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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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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Going Deeper: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater mines pain, healing and spirituality in Fana Tshabalala’s INDUMBA by Sharon Hoyer

Tshabalala originally created the piece in his native South Africa, ostensibly in response to apartheid and its aftermath, but the pounding heart of "INDUMBA" is universally powerful to witn…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Partially Obstructed: The Seldoms tune in to the lower frequencies in The Making by Sharon Hoyer

This latest piece from Hanson plays with perception by moving the audience through three rooms.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Rules of the Game: Lucky Plush Productions Finds Empathy Through Storytelling in Rooming House by Sharon Hoyer

"We’re always wrestling with how to create a piece that an audience can connect to. That’s by creating a logic, but then we also believe the logic breaks down because life doesn’t work…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dance Top 5: November 2017 by Sharon Hoyer

November dance brings a golden celebration, African Dance and movement and theater games. Dance along.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Testing Bounds: a preview of Unwinding at the Studebaker Theater by Sharon Hoyer

Pranita (Jain) Nayar, executive artistic director of Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, is testing the bounds of the highly formal dance style she has worked in for over thirty years: the …

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The Irrevocable Condition: Reggie Wilson/Fist + Heel Performance Group Explore the Trappings of Group Identity in CITIZEN by Sharon Hoyer

How an individual or community feels like they do belong, or want to belong, but at the same time there might be something about that belonging they don’t want to participate in. You can t…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Dance Top 5: October 2017 by Sharon Hoyer

Dance in October, from the exploration of dance and soccer at MCA Stage to a broad swath of dance styles at Elevate Chicago Dance.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gentle, Awkward, Human: A Review of Hubbard Street Dance’s Space, In Perspective at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

...the company visibly honed in on choreography that ranges from small—an almost imperceptibly slow decent by dancer Rena Butler from standing to sitting in a chair—to massive, with the …

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

In Discomfort, Beauty: Carole McCurdy Blends Argentine Tango and Butoh at Defibrillator by Sharon Hoyer

Exploring the embrace of otherness, and the eternal wavering "between female and male, presence and nostalgia, attention and forgetting."

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What Could Be Better? Glenn Edgerton Discusses the Fortieth Anniversary Season of Hubbard Street Dance by Sharon Hoyer

The Fall Series will transport audiences backstage and behind the scenes at the Harris Theater.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Dance Top 5 by Sharon Hoyer

From Shen Wei Dance Arts to Visceral Dance.

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