"not quite like anything else that we can think of...an astonishing group of superb dance artists ... [and] a fearlessly imaginative musical ensemble" - dancermusic.com "fun, sexy, & technically on point" - Chicago Tribune
"an invigorating mix of music and movement" - The Reader.
A Cerqua Rivera concert is an immersive experience. Months of intensive collaboration build art that's uniquely resonant and compelling. Audience members recognize and feel recognized by the stories our diverse company tells. They respond with tears of empathy, shouts of approval and raucous applause. How will they move you?
2018 – the company's 19th season – is an exploration of Identity – who we are and how we got this way. This diverse, energetic collective is making four major works fusing dance and music. At the 2018 Fall Concert Series, you'll experience these world premiere pieces plus selections from Cerqua Rivera's repertoire in full production, performed by the complete dance ensemble and jazz band. Don’t miss the culmination of 2018 and a chance to nourish your mind and soul.
Featured performers: Wilfredo Rivera (Co-Founder and Artistic Director), Briana Arthur (Dance Ensemble), Hanna Brictson (Movement Consultant), Monique Haley (Choreographer), Joshua Ishmon (Choreography Fellow), Noelle Kayser (Movement Consultant), Shelby Moran (Dance Ensemble), Joe Musiel (Dance Ensemble), Richard Pena (Dance Ensemble), Brennen Renteria (Rehearsal Director), Fernando Rodriguez (Dance Ensemble), Sara Schroerlucke (Performing Apprentice), Rachel Spies (Performing Apprentice), Kristen Vasilakos (Dance Ensemble), Carson VonFeldt (Performing Apprentice), Joe Cerqua (Co-Founder, Composer, Vocalist and Musician), Stu Greenspan (Musical Director, Electric Bass, Guitar, Composer and Arranger), Timothy Archbold (Cello), Rob Dicke (Percussion) Dan Hesler (Woodwind), Leandro Lopez Varady (Piano), James Sanders (Violin), Felipe Tobar (Violin), Pharez Whitted (Composer and Trumpet), Juli Wood (Woodwind and Vocalist).
Program Notes: Concert approximately 75 minutes in length, no intermission. Content appropriate for all ages.
Sponsored / Funded By: The Chicago Community Trust, Weinberg Family Foundation, Arts Work Fund, Anne E. Leibowitz Fund, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, Albany Bank & Trust Company NA, Allegro Dance Boutique. Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
About CRDT: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre uses dance and music to nourish the mind and the soul. The company unites artists & audiences to explore themes that shape the community. Cerqua Rivera's art grows from collaborations among composers & musicians, choreographers & dancers, visual artists and theatrical designers. The art forms are combined in cohesive performance pieces which are theatrical and thoughtful, vivacious and exuberant. Their work is rooted in the company’s founders’ vision of what art can do - gather people to contemplate factors that knit our community together and differences that add complexity to our society.