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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 ...


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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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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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Election Eve bash dance to benefit Project Vote - Clandestina Chicago, Alma Izquierdo, Brooke Webster, Monica Raymund and Sophia Bush present an Election Eve Bash Dance for Democracy, Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. to midnight at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Ave. Featuring DJ Samantha Ronson, Sophia Bush, Monica Raymund, The Fly Honeys, DJ Sandra Suave and $3 drink specials 7-8 p.m. General admission $25/$20 with voter registration card, ...


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Election Eve Bash, Dance for Democracy - Clandestina Chicago, Alma Izquierdo, Brooke Webster, Monica Raymund and Sophia Bush present an Election Eve Bash Dance for Democracy, Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. to midnight at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, Chicago. Featuring DJ Samantha Ronson, Sophia Bush, Monica Raymund, The Fly Honeys, DJ Sandra Suave and $3 drink specials 7-8 p.m. General admission $25/$20 with voter registration card, ...


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Queer comic artist/dancer Rosalarian makes what women really want - Femme comic-book artist/burlesque dancer Megan Rose Gedris is as unique as the artistic name given to her as a child. "The name 'Rosalarian' is a nickname my dad gave me forever ago," she said. "He would always call me by my middle name, Rose, and he was messing around making nonsense out of it, and he started calling me Rosalarian. ...


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'Big Orange Ball' returns Oct. 22 - Howard Brown Health invites costume-clad Chicagoans back to its second annual spooktacular Halloween soiree, the "Big Orange Ball," which will take place at West Loop restaurant and event space Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celebrity guest Bob The Drag Queen ( winner of RuPaul's Drag Race's eighth season ) will be joining the ...


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MOVIES Blond Ambition dancers strike a new pose - Strike a Pose—a new documentary featuring Madonna's Blond Ambition dancers—dares to tell the truth about the 1991 behind-the-scenes documentary, Truth or Dare, but this time the dancers take center stage. Strike a Pose profiles the seven dancers ( Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes III, Salim "Slam" Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Kevin Stea, Gabriel Trupin, and Carlton Wilborn ) and—with the exception of Trupin, ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Wheeldon preparing to unveil new 'Nutcracker' - In a few months, Christopher Wheeldon will be sunning on the beach with husband Ross Rayburn for Christmas in Acapulco. Meanwhile, in what's likely to be a typically frigid Chicago winter, audiences will pack into the Auditorium Theatre for the highly anticipated premiere of his latest ballet: an original Nutcracker for the Joffrey Ballet. From now to then, there is ...


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Dance collaborations to be held Oct. 8 - The Chicago Dancemakers Forum and High Concept Labs have announced the first-ever, city-wide Artist-Presenter Collaborations for Dance symposium, to be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at HCL, 2233 S. Throop St. This day-long symposium is one of multiple public programs planned by CDF as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' ...


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Joffrey Ballet launches 2016-2017 season with multimedia Romeo & Juliet - From a press release - CHICAGO —The Joffrey Ballet launches its 2016-2017 season with the return of Polish National Ballet Director Krzysztof Pastor's popular Romeo & Juliet, which mesmerized audiences at its Chicago premiere in spring 2014. Romeo & Juliet is presented in 10 performances only at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, October 13-23, 2016. A neo-ballet in three acts, ...


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Joffrey starts Eatherly memorial scholarship - The partner of the late dance publicist Eric Eatherly, Jay Leibovitz, has joined Eatherly's mother, Nancy Follis, to launch a new scholarship for pre-professional male dancers at the Joffrey Academy of Dance,. Eatherly—who was a publicist ( vice president with The Silverman Group ), writer ( including with Windy City Times ) and dancer—died in a car accident in his ...


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FALL DANCE SPECIAL Fall dance gives new life to old classics - Revisions, re-imaginations, reprises and revivals are on the bill for many of Chicago's dance companies this season, with a smattering of works that are altogether new. While there's plenty to see from homegrown artists, a number of exciting tours are coming to town this fall, some for the first time. —The Joffrey Ballet's highly anticipated world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's ...


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Eric B. Eatherly Memorial Scholarship established at Joffrey Ballet - From a press release - September 12, 2016 — A true Southern gentleman, Eric B. Eatherly contributed to Chicago's dance image003.jpgcommunity extensively, passionately and always with great generosity after making the city his home upon graduating from Northwestern University in 2001. He soon graced many stages here, dancing professionally with Hedwig Dances and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, and also appearing as a guest ...


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Dance for Life celebrates record-breaking silver anniversary - The 25th anniversary of Dance for Life ( DFL ), Chicago's annual dance fundraiser raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS, kicked off with a star-studded gala at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on Michigan Avenue. Guests were treated to stiff cocktails and a gourmet grilled-cheese bar in addition to hugs and laughter as dancers, administrators and philanthropists from DFL's history came ...


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DANCE REVIEW: THRUST! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Choreographers: Tristan Bruns, Kate O'Hanlon, Ian Berg and others. At: Tapman Productions at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or TapmanProductions.com; $20. Runs through: Aug. 28 Tapman Productions' modern and tap dance revue THRUST! is named for, and clearly inspired by its venue: The Thrust space of Stage 773. If the house isn't packed after intermission, audiences are ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Dance for Life marks 25 years, plans for future - Twenty-five years ago, dancers Keith Elliott and Todd Keich put on a sold-out dance concert raising money to do something about the AIDS epidemic, which, in 1992, was heavily impacting Chicago's dance community. The formula was simple and effective: Put great dance onstage, and donate the revenue to HIV/AIDS research and advocacy organizations. Since its humble beginnings, Dance for Life ...


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Trikone Chicago presents Jai Ho: Summer Sutra, Queer Bollywood Dance Party - From a press release - CHICAGO—Trikone Chicago is hosting its bi-monthly Bollywood dance party on Friday, Aug. 19, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Big Chicks Bar, 5024 North Sheridan Rd. This event, which features South Asian dance music and performances, is open to all; attendees are encouraged to invite friends and family. The venue will have all-gender restrooms and nametags for pronouns. A ...


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Chicago Dancing Festival to debut at Navy Pier - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 14, 2016 ) — The Chicago Dancing Festival, the nation's largest dance festival, proudly announces repertoire for its 10th annual series with George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco ( performed by Pennsylvania Ballet in its Chicago Dancing Festival debut ), Alexander Ekman's Episode 31( The Joffrey Ballet, originally commissioned in 2013 ), Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain ( The ...


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Dance for Life marks 25 years on Aug. 20 - Chicago Dancers United will present the 25th anniversary of Dance for Life, welcoming Chicago dance companies onto the Auditorium Theatre's stage Saturday, Aug. 20. The celebratory evening, hosted by The Second City's Carisa Barreca and Tim Mason, will also honor longtime supporters of Dance for Life Fred Eychaner and Alphawood Foundation, Barbara Kipper and Scott Silberstein and Matt Hoffman with ...


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Chicago Tap Th. celebrates music of the band Queen - From a press release - CHICAGO — Chicago Tap Theatre ( CTT ) honors the music of legendary rock band Queen with the one night only performance of We Will Tap You! A Tap Dance Celebration to the Music of Queen, conceived by Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Music Director Kurt Schweitz, choreography by Yonally with guest choreographers Rich Ashworth, Kirsten Uttich and Jeremy Plummer ...


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Upcoming: Jerusalem troupe, About Face Theatre celebrates 20 - Jerusalem troupe in Chicago June 18 A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group that aims to connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced the U.S. tour of c.a.t.a.m.o.n., a Jerusalem dance group. Arthur Slepian, executive director of Wider Bridge, said in a statement, "Through arts and culture that challenge the boundaries of religion, race, gender, and sexuality, these young ...


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MCA Stage 2016-2017 season announced - From a press release - The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces the 2016-17 MCA Stage season, presenting multidisciplinary theater, dance, and music by some of the most thought-provoking artists working in Chicago and around the world. Led by Yolanda Cesta Cursach, interim director of performance programs, MCA Stage performances take place September 2016 to May 2017 and offer exciting and rare opportunities to see ...







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