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Friday, September 30, 2022

Refraction opens Hubbard Street’s 45th season by Irene Hsiao

Now celebrating its 45th anniversary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents Refraction, a mixed bill of contemporary works consisting of the world premiere of Chicago choreographer Randy Dun…

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

High-rise havoc by Irene Hsiao

On the rooftop of a high-rise, one of many in the forest of silhouettes that comprises our city’s skyline, a professor (Dan Hanrahan) and an automotive engineer (Juanjo López) have […] …

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Some best bets for the fall harvest of performance by Kerry Reid, Irene Hsiao and Deanna Isaacs

It’s impossible to summarize everything that’s happening onstage this season. (It’s also hard to tell you exactly what COVID-19 precautions are required at venues now; we suggest check…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 02:09PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Tools for new movement by Irene Hsiao

On September 24, Toolbox @ Twenty opens at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) to celebrate the Seldoms’ 20th anniversary with an exhibition and performances in a large-scale experiment in […

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:08PM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Revolutionary abstractions by Irene Hsiao

“Not that it matters, but most of what follows is true,” reads the supertitle projected over a stage sparsely set with stools. Enter a small conference of artists tasked with […] The p…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:58PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Seeking a friend for the end of the world by Irene Hsiao

The stage is dark and lightly clouded with fog—in the distance, a dense heap of jumbled objects signals the end of systems and uses. Booms Day brings us into the […] The post Seeking a f…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:28PM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

‘Black dance is American dance’ by Irene Hsiao

On August 27 in Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the eight companies representing the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project—Ayodele Drum and Dance, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, D…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:47AM
Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The play about the baby by Irene Hsiao

In March 2020, Theatre L’Acadie opened a production of Tennessee Williams’s The Two Character Play the same week the city locked down for the COVID-19 pandemic: sibling actors, mad and […

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:51AM
Friday, July 22, 2022

The Blasian March comes to Chicago by Irene Hsiao

On plantations in the 1800s, plantation owners used diversity as a means of division. “We lay great stress on the necessity of having our labor mixed. By employing different nationalities,…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:05PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Dimming of the day by Irene Hsiao

“When people die, they move from the first person to the third person. They also move from the present tense to the past tense.” These words are spoken by Christine (Kendra Thulin), who …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:48AM
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Native tongues by Irene Hsiao

The grounds are defined by meandering turns of grass and dirt, a rainfall of lightbulbs, a shining blue curve that sometimes picks up projections and reflections of what might be ghosts or c…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 09:39AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hot weather, hot shows by Kerry Reid, Irene Hsiao and Deanna Isaacs

Summer is officially here, in case the sweat and lightning bugs weren’t enough of a clue. In addition to the shows and artists we profiled in our summer arts preview issue this week, we’…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 04:01PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

‘Huge, very loud, and with a lot of glitter’ by Irene Hsiao

For the first time since a pandemic hiatus, The Fly Honey Show is live for three days only of sparkle, sweat, and shimmy. Begun in 2010 with about 30 performers in the living room of the DIY…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:01PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Just skating by by Irene Hsiao

The year is 1994, and rock star Jacqueline Miller (Diana DeGarmo) is zigzagging the country on a tour. Her dishonest manager has absconded with her earnings, her deadbeat saxophonist boyfrie…

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Romance languages by Irene Hsiao

Two years into this pestilence, the misery of war, the disappointment of mankind day after day weighing down desperate minds, with a future certain of nothing but social and planetary destru…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 02:18PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Reshaping the landscape on the southeast side by Irene Hsiao

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May 21 at 89th and Commercial on the southeast side. It celebrated the opening of Commercial Ave Alfresco, a joint initiative organized by the group Sou…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:55AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Light drives the story in TAKE by Irene Hsiao

On an industrial strip of Rockwell just off Elston, beyond a white door with numbers painted in red, past a makeshift bar, through a dark curtain lies a white brick room filled with smoke. T…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:41PM

‘Afong Moy was a real person’ by Irene Hsiao

The year was 1834. Indigenous communities were being displaced from their ancestral homelands on the forced march known as the Trail of Tears. Over two million people of African descent were…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:38AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Contretemps beats against the time by Irene Hsiao

Contretemps Contemporary Ballet challenges the stereotypes of the form in Heat Lightning. Ethereal visions of swans, sylphs, shades, and sugarplums? A way of mov…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 10:00AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Teatro ZinZanni brings back glitz, kitsch, and the joy of living by Irene Hsiao

Teatro ZinZanni,the dinner circus spectacle, reopens at the Cambria Hotel. The show begins before you enter the theater lobby on the 14th floor of the Cambria Ho…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 01:40PM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Mitsu Salmon considers the orchid by Irene Hsiao

A new interdisciplinary work digs into the roots of one of the most mythologized of flowers. In Japan, nobility and samurai cultivated orchids as symbols of brav…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 12:45PM
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Joel Hall Dancers tap the spirit of the phoenix again by Irene Hsiao

In LEGACY: Phoenix^5, Joel Hall Dancers celebrate the past and look to the future. In March 2020, the Joel Hall Dancers were preparing for a concert celebrating …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 10:00AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Map of Now provides an interactive guide to collaboration with a retro look by Irene Hsiao

"The potential and the sadness and beauty of big empty spaces" inspires Lucky Plush's The Map of Now. For over a year, the Harris Theater has loomed like an abys…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:30PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Dee Alaba celebrates her authentic self by Irene Hsiao

Dee Alaba seeks collaborators who celebrate and respect identity. Born in Davao in the Philippines and raised in Des Plaines, Dee Alaba began dancing at the age…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 10:00AM
Monday, May 24, 2021

Chicago Dance Month makes waves for June—and beyond by Irene Hsiao

See Chicago Dance's annual celebration sustains and supports artists and audiences. Chicago Dance Month returns for a ninth time this June with in-person events …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 04:30PM
Monday, May 3, 2021

Hubbard Street and 10,000 Dreams challenge stereotypes while centering AAPI choreographers by Irene Hsiao

Hubbard Street's Unboxed spills Nutcracker tea; Final Bow for Yellowface builds a dance incubator. Act two: a flute trill hurries over a plodding bassoon, chased…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 01:45PM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival offers a base of support for dance and life by Irene Hsiao

This year's CIDF offers three days of workshops and film screenings celebrating everyday movement. "I don't think there's much difference between dance and every…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:45PM
Monday, April 19, 2021

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre launches a new partnership and a new season—in person and online by Irene Hsiao

CRDT's Wilfredo Rivera finds the past year has "magnified, amplified, and vindicated the work and the focus I've had for the past six seasons." Cerqua Rivera Dan…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 04:30PM
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Rika Lin's 'ingenuity of necessity' bridges centuries of tradition by Irene Hsiao

Influences from kabuki and karate inform choreographer Rika Lin's boundary-crossing body of dance work. Black hair. A jilted woman.…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 01:15PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Still Inspired (?) bridges visual art and dance by Irene Hsiao

Four choreographers use images by Chicago artist Sergio Gomez to create a series of dance films in Still Inspired (?). A figure in black caresses a length of pap…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:45PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

The Joffrey unveils a new Boléro by Irene Hsiao

Yoshihisa Arai choreographs a world premiere for Maurice Ravel's hugely popular composition. Winter in a pandemic. The roads obstructed with snow.…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 02:00PM

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