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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
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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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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Stage Top 5: August 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Chicago theaters throw open their doors this month. Here's what to catch indoors and out.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Museum Piece: A Preview of Leave It to the Little Ladies by Sharon Hoyer

Journalist Eddie Arruza's hard-boiled radio drama is a well-crafted love-letter to the genre, but feels out of touch with the times.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Returning to Ritual: A Preview of Sea Change at Brndhaus Pl-zen by Sharon Hoyer

The outdoor performance promises to make up for a year-plus of constrained and isolated living with larger-than-life pomp and spectacle.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Stage Top 5: July 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance and drama in July.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Redrawing the Map: A Preview of “Cartography of Peace” by South Chicago Dance Theatre by Sharon Hoyer

A new show that blends surrealist poetry, improvisatory opera techniques, new music and dance.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Occupation and Conflict: A Review of “Scenes From 73* Years” by Medina Theater Collective by Sharon Hoyer

Medina Theater Collective’s inaugural production about daily life in Palestine is smart, tender, at times funny and a consistently compassionate script.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Multiplayer Mode: The Map of Now Gamifies the Virtual Performance Festival by Sharon Hoyer

"The thought about doing something that maps the richness, the ecology of our performing arts field—and literally with the geography on the map—began to excite me.”

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Stage Top 5: June 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Theater and dance performances to experience in June

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Always Look: A Preview of Beyond the Box 4.3—Black Hair E{m}urge at Links Hall by Sharon Hoyer

Yoshinojo Fujima and puppeteers Tom Lee and Ryugyoku Nishikawa each developed separate performances based on a popular classic Kabuki scene of young heartache, focusing on what Fujima calls …

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Stage Top 5: May 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

May brings flowers and the first buds of live performance in over a year.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Vulnerability and Redemption in the Room: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre’s Season Kicks Off In Front of a Live, Limited Audience by Sharon Hoyer

The company’s season kickoff is one of the first live, in-person performances under a roof in more than thirteen months.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Moving Forward with a Wink and a Nod: Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell Takes the Helm of Hubbard Street Dance Company by Sharon Hoyer

"In the essence of contemporary dance and contemporary meaning, now, there are a lot of voices out there that maybe we haven’t explored. There are choreographers who haven’t had the oppo…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Stage Top 5: April 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Chicago theater greets spring with imaginative performance spaces, from parking garages to auditory realms.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Sips of Hope: A Review of “Press on, regardless” by Winifred Haun & Dancers by Sharon Hoyer

This new short dance film serves as a gentle reminder that magic can still happen, even during a year in quarantine.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Filling Our Containers: Denise Yvette Serna Devises a Show About Chicago Life In Lockdown for Strawdog Theatre by Sharon Hoyer

Denise Yvette Serna discusses how she and the Strawdog ensemble devised a theater/film hybrid that interprets the stories of Chicagoans living and moving through a frenetic and claustrophobi…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Stage Top 5: March 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

March roars in with virtual one-on-one plays, an alt dance festival and a gradual return to in-person performance.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A New Movement: Despite Diminishing Funding that Threatens its Future, Dance in Chicago Soars. And Now is the Time for Equity to Take Wing by Sharon Hoyer

Thanks to the ingenuity of Chicago’s dance community through a lean ten years and a hellish ten months, Chicago remains, and will remain a mecca for dance.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Stage Top 5: February 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Live readings, new dances and festivals streaming to you this February.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Larger Strokes: Manual Cinema Creates a Shadow Puppetry Christmas Carol for Our Time by Sharon Hoyer

The company successfully created a new live shadow puppet cinema work in time for this physically distanced holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Stage Top 5: December 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

December theater seeks to comfort, celebrate and connect in a difficult holiday season.

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