Theater, Dance, Comedy and Performance in Chicago

Preview: Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz Presents Black Saint and the Sinner Lady/Millennium Park

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Onye Ozuzu and Greg Ward

Onye Ozuzu and Greg Ward

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Experimental music venue Constellation and experimental dance venue Links Hall have shared the same roof for several years, but their most captivating entente may well be in the open air, as part of the city’s Made in Chicago jazz series at the Pritzker Pavilion. Constellation’s Mike Reed and Links’ Roell Schmidt pulled together a dream team for a delicious project: the reimagining of Charles Mingus’ yearning, sultry, tortuous masterwork, live under the stars. Composer Greg Ward used threads from “The Black Saint” as building blocks for a seven-part composition performed by Chicago’s jazz greats—including Keefe Jackson, Jason Roebke and Marcus Evans. Choreographer and scholar Onye Ozuzu assembled a cast of fifteen dancers to give visual movement to the epic soundscape through improvisation and choreography that traverses genres: modern, breaking, West African, ballet. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: JUBA!/Chicago Human Rhythm Project

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CHRP founder Lane Alexander. Photo Noah Stern Weber

CHRP founder Lane Alexander/Photo: Noah Stern Weber

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The Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s annual summer summit of tap and percussive dance classes, workshops and performances culminates this weekend when the masters strut their stuff in JUBA!, a boisterous, joyful, two-night showcase of dancers from here and abroad. Each year JUBA! wraps up CHRP’s month-long Rhythm World festival, and the audience is packed with amped-up young dancers cheering their teachers on. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Don Quixote/Royal Ballet

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Photo:  Johan Persson

Photo: Johan Persson

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It’s been nearly forty years since England’s Royal Ballet visited Chicago, and its production of principal dancer (and budding author) Carlos Acosta’s “Don Quixote” is being met with a bit of fanfare as a final feather in the cap of the Auditorium Theatre’s 125th anniversary season. The Cuban-born Acosta—still performing classical ballet at forty—has a devoted following in the UK, and spices up Marius Petipa’s iconic story ballet with fresh choreography and vivacious staging that highlights the humor of the title character and his cohort. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Cowboys and Vikings Trilogy/Erica Mott Productions

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While appropriate, the term “layered” is a bit of an understatement when applied to the dance theater creations of Erica Mott. Meanings, ideas and historical references intersect, merge, pile and weave through a fabric of sound, movement, sculpture and projection created by Mott and her collaborators. And Mott’s 2012 exploration of masculinity is given yet another layer of meaning this summer, when it will be restaged as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Festival. The first part of the trilogy, “Five Gaits, Four Walls, Fourteen Knots” loses the walls in an outdoor presentation at Indian Boundary Park—the site named in the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: One Grand Dance/Hedwig Dances

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Eileen Ryan Photography

Photo: Eileen Ryan

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To create a concert celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Hedwig Dances, founder and artistic director Jan Bartoszek turned to her earliest works. “I think I’ve grown as a choreographer over the years,” Bartoszek says, “but the reasons I wanted to make dance are in these works—ideas about dependence and independence—things I was grappling with in my life. I feel fortunate that I’ve been doing this long enough to look back.” The title piece of the show weaves together reworked excerpts from Bartoszek’s early pieces based in social dance—waltz, polka and tango—in a dialogue about human relationships. The waltz section is a reflection on courtship, and has text taken from a 1950s manual on social dance etiquette. The tango represents fierce independence, dancers who pivot around each other’s axes, but share little weight. And the polka…” One of my earliest memories of dance was of the polka. I grew up in a small rural community; that’s what people did at church and social gatherings.” For Bartoszek, a unifying thread runs from her earliest memories of dance through thirty years of work with her Chicago-based modern company. “Works are connected by the ideas of an author,” she said. “All things I’ve done are essentially one grand dance.” Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: A Streetcar Named Desire/Scottish Ballet

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Scottish Ballet

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If one had to select the work of a single twentieth-century playwright for translation from spoken language to dance, Tennessee Williams would likely top the list. Brooding, swaggering brutes, swooning waifs, sweltering, grimy back alleys: Williams’ plays seethe with a physicality that draws its characters’ inner life into a world of flesh and sweat. Scottish Ballet, the national ballet company of Scotland, commissioned theater and film director Nancy Meckler and the brilliant choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa as equal collaborators on an evening-length dance interpretation of “Streetcar” that comes to the Harris this May. Dancers learned characterization first and choreography second, building movement from deeply studied motivation. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times #14: Curious Reinventions/Dance COLEctive and Peter Carpenter Performance Project

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Independent choreographer Peter Carpenter teams with Margi Cole and her company The Dance COLEctive to write the fourteenth chapter in his ongoing dance serial that puts a critical and compassionate magnifying glass to the social constructs and political systems that move our lives. “Curious Reinventions” looks at mimicry: how we use it to construct our identities, the power of parody, how imitation can disrupt the status quo. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Stomping Grounds/Chicago Human Rhythm Project

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We usually have to wait till June and bus, bike or train down to the Loop to see great free performances but, thanks to the Chicago Human Rhythm Project—that mighty advocate of the original musical instrument—festival season starts early this year. And it’s coming to you. CHRP tours the neighborhoods this month with a series of free performances by hometown companies that celebrate five different heritages: Trinity Irish Dance Company, Mexican Dance Ensemble, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, Muntu Dance Theatre and CHRP’s resident tap company BAM!. Two companies host each show, with cameo appearances by the other three. The series kicks off with a panel discussion with the artistic directors of the five companies at the Cultural Center, moderated by Audience Architects—the dance promotion organization that recently dubbed April Chicago Dance Month. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Urban Bush Women/Dance Center of Columbia College

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Photo: Rick McCullough

Photo: Rick McCullough

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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, inspired by her upbringing in an African-American neighborhood of Kansas City, founded her all-female company to give voice to the disenfranchised, particularly women of the African Diaspora. Urban Bush Women now marks thirty years of impassioned dance making for social change and comes to the Dance Center of Columbia College as part of the celebration. Two pieces are on the program: Zollar’s “Hep Hep Sweet Sweet,” a personal memoir and homage to music and culture of her youth. We’re taken to Kansas City via song, and welcomed into a nightclub scene swinging with jazz and blues—right after the narrative voice tells us that her reflections are “part truth, part memory, part rumor, part nostalgia and part myth.” Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Hubbard Street Dance/Harris Theater

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The name Gustavo Ramirez Sansano can bring pangs to those who were busy developing an addiction to his work at the helm of Luna Negra Dance Theater, both as artistic director—introducing us to brilliant young voices from Europe—and as choreographer (notably his epic and dreamlike dance interpretation of Bizet’s “Carmen”) when the company regrettably folded in 2013. Happily, Ramirez Sansano has been invited to create a new piece for Hubbard Street’s spring program, a tribute to George Balanchine set to the same Tchaikovsky suite as Balanchine’s famous “Theme and Variations.” Another premiere on the program comes from Crystal Pite, founder and director of Vancouver-based Kidd Pivot. Read the rest of this entry »

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