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FALL DANCE PREVIEW Flamenco, swans and Sri Lankan devils
by Aaron Hunt
2018-09-19

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Can you smell the intermingling of chalky rosin and glistening sweat? That means one thing: It's time to put that tingle back in your fingers and feet! Here, the top dance concert and events to see this fall.

—Hubbard Street's Collaborative World Premiere, Season 41 Fall Series: It's the music that carries the bodies that tell the stories, and this fall Hubbard can boast a live collaborative performance with Third Coast Percussion, banging out music composed by Devonté Hynes ( aka Blood Orange ). It will run Sept. 27-30. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago plays the Harris Theatre. Info/tickets: HubbardStreetDance.com .

—Masks and Myths: Devils and Dancers from Sri Lanka: The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition hoisted Chicago into the worldwide consciousness. The Sri Lankan dancers will offer representation of African and Asian cultural expressions that were presented on the grounds of the world's fair, such as Balinese Gamelan, Japanese classical dance, and African drumming, while also incorporating reflections of contemporary influences. It will run Oct. 6-7. Sri Lankan Dancers plays the Logan Center for the Arts. Info/tickets: masksandmyths.brownpapertickets.com .

—The Body Passages Series: Don't miss the culmination of a partnership between dancers and poets around the theme of activation. After an incubation period of 10 months, selected teams of poets and dancers will present their collaborations, seen through the spirits of artist that vary in age, experience, race, gender and sexual identity, and belief systems. It will run Oct. 12-13. Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble plays the Auditorium at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Info/Tickets: Danztheatre.org .

—Swan Lake: Even the neophyte dance enthusiast will be carried away when this storybook ballet transforms into a play within a play. Shades of Natalie Portman. A male dancer falls in love with the ballerina he is partnering. But a wealthy patron has his eye on her as well. What will be her fate? Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's fresh imaginings, combined with Tchaikovsky's glorious underpinnings, will seal the audience's fate. It will run Oct. 17-28. Joffrey Ballet plays The Auditorium Theatre. Info/tickets: Joffrey.org .

—Flamenco Passion: The Spanish dance most familiar to many is the stuff of television's dance stars, partnering sitcom retirees looking for a reboot. Why not experiences it direct from Cadiz, with the smoldering dance superstar Eduardo Guerrero? Come for the contortions; Stay for the balletic influence. It will run Oct. 21. Compania Flamenca plays McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage. Tickets/info: atthemac.org .

—Live in the Momentum: So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Ray Leeper proves Chicago can when he creates a new, full-company work for one of Chicago's most noted contemporary dance companies. Leeper's worked with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Lady Gaga. Don't sleep on that ticket! It will run Oct. 26-27. Gus Giordano Dance Chicago plays the Harris Theatre. Info/tickets: giordanodance.org .

—Futura: The Bauhaus aesthetic examined the intersection of living spaces and fine art, and choreographer Jan Bartoszek plays off that school-of-shapes to examine the ways in which dance is affected by its collision with 21st century living, particularly about confinement and freedom. It will run Nov. 1-3. Hedwig Dances plays The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Info/tickets: dance.colum.edu .

—Ekili Munda |What Lies Within: A long-term, far-reaching dialogue between Chicago and Uganda has birthed a dance conversation that holds hands to break down barriers. As this forceful piece pushes the boundaries of the dancer's bodies and the audience's emotions, we all gain from this engagement with the African Diaspora. It will run Nov. 8-10. Red Clay Dance at The Dance Center of Columbia College. Info/Tickets: dance.colum.edu .

—Traditional Mexican Dance: Celebrate Mexico's rich cultural heritage, showcased in the "rope dance" and the Deer Dance, along with the updated choreography for Fiesta en Jalisco and Danza del Venado with this world-famous company's colorful flourishes. It will run Nov. 10-11. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hern�ndez plays the Auditorium Theatre. Info/Tickets: Auditoriumtheatre.org .


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