Kaleidoscope Choreographers Festival

Alliance Dance Company presents our 2nd Annual Choreographers Festival - Kaleidoscope.

Last year was a big success with the final show a sellout.  This year is even bigger.

If a Kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflection,
then this dance festival is truly such!

You will not want to miss a chance to see one of the most diverse dance festivals
in Chicago with works created by 25 choreographers from the Midwest region.

Over 60 pieces were submitted for consideration by committee to bring you
a different show each night!

Shen Wei: Trance-Inducing

Shen Wei Dance Arts made its Chicago debut at the Auditorium Theatre this past weekend with two signature works by Shen Wei: “The Rite Of Spring” (2003), set to Stravinsky’s four-hand piano version of the composer’s monumental score, and “Folding” (2000), to John Tavener’s “Last Song of the Sleeping Virgin for Bells and String Quartet,” and Tibetan Buddhist chants.


Lyric and Joffrey: Sublime Marriage

The gods of ancient Greek mythology cast a shower of heavenly grace on Chicago last Saturday night as the Lyric Opera’s stunning new production of Gluck’s 1774 opera, “Orphée et Eurydice,” replayed its timeless story in director/choreographer/designer John Neumeier’s brilliant contemporary realization. 


Chicago Human Rhythm Project Stirs the Pot

Performing at The Dance Center for the first time in ten years this past Thursday through Saturday, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project stirs the traditional tap dance pot with “Stone Soup Rhythms,” curated by Swiss-born artist-in-residence Daniel Borak. The collection of tap dance works takes its title from a well-known folk tale in which villagers each contribute one ingredient to the communal soup pot, creating together a rich and tasty meal.  


Harvesting Individuality


The fall harvest of dance on display this past weekend (and continuing next Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, 8 PM, Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts) yielded a bountiful sampler in the art of the duet, along with two starkly contrasting ensemble works that anchored each half of the program with knock-out dancing.