Visceral Dance Chicago joins the lot for #chidancemonth (review)

Visceral Dance Chicago joins the lot for #chidancemonth (review)
In a month that is veritably packed with dance, on a weekend that was equitably packed with dance, Visceral Dance Chicago (VDC) offered up a two-day program at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. This would be VDC’s first attempt at a full-length evening; the fledgling company presented a mini-show last fall debuting work ...

River North’s spring one night stand at the Auditorium Theatre (review)

River North's spring one night stand at the Auditorium Theatre (review)
Seeing River North Dance Chicago (RNDC) at the Auditorium Theatre felt a little bizarre. Like a buffalo in the Amazon, the ornately dressed Auditorium isn’t RNDC’s natural habitat. Nonetheless, a jubilant and considerably large crowd gathered for a one-night-only effort from a company known for its fierce technique, athleticism, and tight ensemble dancing. By those standards, ...

Skate Dance Dream unites skating and dance, kids and pros

Skate Dance Dream unites skating and dance, kids and pros
  My first contact with Parker Pennington was when I accidentally tweeted him good luck in Sochi. Thinking he was Jason Brown by looking at tiny pictures on my phone… ok I have no excuse, and that was really embarrassing. But Pennington has had an extremely impressive career of his own, winning US National Figure ...

Ginger Krebs’ Soft Parade works hard, plays hard (preview)

Ginger Krebs' Soft Parade works hard, plays hard (preview)
The day after Giordano Dance Chicago closed its spring season, I went to a studio showing of Ginger Krebs’ Soft Parade, premiering this weekend in the Katten/Landau Studio Theater on the fourth floor of Roosevelt University. Talk about polar opposite experiences. In the same way that jalapeño poppers and vichyssoise are both food, Soft Parade and Giordano ...

Giordano Dance Chicago ignites the Harris Theater (Review) 1

Giordano Dance Chicago ignites the Harris Theater (Review)
Ok, maybe it’s too soon for a pun about fire at the Harris, but in the last moments of the electrifying Sabroso I swear I saw smoke coming from the heels of Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC)’s dancers. In an eclectic Spring program,  older works appeared with the anticipated world premier of Autumn Eckman’s Mist. Mist ...

After two years, ATOM-r’s THE OPERATURE culminates

After two years, ATOM-r's THE OPERATURE culminates
The Operature is a dance show scattered amongst the masses of other spring dance shows. Ok, not really. Running two weekends in March, the 90 minute installation from Mark Jeffery and his group called ATOM-r is anything but just another dance show. The Operature pushes boundaries all over the place in its subject matter, venue, ...

Diane Rawlinson to receive the 2014 Ruth Page Award

Diane Rawlinson to receive the 2014 Ruth Page Award
Since 1986, the Ruth Page Foundation has awarded passionate and influential members of the dance community with the Ruth Page Award. In 2004, Keith Elliott and Dance for Life received the award. With Elliott recently departing Chicago for a new business endeavor in Scottsdale, Arizona, it seems fitting that Diane Rawlinson would receive the Ruth Page ...

Choreographers team together for “Fostering Dreams through Dance” 1

Choreographers team together for
Producer Jesse Welch and professional dancer Melanie Buttarazzi teamed together recently with a vision to enrich the lives of foster youth through dance. Welch and Buttarazzi recruited choreographers Sean Cheeseman, Stacy Walker, Gustavo Vargas, and Robert Chino Lopez, who have worked with world renowned entertainment giants the likes of J Lo and Michael Jackson, as well ...

Hubbard + Jiří Kylián = Love (not a review)

Hubbard + Jiří Kylián = Love (not a review)
The San Francisco Chronicle once named Jiří Kylián ”one of the greatest choreographers of our age.” Boy, those reporters sure are smart. You know that saying that anything you could possibly do as an artist has already been done? I’m pretty sure that was Jiří Kylián, 20 years ago, doing it, and better than you. So ...

Cloud Gate approaches….

Cloud Gate approaches....
In what may be the most comprehensive marketing campaign I’ve ever seen, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s visit to Chicago next week might be the most highly anticipated event of the season. Three of our heavy hitters of the Chicago dance scene – The Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and the Dance ...