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!

Infusing at-home pandemic education with dance books for kids

With the majority of live dance performances and classes now online only, how do you keep children engaged in learning about dance? Books! Reading is an interactive way to teach not only steps and basic technique, but also to weave a narrative of dance history in a way that’s fun. We found two companies that are using books as an aid to their online dance programming and, guess what? It’s fun for the student, teachers and writers too. If you look on the surface American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York City and Bollywood Groove (bG) based here in Chicago don’t have much in common.

'The Other Witch' explores socio-political and personal parallels between two modern dance phenoms—a century apart

Chicago had cast its spell on dancer/choreographer Nejla Yatkin long before “The Other Witch” called out to her imagination. Connections that gave birth to Yatkin’s newest multi-media, multi-lingual creation transcend international and historical boundaries, from World War I Germany to a remote village in East Anatolia, Turkey, to 20th-century Berlin and ultimately to its realization in Chicago.

Deeply Rooted at 25: "This is where I have to be"

A quarter of a century is a long time and to have a dance company survive and to thrive in these times is no small feat. Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) has done just that and is celebrating with a virtual and in-person fundraiser and performance this Saturday at the Athaneaum Theatre. “Deeply 25: Beyond Dance…The Celebration Begins” highlights the journey and the mission of the company and its founders Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbott and includes all the voices and creativity it has picked up from collaborating artists along the way.

South Chicago Dance Festival

Come out to the second annual South Chicago Dance Festival! This season's virtual festival features five unique events that engage with 23 of the side's premiere dance companies, individual artists, panelists, high school dance programs, studios and master instructors!

``This tradition is what makes the South Side so unique. This is what makes Chicago what it is.``
-See Chicago Dance, SCDF Preview 2019

Trio of dance films to be featured at Peacebook—an online version of the arts-meets-social justice annual festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has truly been the year of the online dance film. Recognizing and utilizing this current performance zeitgeist as fuel, Wicker Park-based Collaboraction Theatre Company presents three short dance films during this year's online edition of their fifth annual Peacebook festival. Opening October 17 and running through November 8, Peacebook 2020 will feature a total of 10 world premiere videos split into two distinct programs.

Community Convening

 

Over three weeks in September, See Chicago Dance held five Listening Sessions to introduce our new Executive Director, Julia Mayer, and hear about your concerns and challenges and unpack how SCD can best serve you. We invite the entire Chicago dance community (regardless of SCD membership) to join us on Oct. 22 to discuss the major themes that arose in the Listening Sessions and cast your vote on the issues you think we should prioritize in 2021.

Your voice counts! Come vote with SCD on Oct. 22.
(And VOTE for all your fellow citizens on Nov. 3!)

Gorgeous grounds set the stage for Winifred Haun's 'Steps in the Garden'

“You might be asking yourself, why are we doing this? We’re doing this because artists and art are essential,” said Winifred Haun during the opening speech for her latest project, “Steps in the Garden.” The humble founder and clever mastermind behind the Chicago-based dance company, Winifred Haun & Dancers, spoke endearingly to a crowd of masked spectators on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Her excited tone was shared by this critic, as I was yearning for an in-person performance to shake me out of my digital funk.