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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

New Cycles, New Solos: A Preview of “SOLUS” at Visceral Dance Center by Sharon Hoyer

Each year, Visceral Dance Chicago invites a group of Chicago-based choreographers to create a solo for each member of the company.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Joy Bomb Gone Nuclear: The Fly Honey Show Takes Over Thalia Hall by Sharon Hoyer

Hold on to your halter little birdie, the Fly Honeys are back!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Dance Top 5: June 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

Chicago dance heats up in June with high-energy rhythms and big, splashy productions.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Community, Equity, Excellence: A Preview of “Bridging the Gap” at the Harold Washington Cultural Center by Sharon Hoyer

M.A.D.D. Rhythms and Chicago Tap Theatre are coming together to celebrate National Tap Dance Day.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Chasing the Now: A Preview of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s “RE/UNION” at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

"How can we approach the choreography without assuming something about it? When we assume something, we miss what is really happening."

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Together Again For the First Time: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Gathers Thirty Artists and Groups in “Art. Heals.” by Sharon Hoyer

A performance series and gallery exhibition of individual artists and performance groups.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Dance Top 5: May 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

May dance and performance highlights

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The Long Conversation: Sara Juli Tickles the Underbelly of Long-Term Relationships in “Burnt-Out Wife” by Sharon Hoyer

Juli is a New-York based performance artist who uses personal aspects of her own life as fodder for her one-woman show.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Dance Top 5: April 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance highlights for April.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Ballet Out of the Box: A Preview of “TEN: Celebrating ten years of CRB” at the Athenaeum by Sharon Hoyer

Chicago Repertory Ballet celebrates their anniversary with some traditional ballet mixed with a contemporary ballet aesthetic.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Be Encouraged: A Review of Hubbard Street Dance’s RE/CONNECT at the MCA by Sharon Hoyer

Hubbard Street Dance’s spring seriesis comprised of two programs running over two weeks. Program A of "RE/CONNECT," was clearly about lifting spirits after a long, dark series of winters.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Telling Truthful Stories: Ballet 5:8 Turns Ten by Sharon Hoyer

The program, choreographed by artistic director Julianna Rubio Slager, is heavily inspired by figures in literature and art.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Dance Top 5: March 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

Local and national companies greet the coming of spring on big and mid-sized stages.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Brighter Days Ahead: A Preview of Winifred Haun & Dancers “The Light Returns” at Unity Temple by Sharon Hoyer

Attendees to “The Light Returns” will move through Unity House, the dramatic entryway to Unity Temple, and onto the stage.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Dancing Dark Times: English National Ballet Returns with Akram Khan’s “Creature” by Sharon Hoyer

Power is center stage in “Creature,” though Khan is occupied with the harms caused by ego—male ego in particular, and how it seems to be pointing humanity toward apocalypse.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Dance Top 5: February 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

The February calendar is packed with thrilling dance spanning cultures and traditions.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Kismet: Chicago Human Rhythm Project Preserves the Sutton Legacy with the Mayfair Arts Center by Sharon Hoyer

The tap dance organization's move to Calumet Heights will continue nurturing youth and professional dancers while honoring the legacy of an influential family of artists.

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Dance Top 5 of 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Highlights of 2021

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Tradition and Fresh Takes: Hyde Park School of Dance Brings An Updated Nutcracker Back to Mandel Hall by Sharon Hoyer

Audiences will see an overall familiar “Nutcracker” ballet, which also includes some contemporary takes and welcome updates. Nine choreographers contribute to the updated HPSD rendition.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Dance Top 5: December 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

It's that time again. This holiday season offers up more family-friendly ballet than you can shake a Nutcracker at.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Comfort and Confinement: A Review of The Yellow Wallpaper and The Attic Room at Ebenezer Lutheran Church by Sharon Hoyer

The split bill between Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and RE|Dance Group is a gentle reminder of what’s been missing from our storytelling diets.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

New Angles: Hubbard Street Dance is Back on Stage in “Re/turn” by Sharon Hoyer

“I’m feeling like: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell tells me when I ask how she approached curating “Re/turn,” running…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Dance Top 5: November 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Highlights of dance for November

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Turfs Up: The Seldoms Take a Close Look at Two Leafy Greens in GRASS by Sharon Hoyer

The Seldoms new work explores how turf grass and cannabis have each been commodified, weaponized, and used as moral indicators.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Dance Top 5: October 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Lights up, curtains up! With any luck, feet will once again hit the boards of stages large and small this month.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Ease, Freedom and Joy: A Preview of An Untitled Love by A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham at the Dance Center of Columbia College by Sharon Hoyer

"There’s a bit of nostalgia, a bit of pride, a lot of love,” Kyle Abraham says of his new piece, set to the music of D’Angelo.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Cultivating Community: Red Clay Plants a Seed in Woodlawn (Fall Arts Preview 2021) by Sharon Hoyer

Commercial corridor revitalization can aspire to more than shops and restaurants, and it's exciting to see an arts organization anchor a block.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Planetary Movements: Films.Dance Comes to a Very Big Screen by Sharon Hoyer

Jacob Jonas the Company reached a widening web of collaborators across the globe. The result is a collection of three-to-ten minute finely tuned gems, visually arresting with gorgeous musica…

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Stages of Healing: Nicole Clarke-Springer Guides Deeply Rooted Through a Pandemic to the Pritzker Pavilion by Sharon Hoyer

"It felt like a black hole and I was slowly maneuvering my way inch by inch. But it allowed me to have space to learn what happened in the past. We’ve been here twenty-five years and it’…

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