Springtime is officially here, which means it's time to come out of hibernation. April in Chicago promises an entire month devoted to dance. So break out that polish and shine those tap shoes because it's time to get down.
Audience Architects' Chicago Dance Month celebrates the richness of Chicago's dance community by promoting performances, events, and educational opportunities. Partners include the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Park District, American Rhythm Center, and Choose Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes that Chicago Dance Month will be another step towards integrating culture into daily life.
These three highlighted events represent the overarching themes of diversity, expression and variety of Chicago Dance Month.
The Music and Movement Festival at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University promises to deliver a fusion of multiple cultures and dynamic talent. Bryant Ballet is a dance company rooted in urban influences and celebrates a unique combination of hip hop and jazz, and African-Caribbean and Latin flavors. Alongside Bryant Ballet, Sylvia and Miguel de la Cerna will perform musical compositions featuring jazz, classical violin, and piano.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is known for it's edgy and engaging events that attract a variety of audiences from college students, to seasoned art enthusiasts, to social young professionals. Never afraid to push the boundaries, Young Jean Lee's Theater Company "Untitled Feminist Show" is just another example of the unique array of cultural opportunities the MCA provides for its audience.
Watch six artists from New York's theater, dance, cabaret and burlesque worlds perform in an expression of female identity. Fully nude and wordless, this show promises to shake up gender norms through video, music, contemporary dance, and humor.
Hubbard Street Dance Center is all about letting their audience experience their lifestyle firsthand. I remember attending a day long workshop of various dance classes they were offering -- it gave me an opportunity to interact with instructors and students, exercise, and truly understand what each class was all about.
The Winifred Haun & Dancers Open Rehearsal stays true to Hubbard's open-door persona. The event gives attendees an opportunity to witness three works-in-progress by different choreographers -- Winifred Haun, Ayako Kato, director of Art Union Humanscape and Lizzie Leopold of the Leopold Group -- and engage in a discussion with the artists about their creative processes. This is a unique learning experience, not to be missed.
For more information on Chicago Dance Month and/or a full calendar of events, click here.
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