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Joel-Halls-new-leader-Jacqueline-Sinclair-takes-steps-to-continue-the-work

Joel Hall's new leader Jacqueline Sinclair takes steps to continue the work - By Aaron Hunt - "I'm house-hunting today!" Jacqueline Sinclair giggled to Windy City Times over the phone. She's not your average house hunter. The newly named Artistic Director of the Joel Hall Dancers is looking to move the the company into its "forever home." If there was a tiny trepidation in her tone, the biggest part of the orchestra was playing glee. "Our lease ...


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Dance for Life 2018 names companies - For its 27th annual event, Dance for Life Chicago presents a diverse group of companies and artists performing Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Joining the partner dance companies that perform each year—Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet—are Hanna Brictson and Dancers, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago ...


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DIFFA/Chicago marks 30th anniversary - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS ( DIFFA )/Chicago marked its 30th anniversary June 9 with a gala, "DIFFA XXX," at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. At this event, the organization honored Lori Cannon for her longtime activism against HIV/AIDS, including being one of the co-founders of Open Hand Chicago and ACT UP/Chicago. Cannon was inducted into ...


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Back Lot Bash, fifteen years and still going strong - Despite having full-time jobs, the dynamic duo of Amie Klujian and Christina Wiesmore-Roberts have put on the famed lesbian-focused yet all-inclusive Back Lot Bash for 15 years, and don't plan to quit anytime soon. Held initially in an empty Andersonville lot behind Clark Street, the event has grown from one day to two weekends, and now draws up to 6,000 ...


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Queen! show with CeCe Peniston, Dajae June 22 - Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley is the headliner; special guests are slated to include dance-music star CeCe Penison ( "Finally" ), house-music artist Dajae ( "Brighter Days" ), Joe Smooth, Shaun J. Wright and Hey Rae Chardonnay. Among those scheduled to also ...


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Disco documentary to screen June 15 - The documentary Jewel's Catch One will screen Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. Acquired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay for Array, Jewel's Catch One explores the legacy of the country's oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman-activist Jewel Thais-Williams. Also, she provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, ...


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National Museum of Mexican Art hosts annual queer prom - On June 1, The National Museum of Mexican Art presented its 13th annual gay prom. The event, in Pilsen, attracted students from all over Chicago and featured drag performers, a buffet dinner, a DJ, an on-site photographer and a tabling section. Youth mentor and community leader Emmanuel Garcia said, "Queer prom kicks off Pride Month, and what better way than ...


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Chi-Town Squares marks 30 years with party, award ceremony - Chicago's LGBTQ square dancing club, Chi-Town Squares, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a party and pot-luck dinner, "Take Pride," May 12 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Andersonville. The club began when Jerry Cohen and Ron Goodman joined forces in 1987 and put ads in the local LGBTQ newspapers to seek out more members. When the first class met in ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Nora Sharp on their work, 'Small Boobs' - "Sometimes I'm just sitting in the barber shop reading GQ Magazine and I'm really into it," said Nora Sharp in a recent interview with Windy City Times. "I look at myself looking at Armie Hammer and it's the whole 'do I want you or want to be you?' thing" Sharp said with a smile. Many of us have had similar ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Unusual offerings heat up summer - Dance this summer starts with a bang and ends with a slow, satisfying burn. Front load your dance card in June, take a beach break in July and return for some glitz, glamour and guts in August. Here are the top picks for Chicago dance this season: —The Pivot Arts Festival on Chicago's North Side returns for its sixth season ...


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Theater Spotlight on Don Quixote - Think Don Quixote, and most invariably think one of a ziggitygillion crooners going for the money notes in "The Impossible Dream." If you have a memory for Lit 101, you may also picture a guy with a vaguely Ren Fairish aesthetic galloping after windmills. This is not that Don Quixote. It is instead the Ballet Nacional de Philharmonic, dancing to ...


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Wonka Ball on May 11 at MBC - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktail reception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all ...


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Chicago House celebrates springtime with 'Revive' - Chicago House and Social Service Agency held its 32nd annual spring brunch and fashion show on May 6 in the Winter Garden Room atop The Harold Washington Library. The event, which piggybacked off of last year's concept of footsteps, was titled "Revive! Rally on the Runway," and was designed to springboard the start of spring and to revive the spirit ...


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Wonka Ball on May 11 at MBC - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktailreception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all with ...


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Bridge Dance Festival through May 6 - The Bridge Dance Festival—the culmination of four years of Japanese focused programming at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., including the National Performance Network Asian Exchange, Beyond the Box and Links to Japan—is taking place through May 6. It features Links Hall commissioned works by Kaori Seki ( Tokyo ) and Darrell Jones ( Chicago ), and J'Sun Howard ( ...


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Bridge Dance Festival through May 6 - The Bridge Dance Festival—the culmination of four years of Japanese focused programming at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., including the National Performance Network Asian Exchange, Beyond the Box and Links to Japan—is taking place through May 6. It features Links Hall commissioned works by Kaori Seki ( Tokyo ) and Darrell Jones ( Chicago ), and J'Sun Howard ( ...


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DANCE PROFILE Getting to know Lucky Plush dancer Aaron-Raheim White - How does one go from being a quiet young boy with an unstable home to being a successful Reiki master-teacher and MFA in dance? This isn't a rags-to-riches story, energy healers and dancers being on the lower rungs of the economic hierarchy in this country. But Aaron-Raheim White—a dancer with Chicago dance-theater company Lucky Plush—has a story steeped in self-discovery, ...


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Wonka Ball, Saturday Night Live: The Experience, May 11 - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktailreception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all with ...


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Artemis Pride More Than Music concert, dance June 9 - From an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers' More Than Music Pride choral concert and community dance, will include poet e nina jay, author of Body of Rooms, and DJ OCD in the soaring gothic acoustically beautiful space of First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park on June 9. The theme for the evening reflects that the organization goes beyond choral singing, presenting music written ...


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'Bolder Than Out' features variety show, panel discussion - As a part of the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) sixth annual Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) conference, "Kitchen Table Action," Chicago State University's ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) and In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) hosted the BTO Ball April 6 at CSU. The event featured a VIP reception, free HIV ...


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Queer dance series through June 17 - "Queer Dance Connection: A Workshop Series," with Celia Calder presenting, will take place April 15, May 20 and June 17, 3-5 p.m., at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. This beginner-friendly movement workshop series for people of all genders, all abilities and all levels of dance experience will mix activities from various partner dances such as contact improv and queer ...


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'Bolder Than Out' ball April 6 - In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) and Chicago State University ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) will participate in the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) Conference: Bridging the Gap by hosting the "Bolder Than Out" ball on campus at 9501 S. King Dr. on Friday, April 6, at ...


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ALMA winter salsa has dancing, awards - The Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action held a second annual winter salsa on March 23 ( after being postponed earlier this year because of weather ) at Chicago's Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Delicious tacos and an open bar kicked things off in the welcoming space for the five hour party. DJ X-Tasy and DJ OCD provided the tunes before ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Talking with performer Okwui Okpokwasili - Some people think in definitives. They synthesize the complicated world around them into neatly packaged conclusions and then state those conclusions with authority. The three-time Bessie Award-winning dancer, writer and performance maker Okwui Okpokwasili is not one of those people. "I'm not looking for answers," said Okpokwasili in a recent interview with the Windy City Times. "I'm looking for a ...


Make-Out-Party-events-March-30-31

'Make Out Party' events March 30-31 - Emily Esperanza's new queer featurette, ‹Make Out Party, ‹will have its world premiere at VAM Studio, 1621 N. Kedzie Ave., on Friday-Saturday, March 30-31. The parties will start at 7 p.m., with the screenings at 8:30 p.m. and a dance party to follow. ...


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SPRING DANCE PREVIEW Women lead the pack this dance season - Clearly, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements were needed to raise awareness—yet again—about the inequities, discrimination and harassment that women face in the workplace ( at let's face it, everywhere else ). It is common knowledge in the dance field that women make up a majority of the "bodies" seen on stage, not to mention all the teachers, choreographers and directors ...


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ALMA's 'Winter Salsa' March 23 - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) will host its "2nd Annual Winter Salsa" on Friday, March 23, at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, but was postponed due to inclement weather. Among other events, awards will be given to Jessica Carrilo-Guerrero ( Individual Community, MillerCoors ...


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Wonka Ball on May 11 at MBC - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktailreception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all with ...


-Queer-dance-series-March-18-June-17

Queer dance series March 18-June 17 - "Queer Dance Connection: A Workshop Series," with Celia Calder presenting, will take place March 18, April 15, May 20 and June 17, 3-5 p.m., at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. This beginner-friendly movement workshop series for people of all genders, all abilities and all levels of dance experience will mix activities from various partner dances such as contact improv ...


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Joffrey Ballet receivea $1 million grant from Alphawood Foundation - From a press release - March 7, 2018 ( Chicago ) — The Joffrey Ballet has received a $1 million grant from the Alphawood Foundation to fund a transformational three-year project aimed at audience expansion and sustainability. The grant will be distributed over a three-year period, allowing the Joffrey to implement new marketing and development initiatives. The grant is intended to support these new initiatives ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Sharp and still with Lin Hwai-min - Next month the Dance Center of Columbia College welcomes back Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan for a two-night engagement of its latest work "Formosa" at the Harris Theater. According to Taiwanese legend, 16th-century Portuguese sailors exclaimed "Formosa!" ( "Beautiful!" ) as they came upon the lush island off the coast of China that would eventually be known as Taiwan. ...


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DANCE REVIEW Modern Masters - Choreography by: Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Nicolas Blanc and Myles Thatcher At: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets: joffrey.org or ticketmaster.com; $34-159. Runs through: Feb. 18 Ballet is much more than The Nutcracker. As Joffrey's Modern Masters program shows, ballet can inspire, frustrate and ultimately revive. It's also the most ephemeral of art forms: dancers give ...


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The Joffrey Ballet Announces 2018-19 Season - From a press release - February 12, 2018 ( Chicago )— Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, proudly announces an impressive 2018-19 season featuring the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov's historic reimagining of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, Anna Karenina, presented as part of a first-time collaborationbetween The Joffrey Ballet and the renowned Australian Ballet, along with a world premiere by rising urban dance ...


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Joffrey's 'Modern Masters' Feb. 7-18 - The Joffrey Ballet presents Modern Masters—a mixed repertory program showcasing works by contemporary icons along with top emerging choreographers—Feb. 7-18 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The program will include the world premiere of Beyond the Shore, by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc; and the Chicago premiere of Glass Pieces, by Jerome Robbins, in honor ...


WINTER-DANCE-SPECIAL-Contemporary-dance-ballet-and-much-more

WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Contemporary dance, ballet and much more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - One thing's for sure: dance artists are not hibernating this winter. Working with themes like perception, heritage, anger, displacement and joy, a bevy of local choreographers as well as national and international touring companies will grace Chicago stages this season. Here are some highlights: —Links Hall ( 3111 N. Western Ave.; LinksHall.org ) starts off with dance maker Paige Caldarella ...


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Joffrey Ballet to offer Modern Masters of dance premieres Feb. 7 through 18 - From a press release - ( January 11—CHICAGO, IL ) — For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Modern Masters, a mixed repertory program showcasing works by ballet's most celebrated contemporary icons along with today's top emerging choreographers, including the world premiere of Beyond the Shore by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc, the Chicago premiere of Glass Pieces by Jerome Robbins in honor ...


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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at Harris March 2 and 3 - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the return of Asia's leading contemporary dance company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, March 2 and 3 at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. This presentation is supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Artistic Director/Choreographer Lin Hwai-min's newest evening-length work, Formosa, takes the homeland as inspiration ...


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Tharpe part of newest Hall of Fame class - Decades after her death, Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, according to Out.com. She will receive the Award for Early Influence. Tharpe is considered a pioneer in the musical genre of rock gospel, and Elvis Presley cited her as an influence. Born in Arkansas in 1915, Rosetta Nubin ( Tharpe's ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Ashley Wheater marks a decade at Joffrey's helm - A tarot card reading in the '80s predicted that Ashley Wheater would become the artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet. Well, maybe it didn't specifically mention the Joffrey Ballet and the reading was not for Wheater himself; it was for his sister. But it did clearly indicate that her brother would one day be an artistic director and that he ...


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Baryshnikov in Chicago Feb. 2-4 - Cherry Orchard Festival will present the Chicago premiere of the one-man play Brodsky/Baryshnikov—conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, and starring Mikhail Baryshnikov—Feb. 2-4, 2018, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr. This limited Chicago engagement caps the three-city North American tour of the production that The New Riga Theatre and Baryshnikov Productions co-produced. Performed in ...


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DANCE Love and marriage: Hubbard Street couple dance together - The story goes that Glenn Edgerton, the artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Tom Mossbrucker, the artistic director of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, have been best friends since they danced together at the Joffrey Ballet. So when the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet toured to Chicago in 2013, Edgerton threw a party for the company and invited the Hubbard ...


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'How Hansel Became Gretel' Dec. 7-10 - On Dec. 7-10, tap dancers of jorsTAP chicago will take the stage at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., to premiere "Hansel and Gretel: How Hansel Became Hansel." "jorsTAP Chicago is a 501( c )( 3 ) non-profit organization that was established in 2012 to disrupt the preconceived notions of tap dance," according to ...


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Joffrey Ballet presents ewly reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 9, 2017 ) — Following a wildly successful world premiere in December 2016, The Joffrey Ballet will present its newly reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in 33 performances only, at the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago at 50 East Congress Parkway, December 1-30, 2017. "This stunning version ...


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How Hansel Became Hansel, fairytale to be reimagined in tap dance - From a press release - Chicago —Experience the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale story we grew up reading, but with a new twist: Hansel was born a girl. This December, the tap dancers of jorsTAP chicago will take the stage at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, one of Chicago's most inclusive museums, to premiere Hansel and Gretel: How Hansel Became Hansel. This family-friendly ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Deeply Rooted Dance: 20 years, and counting - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater ( DRDT ) is gearing up to present its 20th-anniversary season finale, "Deeply Free," with the much-anticipated premiere of INDUMBA, by South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala, along with celebrated works from its distinguished repertory ( Dec. 8-10, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., 7:30 p.m. ). Let that sink in ...


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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo film at Siskel - The New York-based and cheekily named Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—the gay, all-male dance troupe that has for 40 years slyly and hilariously satirized ballet classics—is revealed in the esprit de corps that is its greatest strength in this documentary that tells the inside story. The film screens Friday, Nov. 24-Thursday, Nov. 30, Gene Siskel Film Center of the ...


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tours in Chicago March 2018 - From a press release - Following a five-week season launch in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to grace stages from coast to coast during a 21-city North American tour includingthe Auditorium Theatre in Chicago March 7 through 11 and Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois in Springfield on March 12. On Feb. 6, a week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in ...


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'Nutcracker' feature to premiere Nov. 16 - WTTW public media has partnered with the Joffrey Ballet to produce a new 60-minute documentary, Making a New American Nutcracker, which will go behind the scenes to reveal how it was made and introduce audiences to the creative talents who made it happen. Making a New American Nutcracker premieres on WTTW-11 and on wttw.com on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8 ...


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Joffrey Ballet opens holiday season with newly reimagined Nutcracker - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 9, 2017 ) — Following a wildly successful world premiere in December 2016, The Joffrey Ballet will present its newly reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in 33 performances only, at the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago at 50 East Congress Parkway, December 1-30, 2017. "This stunning version ...


Joffrey-choreography-winners-announced

Joffrey choreography winners announced - The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of The Joffrey Ballet, has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Telmo Moreira, Omar Román De Jesús, Claudia Schreier and Luis Vazquez. This announcement followed a national call for African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American artists to submit applications, which began in June. The ...


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Lyric holding 'Superstar' auditions - Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for dancer/singers for the 2017-18 season production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Auditions will be held Dec. 2-4, and the deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. CT. For more information about this production and to submit for these auditions, email a resume ...


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Joffrey adds three dancers - Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet, has announced the addition of three dancers to the Joffrey's international roster for the 2017-2018 season. They are Olivia Duryea ( Haslett, Michigan ), Yuka Iwai ( Iwate, Japan ) and Greig Matthew ( Aberdeen, Scotland ). Duryea and Iwai join the Joffrey directly from the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School ...


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Joffrey Ballet to present world premieres in "Winning Works" - From a press release - CHICAGO — November 1, 2017 — The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the recipients of the eighth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Telmo Moreira, Omar Roman De Jesus, Claudia Schreier and Luis Vazquez. This announcement follows a national call for ALAANA ( African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American ) artists to ...


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'Big Orange Ball': Raffles, margaritas and a Sasha fierce - Howard Brown Health held its annual Big Orange Ball for the third time on Oct. 21 at Carnivale. Guests came out in various costumes to the restaurant/event space. Wonder Woman Megan Taylor was spinning records as attendees entered the massive dining room. The staff was very attentive, passing South American-inspired appetizers and bartenders were quick with the potent margaritas. Safe ...


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Joffrey's 'Giselle' through Oct. 29 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Joffrey Ballet will launch its 2017-18 season with the Chicago premiere of Lola de Avila's Giselle at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. De Avila, former associate director of the San Francisco Ballet School, has adapted the classic story of madness and sacrifice made from love, set to prolific 19th-century composer Adolphe Adam's original score created for the ...


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DANCIN' FEATS The 'Play' is the thing - By Joanna Furnans In a few weeks, Faye Driscoll and her cast of performers will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for the second installment of her performance trilogy, Thank You for Coming: Play ( Nov. 9-11, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, 2:00 p.m., at 220 E. Chicago Ave. ). The first iteration of the series, Thank You for ...


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Queer partner dance debuts with SWITCH: Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Imagine a safe space for LGBTQIA folks to partner dance free from traditional binary roles. That is what SWITCH: Chicago aims to provide beginning on Wed., Oct. 25, 8-11 p.m., at Voice of the City, 3429 W. Diversey Ave. Subsequent events will also take place at Voice of the City on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The genesis of ...


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DANCIN' FEATS A kinesthetic anthropologist and his movement specialists - Next month, the Brooklyn-based Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group will return to the Dance Center of Columbia College to perform "CITIZEN" ( Oct. 12-14, 7:30 p.m., 1306 S. Michigan Ave. ). The predominant theme examined in this work centers around questions of "belonging" with the promotional tagline asking, "What does it mean to belong?" and "What does it mean ...


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Black Ensemble Theater to premiere Living The Black Renaissance - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater continues the 2017 Season ( The Dance Theater Season ) with the World Premiere of Living The Black Renaissance ( More Than a Moment in History ), written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.Living The Black Renaissance ( More Than a Moment in History ) will be performed at ...


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Dance for Life raises $233,000+ for dancers with critical health and life issues - From a press release - Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, welcomed nearly 2,300 guests at the 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago performance Aug. 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Approximately 600 guests attended a pre-performance gala reception at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue. From a ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Rumer Willis spins tunes and tales at Hard Rock - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actres/singer Rumer Willis has carved out a strong career on her own, apart from being the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She made her film debut on her mother's film Now and Then and later with her on Striptease. She worked with her father on two films also The Whole Nine Yard and Hostage. She stood out in ...


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Auditorium to mark 50th anniv. with dance companies - On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its grand reopening with a one-night-only mixed repertory program featuring dancers from some of the world's premier dance companies. Said companies include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey ...


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FALL DANCE PREVIEW Innovation abounds this fall - Chock full of innovative performances by local independent dance makers as well as opportunities to see new work from some of the most important choreographers of our time, Chicago is brimming with creative energy this fall. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed productions: —The Dance Center of Columbia College ( 1306 S. Michigan Ave.; Colum.Edu/Dance-Center ) welcomes back Reggie Wilson/Fist ...


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'Queens on Wheels' Sept. 8-10 - Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave., and Do312 bring back their skate night series with a weekend of "Queens on Wheels" on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 8-10. —Peach on Wheels ( Friday, Sept. 8: 7-9 p.m. ): Peach is a pop-up party series dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ women and femmes. —Femme's Room ( Friday, Sept. 8: 10-12 a.m. ): Voted ...


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Dance for Life stuns while raising funds - By Emagin Tanaschuk - The 26th annual Dance For Life gala and concert—held Aug. 19 at the Auditorium Theatre— continued the tradition of serving as a fundraiser to prevent new transmissions of HIV, support efforts to eradicate AIDS and assist those in the dance community that are affected by critical health issues. Chicago Dancers United presented the event. Dance for Life began with a ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Dance for Life Chicago set to dazzle once again - By Joanna Furnans - Chicago Dancers United will host the 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago gala and performance event on Saturday, Aug. 19. at the Auditorium Theatre. Dance for Life Chicago began in 1991 as a rather DIY performance fundraiser with the aim of assisting dancers in the Chicago community affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At the time, founding dancer Keith Elliott did ...


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THEATER REVIEW Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip-Hop) - Playwright: Rueben Echoles. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: Sept. 3 A competition—whether between warring nations, athletic clubs or ambitious entertainers—is suspenseful in its very concept, but rarely is the victory quickly determined. Compressing the events to the abbreviated length dictated by modern theater practice can be accomplished by dividing the dramatic focus according ...


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Dance for Life Aug. 19 - The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will showcase eight companies Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., at 7:30 p.m. Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance that is preceded by a 5 p.m. gala reception at the ...


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Bowie Ball, Summer of Glam August 31 - Bowie Ball, Summer of Glam on Thursday, August 31, 2017 celebrates the legend, the chameleon, and the man... David Bowie. Get into the spirit, glam it up, dress like a dandy and let's love the alien with some glitter on top. Bowie Ball 2016 on David Bowie's Birthday celebrated Bowie's last studio album "Blackstar" and unfortunately we later learned, his ...


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NUNN ON ONE: DANCE Tom Mattingly taps back into town - An American in Paris springs from George Gershwin's classic movie musical. Dance numbers were choreographed by Gene Kelly originally, and he also starred as a World War II veteran named Jerry Mulligan. His character attempts to sell his paintings in Paris, where he meets a girl named Lise Dassin and falls in love. He pursues her in a series of ...


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ENCORE Jessica Ray, Jenn Freeman return for solo performances - Next month, independent dance artists Jessica Ray and Jenn "Po'Chop" Freeman will deliver encore solo performances in a shared weekend bill at Links Hall. Having premiered their work in June as part of Links Hall's Co-MISSION residency program, the artists have the opportunity to show their work again for audiences who missed the successful mini-festival the first time around. ( ...


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Dance for Life Chicago brings eight companies to Auditorium Theatre Aug. 19 - From a press release - The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will exemplify Chicago's versatile and virtuoso dance community with the eight companies that are performing August 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which is preceded by a gala reception at ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Kaitlin Webster: Who's the edgy one now? - by Joanna Furnans - Kaitlin Webster did not necessarily stand out as the "edgy one" among her cohort at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. But in 2011, when she made a trip to Chicago to audition for four of the most prominent dance companies in the city, she quickly realized how dissimilar she was from the other female dancers. "I was taller ...


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'Dance Divas' being revived - After more than a decade, Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ) is reviving "Dance Divas" as the kickoff party for Dance for Life Chicago 2017. Two performances take place Tuesday, June 20, at 8 and 10 p.m. at the famed female impersonation nightclub the Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St. Upon arrival, guests have an opportunity to "Bid on ...


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Annual Mayday Mini-Ball takes place in Chicago - On May 19, In Demand Entertainment and Heroes of Change Org. Inc ( H.O.C.O.I. ) presented the Seventh Annual Mayday Show Down and Mini-Ball in celebration of five years of community service, while acknowledging the mini-ball tradition. The event—which took place at Je'Nia's, 3840 W. Madison St.—featured celebrity judge Hazel E. of the reality TV show Love & Hip Hop ...







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