LEGACY: Phoenix^5

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Event Description

In 1993, Joel Hall Dancers & Center lost their beloved studio to a tragic fire. As they gathered themselves to move forwards together, their roots grew deeper, and the unfurling of their new wings was chronicled in The Phoenix Rising (1994). Today, as challenges test and bolster their collective strength, their roots grow stronger again while they stretch into the stratosphere.

LEGACY: Phoenix^5 is a collection of works driven by, for, and about JHD’s many communities, representative of the collective grace and grit it takes to push through obstacles. This celebration of Cofounder and Artistic Director Emeritus Joel Hall’s LEGACY stretches far beyond him as his world-renowned choreography is joined by that of Jacqueline Sinclair (Artistic Director), William Gill (Assistant Artistic Director), Van Collins (Guest Choreographer/ JHDYC Director), and Merrick Mitchell (Guest Choreographer/ JHDC Instructor).

Join the movement of energetic transformation as the Joel Hall Dancers honor the past, present, and future of Chicago Jazz Dance in its unstoppable Black and queer ingenuity.

LEGACY: Phoenix^5 features:
In the Shadow of Nina Simone (Reverb) (Joel Hall)
Namo** (Jacqueline Sinclair)
Black Angels, Excerpt from “Flight” (William Gill)
At Last (Merrick Mitchell)
Seating Arrangements* (Van Collins)
* JHD Premiere
** World Premiere

LEGACY: Phoenix^5 will be performed LIVE at the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts to an extremely limited audience on June 19, 2021 at 7pm.
All present will be subject to the rules governing campus visitors and will be required to sign the appropriate COVID-19 Visitor Attestation form.
All visitors will be asked to review visitor guidelines available at https://goforward.uchicago.edu/visitor-information before arriving at the Logan Center.


TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL 4:00PM CST ON JULY 8 (with a minimum donation of $15)
VIEWING available July 8 -15

Running Time
75 minutes
Dance Styles


The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 East 60th Stret
Chicago, IL 60637