Fairy tales are much more than stories for children, says Angelin Preljocaj, Artistic Director of Ballet Preljocaj, in a brief phone conversation with SeeChicagoDance. Preljocaj brings his Blanche Neige (Snow White) to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance May 2-4. The work is a modern take on the traditional grand story ballet after the classic Brothers Grimm tale of the beautiful girl with ebony skin and dark black hair.
For someone who had no stomach for “happy nonsense,” only the darkly-twisted variety , Edward Gorey couldn’t have a better name. The Trey McIntyre Project has flown into town, literally on the wings of Gorey’s creepy Victorian and Edwardian-era creatures, for the Chicago premiere of The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction, commissioned by The Harris Theater.
It was a cold and snowy evening last Saturday. The warm and cozy Broadway Playhouse in the Gold Coast (a change of venue from the still out-of-commission Harris Theater) served a fitting backdrop for the 2014 Choreographers of Color Award. Each year, three diverse choreographers are selected by the Joffrey Academy of Dance to present new work on its proficient group of Trainees. It seems a mutually beneficial arrangement for the choreographers and dancers involved.
By Lynn Colburn Shapiro
How many Nutcrackers does it take to change a lightbulb? For Tye August, the answer is fourteen, the number of years the Lyric Opera Ballet Mistress and choreographer has been staging this version of The Nutcracker for The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD), where she is also Founding Artistic Director.
By Zachary Whittenburg
Today the miracle of air travel is a semi-regular chore. Some of us occasionally opt for the thrill of diving deep into a lake, sea or ocean. A family road trip might include a day of beginner-level spelunking. For the most part, however, we humans spend our days and years on terra firma, that massive, spherical border between earth and sky.
By Lauren Warnecke
Why Aspen Santa Fe? It’s a catchy name that I thought might have some deep meaning, but it’s simpler than I thought. They’re from Aspen - and Santa Fe. For a moment I thought, “That’s weird,” and then in the next, “Oh, that’s kind of brilliant!”
By Laura Molzahn
For August Tye, the Hyde Park School of Dance is a family affair. "I love the students, the families, seeing what dance does for people," she says. Tye's 9- and 13-year-old daughters will be performing in the school's upcoming 20th-anniversary show, "En Avant," while her husband, singer Wilbur Pauley, tweaked the score for her premiere, Lorelei. The blowout lineup next weekend also includes guests from the Joffrey, the Joel Hall Dancers, and the Paul Sanasardo Dancers.
By Laura Molzahn
"I prefer the term 'hybrid' over 'fusion' dance," says Emma Draves. "For me, 'hybrid' better honors the contributions in their original forms. And with the tradition of Indian dance, the lineages are clear, the history is important -- I don't want to swallow any of that up!"