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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Mystery and Intrigue: Hubbard Street Premieres a New Work by Kyle Abraham in “Forge Forward” at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

The new commission from the MacArthur "genus" awardee is infused with delicious moments of melodrama and humor.

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Holding Each Other Up: Lucky Plush Celebrates the Joy of Skate Culture in “Rink Life” by Sharon Hoyer

The roller rink is one of those special little universes with all the necessary ingredients for building a vibrant culture.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Dance Top 5: November 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance offerings for November.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Femaleness Without Borders: A Review of Marginalia at Links Hall by Sharon Hoyer

Khecari's new evening-length dance performance builds a dreamlike world of female tenderness, menace and transcendent intimacy.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

From Words, Movement: The Joffrey Ballet Brings Cathy Marston’s “Jane Eyre” to Chicago by Sharon Hoyer

Cathy Marston's translation of the gothic romance opens the Joffrey's final season on the Auditorium Theatre stage.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Finding the Edges: Architecture Leads the Dance in “On Notice” at SITE/less by Sharon Hoyer

"On Notice" is built upon ideas that tie together statements about representation imposed by mass media, ideas first put forth in the 1980s New York art scene.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Dance Top 5: October 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

Our top picks among a bounteous harvest of dance and performance this month.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fall Arts Preview 2019: This is What America Looks Like: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre digs deep into identity and the immigrant experience by Sharon Hoyer

With extensive research and expansive collaboration for the program, choreography is the fourth or fifth layer on top of what's come before.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That: Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival Provides a Sampling of Indie Work from Across the Country by Sharon Hoyer

This festival's sampler-style short performances make it an un-intimidating point of entry for folks unfamiliar with contemporary dance and the many things that can mean.

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Dance Top 5: September 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

September brings so many reasons to dance.

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Fall Arts Preview 2019: Can’t-Miss Fall Dance Events by Sharon Hoyer

A few of the most anticipated dance events of the fall.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

What You Need: A Review of The Fly Honey Show by Sharon Hoyer

Erin Kilmurray's queer feminist cabaret/variety show extravaganza, celebrating its 10th season, is a raucous, righteous balm for the weary soul.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dance Top 5: August 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

Some of the summer dance highlights for August.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Time-Honored and the Experimental: A Preview of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Festival by Sharon Hoyer

The annual event series sets the example of how a festival can evolve alongside its art form.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Green Space, Dance Space: Dance in the Parks Brings Professional and Youth Performances to Your Backyard by Sharon Hoyer

The annual free series of dance performances in neighborhood parks makes the long-awaited fair weather all the sweeter.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dance Top 5: July 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

We greet summer with daily outdoor dance events...and a few in the comfort of AC.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

A Present-Tense Art Form: Brian Brooks Returns to Hubbard Street Dance by Sharon Hoyer

New York-based Brian Brooks writes a coda to his Harris Theater residency with a revisioning of his chaotic and complex "Terrain."

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Innovative, Entertaining: Pivot Arts Festival Seeks to Bring Genre-Defying Work Center Stage by Sharon Hoyer

Ten days of innovative dance, music and theater by local and international artists. Curator Julieanne Ehre's recommendation: see it all.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dance and Performance Top 5: June 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

All our favorites for June.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Longer Timelines: Alejandro Cerrudo Talks About New Projects After Hubbard Street and the Importance of Building Trust by Sharon Hoyer

The former resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance looks to new collaborations locally, nationally and abroad.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Lifetime of Work: Mordine & Co Celebrate Fifty Years of Making and Mentorship by Sharon Hoyer

In Chicago, the epitome of influence in modern dance has got to be Shirley Mordine.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dance Top 5: May 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

May dance and performance from ballet to butoh.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dance Top 5: April 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

Chicago dance month is packed with performances from companies near and far.

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Monday, April 1, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Out of Darkness: A Preview of Giordano Dance at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

Miranda Davis' new piece about hope in the face of adversity is the latest in a series of commissions intended to push the company’s boundaries and explore the intersections of jazz, moder…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Fight or Flight: A Review of Escapes & Reversals at Unity Lutheran Church by Sharon Hoyer

Ginger Krebs' new hourlong performance shows us a game in which the current winner is the moneyed, narrative-owning powers that be, but the underdog team, though skittish and sustaining dama…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dance and Performance Top 5: March 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

English National Ballet returns to Chicago for the first time in over thirty years with a real stunner.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Rising Up: Power OUCH! Festival Explores Violence and the Individual Experience by Sharon Hoyer

The four day festival at Links Hall looks at how we confront, arm ourselves against, appropriate and perhaps move beyond violence.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Dance Top 5: February 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance and performance beat the February blues with festivals and performance that range from multidisciplinary to classical.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Sacred and the Profane: The Non-Human Speaks in the International Puppet Theater Festival by Sharon Hoyer

They are descending on Chicago from around the globe to relate these stories.

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