When life imitates art: George Floyd, RBG and ‘We’re Gonna Die’

CHICAGO—Ten minutes before the scheduled virtual opening of Theatre Y’s “We’re Gonna Die,” I heard that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. I didn’t want to go,…

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Moving is important. What if we took the hint, and actually paused?

NORMAL, Ill.—My feed is filled with virtual dance classes and obituaries. As COVID-19 continues to tear through this country and redefine ways of life, indefinitely,…

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Beyond ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ new film takes a deeper dive on Petipa

Icarus Films—the independent film producer that has created documentaries on Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch and Trisha Brown—has a new dance film making its way to…

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Illinois Symphony hits all the right notes—and there were a lot of them—in V-Day program

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Love was in the air at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Friday, which had big pink hearts projected onto the…

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Departing from Graham, Kanopy Dance pulls from Stanley Love’s vibrant catalog in ‘Love is Love’

MADISON, Wis. — In a departure from their usual Martha Graham-influenced work, “Love is Love”, Kanopy Dance Company’s midwinter offering in the Overture Center’s Promenade…

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‘An American in Paris’ at Drury Lane has all the movie magic of the original

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL—The band was inconsistent. So was some of the tap dancing, and a couple actors’ French accents sounded, well, more like German. If…

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Queer Dancer Profiles: Dee Alaba

CHICAGO — This post is part of a series of conversations with trans/genderqueer dancers to give you a broader idea of where we come from,…

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Illinois Symphony features soloists from among its ranks in intimate ‘Magnificent Mozart’

BLOOMINGTON, IL–As Maestro Ken Lam announced what he called the “main dish” of a three-course musical meal Saturday at Bloomington’s Second Presbyterian Church, musicians adjusted…

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Queer Dancer Profiles: Jess Martin

CHICAGO—This post is part of a series of conversations with trans/genderqueer dancers to give you a broader idea of where we come from, what we’re…

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Big Muddy’s minimalist, modern day ‘Christmas Carol’ aims to forge a path for a Dickensian dance tradition

ST. LOUIS–It’s only been a week since the inaugural Big Muddy Dance Festival, and The Big Muddy Dance Company, who produced the expo, performances and workshop series…

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