Chicago’s dance community never rests! Stay on top of this vibrant dance scene with Chicago Dance Digest’s Events Calendar.
Feb. 27-March 1: Raphael Xavier @ The Dance Center, Columbia College
The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance culminating Philadelphia-based Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip hop genres—most specifically, breaking. Directed by Ralph Lemon, the new work deconstructs Xavier’s lyrics and breaking technique and, through rap cadences delivered as conversations, gives audiences insight into the maturing practitioner’s life journey as well as a context for viewing the artist’s work.
Feb. 28 – March 9: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre @ Auditorium Theatre
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, blends ballet, modern dance, jazz, and African dance techniques. Hailed as America’s “cultural ambassador to the world” and “possibly the most successful modern dance company on the planet” by “The New York Times,” Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs new repertoire plus audience favorites for a spectacular 10 full-length performance run.
March 1, 7 PM: Joffrey Academy’s Winning Works: Choreographers of Color @ the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
The winners of the Choreographers of Color Awards 2014 Justin Allen, Stefanie Batten Bland and Norbert De La Cruz III will showcase their work for one night only. On Saturday, March 1 at 7pm the Joffrey Academy Trainees will perform 3 diverse world premieres by these emerging choreographers, as well as Le Roi S’Amuse by Joffrey Academy Artistic Director, Alexei Kremnev. The production will now take place at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place located at 175 E. Chestnut Street. The date and time of the performance remains on Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 PM.
In Hubbard Street’s first all-Kylián program, see COMPANY PREMIERES of celebrated choreographer Jiří Kylián’s Falling Angels and Sarabande along with audience favorites Petite Mort and 27’52”.
March 14 & 16: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan @ Auditorium Theatre
Cloud Gate will perform Founder/Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min ’s Songs of the Wanderers, inspired by the wealth of religious practices throughout Asia and Herman Hesse’s account of Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment. A visually stunning paean to spiritual pilgrimage, the work creates a world of intense reverence that is distinctly Asian in its imagery, yet with powerful relevance far beyond. The scenic design includes an astonishing three and a half tons of shimmering golden grains of rice that shower down on the stage throughout the piece. The music is a series of Georgian folk songs.
March 14-23: Chicago Tap Theatre presents LoveTaps!
Be a matchmaker in this choose your own ending romantic comedy tap opera. You will meet an array of characters looking for love and decide who would be the perfect match for one another. Then see those dates play out in the second act! Written by Marc Smith and featuring original music by Andrew Edwards. Performances take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont.
Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is reviving its original production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale, featuring more than 80 student dancers. Performances are at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago.
March 22 & 23: Houston Ballet presents Aladdin @ Auditorium Theatre
Making their debut on the Auditorium’s Landmark Stage, Houston Ballet brings their magical production of celebrated choreographer David Bintley’s “Aladdin.” A tale of love, trickery and triumph, “Aladdin” tells the story of a young marketplace boy who becomes part of a whirlwind adventure with romance, unbelievable riches, love at first sight, treachery, and a magical lamp. Originally created for the New National Ballet of Japan in Tokyo in 2008, the production features spectacular scenery by the celebrated English designer Dick Bird and an original score by Carl Davis.
March 26-30: The Space Movement Project and the Leopold Group present Witness at Ruth Page
The Space Movement Project and The Leopold Group, Chicago-based modern dance companies, will team up to present,Witness, at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn. The performances will be Friday March 28th at 7:30pm, Saturday March 29th at 7:30pm, and Sunday March 30th at 3pm. The two companies were both independently founded in 2005 and have grown up side-by-side within the Chicago dance scene, each establishing a unique choreographic style. Witness brings these two voices together to explore themes of spectatorship, seating the audience on stage to highlight the act of watching. Regular general admission tickets are $20 and limited availability seating on the stage is $30. All tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com). Tickets will also be available at the door. The Space Movement Project will premiere new work The Dismantlers and The Leopold Group will present a choreographic mash up of two existing pieces called Lips of Their Fingers.
April 3, 7:30 PM: Trey McIntyre Project presents Harris-commissioned work @ Harris Theater
Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) returns to Chicago following its successful 2012 Harris Theater debut with a new commissioned work, in which the talented musicians from the Music Institute of Chicago will perform live. TMP annually tours the world performing McIntyre’s “fresh and forward thinking choreography” – The New York Times, and is known for creating a new era of American contemporary dance that the Harris is excited to present in Chicago.
April 3-5: Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group @ The Dance Center, Columbia College
Moseses (working title), co-commissioned by The Dance Center, explores our relationship to leadership and the effects of migration on beliefs and customs. Grounded in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Moses, Man of the Mountains, the work looks at diasporic movement out of Africa and into the rest of the world through the lens of Moses stories in their various cross-cultural and cross-faith interpretations.
Despite the 254 miles separating Beloit (Wis.) and Grinnell (Iowa), the student-run dance groups, Beloit College Dance Company and Grinnell College Dance Ensemble/ACTivate, will collaborate on a full-length performance, Sudden Spring, Sunday, April 6 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Using the Distance Dances method of collaborative choreography, developed by co-founders Gina T’ai, adjunct assistant professor of dance at Beloit College, and Susan Honer, independent dance artist based in Dayton, Ohio, students will construct a series of dances. Replacing studio rehearsals with online video posts, the dancers will interact remotely until Friday, April 4, when they will meet and merge the generated material into cohesive dances just days before the performance. The process can be followed at http://beloitrdc.wordpress.com/. The show will take place at 2:00 pm. General admission is $12, with student and senior tickets available for $6. Tickets can be purchased online (http://www.ruthpage.org), by phone, or on site at the Ruth Page Box Office, located at 1016 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610.
April 12, 8 PM: River North Dance Chicago @ Auditorium Theatre
Celebrated for creating vital connections between dancers and the audience as well as presenting gutsy and entertaining works, River North Dance Chicago returns to the Landmark Stage for a third season. With their signature athletic prowess and bold, theatrical flair, RNDC will unveil a powerful World-Premiere performance in this exciting return.
April 12, 7:30 PM: Perceptual Motion Dance Company presents 30th Anniversary Concert, Balance of Desire at Ruth Page
One Night Only! Balance of Desire, Perceptual Motion’s concert celebrating its 30th anniversary, is on April 12 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1012 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. It features 4 premieres, original music performed live onstage by Shakura World Theatre and a favorite work from the repertory with guest choreographer Harvard Vallance.
April 12 & 13: Winifred Haun and Dancers present Vision, Faith & Desire at Historic Pleasant Home, Oak Park
Vision, Faith, & Desire has played to sold out houses at the Ruth Page Center and the Pritzker Pavilion Stage. And we’re doing again! This time we’re presenting another group of artists at another fabulous venue: Oak Park’s Historic Pleasant Home. And we’re pretty sure that the snow and the cold will be over by then (it has to, right?). So, save the date and buy your tickets now.
April 24-27: The Seldoms present Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead
The Seldoms bring back their “daring and keenly, icily witty” (Chicago Tribune) dance theater work about the rancorous national debate about climate change. April 24-27, Northwestern University, Evanston IL, Marjorie Ward Marshall Ballroom Theater.
April 30 – May 11: Joffrey Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s masterpiece in a modern retelling which spans three eras of the 20th century. The story, as timeless as love itself, is performed against a striking multi-media backdrop and is set to Prokofiev’s formidably dramatic score. Bravura dancing and epic storytelling unite in this powerful rendering of the tragic love story.
May 2-4: Ballet Preljocaj presents Blanche Neige (Snow White) @ Harris Theater
Angelin Preljocaj’s French dance company from Provence gives its own contemporary take on Blanche Neige (Snow White). Based on the Grimm Brothers’ original fairy tale, this full-length story ballet choreographed by Preljocaj features costumes by legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier. For this ballet, an inspired Gaultier created costumes that are devilishly sexy, including brief nudity, and designs of warrior inspiration that are worth the journey in themselves. Magical sets are by Thierry Leproust and the music is a selection of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. In Blanche Neige, the characters’ bodies transcend through Preljocaj’s signature choreography to demonstrate space, energy, and ultimately feelings, using inventive gestures, clever substitution, and acrobatic wall climbing. The company’s American tour includes stops at New York City’s Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Music Center. Note: The Friday and Saturday performances will include brief nudity. Sunday’s matinee performance will be performed without nudity.
May 17 & 18: Paul Taylor Dance Company @ Auditorium Theatre
One of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles, Paul Taylor Dance Company, returns to the Auditorium stage with their ever-burgeoning repertoire. Taylor himself has become a cultural icon as one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance. He continues to bring that artistic vision and creativity to his own company while introducing audiences to true modern dance.
William Forsythe’s transcendent Quintett, Nacho Duato’s sinewy, Mediterranean Gnawa, and Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s WORLD PREMIERE.