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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 - By Joanna Furnans - 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 ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Deeply-Rooted-Dance-20-years-and-counting

DANCIN' FEATS Deeply Rooted Dance: 20 years, and counting - By Joanna Furnans - 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 ...


DANCIN-FEATS-The-Play-is-the-thing

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 ...


Dance-for-Life-raises-233000-for-dancers-with-critical-health-and-life-issues

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 ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Rumer-Willis-spins-tunes-and-tales-at-Hard-Rock

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 ...


Queens-on-Wheels-Sept-8-10

'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 ...


Dance-for-Life-Aug-19

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 ...


Bowie-Ball-Summer-of-Glam-August-31

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 ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-DANCE-Tom-Mattingly-taps-back-into-town

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. ( ...


Dance-for-Life-Chicago-brings-eight-companies-to-Auditorium-Theatre-Aug-19

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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Giordano Dance Chicago "Made in Chicago" Dance Series June 10 - From a press release - Giordano Dance Chicago ( GDC ) returns to the Auditorium Theatre for its third appearance in the theatre's "Made in Chicago" Dance Series on Saturday, June 10, at 7:30PM. This mixed repertory program closes out the Auditorium Theatre's 2016-17 Season, as well as Giordano Dance Chicago's 54th season. "I can't think of a better way to wrap up an amazing ...


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The Nance cast immerses itself in the world of burleseque - From a press release - Chicago, IL - The waning days of burlesque in New York City are the setting for Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated The Nance, which will begin performances at the Pride Arts Center on June 29th. Apart from some nostalgic revivals, the entertainment form of burlesque - featuring broad/bawdy comedy and female nudity - has largely disappeared from the US, so ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Dance heats up this summer - by Joanna Furnans - Although summer doesn't officially begin for another couple of weeks, the 2017 Chicago summer dance season wastes no time getting started. Here's what should fill your dance card this season: —The free grand-finale performance of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's third annual "STOMPING GROUNDS" series will celebrate five of Chicago's percussive dance companies. This is an exciting opportunity to see ...


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'Queer Prom' May 26 - The 12th Annual Queer Prom will take place Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. There will be food, music ( by DJ OCD ) and information booths. Tickets are $20-$30 each; visit "Queer Prom 2017" on Facebook. ...


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DANCIN' FEATS J'Sun Howard: Learning to excavate joy - by Joanna Furnans - J'Sun Howard did not grow up dancing—or he did, but not in a traditional dance studio. Raised in Tennessee, the young, introverted Howard taught himself to dance by feverishly studying the choreography in hip-hop and R&B videos. Originally thinking he would pursue a college degree in accounting or biochemistry, Howard eventually declared to his mother that he was going to ...


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CPS closes year with queer prom - On May 14, Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ), in partnership with GSA Network and The Egalite Group, presented the annual LGBTQ Prom at Allcott College Prep. The event, celebrating its sixth year, played host to LGBTQ high school students from as many as 26 schools in Illinois and one in Milwaukee. Precious Brady Davis emceed, with Khloe providing entertainment. ...


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Dance for Life Chicago Aug. 19, Chicago Dancers United changes leaders - Chicago Dancers United ( CDU )—which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance—announced changes to its administrative and board leadership and the date for its 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago benefit performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Dance for Life will take place Saturday, Aug. 19. Prior to the performance, CDU hosts a gala celebration ...


Queer-Contra-restarts-April-29

Queer Contra restarts April 29 - After a hiatus, Queer Contra will restart on Saturday, April 29. The dance is 7-9:30 p.m., with an introduction for beginners at 6:30-7 p.m. at Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry Ave. To help pay for the band, caller and dance hall, attendees are requested to donate $10, payable at the door. No advance planning or experience is needed, and ...


DANCIN-FEATS-The-Post-Butoh-Festival-Transgression-during-Chicago-Dance-Month

DANCIN' FEATS The Post-Butoh Festival: Transgression during Chicago Dance Month - by Joanna Furnans - Originating after World War II as an act of resistance to the Japanese government, Westernization, traditional gender and sexual norms, plus conventional dance techniques, butoh is a Japanese hybrid dance form known for its taboo and fraught depictions of humanity. Butoh performances have a reputation for extreme physical endurance and powerful imagery that is both grotesque and profoundly beautiful. Fast-forward ...


Hubbard-Street-Dance-Chicago-announces-40th-Anniversary-Season-programming

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announces 40th Anniversary Season programming - From a press release - CHICAGO — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton are excited to announce the main company's 2017—18 season performances in Chicago celebrating the company's 40 year history. Tickets to the three engagements at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park located at 205 East Randolph Street, and a fourth performance at the Auditorium Theatre, located ...


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The Joffrey Ballet closes 2016-17 season with global visionaries - From a press release - April 11, 2017 ( Chicago, IL ) — For its annual spring engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Global Visionaries, a program of three contemporary works by internationally renowned artists including the World Premiere of Episode 47 by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, the Chicago Premiere ofThe Miraculous Mandarin by San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov, created specifically for The Joffrey ...


Isaiah-Esquire-talks-about-his-role-in-new-burlesque-documentary

Isaiah Esquire talks about his role in new burlesque documentary - Isaiah Esquire, an award-winning international burlesque dancer, discusses the empowering nature of burlesque and the significance of the new documentary in which he appears. Windy City Times: You said in the film that burlesque celebrates the body in a way nothing else really does. How so? Isaiah Esquire: Besides the many different body types that are doing burlesque and being ...


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Kandyan dance events in March - Mandala Arts will present visiting Sri Lankan dance artist and scholar Sudesh Mantillake for a performance at the University of Chicago's Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. and Kandyan dance workshop at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on Saturday, March 18, at 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mantillake ...


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SPRING DANCE PREVIEW Spring into dance 2017 - This spring is a creatively fertile time for the Chicago dance scene. Discover many premiere pieces by local or visiting companies, or take in revivals of well-established works at the major theaters regularly hosting dance. —Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance continues its reputation for being a major house for modern dance by hosting world-renowned local dance companies ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Dancer Sean Aaron Carmon and his 'Winning' style - Broadway veteran and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Sean Aaron Carmon is looking forward to performing in the company's annual Chicago tour later this month at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Yet before Carmon takes the stage as a dancer, he is excited that he has an opportunity to share his work as a dancemaker with Chicago audiences ...


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The Joffrey Ballet announces 2017-18 season - From a press release - February 22, 2017 ( Chicago )— Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, proudly announces an impressive 2017-18 season including a world premiere by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc, the North American Premiere of Midsummer Night's Dream by acclaimed chorographer Alexander Ekman plus Chicago Premieres by George Balanchine, Lola de Avila and Jerome Robbins. The Joffrey Ballet kicks off ...


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Kodo ensemble performing Feb. 26 - The all-male taiko ensemble Kodo returns to Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., as a Symphony Center Presents ( SCP ) Special Concert on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. Kodo's program, Dadan, exclusively uses taiko drums of all shapes and sizes, as well as other forms of percussion. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; online ...


Hubbard-Street-Dance-ED-retiring

Hubbard Street Dance ED retiring - After 10 years at the helm of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ), Jason D. Palmquist will retire as executive director at the end of the company's 39th season. Palmquist will continue his service to the arts community as an associate consultant for Management Consultants for the Arts, a 34-year-old firm with national scope specializing in executive search, planning ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Immersed in Merce at the MCA - Through April 30, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ( MCA ) highlights the life and work of an iconic U.S. choreographer: Merce Cunningham ( 1919-2009 ). The "Common Time" exhibit is presented in partnership with Minnesota's Walker Art Center, which opened a simultaneous exhibit Feb 8. The sprawling displays span a combined 42,000 square feet and feature Cunningham in ...


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World premieres in Joffrey Academy's Winning Works free weekend - From a press release - CHICAGO — February 14, 2017 The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet in collaboration with Chicago Public Library present four world premieres in the seventh annual Winning Works program, the culmination of Joffrey's national call for ALAANA ( African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American ) artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy's ...


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Alvin Ailey in town on March 22-26 - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring four new programs to the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., for six shows on March 22-26. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, the company will present Chicago premieres of three new works: Deep, by Mauro Bigonzetti and set to the music of global music stars Ibeyi; r-Evolution, Dream., by longtime company member ...


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PERFORMANCE Bill T. Jones returns to enthrall Chicago audience - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A capacity audience packed into Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History, which had partnered with the groundbreaking Art AIDS America exhibit Jan. 27 in order to bring a living legend back to Chicago. For one spectacular hour, dancer, choreographer, revolutionary artist, author and passionate HIV/AIDS activist Bill T. Jones took a breathless audience by the hand as he led ...


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Movement Matters: Talking with Jenn Freeman, a.k.a. Po'Chop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center by writer Michael Workman which investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment features Jenn Freeman, also known ...


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Bill T. Jones to speak at DuSable - Art AIDS America and the DuSable Museum of African American History are hosting dancer/activist/Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Jones, who is a passionate HIV-positive artist, will offer a one-night-only presentation ( entitled "Return" ) touching on his decades-long relation to HIV/AIDS. This program is free and ...


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WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Winter dance is warming up - This year is shaping up to be mellower one for many local dance companies, many of which are still recovering from a prolific fall dance season filled with ambitious projects and world premieres—scaled back, perhaps, but no less exciting for all brands of dance fans. —The Harris Theater has a very full calendar this winter, of which the notable engagements ...


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Von Teese tour to kick off Feb. 1-3 - Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese is set to kick off her striptease spectacle, "The Art of the Teese," Feb. 1-3, 2017, at Chicago's House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. In this all-new burlesque revue, Von Teese is performing some of her best-loved acts that have never been seen on tour before, including a fresh version of "Lazy" that she ...


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Movement Matters: An interview with Andy Karol - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center, by writer Michael Workman; it investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment touches on the topics of ...


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Bill T. Jones at DuSable Museum of African American History Jan. 27 - From a press release - ( CHICAGO ) January 10, 2017 — Award-winning artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer Bill T. Jones makes a rare Chicago appearance in a free presentation the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place ( 57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue ), Friday evening, January 27, at 7 p.m., in association with the Alphawood Foundation's ...


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Winter salsa event Jan. 13 - ALMA ( Association of Latino/a's Moving Action ) is hosting a winter salsa fundraiser Fri., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.-12 a.m., at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave. At this event, ALMA is honoring CALOR with a "Community Service" award for serving the Latinx and LGBTQ community for more than 25 years, providing HIV education, prevention and support ...


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Joffrey in NYC March 29-April 2 - The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. will present the New York City return of The Joffrey Ballet, performing the New York premiere of its production of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on March 29-April 2. A special gala performance of mixed repertory will take place Thursday, March 30. This benefit for The Joyce Theater ...


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DANCE A top seven in dance in 2016 - It's been an interesting year for Chicago dance. Exciting, big-budget initiatives propelled our city into national and international dance dialog, while favorite local traditions are changing, shifting, evolving, and in some cases ending. Choosing a top seven, rather than "the" top seven, seemed appropriate in a year that was full of surprises, and from which the only clear winner was ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Reflecting on 2016 - The close of the calendar year is typically a time to reflect. So here's a look back on some notable Chicago-area theater news stories and trends of 2016. Hamilton in Chicago Lin-Manuel Miranda's wildly acclaimed hip-hop and pop musical Hamilton may have had a 2015 debut in New York, but the sold-out Broadway show made waves locally this year ...


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DANCE REVIEW Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker - Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon. At: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets: 312-386-8905; Joffrey.org; $35-150. Runs through: Dec. 30 A decade in the making, the Auditorium Theatre was teeming with excitement as patrons filed in on Dec. 10 for the world-premiere performance of Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker, with the Tony Award-winning ballet star serving as choreographer. A smoky haze ...


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Nutcracker's design team creates Wheeldon's dream - The 1893 Columbian Exposition brought the best of the best to Chicago, to share the spirit of innovation and imagination with the world, all on an impossible timeline with an impossible budget. The buzz of anticipation and the expectations of what could or might happen were felt throughout the city and the county. This is perhaps something the Joffrey Ballet ...


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Joffrey announces recipients of annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition - From a press release - CHICAGO — December 5, 2016 — The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the recipients of the seventh annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Shannon Alvis, Sean Carmon, Karen Gabayand Jimmy Orrante. This announcement follows a national call for ALAANA ( African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American ) artists to submit applications, which ...


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NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Carlos Thomas 'Stomps' the yard - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an eight-member troupe, Carlos Thomas plays on our team in the hit show Stomp. Conventional instruments are thrown out the window as hubcaps, wooden poles, and garbage cans are some of the common objects used to entertain. Originally created in 1991 by two blokes in the UK, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNichols premiered the show at the Edinburgh Fringe ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Production aims to '[Trans]form' dance community - Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ) has been pushing the boundaries of live theater in Chicago since 2005, with a specific focus on creating artistic opportunities for LGBTQ voices and stories. Anna-Rose li-Epstein started NWaC with her wife, Hannah; together, the couple was voted one of Windy City Times' 30 under 30 in 2014. The group's latest project is ...


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Joffrey Ballet to present world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, proudly presents the highly anticipated world premiere production of The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon, winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Choreography for An American in Paris. The Nutcracker will be presented at the Joffrey's home venue, the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt ...


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Chicago PD's Sophia Bush, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund host Election Eve Bash - From a press release - Clandestina Chicago, a monthly pop-up for queer women, allies, and friends, along with celeb hosts, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund and Chicago P.D's Sophia Bush will present Election Eve Bash, a pre-election dance party Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Alport St., Chicago, IL 60608 Whether you voted early, or are waiting for election day, pump ...







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