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Dance for Life Chicago announces 2019 lineup for Aug. 17 event
2019-03-21

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Dance for Life Chicago announces a lineup of popular companies and artists returning to the stage Aug. 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago. Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which this year is followed by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago.

Joining the Partner Dance Companies that perform each year—Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet—are Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. The concert features a work in tribute to late dancer, choreographer and instructor Claire Bataille, choreographed by Robyn Mineko Williams, and concludes with a finale choreographed by Randy Duncan.

Co-chairs for the 28th annual Dance for Life are Tom Ferguson Gomez and Mark Ferguson Gomez.

Dance for Life showcases the city's unique variety of dance traditions and styles by bringing together talented, world-renowned professional dancers from Chicago on the same stage. Dancers unite to support those facing critical health issues by generously donating their time, energy and artistry to the cause. Throughout its history, Dance for Life has presented 37 Chicago-based professional dance companies and numerous choreographers.

The program

Giordano Dance Chicago performs SOUL, choreographed by Ray Leeper, a high-energy contemporary work to music performed by Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Al Green.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ) performs an excerpt from one of its signature works, Minus 16, choreographed by Ohad Naharin.

The Joffrey Ballet's work will be announced at a later date.

Chicago Dance Crash performs Leap of Faith, choreographed by Artistic Director Jessica Deahr, which showcases its span of breakdance, acrobatics, hip hop and concert dance techniques with a celebration of movement in the most raw, pure form: a freestyle.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's work will be announced at a later date.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater performs an excerpt from Mar de Fuego/Sea of Fire, a flamenco contemporary ballet choreographed by Carlos Rodriguez, which he dedicates to the late Dame Libby Komaiko, Ensemble Español founder, for her love, passion and dedication to the art form of Spanish dance, music, arts, culture and education.

Also on the program, former HSDC dancer and award-winning choreographer Robyn Mineko Williamspremieres a work inspired by the late Claire Bataille, one of HSDC's founding dancers, as well as a choreographer and director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

Randy Duncan is creating a finale using dancers from around Chicago to conclude the evening on a high note.

Dance for Life Chicago, which takes place Saturday, August 17,

begins with the performance at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr.,

followed by a gala reception and buffet dinner at

the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Tickets—$300—650 for both the performance and gala reception

and $15—75 for the performance only—go on sale May 1 by phone at 312.341.2300,

online at chicagodancersunited.org or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office.

Tickets will also be available as an add-on to the Auditorium Theatre's 2019—20 season.

Group tickets ( 10 or more ) are available by calling 312.341.2300.

—From a Dance for Life press release

Dance for Life supports organizations and dance professionals facing critical health issues. Proceeds from Dance for Life benefit The Dancers' Fund, which was established in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the dance community, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The Dancers' Fund now offers assistance in, but is not limited to, health matters, housing, utilities, insurance, medication and travel. As a unifier of Chicago's dance community, Dance for Life supports a thriving dance community by focusing on its health and well-being through The Dancers' Fund.

For more information about Dance for Life, visit chicagodancersunited.org .


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