Here's a perfect pairing: an outstanding performance at Chicago's premier Harris Theater over cocktails. MIX at SIX, a happy hour performance series, offers patrons a fun mix of pre-show socializing and networking followed by a one-hour performances to be enjoyed while sipping craft cocktails. Even better, Chicago's top food trucks will be pulling up to offer tasty bites. It's a series that's set to become the happiest happy hours in the city.
The series kicks off Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. with a performance from AXIS Dance Company; Fat Shallot, The Yum Dum Truck, and More Cupcakes will all be showing up with their goodies, too. Plus, it's affordable: MIX at SIX subscriptions for the full series are available now for $24 - yes, that's just $4 per performance! To purchase your MIX at SIX Pass, click here.
AXIS Dance Company (Oct. 8, 6 p.m.)
AXIS Dance Company (pictured at top) has become one of the world's most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Since their founding in 1987, they have won seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, acknowledging exceptional creative achievements in the performance and presentation of dance. The Company has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, and this year received a Leadership Grant from the prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. AXIS collaborates with top choreographers and composers to create completely new and innovative performances. Harris Theater is proud to partner with ADA 25 Chicago in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act for this presentation.
Jessica Lang, known for her signature structural style, is a Joyce Theater Artist Residency recipient and famed choreographer who has performed at such renowned venues and festivals as BAM, Jacob's Pillow and the Kennedy Center. Lang's choreographic style has earned her the reputation of "a master of visual composition" by Dance Magazine as she seamlessly incorporates striking design elements into emotionally engaging contemporary works. Holl, the world-renowned visionary known for his addition to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University, Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center in China, and dozens of other impressive structures, will be designing the set pieces for this performance.
Lucky Plush (Nov. 19, 6 p.m.)
Now entering its 15th season, Lucky Plush Productions is a Chicago-based dance theater company led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. Lucky Plush is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence - a palpable liveness - shared by performers in real-time with audiences. The company is equally dedicated to creating work that is richly complex while also being broadly accessible. Critics and audiences alike recognize Lucky Plush for its complex choreography, moving content, surprising humor and incisive commentary on contemporary culture.
Vijay Iyer (Jan. 20, 2016, 6 p.m.)
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today"; by Los Angeles Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star"; and by Minnesota Public Radio as "an American treasure." He was named DownBeat Magazine‘s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University. Iyer will bring his electronic infused jazz to the Harris for the first time this year.
C!RCA (March 23, 2016, 6 p.m.)
Since 2004, Circa has been at the frontier of new circus - creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa's award-winning works have been seen in 33 countries across six continents. At the center of Circa is the art. Shows that push the boundary of the circus art form, blur the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus and yet are a unique, singular ‘Circa' experience.
Brooklyn Rider (May 18, 2016, 6 p.m.)
Hailed as "the future of chamber music" (strings), Brooklyn Rider offers
eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract
legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world and rock