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!

‘Nicely Opinionated’ Ayako Kato Celebrates 20 Years with ‘stück 1998’

Japanese native Ayako Kato has been living and working in Chicago as an independent dancer/choreographer and artistic director of Art Union Humanscape for twenty years. In that time, much of Kato’s artistic output has been committed to solo practice in collaboration with musicians, including several projects with double bassist Jason Roebke, her husband. For the past eight years, Kato has maintained a studio practice at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, where she is an artist in residence with Chicago Moving Company.

“Brodsky/Baryshnikov” Homage to Artistic Friendship

It’s always fascinating to behold a great artist continuously reinventing himself in new and unexpected ways. We exalted Mikhail Baryshnikov’s brilliance as a ballet dancer without equal. We marveled that he was more than a competent film and stage actor, a gifted photographer, a director and producer, an impresario and champion supporter of developing artists in interdisciplinary projects.


“If Left Unchecked” Lays Out the Puzzle Pieces of Female Rage

Through Saturday at Links Hall, choreographer Paige Caldarella and dramaturg/filmmaker Jessica King offer “If Left Unchecked,” a two-act, hour-long dance and film montage on female rage. In the work’s opening moment, dancer Keyierra Collins has her head tucked into Jess Duffy’s back. She thrusts her elbows side to side, then switches to a jab, like a karate chop, with hands flexed toward empty seats on the side of Links Hall’s studio B. She breathes heavily – one exhale per jab – going nowhere despite her best effort.

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Join us for our beloved Chicago Dance Month this April 2018! This annual month-long celebration highlights the legacy, breadth, and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community by promoting a wealth of dance performances, educational opportunities, and other events, in partnership with dance companies and arts organizations across the city. As a megaphone for dance in Chicago, join us as we promote the groundbreaking dance being created in our community!


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From Ballet to Butoh, and all styles in between, Chicago Dance Month offers something for everyone. Go See Dance!
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