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!

Dance Crash’s "The Bricklayers of OZ" Sparkles

Run, don’t walk, to Chicago Dance Crash’s “The Bricklayers of Oz,” (Ruth Page Center for the Arts, July 28-August 5), a Hip-Hop prequel to L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Tell your friends and bring the kids for a spectacularly entertaining 75-minutes of superb dancing, music you can’t resist no matter what your musical persuasion, and great storytelling that puts it all together with a real message, accompanied by the compelling lyrics and narration of Al Tamper, the rapper. 

August Unites Chicago Dancers

 

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS:

DANCE FOR LIFE CHICAGO (August 19, 7:30 PM, Auditorium Theatre) is arguably the Chicago dance community’s single most significant event of the year. Unique in its scope, it serves as a model for the arts community throughout the country, uniting the very highest levels of artistic achievement with the very noblest of humanitarian endeavors in its annual showcase of what makes Chicago dance, and Chicago’s dancers, so very special.

Thodos Dancers Take the Reins for Final New Dances

As Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC) shifts its structure, embarking on new and exciting projects, it closes out the final performances of the season with New Dances 2017. The New Dances initiative began in 2000 and gives the dancers a chance to switch hats and take a turn at being not only the choreographer, but also the director. “For a three-month period, it’s like they’re running their own company,” said founder and artistic director Melissa Thodos.

Strike Up The Band!

Strike up the band for July! Tap Dance dominates with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s annual Rhythm World Festival (July 17-23) and Chicago Tap Theatre’s extended run of “Changes” (June 30-July 16). Joining the midsummer Chicago dance roster are three programs devoted to the development of new choreography: Cerqua Rivera (July 13), Thodos Dance Chicago (July 15-16) and DanceChance (July 28).

Hubbard Street at 40: Continuum, Transcendence

There are rare moments when a dance performance transcends itself and becomes something more. “Water Section,” excerpted from Alejandro Cerrudo’s evening-length “One Thousand Pieces” (2012) brought Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to that brink midway through a stunning opening night of the company’s 40th anniversary Summer Series (Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 11, Harris Theater). 

Giordano Says Goodbye to Two Dancers in Summer Series

A dancer dies twice – once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the most painful. ~Martha Graham

As Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) takes the Landmark Stage at the Auditorium Theatre this weekend, they will be saying goodbye to two company dancers. But, unlike Ms. Graham’s quote above, there will not be pain – there will be nothing but joy, love, and gratitude. Rachael Lynn Berube and Joshua Blake Carter will take their final bows with full hearts and eyes open expectantly toward the future.