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DANCIN' FEATS Fall dance preview
by Vicki Crain
2013-09-18

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Coming off two hugely successful dance events in August, Dance For Life and the Chicago Dancing Festival, the Windy City goes full throttle into the fall. The season warms up in September, comes to a boil in October, adds some spice in November and simmers with two hometown favorites in December. Here's what's cooking in Chicago dance in the coming months.

The Joffrey Ballet presents the Russian Masters program at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Thursday-Sunday, Sept 19-22. Performance times vary. Tickets are $31-$152; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com .

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago opens its season with Susan Marshall & Company at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 19-21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26-$30; call 312-369-8330 or visit www.colum.edu/dancecenter.

Thodos Dance Chicago and Fulcrum New Music Project collaborate for New Music and Dance at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St., Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; call 773-702-2787 or visit ticketsweb.uchicago.edu .

Nicole Gifford Dance and Ology Dance present the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival featuring over 20 different groups at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts 1016 N. Dearborn St., Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($60 for all three shows); call 312-337-6543 or visit www.hccdf.com .

The Seldoms revisit their 2008 issue-based work, MONUMENT, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 26-28, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20; call 773-327-5252 or visit www.Stage773.com .

Vision, Faith, & Desire: Dancemakers Inspired By Martha Graham is a shared program by Leopold Group, Winifred Haun & Dancers and other artists at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Friday-Saturday, Sept. 27-28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30; visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/357861.

Mordine & Company Dance Theater presents I Haven't Gone There… at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 3-5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26-$30; call 312-369-8330 or visit www.colum.edu/dance_center.

Two weekends of performances by Lucky Plush Productions will take place at Link's Hall/Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., Thursdays-Saturdays, Oct 3-13, at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Oct. 5 and 12 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20; call 773-281-0824 or visit www.linkshall.org .

Zephyr Dance presents Out And Back In Again, at Defibrillator Gallery, 1136 N. Milwaukee Ave., Fridays-Sundays, Oct. 4-13, at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $10; for reservations call 773-489-5069.

Ballet West kicks off its 50th-anniversary season in Chicago with Sleeping Beauty and a repertory program at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30-$90; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org .

Also on tour, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet hits town with a mixed program at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$75; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org .

The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.) host the SpinOff dance series from Sunday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 3. For event information, visit www.cityofchicago.org/dcase.

Two local groups, Same Planet Different World and Peter Carpenter Performance Project, join for a weekend of dance at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 10-12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26-$30; call 312-369-8330 or visit www.colum.edu/dance_center.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago starts its 36th season with the Fall Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 10-13. Performance times vary. Tickets are $25-$99; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org .

Dance Chance Redux 5.0 features work from four emerging local choreographers at the Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium/Fine Arts Building, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Rd., Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; visit www.boxoffice.neiu.edu/dance_chance.

The Joffrey Ballet presents the evening-length ballet La Bayadere at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Wed., Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 27. Performance times vary. Tickets are $31-$152; call 800-982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com .

The 19th annual Dance Chicago festival features 19 performances over six weeks at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Saturday, Oct. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 30. Performance times and days vary. Tickets are $15-$47; call 773-935-6875 or visit www.athenaeumtheatre.org .

New York-based Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company comes to the Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday-Friday, Oct. 24-25, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 and 8 p.m. Contains nudity and mature content. Tickets are $26-$30; call 312-369-8330 or visit www.colum.edu/dance_center.

A world premiere by Israeli choreographer Roni Koresh is part of Giordano Dance Chicago's fall engagement at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$60; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org .

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater presents Generations at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Friday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$65; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org .

In its fall engagement, River North Dance Chicago boasts two world premieres at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. A private gala performance will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $30-$75; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org .

Don't miss Joffrey Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Friday, Dec. 6-Saturday, Dec. 28. Performance times vary. Tickets are $31-$132; call 800-982-27787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com .

For its winter series, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago revisits the 2012 full-evening work One Thousand Pieces at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 12-15. Performance times vary. Tickets are $25-$99; call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org .


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