After a 10-plus- year absence, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) opens the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago’s 2017–18 season with a program assembled by Founder and Director Lane Alexander and CHRP Artist In Residence Dani Borak. Performances are September 21–23 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
The program features an eclectic collection of works, including the first part of a world-premiere conceptual work by Borak melding contemporary and urban dance with American foot drumming. Also on the program are MacArthur Fellowship (“Genius”) winner Michelle Dorrance’s Push Past Break, a work blending two iconic American art forms, the blues and tap dance, that she created for CHRP with support from the Princess Grace
Foundation and the Auditorium Theatre’s Movement + Movement Festival; one of Alexander’s signature works, Prisms, which explores psychological disintegration and healing; as well as a medley of classic dances created by African-American tap masters Buster Brown, Lon Chaney and Harold “Stumpy” Cromer. Special guest Earlyn Whitehead will appear with her ensemble to reprise a work, created with funding from CHRP. Cartier Williams will also join the ensemble as a guest artist to present his celebrated works "Rhythm Refix" and "ZigityBop".
Tap / Rhythm