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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

English National Ballet’s transformed 'Giselle' is crossing the pond for a timely U.S. exclusive at the Harris by Lauren Warnecke

Few productions at the Harris Theater have been more highly anticipated than the North American premiere of English National Ballet’s “Giselle.” Running Feb. 28-Mar. 2, the tour of thi…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Girl power message comes in more loud than clear with Ananya at the Dance Center by Lauren Warnecke

Sometimes, a dance can be greater than the sum of its parts. I came away from “Shyamali: Sprouting Words” – through Saturday at the Dance Center by Minneapolis-based Ananya Dance Theat…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

With ‘Anna Karenina,’ Joffrey unveils a modern classic at the Auditorium by Lauren Warnecke

As the overture to composer Ilya Demutsky’s glorious score swelled under the baton of Maestro Scott Speck on Wednesday, haze filled the house of the Auditorium Theatre and billowed across …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dame Libby Komaiko, fearless founder of Ensemble Espanol in Chicago, dies at 69 by Lauren Warnecke

Dame Libby Komaiko, the founding artistic director of Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, died Saturday at Chicago’s Illinois Masonic Hospital of pneumonia, according to Ensemble Espan…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Move over, Michael Flatley: Trinity Irish Dance packs the house at the Auditorium in Chicago by Lauren Warnecke

For the company’s first full evening at home in a decade, the Trinity Irish Dance Company commanded the Auditorium Theatre’s big, beautiful stage on Saturday. The engagement is the secon…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Joffrey has created a rare, new story ballet 'Anna Karenina,' a 'dream come true' for dancer Victoria Jaiani by Lauren Warnecke

It was in 2013, with the addition of Stanton Welch’s “La Bayadere” and Lar Lubovitch’s “Othello” to the repertoire of the Joffrey Ballet, that I began to notice a concerted effor…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

In Harris Theater debut, Ragamala Dance shows the metaphor and mythology in a board game — and is pure fun to watch by Lauren Warnecke

Founded in 1992, the Twin Cities-based Ragamala Dance Company made its Harris Theater debut Friday with the company’s 25th anniversary performance “Written in Water.” The hour-long wor…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

RE | Dance at Hamlin Park: There's puffy white clouds but also a wall as 10th anniversary show goes political by Lauren Warnecke

When going to a RE | Dance Group show, there are a couple things you can usually count on: 1) unapologetically long passages of pretty dancing; 2) poetry woven into the fabric of the dance w…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dance in Chicago in 2019: Must-sees this winter include Akram Khan’s ‘Giselle’ and something brand new at Joffrey by Lauren Warnecke

Winter used to be a rather dormant time for dance, but in 2019 the colder months bring some of the most exciting dance events of the year. Winter is typically a time when touring companies r…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Claire Bataille, founding member of Hubbard Street Dance, dies at 66 by Lauren Warnecke

Claire Anne Bataille, founding member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio, died Sunday morning with her two sons at her side, according to son Isaac So…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Chicagoan of the Year: Nan Giordano stays behind the scenes in her all-out dance company by Lauren Warnecke

Nan Giordano doesn’t like the spotlight. She’d rather not give curtain speeches, preferring to greet her guests from Row R at the Harris Theater, across the aisle from R1, a seat adorned…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater: New 'Parallel Lives' and others are added to older works like 'Heaven' by Lauren Warnecke

Since Deeply Rooted Dance Theater kicked off its “Generations” program in 2013, the company has been consciously digging into its archives, pairing new works with old ones to create prog…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Best in Chicago Dance in 2018: Bold moves, Baryshnikov and old moves made new by Lauren Warnecke

This year, Chicago’s dance stages were filled with bold, ambitious programming, stunning revivals and work which responded to the present by reflecting on the past. It goes without saying …

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Monday, December 10, 2018

It's the dancing that saves 'Tidings of Tap' at the North Shore Center for the Arts by Lauren Warnecke

Returning to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) once again delighted Skokie’s dance audiences with the company’s annual holiday special, “…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

It's not a poetry reading or a typical dance, and 'What Remains' wasn't made for Chicago — but it feels like it was by Lauren Warnecke

The MCA Warehouse is off the beaten path, in a nondescript industrial area of the city that, unlike the now-swanky West Loop, is still rather industrial. Watching a performance on the second…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

How the Joffrey's new 'Nutcracker' chose the Chicago's World's Fair for its setting by Lauren Warnecke

It was a nearly impossible feat, a glorious White City, the size and scale of which is almost unimaginable, glistening at the heart of a city that, 20 years earlier, burned almost entirely t…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Combine dance companies Ate9, Visceral, Deeply Rooted with the dummer from Wilco — and it mostly works by Lauren Warnecke

They’re calling it “3-1-2,” this season, a revamp of the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” series, which for several years has provided a platform for local dance companies …

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Childish Gambino song tells you what Red Clay’s ‘Eliki Munda’ is about — but it’s also more complicated by Lauren Warnecke

Through Saturday at the Dance Center, “Eliki Munda | What Lies Within” has been a decade in the making. Shortly before Vershawn Sanders-Ward formed her Red Clay Dance Company on Chicago…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Miami City Ballet at the Harris review: Two-thirds nostalgia, one-third choreographer Brian Brooks by Lauren Warnecke

“It’s our birthday!” said Patricia Barretto, president and CEO of the Harris Theater, in her Thursday night curtain speech. It was 15 years to the day since the underground marvel open…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico is traditional — it has to be — but it's also changing for the times by Lauren Warnecke

The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a majestic art nouveau gem in the heart of Mexico City, standing on the edge of the oldest urban green space in the Americas, the Alameda Central. Considered o…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Here's how Giordano fills the Harris Theater better than any other dance company by Lauren Warnecke

The Harris Theater can be a tough space for dance companies, swallowing up the subtleties of fine-tuned gestures, text or facial expressions. It’s got a chilly subterranean atmosphere that…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

At the Dance Center, Tere O’Connor’s ‘Long Run’ asks what it means to be present by Lauren Warnecke

Choreographer Tere O’Connor splits his time between New York and Champaign, where he is a professor in the dance department at the University of Illinois. As the occasional U. of I. alum h…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

'Swan Lake' is a new Joffrey treasure — Christopher Wheeldon's changed ending and all by Lauren Warnecke

When you consider that just a few months ago dancers of the Joffrey Ballet were standing at the lip of the Auditorium Theatre’s stage in their underwear as part of Alexander Ekman’s “M…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘Swan Lake’ is the ballet everyone knows and loves — the Joffrey is bringing it back by Lauren Warnecke

Every great city with a great ballet company deserves a great “Swan Lake,” and until recently, Chicago didn’t really have a full-scale production to call our own. Sure, the pre-profess…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Asherie Dance's 'Odeon' has upbeat street dance, Latin dance — but the scene of violence didn't work for me by Lauren Warnecke

If break dancing and bossa nova had a baby, it might look something like the style of Ephrat Asherie Dance, which performs its evening-length Chicago debut titled “Odeon” through Saturda…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

'Unwanted' at MCA is a harrowing choreographed work about rape, focusing on Rwanda by Lauren Warnecke

The first thing you’ll notice walking into the Edlis Neeson Theater at the MCA for “Unwanted” is a striking, free-standing mural placed just off-center on the stage. The corrugated met…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Everything from duets to grunge to high-energy jazz dance at Harvest Dance Fest by Lauren Warnecke

A chicly renovated lobby and some important behind-the-scenes updates to the beloved Ruth Page Center for the Arts have made a once-dilapidated space fresh and inviting for the ninth edition…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Dance COLEctive resurfaces with 'REboot' at Dovetail Studios by Lauren Warnecke

In 2016, veteran choreographer, dancer and educator Margi Cole announced she was folding her Dance COLEctive ensemble after 20 years of operation. Rather than continuing as a conventional da…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Dance works 'IS/LAND' and ‘Burrow, Tousle’ present very different versions of home by Lauren Warnecke

Entering Links Hall’s Studio A Thursday night, there was a cozy living room vibe with just two rows of seating and warm lamp lighting from a gaggle of incandescent table lamps spread aroun…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

From Harvest Fest to Joffrey to a visit from Miami, 10 dance events coming this fall by Lauren Warnecke

When that first chill hits the air, it brings a wave of concert dance that’s been fairly dormant during the dog days of summer. Think not about “Nutcrackers”; now is the time to see da…

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Roell Schmidt directs Links Hall in 40th season, with no time to look back by Lauren Warnecke

When experimental choreographers Bob Eisen, Carol Bobrow and Charlie Vernon rented a studio space together in 1978, they surely didn’t predict it would be around 40 years later. They calle…

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