The packed Museum of Contemporary Art’s Edlis Neeson Theatre buzzed with anticipation as ardent tap dance devotees, dancers of all stripes, and a veritable who’s who of Chicago dance philanthropy awaited Tommy Tune’s performance of “Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales,” his memoir in song and dance.
July brings a month of concerts that showcase new works by multiple choreographers, including Thodos Dance Chicago, Dance In The Parks, Hyde Park School of Dance, Dance Chance, and JUBA. Add to that concerts by solo artists Mitsu Salmon, Ahmad Simmons, and Tommy Tune, and full-company performances from Joel Hall Dancers, Muntu Dance Theatre, Natya Dance Theatre, Ayodele, Red Clay Dance, and The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and you have a July that’s shaping up to be a great month to explore a diversity of dance styles, genres and cultures across Chicagoland.
The month of March is roaring into Chicago with a lion’s share of great dance, both home-grown and visiting companies, in genres ranging from traditional to experimental, jazz, ballet, modern, tap, folk-dance-inspired, interdisciplinary, and multi-media.
February is nationally designated as Black History Month throughout the United States, but in Chicago, you don’t have to wait for February to experience the strength and vitality of African American culture on our dance stages. SeeChicagoDance spoke with several artistic directors of dance companies that are making a difference through their commitment to the expression of African American identity through dance in the diaspora.
While 2015 still looks like a shiny new coin just waiting to be spent, SeeChicagoDance thought it might be fun to explore a few new projects coming up in the new year. You can, too, and there’s no better time than now to resolve to see something new and different!
NEW COMPANY: The Cambrians
Chicago’s vibrant dance community has filled stages across the city with an abundance of quality productions throughout 2014. In lavish halls and humble storefronts, from classical tradition to edgy experimentation and bold collaborations, dance in Chicago continues to distinguish The Windy City as a go-to dance town. As hard as it is to pick favorites among so many fine performances and outstanding works, the dance writers for seechicagodance have selected a few stand-out candidates for our 2014 Critics’ Picks.
Rebellious Teen Defies Father, Leaves Home; Debutante Engaged to Wealthy Bachelor; Priest Guilty of Sexual Misconduct, Torches Temple--They could be tabloid headlines, but in this case, surprise, they’re abbreviated synopses of Joffrey Ballet’s upcoming “Stories In Motion,” opening this Thursday night, September 18th at the Auditorium Theater and running only through Sunday, September 21st.
Stories are making a comeback on the dance scene, or reinventing themselves as post-post-modernism, take your pick. Throughout September and October, Chicago dance lovers have an absolutely tantalizing array of dance styles and companies to choose from, with a rip-roaring line-up that ranges from conventional story ballets to innovative collaborations, abstract dance tone-poems to jazz rhythms and tap dance narratives. Here are a just few of the many wonderful stories in dance coming our way this fall:
Dance/USA, the annual convergence of many of dance’s greatest minds, settled smack in the middle of the country last weekend, and it’s safe to say that Minneapolis is overflowing with dance. In a dance-positive state that is thriving on corporate sponsorships and seemingly ample funding, there was perhaps no better place for this year’s Dance/USA conference.