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Monday, September 10, 2018

Intercontinental Collaboration: Bringing Together Chicago’s Red Clay Dance Company with Uganda’s Keiga Dance Company by Sharon Hoyer

Club and street dance styles, experimental dance and a response to surveillance, race and cultural violence all happen this fall.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Can’t-Miss Fall Dance Events by Sharon Hoyer

Newcity dance's three most anticipated performances of the 2018 fall season.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Transformation From Within: Nejla Yatkin’s “Conference of the Birds” Experiences the Lakefront with Fresh Senses by Sharon Hoyer

Nejla Yatkin's free participatory performance seeks to open the senses amidst the natural beauty of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Dance Top 5: September 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

The natural world, internal landscapes and political spheres collide this month in dance.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Movement for a Cause: Dance For Life Unites Eclectic Companies to Keep Dancers Healthy by Sharon Hoyer

With seven companies whose specialties range from pointe to head spins, the "Dance For Life" program promises to be not only a worthy fundraiser, but one of the most eclectic dance concerts …

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dance Top 5: August 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance moves outdoors for the summer, from Dance Downs in the Parks to performances on the MCA grounds.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Pushing Boundaries: Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Festival Features a New Artist In Residence by Sharon Hoyer

The annual tap festival is a chance to see the boundary-pushing work of CHRP's first ever artist in residence Dani Borak.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Vertical Dance Floor: Aerial Dance Chicago brings Blackbird to the Ruth Page Center by Sharon Hoyer

Dancers take to the air in a show about freedom, potential and flight.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Dance Top 5: July 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

Japanese Taiko, aerial artistry and an annual tap festival take the stage in July.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Would You Like to Dance? How SummerDance Connects Chicagoans Across All Spectrums by Sharon Hoyer

The longstanding, wildly popular partner-dance series has evolved into a festival that ties together social dance, live music, spectatorship and professional performances.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fairy Tale Reboot: A Preview of Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story at the Logan Center for the Arts by Sharon Hoyer

A romance that follows an immigrant girl and her suitor on a journey through Chicago neighborhoods.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Everyone at the Party: A Review of the STOMPING GROUNDS Grand Finale at the Pritzker Pavilion by Sharon Hoyer

The grand finale to the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's annual festival was a foot-pounding celebration of both diversity and the intersection of cultural traditions we all share.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Dance Top 5: June 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

High-octane dance abounds in June, from The Seldoms' "Marchland" to Chicago Tap Theatre's dedication to divas to Hubbard Street's full length rendition of "Minus 16."

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Beneficial Boredom: Khecari Redefines Audience Experience in Durational “The Retreat: One Week” by Sharon Hoyer

Khecari creates a customized experience in their one hundred sixty-eight hour performance "The Retreat: One Week."

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Friday, April 27, 2018

No More Yielding But a Dream: the Joffrey Ballet debuts Alexander Ekman’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Sharon Hoyer

Ekman’s ode to Scandinavian solstice is a triumph of vision, imagination and masterful stagecraft.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Vocabularies for Empathy: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Prompts Audiences to Take Action for Social Change by Sharon Hoyer

Why don’t we take control of the conversation instead of letting the conversation steer us?

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Dance Top 5: May 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

The dance shows to see in May from intimate activist performances to large scale story ballets.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Remix: Lucky Plush Presents New Short Work and Reimagined Old in Tab Show by Sharon Hoyer

The wildly witty and inquisitive company presents two reimagined shorter works: an expanded riff on a short piece created for Hubbard Street last year and a mashup of memorable moments from …

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cellular Histories: “Poor People’s TV Room” comes to the MCA Stage by Sharon Hoyer

Okwui Okpokwasili's new work, inspired by protest movements of Nigerian women, asks the audience to open up the layers of sensing and awareness we use to make our world.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Dance Top 5: April 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

It's Chicago Dance Month and picking just five is near impossible. We made sure to put some free shows in the mix.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Creation and Control: a preview of The Mysterious Disappearance of the Second Youngest Sister by RE|Dance by Sharon Hoyer

An ancient Underwood typewriter, a dress form, stacks of books and Victorian-inspired garb set the scene for intimate character development and a tinge of claustrophobia.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kinetic Signature: a preview of Hubbard Street Dance at the Auditorium Theatre by Sharon Hoyer

Hubbard Street Dance's 40th anniversary season and the Auditorium Theatre's "Made in Chicago" series intersect with a special program dedicated to Hubbard Street's first and only resident ch…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Of the Shameful and Strange: a preview of Lie Through My Skin by Same Planet Performance Project by Sharon Hoyer

Sensuality and disgust drip through the opening of "Lie Through My Skin," setting an ambivalent tone that becomes increasingly surreal as the piece unfolds.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Of Ballet and Bondage: a review of Brendan Fernandes’s The Master and Form at the Graham Foundation by Sharon Hoyer

Fernandes’s show, an installation and performance project in collaboration with design firm Norman Kelley and the Joffrey Ballet Academy is a quietly elegant look at the pleasure of pain i…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dance Top 5: March 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

So much great dance in Chicago in March. Here's a few of our recommendations.

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The Power of Words: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Returns with a Final Work by its Founder by Sharon Hoyer

The dancers move with an impossibly subtle, inwardly-generated fluidity and power, on stages transformed into vast, timeless landscapes. Cloud Gate performances are truly as much mediations …

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Dancer In Every Pedestrian: Doug Varone and Dancers return to Chicago after Seventeen Years by Sharon Hoyer

"I really believe in the honesty of being on stage—the word 'being' being key. If there’s a character to imbue that it is at the very heart of the performer as opposed to something place…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dance Top 5: February 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

It's a big month for ballet with Balanchine, Baryshnikov, and ABT gracing Chicago stages.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Dance Top 5: January 2018 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance highlights to kick off the new year.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

A Terrible and Beautiful Time: Performances at Links Hall Capture the Creative American Zeitgeist by Sharon Hoyer

January at Links Hall is an intensive course in the complexity of our American identity.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Dance Top 5: December 2017 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance in December with Twyla Tharp, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon and more.

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