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!

The Ubuntu of JOMBA!

As I reflect on the deeply immersive experience that was the Digital JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, I feel overwhelmed and moved. For two weeks, I had an opportunity to prioritize South African contemporary dance and its boundless voice. I was virtually acquainted with the work of Vincent Mantsoe and challenged by my memory of what I knew to be South African contemporary dance with Musa Hlatswayo’s “Abomhlaba(thi)”.

2020 Community Celebration: Moving Forward


We're excited to host two FREE virtual events that will honor our two awardees, Joel Hall and Gail Kalver:

Our Happy Hour on October 6 will be a way for the two awardees to share some amazing stories of the many years of service to the Chicago dance sector (and bring your stories too). Be on the look-out for a recipe for our signature mocktail/cocktail as well as an announcement about an exciting matching grant during this virtual event! Zoom RSVP will be available starting on September 22!

Think Global, Act Local: How a South African festival changed this American dance writer

Two years ago, I spent just shy of three weeks in Durban, South Africa. I’d been asked to co-facilitate a critical dance writing workshop in conjunction with the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Veteran dance critic Adrienne Sichel conceived this workshop series and festival publication, called Khuluma (meaning “to speak” in isiZulu), more than a decade ago, which in recent years is directed by dance and theatre scholar Clare Craighead. Our five young writers, all honours students in the Performance Studies department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (which houses the JOMBA!

Introducing Chicago Movement Collective: The not-so-new kids in town

What started out as a selfish endeavor turned into something wonderful: an all-inclusive training space with a collection of some of Chicago’s finest dance teachers and affordable pricing. The Chicago Movement Collective (CMC) may have been born out of necessity but has the potential to redefine a crucial part of the city’s arts scene. “The idea started back in March when COVID-19 first hit and studios were closing down,” CMC founder Ethan Kirschbaum said. “I lost a lot of work. I wondered how I was going to make up those lost classes. Basically, how do I cover my own ass?”

#SummerSchool: An autodidact's reflection on See Chicago Dance's 2020 fellowship

Like many of my fellow interdisciplinary artist colleagues, I planned and plotted for 2020 to be my year of clarity. This year was supposed to be marked by my most frequent international travel schedule and most varied creative skill development agenda. By March however, COVID-19 had wiped those "confirmed" 2020 plans clean off my calendar (Takeaway: ALWAYS buy travel insurance!).

Power passes from woman to woman: Germaine Acogny at JOMBA! 2020

Senagalese choreographer/dancer and founder of the world renowned Ecole des Sables, Germaine Acogny has long been regarded as "the mother of contemporary African dance." As such, it is apropos that for her appearance on the JOMBA 2020 Legacy platform she presented her critically-acclaimed autobiographical solo dance theater work, "Somewhere at the Beginning."

The dance behind capturing dance photos: JOMBA! festival’s 'Through the Lens' gallery

For arts photographer Val Adamson, the trickiest part about this year’s JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience moving online has been watching the works without taking photos. Having photographed the festival since its first season 22 years ago, Adamson has been the one person responsible for creating these snapshot archives of the artists and their works. This year, the JOMBA! team decided to integrate photography in a different way: a virtual photo gallery, “Through The Lens,” with photos selected by Adamson and festival director Dr.

Second annual 'Summer Shorts' heads outside in Lawson Dance's first collaboration with new studio Rooted Space

These days, live dance is hard to come by. Strict social distancing guidelines prohibit dancers from touching one another. Theaters are mostly shuttered and audience members must stay six feet apart—all challenging hurdles in putting a show together. Lawson Dance Theatre, in their first partnership The Rooted Space (a new North Center dance studio in the former Rast Ballet space) made an open-air effort with “Summer Shorts” Friday.