The choreographer celebrates ten years as artistic director of the dance company. What might the next decade have in store?
Miriam Finder Annenberg is a Chicago-based freelance journalist. She has written for a variety of print and online publications throughout Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago reporting on everything from government, to education, to business, to features. She currently covers dance for the Chicago arts online publication, Third Coast Review, and reports as a staff writer for the Journal & Topics newspapers and New Eastside News. She also is a regular freelancer for Pioneer Press and 22nd Century Media. [email protected]
The choreographer celebrates ten years as artistic director of the dance company. What might the next decade have in store?
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Sixty-one years ago, Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino launched the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Twenty-two years ago, the company made a sudden exit, making a surprise relocation to Chicago. This year, New York City gets a piece of the Joffrey back. The Joffrey Ballet is donating its extensive archives, including photos, video, personal...
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click to enlarge In December 2015, actress Sonja Mata approached director and fellow performer Claire Bauman about curating a show of one-minute dances, but they quickly changed course and started thinking about an event that combined arts and advocacy.
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Giordano Dance Chicago dancers Joshua Blake Carter and Rachael Berube take their final bows as company members June 10 during Giordano Dance Chicago's closing performance of its 54th season. The show, part of the Auditorium Theatre's "Made in Chicago" series, features five company favorites: Lost in This World choreographed by Liz Imperio, Grusin Suite by...
For Lane Alexander, Artistic Director of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Stomping Grounds is like a reunion of old friends. When the company started 27 years ago, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Trinity Irish Dance Company joined in their first concert. Now, nearly three decades later, the groups have joined together over the past couple...
Imagine sitting down in the park on your lunch break about to dig into your sandwich when suddenly you notice movement out of the corner of your eye. You turn to see a dancer jeté through the air, another turning in time to the music. During Chicago Dance Month this April, presented by Audience Architects,...
This weekend, J. Lindsay Brown Dance asks audience members to get outside of their own mindsets and see things from a different perspective with Out of the Echo Chamber, an evening of collaborative and innovative dance. Company founder J. Lindsay Brown said frustration with the current state of politics and art led her to design...
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Chicago Moving Company opens Dance Shelter 2017 on March 2, a two-night engagement bringing unique and daring contemporary and experimental choreography to the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater. "It's about people trying new ideas. It's about risk taking, it's about audacity in art," said Chicago Moving Company Manager and Producer Kay LaSota.
The 15th Chicago Flamenco Festival opens Friday, February 24, bringing Chicagoans a month of music, dancing, and exploration of flamenco culture. The festival, put on by Instituto Cervantes, brings together flamenco's most acclaimed artists, along with a slew of promising up and comers for a comprehensive flamenco experience.
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