut her autobiographical solo show (May 9-12), titled “Certain Woman of an Age” at Second City’s UP Comedy Club. In her presentation, Trudeau, who says in years past she suffered greatly with undiagnosed mental illness, talks about dealing with mental illness in the global spotlight. Tickets to Trudeau’s workshop are on sale by phone at 312/337-3992 or at www.secondcity.com.