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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Reimagining the Role of Dance: Red Clay Dance Teams with Health Professionals in the Dance Pamoja Challenge by Sharon Hoyer

The yearlong program is designed to build resiliency against the virus through physical, mental and spiritual health services.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

One Recommendation: Spectrum Dance Theater’s SHOT by Sharon Hoyer

Donald Byrd’s urgent piece deserves a spot on the lists of must-read/must-watch resources about racism, white supremacy and police violence in America.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

One Recommendation: Chicago Dance History Project by Sharon Hoyer

CDHP has conducted over 130 video interviews and conversations, and currently has over 120 edited clips available on their website.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Adaptability and Resilience: Pivot Arts Festival and Mandala Makers Festival Make the Move Online by Sharon Hoyer

A few small, nimble organizations have found creative ways to shift online and hold modified, virtual versions of the live festivals planned for June.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Energy Redirected: The Freedom of Dancing in Quarantine by Sharon Hoyer

In our living rooms and kitchens, we’re liberated from the tyranny of the mirror.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dance Top 5: May 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

Give Netflix a break with videos of past performances and live streamed living room shows by Chicago artists and companies.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Biggest Question: The Seldoms Take On the Existential Crisis of Our Time by Sharon Hoyer

The Seldoms' founding artistic director wants to get you talking more about climate change.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Keeping What You Need: Red Clay Dance Shifts the Celebration Online and Finds New Inspiration by Sharon Hoyer

"It’s good to reflect back and look at everything and see if we’re at the root and purpose. Now we have a lot of time for planning and to interrogate some things."

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Material, The Technological, The Spiritual, The Ancestral: Disciplines Unite in the Vision of Qudus Onikeku by Sharon Hoyer

The Nigerian-based choreographer makes his U.S. debut at the Dance Center of Columbia College, considering problems from both physical and spiritual planes.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Dance Top 5: March 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

March is a month for big-name companies and a wealth of fresh new work.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Whole and Connected: The Joffrey Ballet presents Justin Peck’s “The Times Are Racing” by Sharon Hoyer

Youth culture is at the heart of Peck’s ballet, which is danced in sneakers and streetwear to the second half of electronic musician Dan Deacon’s “America” album.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Dance Top 5: February 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

Ballet, Irish Dance, Modern, Contemporary, Tap: five more reasons to get out of the house this February.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Inspiration From the Archive: Over Two Dozen Artists Respond to Performance Art Relics in “What Remains” at Defibrillator Gallery by Sharon Hoyer

Netherlands-based ieke Trinks sent an international call to respond to Joseph Ravens' collection. Their responses open DFBRL8R's tenth anniversary season.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

In Oppression, Horror: A Preview of “Water Will (in Melody)” at the MCA by Sharon Hoyer

Ligia Lewis' lush nightmare finds the relationship between authority, willful resistance and punishment a source of terror.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Body Eclectic: Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre Performs Dreams and The Tarot at Steppenwolf 1700 by Sharon Hoyer

Aura CuriAtlas blends dance and acrobatics to tell stories without words, from everyday situations to abstract flights of fancy.

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Dance Top 5: January 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

Spirituality and survival are at the heart of dance and performance art this January.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fresh Story, Old Favorites: Chicago Tap Theatre Celebrates the Season with Tidings of Tap! by Sharon Hoyer

The show features percussive dance backed by a five-piece jazz band.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Echoes Forward: Robyn Mineko Williams brings an Evolving New Work to the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

How an intimate piece found newness in a full-fledged stage production...and back again.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Dancing in the Moonlight: A Review of RE|Dance Group’s “What The Moon Pulls” at Filament Theatre by Sharon Hoyer

Lucy Vurusic Riner’s evening-length dance explored shifting moods and emotions drawn by the phases of the moon.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Dance Top 5: December 2019 by Sharon Hoyer

December dance brings both big holiday spectacles and thought-provoking pieces in Steppenwolf's black box theater.

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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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