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It's that time again. This holiday season offers up more family-friendly ballet than you can shake a Nutcracker at.
The split bill between Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and RE|Dance Group is a gentle reminder of what’s been missing from our storytelling diets.
“I’m feeling like: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell tells me when I ask how she approached curating “Re/turn,” running…
Highlights of dance for November
The Seldoms new work explores how turf grass and cannabis have each been commodified, weaponized, and used as moral indicators.
Lights up, curtains up! With any luck, feet will once again hit the boards of stages large and small this month.
"There’s a bit of nostalgia, a bit of pride, a lot of love,” Kyle Abraham says of his new piece, set to the music of D’Angelo.
In September for one night only.
Commercial corridor revitalization can aspire to more than shops and restaurants, and it's exciting to see an arts organization anchor a block.
Jacob Jonas the Company reached a widening web of collaborators across the globe. The result is a collection of three-to-ten minute finely tuned gems, visually arresting with gorgeous musica…
"It felt like a black hole and I was slowly maneuvering my way inch by inch. But it allowed me to have space to learn what happened in the past. We’ve been here twenty-five years and it’…
Chicago theaters throw open their doors this month. Here's what to catch indoors and out.
Journalist Eddie Arruza's hard-boiled radio drama is a well-crafted love-letter to the genre, but feels out of touch with the times.
The outdoor performance promises to make up for a year-plus of constrained and isolated living with larger-than-life pomp and spectacle.
Dance and drama in July.
A new show that blends surrealist poetry, improvisatory opera techniques, new music and dance.
Medina Theater Collective’s inaugural production about daily life in Palestine is smart, tender, at times funny and a consistently compassionate script.
"The thought about doing something that maps the richness, the ecology of our performing arts field—and literally with the geography on the map—began to excite me.”
Theater and dance performances to experience in June
Yoshinojo Fujima and puppeteers Tom Lee and Ryugyoku Nishikawa each developed separate performances based on a popular classic Kabuki scene of young heartache, focusing on what Fujima calls …
May brings flowers and the first buds of live performance in over a year.
The company’s season kickoff is one of the first live, in-person performances under a roof in more than thirteen months.
"In the essence of contemporary dance and contemporary meaning, now, there are a lot of voices out there that maybe we haven’t explored. There are choreographers who haven’t had the oppo…
Chicago theater greets spring with imaginative performance spaces, from parking garages to auditory realms.
This new short dance film serves as a gentle reminder that magic can still happen, even during a year in quarantine.
Denise Yvette Serna discusses how she and the Strawdog ensemble devised a theater/film hybrid that interprets the stories of Chicagoans living and moving through a frenetic and claustrophobi…
March roars in with virtual one-on-one plays, an alt dance festival and a gradual return to in-person performance.
Thanks to the ingenuity of Chicago’s dance community through a lean ten years and a hellish ten months, Chicago remains, and will remain a mecca for dance.
Live readings, new dances and festivals streaming to you this February.
The company successfully created a new live shadow puppet cinema work in time for this physically distanced holiday season.