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Chicago Dance Digest is devoted to bringing you the latest news and events from Chicago's dance scene. Emily is a lifelong dancer and writer, and current dance critic for Clef Notes Concert Journal for the Arts, who has created Chicago Dance Digest, a blog devoted entirely to dance in Chicago. Thank you for stopping by!
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JULY

July 3-6: Chicago Tango Week at the Westin O’hare

Chicago Tango Week offers a weekend immersion program for tango beginners. To learn more about the workshops, visit Chicago Tango Week.

July 7-18: AFRO-LATIN@ DIASPORA SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE at the Dance Center, Columbia College

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago this summer explores the influence of African and Latino/a aesthetics on each other in a summer dance intensive that culminates in performances July 15-18 at different locations. The Intensive concludes with a series of performances, $15 each for the general public:
• AfriCaribe Performance Group: Tuesday, July 15, 8 p.m., AfriCaribe Cultural Center, 2547 W. Division St., Chicago
• Postmodern Afro-Latinidad: Wednesday and Thursday, July 16 and 17, 8 p.m., The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
• Latin Rhythms in Performance with Intensive Participants and Guests: Friday, July 18, 8 p.m., Latin Rhythms, 210 N. Racine, Chicago

July 18-24: Thodos Dance Chicago presents “New Dances” @ the Ruth Page Center for the Arts

July 19, 7PM: Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet present Silk and Steel@North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

This summer, Aerial Dance Chicago (ADC) and Elements Contemporary Ballet will share the stage for a one-night-only concert in which each dancer will truly soar. The July 19 performance, titled Silk and Steel, will take place on the main stage of Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts and feature a world premiere collaboration between the companies as well as audience favorites from ADC’s and Elements’ original repertories.Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:00pm, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Boulevard Skokie, IL 60077. Tickets $24-46 (senior, student, veteran, and group discounts available). Purchase tickets and find additional information at www.northshorecenter.org.

July 19, 7 PM: Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago presents “The Continuum” at The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Muntu invites you to experience a timeless journey of movement, music, and song. ‘The Continuum’ will take you on a spell binding journey of past and present works with a peek into the future of Muntu’s solid legacy.

July 18, 7:30 PM: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater @ The Athenaeum Theatre

Participants from across the country come to Chicago to participate in DRDT’s crown jewel, its annual Summer Intensive, which culminates in a performance of new and beloved choreography by the Summer Intensive artistic team, also featuring a special performance by Flatfoot Dance Company. DRDT’s Summer Intensive offers technical rigor and artistic development within disciplines of dance. During the four weeks, participants engage in a strong curriculum fostering learning and personal growth, along with opportunities to experience the company’s repertory through forums, workshops and performance.

July 30 - Aug 3: Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents 2014 Rhythm World

"JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance" features a host of extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters July 30, July 31 and August 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Avenue. The programs, accompanied by the Greg Spero Trio, are as follows:
July 30—All the World’s A Drum
July 31—…a different drummer…
August 2—1, 2, 3, 25: The final concert program concludes the 24th Rhythm World festival and looks ahead to the 25th anniversary season. Performers include Cartier Williams in his new one-act work “Rhythm Remix,” as well as Jay Fagan, Luke Hickey, Jason Janas, Demi Remick, Sarah Savelli, Jumaane Taylor and more.
Tickets to the “JUBA!” performances are $25-35 and go on sale May 23. Call 312-397-4010 or visit mcachicago.org. Performances sell out every year, early purchase is advised. All programming is subject to change.

AUGUST

Aug 1-2RE|Dance presents The Long and Forgotten Winter at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts

Artistic Director Michael Estanich will premiere The Long and Forgotten Winter, a work for an nine dancers with Set Design by Grant Sabin, Costume Design by Elaine Hlavach and Lighting Design by Sarah Lackner. Focusing on the central theme of passage, the ensemble sets out on a journey that explores a contemporary world lost and the search for a new utopia. The Long and Forgotten Winter premieres at The Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, August 1 & 2 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, August 3 at 3:00 pm. The Ruth Page Center is located at 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/674474 Tickets will also be available at the door starting one hour before the performance.

Aug. 16: Dance for Life @ Auditorium Theatre

Dance for Life Chicago is the Midwest’s largest performance-based AIDS fundraiser, benefiting AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers’ Fund, an emergency fund for those in the dance community. It is the only performance of its kind in which Chicago’s finest dance companies come together on the same stage for an evening of performances. The mission of Dance for Life is to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention while promoting the art of dance in Chicago.

Aug. 20-23: Chicago Dancing Festival @ Multiple Locations throughout the City

The only free festival of its kind in the nation. The Festival’s mission is to present a wide variety of excellent dance, enrich the lives of the people of Chicago and provide increased accessibility to the art form, thereby helping create a new audience.  Its vision is to raise the national and international profile of dance in the city, furthering Chicago as a dance destination.

For free tickets, performers, and more information about this year’s festival, visit www.ChicagoDancingFestival.com.

2014-2015 CHICAGO DANCE SEASON

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 5-7: chicago tap theatre presets shoestrings @ the athenaeum theatre

Shoestrings, directed by Rich Ashworth is based on simple word association: “strings.”  We starting by joining tap dance with stringed instruments and evolved to more abstract concepts involving everything from children’s toys to modern physics, creating a kaleidoscope of choreography, improvisation, story-telling, and live music.

Sept. 13: Ruth Page Civic Ballet @ Ravinia

Ruth Page Civic Ballet presents a kids concert at Ravinia.

Sept. 13: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre @ Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Cerqua Rivera presents its Fall Concert Series.

Sept. 18-21: Joffrey Ballet presents “Stories in Motion” @ Auditorium Theatre

Artistic Director Ashley Wheater opens the season with “Stories in Motion,” a special one-weekend-only addition to the Joffrey’s usual four-program season.  The program, exploring the concept of “story ballet” with works that each tell a story in a freshly conceived way, features the return of two Joffrey repertory favorites, George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son and Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, along with the Joffrey/Chicago Premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s Asian-themed RAkU.  The Joffrey presents “Stories in Motion” in five performances only, September 18 – 21.

Sept. 18-29: BalletX @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, is co-directed by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan. The 10-member company’s repertoire includes more than 45 works by Neenan and guest choreographers. The company’s Dance Center program will feature four ballets by Jodie Gates, Joshua Peugh and Neenan.

Sept. 26-27: The David Bowie Variety Hour @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Culture curator Jyldo hosts an evening of glitter and glam to celebrate master chameleon David Bowie. Put on your red shoes for a rollicking evening with Chicago club and stage stars including queer art band BAATHHAUS, Chicago Tap Theatre, BOOM CRACK! Dance Company, dance tribute queen Kasey Foster, queer dancejokers LADY/WATCH, and more—all anchored by Nick Davio’s house band.

OCTOBER

Oct. 3-5: American Ballet Theatre @ Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre is thrilled to open our 125th Anniversary season with the return of American Ballet Theatre (ABT). “ABT’s dancing could not be better… full of conviction, nuance, and pizzazz,” raves The New Yorker. Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie brings an eclectic mixed repertoire to the Auditorium’s landmark stage including Twyla Tharp’s Bach Partita and Sinatra Suite; Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required; and Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free. - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf

Oct. 9-11: Hedwig Dances with DanzAbierta @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

Celebrating its 30th season under the direction of Jan Bartoszek, the Chicago-based Hedwig Dances expands its multi-year collaboration with DanzAbierta, considered Cuba’s preeminent contemporary dance company, under the artistic direction of Guido Gali. Two interlocking but separately choreographed pieces—Trade Winds by Bartoszek and Aires de Cambio (Air of Change) by DanzAbierta’s resident choreographer Susana Pous—explore the relationship of cyclical time in two different cultures: north and south, temperate and tropical.

Oct 9-12: Rosas: Rosas danst Rosas @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Set to a pounding score and performed by four female dancers, Rosas danst Rosas finds inspiration in familiar, everyday movements that develop into a series of telling narratives about identity and womanhood. One of the most prominent choreographers in contemporary dance, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas debuted this performance in 1983. Thirty years later, the work continues to impact contemporary culture with choreography that has become iconic among dance groups and is frequently replicated. The work was implicated in a plagiarism controversy surrounding superstar Beyonce in 2011, in response to which the MCA participates in the social media project “Re: Rosas.”

Oct. 15-26: Joffrey Ballet presents “Swan Lake” @ Auditorium Theatre

Wheeldon reimagines ballet’s greatest love story, setting it in the stunning, Degas-inspired studios of the Paris Opera Ballet of the 19th century. Combining classical elements with a modern vision, Wheeldon has created a stunning retelling of one of the most famous ballets of all time.

Oct. 16-18: Rosy Simas Danse @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

Rosy Simas examines her matrilineal Seneca heritage in a mixed-media solo dance work, We Wait in the Darkness. Simas explores how ancestry, homeland, culture and history are stored in the body and expressed in movement. In collaboration with photographer/filmmaker Douglas Beasley and French composer Francois Richomme, Simas creates an environment of sound, photography, video imagery and movement. Using personal metaphor and story, she takes the audience on a journey through a contemplative and fierce Native American experience of displacement and homecoming. Simas’ work crosses and blurs the lines between indigenous folk and contemporary dance and the implications therein.

Oct. 16-19: Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Collaboration @ Harris Theater

Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton and Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice President of The Second City, Inc. are delighted to announce a collaboratively devised production by the two performing arts organizations, to receive its world premiere October 16–19, 2014, kicking off Hubbard Street’s 2014–15 season at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.

Oct. 24-15: Giordano Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

Harris engagement will feature the world premiere of a Broadway-commercial blend, new full company work choreographed by highly respected choreographer Ray Leeper. This marks the first work Leeper, who has a very impressive list of  TV, stage and screen choreography credits, has choreographed for the company.

Oct. 25-27: Michael Clark Company: come, been and gone @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

In his first Chicago appearance, British choreographer Michael Clark presents this critically acclaimed production performed primarily to the music of David Bowie. One of the most influential dance artists of his time, Clark creates work that combines classical ingenuity with an experimental sensibility, exploring contrasting themes of virtue and vice, abandon and control, grace and embarrassment. Clark collaborated with pioneer dance filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas on the production’s lighting design. The performance is presented on the occasion of the exhibition David Bowie Is.

Oct. 28-29: Beijing Dance Theater @ Harris Theater

China’s leading contemporary ballet company performs Wild Grass (2012), a large-scale full-evening work in three sections, based on the poetry of Lu Xun (1881–1936), by female choreographer Wang Yuanyuan, a collaborator on the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Music is by Kangding Ray, Biosphere, Wang Peng and Cu Cong, 1987 Academy Award winner for Best Original Music (with Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Byrne) for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor. Founded in 2008, Beijing Dance Theater has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center and London’s Sadler’s Wells.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 6-8: Heidi Latsky Dance @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

Heidi Latsky, a former dancer with Bill T. Jones, is acclaimed for her work with mixed ability dancers. Solo Countersolo features Latsky as the counterpoint to the ensemble, weaving through a landscape of vigorously moving bodies to British composer Chris Brierley’s score, commissioned for the piece. Somewhere is set to wildly eclectic renditions of “Over the Rainbow,” using this iconic song to frame a series of intimate movement portraits that highlight a diverse unconventional cast. Her company’s residency coincides with the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) joint conference in Chicago in November 2014.

Nov. 21-23: Dance Theatre of Harlem @ Auditorium Theatre

Dance Theatre of Harlem makes a triumphant return to the Auditorium Theatre after 16 years, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression with a mixed repertoire performance that includes Gloria, Contested Space, and past-carry-forward. The Washington Post calls Dance Theatre of Harlem “unequivocally cool” and says of the company “…how much more powerful and essential the field of ballet becomes when its voices are more diverse and universal.” - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf

Nov. 29: Thodos Dance Chicago @ Auditorium Theatre

Performing a special ode to the Windy City’s famous 1893 World’s Fair, Thodos Dance Chicago performs their critically acclaimed piece The White City – Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, in addition to a mixed repertoire program, as they kick-off the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series.  The White City, created by company founder Melissa Thodos and Tony-award winning choreographer Ann Reinking, was named “Best Dance Performance” by the Chicago Sun-Times (2011) and is based on the best-selling Erik Larsen novel, Devil in the White City. - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf 

DECEMBER

Dec. 5-28: Joffrey Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” @ Auditorium Theatre

Don’t miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition: America’s #1 Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by The Chicago Philharmonic.

Dec. 9-14: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Princess Grace Awards: New Works @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to MCA Stage in a new program, featuring three up-and-coming contemporary choreographers. 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham choreographs to music by acclaimed composer Nico Muhly; while Victor Quijada sets his work to music by longtime collaborator Jasper “DJ Lil’ Jaz” Gahunia. Hubbard Street alumna Robyn Mineko Williams pulls the company’s unique collection of personalities into new and unpredictable configurations. Abraham, Quijada, and Williams are all recipients of Princess Grace Awards in Choreography and create new and original work for this performance.

Dec. 20-21: Tsukasa Taiko: Taiko Legacy 11 and Reduction @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Directed by Tatsu Aoki, a diverse range of music and dance artists from Tokyo, San Francisco, and Chicago converge at MCA Stage for two distinct programs, tracing taiko drumming’s evolution. Taiko Legacy 11, a perennial favorite of families, is performed by three generations of drummers representing today’s vibrant pan-Asian heritage. Artists include Dohee Lee and Melody Tanaka, performance artist Fujima Shunojo, and flute virtuoso Hyakkyou Fukuhara. Reduction forefronts taiko’s central role in the musical experimentation of 1970s Tokyo and features Ayako Kato, one of Chicago’s leading contemporary dance improvisers, and musicians including Hamid Drake, Douglas R Ewart, and Edward Wilkerson Jr. 

JANUARY

Jan. 21: Wendy Whelan “Restless Creature” @ Harris Theater

“I actually had the Harris Theater in mind while I was developing my project, Restless Creature. I sort of tailor made the work for this kind of theater.”  —Wendy Whelan

New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan, named “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina” by The New York Times, embarks on a new dance adventure with four of today’s leading choreographers. Whelan, together with her  3 collaborators, will present Restless Creature, an evening of four duets created by and danced with Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Restless Creature received its world premiere in August 2013 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.


Jan. 25: Tango Buenos Aires @ Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre presents Tango Buenos Aires’ Song of Eva Perón, a Tango dance and music performance inspired by the most important feminine character in Argentinian history. Tracing her epic life – from her ascent to fame in the 1930s to her death in 1952 – this is a sparkling and poignant spectacle that is not to be missed. “Repeatedly crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings,” says The Washington Post - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf

Jan. 31: Giordano Dance Chicago @ Auditorium Theatre

Making their full-length performance debut at the Auditorium Theatre, after headlining the theatre’s inaugural MUSIC + MOVEMENT Festival last season, Giordano Dance Chicago brings a program of mixed repertoire including their critically acclaimed Moving Sidewalks, a piece about the transitioning industrial landscape of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood during the mid-19th Century. “Its dancers’ emblematic style is often so athletic that you hope there are oxygen machines waiting in the wings,” says the Chicago Sun-Times.  - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf 

FEBRUARY

Feb. 5-7: David Roussève/REALITY @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

Stardust relates the travails of Junior, a gay disenfranchised African-American teenager. Described as “a coming of age story for the Twitter generation,” the work allows the audience to meet Junior only through his confessional text messages projected on a screen amidst glorious and pain-wrenching dance from African-American choreographer David Roussève’s 10-person company.

Feb. 11-22: Joffrey Ballet presents “Unique Voices” @ Auditorium Theatre

Feb. 13-15: Sònia Sánchez: Le Ça (The Id) @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Sònia Sánchez performs a solo dance to live guitar, vocals, and sound mixing in this re-invention of flamenco technique. Sánchez embraces improvisation and explores the subconscious depth of flamenco to the sound of electric guitarist David Soler and vocalist Miguel Angel (“el Londro”). In this US debut, she finds her own flamenco language composed thorough a series of collaborations with musicians and dancers.

Feb. 19-21: Chicago Dance Crash @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

Chicago Dance Crash has emerged during the past decade as one of Chicago’s leading mid-sized companies. The work merges a variety of forms including hip-hop, capoeira, modern and ballet. A mixed repertoire program for the company’s Dance Center debut includes a new work by guest Chicago choreographer and former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago dancer Ben Wardell. Chicago Dance Crash also offers a FamilyDance Matinee, featuring a special one-hour family-oriented performance preceded by a free parent/child movement workshop with the artists.

Feb. 28-March 1: Grupo Corpo @ Auditorium Theatre

World famous Brazilian dance troupe, Grupo Corpo, makes their Auditorium Theatre debut 2015.   The National says Grupo Corpo “shows the happy marriage between dance, music and visual arts as well as the innovative and seamless blend of Brazilian dance traditions and western modern dance styles.”   Grupo Corpo choreographer, Rodrigo Pederneiras says “I’m guided by a Brazilian way to see the life which is colorful, rhythmic and always looking forward.” (Houston Chronicle)   - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf 

MARCH

March 4-5: Scottish Ballet presents “A Streetcar Named Desire” @ Harris Theater

Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning American drama by Tennessee Williams, Scottish Ballet’s 2012 contemporary adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire—created in conjunction with the play’s 65th anniversary year—is considered a modern gem of contemporary dance. The impressionable Blanche DuBois and the temperamental Stanley Kowalski find themselves in constant turmoil in this suspenseful take on a story of lust, desire, and betrayal as only dance can inspire. Conceptualized by theater and film director Nancy Meckler, and choreographed by international dance star and National Dance Award (UK) winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, A Streetcar Named Desire delights in its cross-disciplinary style. Scottish Ballet brings this one-of-a-kind take on an American classic to Chicago for the first time, presented as part of the company’s Chicago debut.

March 5-7: Shantala Shivalingappa @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

Shantala Shivalingappa is an Indian Kuchipudi dancer who infuses her work with contemporary choreography and stagecraft. A “child of the east and west,” she was born in Madras, India, and was raised in Paris. Her gurus are Vempati Chinna Satyam and her mother, Savitry Nair, under whom she trained in Bharatha Natyam. She has performed for prestigious artists such as Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Bartabas, Ushio Amagatsu (Sankai Juku), and Pina Bausch. Akasha (which means “space”) is danced solo by Shantala with four accompanying musicians from India: a vocalist, flutist and two percussionists. Savitry Nair joins the company for The Dance Center residency. Deeply trained in classical Indian dance like her daughter, Savitry teaches, responds to and reflects upon Shantala’s work.

March 6-15: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ Auditorium Theatre

“Some of the most bravura dancers on the planet,” raves the Chicago Sun-Times. For 45 years, the Auditorium Theatre has been Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Chicago home, and we are thrilled to welcome back the company hailed as America’s Cultural Ambassador to the World. Bringing new Chicago premieres, as well as classic favorites, Ailey’s 10 performance run will be another highlight of our 125 anniversary season. - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf

March 7-8: Joffrey Academy of Dance-Winning Works: Choreographers of Color @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

The dancers of the Joffrey Academy perform world premieres of three award-winning works with speed, precision, and individuality. The dancers from Asia, South America, Europe, and the US also perform a new work by Academy Artistic Director, Alexei Kremnev.

March 12-15: Hubbard Street Dance @ Harris Theater

EXAMINE the nature of gender identities and relationships with a specially curated, unique program at the Harris Theater. The company performs, for the first time, the “precision-crafted and multilayered” (The Observer) choreography of Crystal Pite; Cloudless, a duet called “perfection in its unification of choreography, music and lighting” by Germany’s Main Post; and two polar opposites by Jiri Kylian: Sarabande and Falling Angels.

March 19-21: Urban Bush Women @ the Dance Center of Columbia College

Under the direction of African-American choreographer Jawole Zollar, Urban Bush Women celebrates its 30th season with a program of mixed repertoire, anchored by Walking with ’Trane: Chapter 2, part of a series of works based on the music and legacy of John Coltrane and inspired by the making of and the music from Coltrane’s 1965 album A Love Supreme.

March 20-22: The Seldoms presents “Power Goes” @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Choreographer Carrie Hanson’s new multidisciplinary dance work explores the nature of political power and its relationship to social action and change. The piece draws upon the figure of President Lyndon B. Johnson as a lens onto a broader inquiry about power and its meaning throughout history. In Power Goes, Hanson juxtaposes the protest culture and back-door maneuverings of LBJ’s America with today’s social and political gridlock. The Seldoms, a team of Chicago-based artists, are receiving commissioning support and a developmental residency at MCA Stage.

March 28: River North Dance Chicago @ Auditorium Theatre

River North Dance Chicago returns to the Auditorium Theatre’s landmark stage for the third consecutive season to present “an indelible montage of high-octane body percussion, lush lines and evocative curves” (See Chicago Dance).  Part of the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series, don’t miss the company that the Chicago Sun-Times says is “enthralling” and the Chicago Tribune calls “truly breathtaking.”  - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf

APRIL

Apr. 10-12: Ragamala Dance with Rudresh Mahanthappa: Song of the Jasmine @ the Museum of Contemporary Art

Choreographers Aparna Ramaswamy and Ranee Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa on a new work informed by their shared bicultural identities as Indian Americans. Inspired by medieval Indian poetry, the performance features an ensemble of five contemporary South Indian musicians who share the stage with six Ragamala dancers under a canopy of brass bells. Ragamala is acclaimed as one of the Indian diaspora’s leading dance ensembles, known for work that highlights emotion, spontaneity, and freedom. In Song of Jasmine, the collaborators expand this aesthetic to meet the improvisatory freedom of jazz.

April 22-May 3: Joffrey Ballet presents “New Works” @ Auditorium Theatre

Joffrey Ballet presents an evening of new works from choreographers  Justin Peck, Nicholas Blanc, and Ashley Page.

MAY

May 1-2: The Dance COLEctive and Peter Carpenter Performance Project @ Storefront Theater

File under collisions and spectacle on the go, Margi Cole and Peter Carpenter collaborate on an evening-length ensemble work focused on themes of mimicry and perspective. For more information, visit www.dancecolective.com.

May 6: Chicago Rhythm Fest @ Auditorium Theatre

Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) re-imagines its inaugural Tap Dance Day concert 25 years ago, with many of Chicago’s finest tap and percussive dance companies, including CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM! Joining CHRP are Trinity Irish Dance Company, Mexican Dance Ensemble, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater.  Part of a citywide celebration, this unique collaboration closes the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series. - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf

May 8-10: Eifman Ballet presents “Tender is the Night” @ Auditorium Theatre

Eifman Ballet returns to the Auditorium Theatre to present the American premiere of Tender is the Night set to a jazz score. Famous for his unique story ballets, Boris Eifman’s newest work is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel about the tumultuous relationship of one glamorous American couple living abroad, and the jet set friends that complicate their lives. “Of the ballet choreographers making narrative works for major stages, Russian Romantic Boris Eifman is virtually the only one totally in touch with the 21st century,” raves the Los Angeles Times. - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf

May 15-17: Synapse Arts @ Storefront Theater

Deception is a fascinating subject that intertwines relationships, identity and survival in Synapse Arts’ premiere of Rachel Damon’s You’re So Stubborn. The elusive and omnipresent concept of trust is explored in this world premiere. For more information, please visit www.synapsearts.com

JUNE

June 11-14: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago @ Harris Theater

CELEBRATE with our second-ever program devoted to the work of a single artist: Alejandro Cerrudo. His 14th World Premiere for Hubbard Street headlines and evening of favorites celebrating the creative range of our first Resident Choreographer.

June 18-21: The Royal Ballet presents “Don Quixote” @ Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre closes our 125th Anniversary Season by bringing The Royal Ballet back to Chicago after a 37-year absence. Led by Director Kevin O’Hare, the company will present Carlos Acosta’s production of Don Quixote, which The Guardian says “rediscover(s) the ballet’s fun” and DanceLondon says “Acosta has done a fine job in giving The Royal Ballet’s (Don Quixote) a completely new lease on life.” The company makes their Auditorium debut during a three-city tour of the U.S. that includes The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. - See more at: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/pages/home/performances-events/2014-15-season.php#sthash.zdJh4FTM.dpuf