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The Art of Falling: Hubbard Street Dance and Second City's Comic Liaisons

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Early on in the ingenious collaboration between Second City and Hubbard Street Dance, Procol Harum's counterculture hymn permeates Chicago's Harris Theater as actors and dancers assemble in rows of folding chairs facing the audience.

The Joffrey Ballet Soars in Ambitious Triple Bill: Stories in Motion

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The Joffrey Ballet's extraordinary mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this past weekend: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet.

That's (Not Just) Entertainment: Dance As a Tool For Cultural Dialogue and Social Change

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

In 2015, DRDT returns to JOMBA! to perform a collaborative work with Flatfoot that signifies a culmination of the exchange. However, it might be said that the meat of this initiative is not as much in the dancing as in the dialogue taking shape between two seemingly disparate cultures.

Choreographer Brock Clawson -- In the 'Right Place'

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Brock Clawson is an interesting mix -- both a choreographer and a landscape designer. We asked Brock some questions about his process and his current work, which we're pleased to share with you today.

Silence: The Absence of Sound?

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Nora Younkin

The use of silence and stillness is nothing new to concert dance. It has been used for decades, often for the very purpose of subverting audience expectations. It has the power to draw our attention to our breath, to our body, and to our impulses.

Joffrey Triumphs with La Bayadere

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Welch's choreography is both brilliant and difficult with demanding lifts, whiplash turns and unexpected combinations. In the first act, the dance for the four men was especially impressive, but the group dancing was also a joy to watch.

Emotions in Motion: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago -- Fall Series

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 12.16.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Powerful and poignant -- two simple words that provide a quick snapshot of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Fall Series at the Harris Theater Thursday evening. Each of the four pieces displayed strong choreography and palpable emotion.

Review: Ballet West - Mixed Repertory Program at the Auditorium Theatre

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

As the piece unfolds, dancers pair up and present themselves to the audience in a series of dances that give the impression of the day unfolding gradually. The mood is initially light, but begins to shift as the black box starts to take the focus -- and then the ritual begins.

Music, Ballet and the Russian Masters

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Today we have conductor Scott Speck with us to talk about the music for the Joffrey's upcoming Russian Masters program. The company will perform Nijinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps," or "The Rite of Spring," with music by Stravinsky.

Learning From Luna Negra

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

If nothing else, the announcement today that Luna Negra Dance Theatre is "ceasing opperations... due to financial constraints" is a lesson to the Chicago Dance Community to never take things for granted.

Remembering Maria Tallchief

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 06.13.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

As she touched my hand to adjust it, I was keenly aware that this same hand had also touched Balanchine, Nureyev and countless others. It was hard to wrap your head around. I was thirteen years old and I had never been more intimidated. Or more thrilled.

FlySpace: A Strategic Dance Partnership

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Once again Chicago is blazing a trail in the dance world -- this time with a collaborative effort between four female choreographers who are teaming up to get ahead instead of going it alone.

The Focus on Chicago As a Dance Hub Returns With Major Anniversaries for Two Ground Breaking Companies

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Just on the heels of the Paris Opera Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet opening their U.S tours in Chicago after long hiatuses, two major Chicago dance companies are celebrating big anniversaries.

Wordling: The Moving Architects Welcomes Choreographer Joanie Audet

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

The Moving Architects is a Chicago-based dance company that has been around since 2007. This month, they are presenting Wording at the Fasseas White Box Theater in Chicago.

The Joffrey: Live Music For American Legends

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

We wanted to learn more about the process of what goes on behind the scenes to bring this partnership between dance and music to life, so we reached out to Scott Speck, Music Director for the Joffrey.

Not Your Momma's Saturday Night

Nora Younkin | Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago
Nora Younkin

Two tickets to the ballet and a fine dining experience sounds like a great night in a Frommer's guide or penciled in your rich aunt's pocket calendar, but let's face it: Sounds a little stuffy and expensive, doesn't it?

Music and Dance: A Master Class in an Invisible Art

Johnny Nevin | Posted 02.18.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

It's not easy to bring the multitude of choices in movement, costume, lighting and set into harmony with equally complex choices in melody, texture and tone, but when it's done really well, it's a very different kind of art.

What the Heck Is Modern Dance?

Nora Younkin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
Nora Younkin

Sometimes it would seem audiences are afraid of modern dance because it's not evident what it's about. Let me tell you another secret: that's okay. Take chances. See something weird. Talk about it.

Highlights from the April 30th The Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The April 30th Dinner Party was by far the most fun yet! Nora Dunn had everyone in stitches, Lane Alexander tap danced to Bach, and Paul Kahan, James Beard Nominee for Best Chef, prepared the food.

I Have a Feeling We're Not in Chicago Anymore

Nora Younkin | Posted 06.04.2012 | Chicago
Nora Younkin

For me, my investment in the Chicago dance scene is a very compelling reason to stay. We have spent the last four years plié-ing and tendu-ing and learning about Martha Graham, but we have also been building connections and networking.

Cerrudo's "Little Mortal Jump" -- Cinematic and Intimate

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 05.26.2012 | Home
Catherine L. Tully

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Moving to a Different Modus Operandi

Nora Younkin | Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago
Nora Younkin

In reflection upon my final semester, I find it relevant to discuss the intersection between dance training and professional performance and what it means to the Chicago audience.

Joseph Erbentraut

Local Dance Company Prepares For Tour Of Cuba

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

Chicago contemporary dance company Hedwig Dances has long been a staple of the local performing arts scene. The dance company in residence at the Chic...

Chicago's Best Dance Parties

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago

If this warm weather makes you want to get out and dance, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a dance party that suits your musical needs in Chicag...

Behind the Scenes With Tango Dancer Jorge Niedas

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Feeling like this winter is dragging on too long without passion and zest in your life? I found that nothing revitalizes the senses like a tango lesson!