There is enough wonderful dance happening in Chicago to keep you on your toes almost every night throughout the month of March. Local and touring companies from out of town grace stages small and large throughout the city. The town is fairly bursting with new, creative collaborations between choreographers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, videographers, actors, poets and more.
Here are five dance shows in Chicago to check out in March:
March 9–11, 7:30 p.m. | The Dance Center of Columbia College
Hailing from Cuba, Malpaso is a passionate contemporary dance ensemble that embodies the rich culture of Havana. Under the leadership of choreographer and artistic director Osnel Delgado, the company works to bring Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.
Following Malpaso's critically acclaimed international debut at The Joyce Theater in 2014, Malpaso continues to take the American dance world by storm. This ever-exciting ensemble makes its Chicago debut on the Dance Center stage with Indomitable Waltz, a new work by one of the world's most in-demand choreographers, Aszure Barton. As Rebecca Gross observed for NEA Arts Magazine: "Watching the choreography of Aszure Barton is like watching the physical unfurling of the human psyche."
The company will also perform the critically acclaimed 24 Hours and a Dog, by Osnel Delgado.
The Dance Center of Columbia College | 1306 Michigan Avenue | 312-369-8300
ONE NIGHT ONLY! March 11, 7:30 p.m. | Auditorium Theatre
Thodos Dance Chicago commemorates 25 years of artistry and innovation in its closing performance as an ensemble-based company, for one night only and featuring Thodos' Full Circle.
This exhilarating evening, in celebration of Thodos' Silver Anniversary, includes a one-time-only performance of Founder and Artistic Director Melissa Thodos' The Wheel Trilogy, which incorporates Reaching There (1986), Getting There (2011), and There, the final piece in the trilogy that will have its world premiere on this historic evening.
The program also features the Chicago premiere of Bella Lewitzky's Nos Duraturi, a mesmerizing, intricate work by the legendary West Coast choreographer. The Silver Anniversary performance opens with three short works: Brian Enos' Acid Reign (created specifically for TDC's anniversary season), company member Briana Robinson's Uncovering, and Thodos' Changing Strangers.Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | 50 E. Congress Parkway | 312-341-2310
March 16–19 | Harris Theater
Hubbard Street's Spring Series pays tribute to its two-decade relationship with Nacho Duato, the Spanish-born artist, by reviving his plaintive, pastoral Jardí Tancat (1983), for three couples and set to Catalan music recorded by vocalist María del Mar Bonet i Verdaguer; and a duet from Multiplicity.
Hubbard Street was one of the first dance companies in the U.S. to perform work by the global choreographer Duato, including Forms of Silence and Emptiness (1999), Duato's two-act tribute to the composer J. S. Bach. Completing the Spring Series program are Lucas Crandall's full-company work Imprint (2016), with improvised live percussion by Hubbard Street Dancer David Schultz; and Crystal Pite's Solo Echo (2012), to music for cello and piano by Johannes Brahms.
Harris Theater | 205 E. Randolph Street | 312-334-7777
March 22–26 | Auditorium Theatre
Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater's programs have been an annual Chicago tradition for 47 years. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle in a repertory that blends ballet, modern dance, jazz and African dance techniques, the program features new works as well as Revelations, a cultural treasure beloved by generations of fans.
- Program A: Deep, Walking Mad, Ella, Revelations (March 22, 7:30 p.m., and March 25, 8 p.m.)
- Program B: r-Evolution, Dream., Masekela Langage (pictured above), After the Rain Pas de Deux, Revelations (March 23, 7:30 p.m)
- Program C: The Winter in Lisbon, Untitled America, In/Side, Revelations (March 24, 7:30 p.m.)
- Program D: The Winter in Lisbon, r-Evolution, Dream., Revelations (March 25, 2 p.m., and March 26, 3 p.m.)
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | 50 E. Congress Parkway | 312-341-2310
March 31–April 1, 7:30 p.m. | Harris Theater
Giordano Dance Chicago's spring engagement debuts a new work by Liz Imperio, known as choreographer to the stars. The program will also feature former GDC dancer and River North Dance Chicago Artistic Director Frank Chaves' restaging of Grusin Suite, a work that had its birth with GDC debuting as part of its Jazz Dance World Festival in 1993. The program also includes works from GDC's repertoire:
- Divided Against (2016). Peter Chu explores the divergent forces within us in this full company work set to original music by Jean-François (Djeff) Houle.
- A Ritual Dynamic (2008). Jon Lehrer's signature work will be restaged by GDC Artistic Director Nan Giordano to feature all 16 GDC dancers.
- Sneaky Pete (2015). Brock Clawson draws on his love of theater to create this deliciously intriguing work with a touch of film noir.
- The Man That Got Away (1990). This witty "pas de deux for one" was created by former GDC and RNDC Artistic Director Emeritus Sherry Zunker, and gifted to GDC in 2007.
Harris Theater | 205 E. Randolph Street | 312-334-7777
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