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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Moving Forward with a Wink and a Nod: Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell Takes the Helm of Hubbard Street Dance Company by Sharon Hoyer

"In the essence of contemporary dance and contemporary meaning, now, there are a lot of voices out there that maybe we haven’t explored. There are choreographers who haven’t had the oppo…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Stage Top 5: April 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Chicago theater greets spring with imaginative performance spaces, from parking garages to auditory realms.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Sips of Hope: A Review of “Press on, regardless” by Winifred Haun & Dancers by Sharon Hoyer

This new short dance film serves as a gentle reminder that magic can still happen, even during a year in quarantine.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Filling Our Containers: Denise Yvette Serna Devises a Show About Chicago Life In Lockdown for Strawdog Theatre by Sharon Hoyer

Denise Yvette Serna discusses how she and the Strawdog ensemble devised a theater/film hybrid that interprets the stories of Chicagoans living and moving through a frenetic and claustrophobi…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Stage Top 5: March 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

March roars in with virtual one-on-one plays, an alt dance festival and a gradual return to in-person performance.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A New Movement: Despite Diminishing Funding that Threatens its Future, Dance in Chicago Soars. And Now is the Time for Equity to Take Wing by Sharon Hoyer

Thanks to the ingenuity of Chicago’s dance community through a lean ten years and a hellish ten months, Chicago remains, and will remain a mecca for dance.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Stage Top 5: February 2021 by Sharon Hoyer

Live readings, new dances and festivals streaming to you this February.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Larger Strokes: Manual Cinema Creates a Shadow Puppetry Christmas Carol for Our Time by Sharon Hoyer

The company successfully created a new live shadow puppet cinema work in time for this physically distanced holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Stage Top 5: December 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

December theater seeks to comfort, celebrate and connect in a difficult holiday season.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Ritual and Legacy: Burlesque Artist Jenn Freeman|Po’Chop Explores Black Femininity and Spirituality in Dance Film “LITANY” by Sharon Hoyer

Freeman's creative obsessions—brown paper, burlap and Audre Lorde—feature in her new collaboration with Jordan Phelps and VAM Studio.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Stage Top 5: November 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

Election month performances live stream commentary on our current world, and imagine a better one.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Haunt, Memory: Irene Hsiao’s Dance Films Respond to The Allure of Matter at the Smart Museum by Sharon Hoyer

The dancer/writer's short films respond to art about a rapidly changing Beijing with echoes of nostalgia for performances that never were.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Reminders of Beauty and Grace: A Review of “Steps in the Garden” by Winifred Haun & Dancers by Sharon Hoyer

Winifred Haun & Dancers site-specific work is steeped in the beauty of the locale and the grace of bodies in motion.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Disorientation and Confinement: A Review of KAOS by Hedwig Dances by Sharon Hoyer

Hedwig Dance uses interactions of the body and the video technology in a reflection on the effects of months of quarantine amidst socio-political upheaval.

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Stage Top 5: October 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

October proves Chicago performers will find powerful ways to speak to the moment, with or without traditional stages.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

One Recommendation: September 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

Links Hall 96 Hours: Links Hall throws performance in the pressure cooker with a competitive cooking show approach to making new work.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fall Arts Preview 2020: With Experimental Spirit, The Dance Center of Columbia College Reinvents the Fall Season by Sharon Hoyer

Ellen Chenoweth, director of the Dance Presenting Series at Columbia College, talks about how she and the entire Dance Center faculty and staff reimagined the Fall season, looking for abunda…

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Fall Arts Preview 2020: Can’t-Miss Fall Stage Events by Sharon Hoyer

Three great events to kick off the fall season.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

One Recommendation: August 2020 by Sharon Hoyer

The Dancers' Fund has played a crucial role in the health of Chicago's dance community for almost three decades.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Creative Dilemmas: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Adapts 2020 Season for the Pandemic by Sharon Hoyer

Making it work in the midst of a shutdown is no small feat but that's exactly what Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre has done.

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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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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre