Following in the dance steps of last night’s The Dinner Party™ featuring a filmed performance of Hubbard Street 2 followed by appetizer and entrée tastings with NOMI Chef de Cuisine Sean Pharr at City Winery Chicago, the city is ablaze with dance events.
After 10 original performances over three months, The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University has selected six Chicago dance companies to perform in Music + Movement Showcase on May 15 with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre with musicians James Sanders, Stu Greenspan and Joe Cerqua; Chicago Human Rhythm Project with Greg Spero; Kuumba Lynx with Urban Aspirations; Mexican Dance Ensemble with Los Condenados Huastecos; DanceWorks Chicago with Paul Wertico; and Thodos Dance Chicago with Amanda Batterson.
“The Auditorium Theatre is proud that the Music + Movement Showcase fulfills the laudable objectives of these esteemed organizations,” says Auditorium Theatre Board Chairman Mel Katten. “We are honored to partner with them on an original project that is ambitious in its scope and infused with such talented and creative individuals.”
Tickets for the showcase are $20 ($15 for students) and available at 800-982-ARTS.
From May 17 to19, the Auditorium Theatre welcomes the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg to the stage for the Chicago premiere of Rodin which relays the relationship of French sculptor Auguste Rodin and his apprentice, lover and muse Camille Claudel. Tickets range from $30 to $90 and are available online at www.AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office on 50 E. Congress Parkway.
Shaping Sound—formed by Emmy®-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson—will perform on Tuesday, May 28 at 8 p.m. at Chicago’s Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Company members have been featured on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. To order tickets ($30 to $85), call 312-334-7777. For more information, visit www.shapingsoundco.com.
Quejios – Cries In The Air is directed and created by Flamenco dancer Chiara Mangiameli, whose work was featured alongside Rick Bayless in the 2012 Lookingglass Theater production of Cascabel. Showcasing the traditional songs and dances of Andalusia thread together by original poetry from Madrid-based writer Luis Lorente and soundscapes designed by Static Studios, Quejios includes guest singer and Seville native Alfonso Cid with Carlo Basile and Diego Alonso on guitars and Bob Garrett on percussion. Performances take place at Chicago’s Vittum Theater on 1012 N. Noble Street at 8 p.m. on May 31 and June 1. The 5 p.m. program on June 2 will be followed by a show discussion and meet and greet with the artists. Tickets are $25 and $15 for children ages12 and under. For more information, visit www.studiomangiameli.com.
BONEdanse’s concert bully.punk.riot. features seven dancers relaying the dynamics between identity, power, and belonging via movement. The program begins with a query into hypocritical religious bullying, transitions into an exploration into brutality, and finishes with a deconstruction of mosh-pit energy. The show runs from June 20 to 30 with 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at Links Hall at Constellation on 3111 North Western Avenue in Chicago. Patrons are invited to enjoy a drink before the show at Constellation’s bar. For tickets, visit www.ticketfly.com. For discount offers, visit www.bonedanse.com.
Thodos Dance Chicago will celebrate 13 years of dance creation with its annual New Dances performance series at Chicago’s Ruth Page Center for the Arts on 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Performances are Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35; $28 for students and seniors; $20 industry (dancers and teachers); $10 for children 12 and under and for groups of 10 or more. To order, Tickets visit www.thodosdancechicago.org or call 312-266-6255.