Chicago audiences have lots to be thankful for in November, with a bountiful buffet of dance styles to choose from. Whatever your favorite flavor of dance may be, here's a great opportunity to expand your dance palate with a taste of something new, from mixed media to ballet, Cuban, Appalachian step dance, modern, and off-the-grid experimental.
November 5–6 at Auditorium Theatre
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It's a hot Havana night when Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba brings the heat to Chicago's landmark stage in an irresistible fusion of cha-cha, rumba, conga, bolero and mambo, all the rhythms that vibrate the heart and fill the soul, in Cuba Vibra! With precise movement and incalculable cadence, 18 dancers fill the stage with flavorful finesse as they seamlessly dance in lockstep to the Afro-Cuban beats and vocal virtuosity of a 7-member on-stage band with vocalist. Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Parkway)
Links Hall's Past, Past, Present
November 14 at Constellation // BUY TICKETS
Join Links Hall co-founder Bob Eisen for this special one-off event celebrating his birthday (number 70, thank you), with special guests Kristina Isabelle and fellow Links Hall co-founder Charlie Vernon. Don't miss this performance, party and gathering all in one, plus an opportunity to celebrate the continuing presence of Links Hall in the city's performing arts community.
Kristina Isabelle will present a reconstruction of Chicago area modern dance master Sybil Shearer's 1969 group work Judgement Seeks It's Own Level, set to the classic rock anthem "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly. Presented courtesy of the Morrison-Shearer Foundation. Charlie Vernon will show a video of his seminal 1981 work, That Fall, featuring text by Vernon, music by Fred Simon and performed by five male dancers. Bob Eisen will present a new duet, created and performed with Minneapolis dancer Dolo McComb. It will be a continuation of the exploration of movement and structure that Eisen has been investigating for the last 30 plus years. Constellation (3111 N. Western Ave.)
Season 39 Fall Series at Hubbard Street
November 17–20 at Harris Theater // BUY TICKETS
Season 39 at Hubbard Street begins with two highly anticipated world premieres: Alejandro Cerrudo unveils his 15th original work as the company's resident choreographer, alongside Hubbard Street's debut in choreography by 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Brian Brooks, founding artistic director of Brian Brooks Moving Company.
Completing the Fall Series program, Hubbard Street presents two contrasting ensemble works by Czech-born, Holland-based dance-maker Jirí Kylián: Sarabande (1990), for six men and set to J. S. Bach's second partita for solo violin, with electronically manipulated live vocals and body percussion; and Falling Angels (1989), for a cast of eight women and set to part one of Steve Reich's landmark phased-percussion composition, "Drumming."
Hubbard Street's world premiere by Brian Brooks is commissioned by the Harris Theater and is made possible by the Jay Franke and David Herro Choreographer in Residence Fund through the Imagine campaign. Harris Theater at Millenium Park (205 E. Randolph Drive)
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