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!

Cerqua Rivera’s 'America/Americans' a near-normal evening for abnormal times

As I write this, snow is falling on gardens still bursting with color and life and trees are just coming into the fullness of their vibrant fall foliage. The irony isn’t lost on the valiant struggle in the arts for some grasp of normalcy in a season that is about as far from normal as things get.

The chill comes early this year, and perhaps fittingly so, as we peer into a season fast closing in on more containment and a dark, uncertain winter.

The MCA experiments with DIY art in 'Last Audience,' a dialogic, at-home performance on reckoning and remembrance

While COVID-19 has flatlined many curatorial projects, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), like many cultural art houses and performance venues, continues to explore ingenious ways of presenting and connecting artistic communities, albeit virtually. This year, the MCA partnered with artists and institutions nationally, hoping to present works that could be accessed at home through a combination of internet, phone, mail and interactive live events.

Hubbard Street's powerful 'Tale of Two' a testament to Black activism and artistry

A couple months ago, I first saw the trailer for choreographer Rena Butler's then-untitled dance film which would be opening Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's 43rd season. I was intrigued not only because the work would be Hubbard Street's first virtual season premiere, but because its narrative core was expressed through the perspective of two fellow native Southsiders: Butler and filmmaker Talia Koylass.

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.

LOUD BODIES' Halloween Costume Contest & Dance Party!

LOUD BODIES is kicking off their official fundraising campaing with, of course, a PARTY! Tune in to party, listen to DJ Sinkslow's spooky beats, see other people's costumes and get a chance to win a prize! You won't only be having fun, but will be contributing to helping LOUD BODIES produce their second show! After a successful first self-produced show, LOUD BODIES is ready to expand by hiring more dancers and commissioning other artists and choreographers this time around! Support us, and the dance community by attending this awesome party and learning more about us!

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