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!

For 10th anniversary, the Harvest Festival line-up is a balance between veterans and newcomers

“It’s a family.” This is what kept coming up in my conversation with Nicole Gifford, co-producer of Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (HCCDF)—one of the longest-running contemporary dance festivals in Chicago—which will celebrate its tenth anniversary starting this weekend. Since 2010, Gifford and Melissa Mallinson have gathered dance artists from around the world at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts to “share and celebrate the work of practicing contemporary dance artists and companies,” said Gifford in an interview.

Praise the Lorde! Po’Chop's 'The People’s Church' gives praise to women activists

This weekend, in the intimate Blanc Gallery on 45thand King Drive, exists a small congregation known as “The People’s Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O.” Led by Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Jenn “Po’Chop” Freeman with performers Tiff Beatty, Felicia Holman, Shimmy LaRoux and Avery R. Young, the ministry exists to remember, pay homage to and call upon Chicago mothas and activists: Beauty Turner and Jackie Ormes, and Harlem-born poet Audre Lorde.

SCD's Moving Dialogs presents 'Danseur,' an evening of community, solidarity and discussion

As if planned, on September fourth, just as the dust began to settle on Lara Spencer’s comments on Good Morning America, community members filed into the theater at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for a screening of "Danseur," a film by by Scott Gormley, as part of See Chicago Dance’s Moving Dialogs series. The documentary interviews a wide range of men and boys in various stages of their training and careers, and asks them about their experiences with harassment and bullying.

Making dreams come true with dance

How about a one-night-only collaboration of local, independent artists at a unique event space all to benefit a beloved charity? Sounds good to us! Dancing to Dream is coming to fruition this weekend after many months of preparation, dedication and cooperation. “This project has been in the works for about a year,” says Jacqueline Stewart, founder and choreographer of Jaxon Movement Arts and creator of Dancing to Dream, a performance benefitting the Make-A-Wish ® Foundation. “Everything came together piece-by-piece. I wanted to make something bigger than just a dance production.”

Momenta's 'magical blend' of integrated dancing a 'heartwarming affirmation of the power of dance'

I left last night’s performance of “Counter Balance: The Power of Integrated Dance” with words like “poetic,” “challenging," “arresting,” and “inspiring” floating through my thoughts, and with an ultimately heartwarming affirmation of the power of dance to ennoble our humanity.

If you have even the least inclination to champion physical diversity on stage, try to catch today’s final performance of Momenta’s “Counter Balance,” at 3 p.m. at the Center on Halsted. You’re in for a treat.

‘By Way of Taps’ is Thalia Hall’s first tap show—it shouldn’t be the last

Hoofer Nico Rubio and I have some things in common. We both grew up near Chicago in the ‘90s. We both took tap dance lessons as kids—we probably have a few teachers in common. But while I nursed dual interests in ballet and classical music, Rubio was getting immersed in hip-hop culture alongside his tap training.

'Lifted' at the MCA invites all to the 'universal groove of joy'

I can hear humming in the audience as soon as I take my seat in the theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for Rennie Harris’ new work, “Lifted.” I hear humming and can feel an energy that is not like the average pre-show buzz. The humming comes from a woman sitting ahead of me. She rocks gently from side to side, and ad libs to the chords coming from a single piano player on stage.