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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

New Challenges, Old Joy: A Preview of Chicago Tap Theatre at 20—Tempo, Rhythm and Time by Sharon Hoyer

“When I saw the finished piece, I texted Tre and was like ‘are you trying to kill my dancers?’" Yonally says. "It’s six minutes of athletic, virtuosic go go go, and it’s in five. A…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Lightness and Longevity: A Preview of “ON GO ING” at Links Hall by Sharon Hoyer

“I want people to not be sitting there thinking ‘I could have stayed home and read this book or watched this movie.’ I just want people to have a good time. It always been sort of tong…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Dance Top 5: February 2023 by Sharon Hoyer

Whether you're looking for story ballet or experimental play, dance in February will keep you warm.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Invitations: Steppenwolf Makes Space for Process in “Work Around” Series by Sharon Hoyer

Kara Brody never intended to be a curator, but when the opportunity to hand the Steppenwolf 1700 black box theater over to dance makers of her choosing came up, she couldn’t say no.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Object Lessons: Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Returns by Sharon Hoyer

The festival—the only one of its kind in the United States—is in its fifth iteration and has already put Chicago on the map as a destination for the most inventive live performance on th…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Constant Flux: A Preview of “Things Hidden and Left Unsaid” by Same Planet Performance Project by Sharon Hoyer

Like ocean waves, the moods in “Things Hidden” are ever-shifting, a kaleidoscope of ideas that remain stuck on the tip of the tongue.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

One Recommendation: Step Afrika! by Sharon Hoyer

Polyrhythmic percussive dance!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Expecting the Best: Black Girls Dance Opens Doors for Overlooked Talent by Sharon Hoyer

Black Girls Dance is a project designed to open doors for talented, hard-working, and often overlooked young women of color to pursue dance careers.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dance Top 5: December 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance reaches new audiences, and sometimes new heights, during the holidays.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Dance Top 5: November 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

Long-running choreographers and dance companies dominate November stages

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Keeping On: Winifred Haun & Dancers Celebrate Season Twenty-Five at the Athenaeum Center by Sharon Hoyer

The season opener, which runs one night only at the Athenaeum, will feature a spectrum of works throughout the company’s history.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Close Reading: A Review of The Seldoms’ Toolbox @ Twenty at Hyde Park Art Center by Sharon Hoyer

Carrie Hanson, along with company members Damon Green, Dee Alba and Sarah Gonsiorowski developed dances inspired by the creative practices of sculptor Edra Soto, sound artist Sadie Woods, pa…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Meeting the Moment: Elevate Chicago Dance 2022 Returns to New and Old Spaces by Sharon Hoyer

“Elevate Chicago Dance” reboots October 13-15, spreading again across the city, with work by thirty artists presented in six venues.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Dance Top 5: October 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

October brings out the big guns: Joffrey, Hubbard Street and Elevate, plus major shows at Harris and the Auditorium

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
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The Necessity of Joy: Chicago Performs Debuts at the MCA by Sharon Hoyer

"It is clear that artists need time, flexibility, process to be supported and not just the end product. I wanted to create a series that took that into account.”

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Monumental Moving Canvas: A Preview of the Fall Season of Art on theMART by Sharon Hoyer

Two new pieces open this week on the world's largest canvas for digital art.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Dance Top 5: September 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

It's official: Concert dance is back. September abounds with performances by local, national and international companies.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

For the Books: A Preview of “Reclamation: The Spirit of Black Dance in Chicago” at Millennium Park by Sharon Hoyer

The showcase concert by the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project marks the beginning of greater visibility and financial support for Black dance companies in Chicago.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Dystopian Future is Bright: Chicago Dance Crash Celebrates Twenty with Booms Day by Sharon Hoyer

CDC celebrates two decades of making high-energy performances that blend hip hop, contemporary dance and storytelling. “Booms Day” follows the adventures of a young girl and her boombox …

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Dance Top 5: August 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

Summer abounds with free and family-friendly dance.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Soul Food: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Invites Audiences into the Process with Inside/Out by Sharon Hoyer

The “Inside/Out” showcases bring audiences into an intimate setting and allowing artists to share work “at a vulnerable juncture” in the process of creation.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Dance Top 5: July 2022 by Sharon Hoyer

July dance takes place all across the city, indoors and out, on the ground and in the air.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Energy and Fire: A Preview of Muntu Dance Theatre’s “DanceAfrica: ROOTS” at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

The one-night-only show is part of Muntu's 50th anniversary season, which the company is commemorating with a revival of the DanceAfrica Chicago festival.

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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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