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Friday, July 22, 2022

The Blasian March comes to Chicago by Irene Hsiao

On plantations in the 1800s, plantation owners used diversity as a means of division. “We lay great stress on the necessity of having our labor mixed. By employing different nationalities,…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Dimming of the day by Irene Hsiao

“When people die, they move from the first person to the third person. They also move from the present tense to the past tense.” These words are spoken by Christine (Kendra Thulin), who …

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Native tongues by Irene Hsiao

The grounds are defined by meandering turns of grass and dirt, a rainfall of lightbulbs, a shining blue curve that sometimes picks up projections and reflections of what might be ghosts or c…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hot weather, hot shows by Kerry Reid, Irene Hsiao and Deanna Isaacs

Summer is officially here, in case the sweat and lightning bugs weren’t enough of a clue. In addition to the shows and artists we profiled in our summer arts preview issue this week, we’…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

‘Huge, very loud, and with a lot of glitter’ by Irene Hsiao

For the first time since a pandemic hiatus, The Fly Honey Show is live for three days only of sparkle, sweat, and shimmy. Begun in 2010 with about 30 performers in the living room of the DIY…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Just skating by by Irene Hsiao

The year is 1994, and rock star Jacqueline Miller (Diana DeGarmo) is zigzagging the country on a tour. Her dishonest manager has absconded with her earnings, her deadbeat saxophonist boyfrie…

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Romance languages by Irene Hsiao

Two years into this pestilence, the misery of war, the disappointment of mankind day after day weighing down desperate minds, with a future certain of nothing but social and planetary destru…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Reshaping the landscape on the southeast side by Irene Hsiao

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May 21 at 89th and Commercial on the southeast side. It celebrated the opening of Commercial Ave Alfresco, a joint initiative organized by the group Sou…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Light drives the story in TAKE by Irene Hsiao

On an industrial strip of Rockwell just off Elston, beyond a white door with numbers painted in red, past a makeshift bar, through a dark curtain lies a white brick room filled with smoke. T…

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‘Afong Moy was a real person’ by Irene Hsiao

The year was 1834. Indigenous communities were being displaced from their ancestral homelands on the forced march known as the Trail of Tears. Over two million people of African descent were…

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Contretemps beats against the time by Irene Hsiao

Contretemps Contemporary Ballet challenges the stereotypes of the form in Heat Lightning. Ethereal visions of swans, sylphs, shades, and sugarplums? A way of mov…

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Teatro ZinZanni brings back glitz, kitsch, and the joy of living by Irene Hsiao

Teatro ZinZanni,the dinner circus spectacle, reopens at the Cambria Hotel. The show begins before you enter the theater lobby on the 14th floor of the Cambria Ho…

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Mitsu Salmon considers the orchid by Irene Hsiao

A new interdisciplinary work digs into the roots of one of the most mythologized of flowers. In Japan, nobility and samurai cultivated orchids as symbols of brav…

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Joel Hall Dancers tap the spirit of the phoenix again by Irene Hsiao

In LEGACY: Phoenix^5, Joel Hall Dancers celebrate the past and look to the future. In March 2020, the Joel Hall Dancers were preparing for a concert celebrating …

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Map of Now provides an interactive guide to collaboration with a retro look by Irene Hsiao

"The potential and the sadness and beauty of big empty spaces" inspires Lucky Plush's The Map of Now. For over a year, the Harris Theater has loomed like an abys…

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Dee Alaba celebrates her authentic self by Irene Hsiao

Dee Alaba seeks collaborators who celebrate and respect identity. Born in Davao in the Philippines and raised in Des Plaines, Dee Alaba began dancing at the age…

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Chicago Dance Month makes waves for June—and beyond by Irene Hsiao

See Chicago Dance's annual celebration sustains and supports artists and audiences. Chicago Dance Month returns for a ninth time this June with in-person events …

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Hubbard Street and 10,000 Dreams challenge stereotypes while centering AAPI choreographers by Irene Hsiao

Hubbard Street's Unboxed spills Nutcracker tea; Final Bow for Yellowface builds a dance incubator. Act two: a flute trill hurries over a plodding bassoon, chased…

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival offers a base of support for dance and life by Irene Hsiao

This year's CIDF offers three days of workshops and film screenings celebrating everyday movement. "I don't think there's much difference between dance and every…

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre launches a new partnership and a new season—in person and online by Irene Hsiao

CRDT's Wilfredo Rivera finds the past year has "magnified, amplified, and vindicated the work and the focus I've had for the past six seasons." Cerqua Rivera Dan…

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Rika Lin's 'ingenuity of necessity' bridges centuries of tradition by Irene Hsiao

Influences from kabuki and karate inform choreographer Rika Lin's boundary-crossing body of dance work. Black hair. A jilted woman.…

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Still Inspired (?) bridges visual art and dance by Irene Hsiao

Four choreographers use images by Chicago artist Sergio Gomez to create a series of dance films in Still Inspired (?). A figure in black caresses a length of pap…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Joffrey unveils a new Boléro by Irene Hsiao

Yoshihisa Arai choreographs a world premiere for Maurice Ravel's hugely popular composition. Winter in a pandemic. The roads obstructed with snow.…

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell takes charge at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago by Irene Hsiao

She's the first company alum to head the 43-year-old ensemble. On February 4, after a yearlong search, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announced the appointment of …

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Old Ways New Tools explores performance "beyond the rectangle" by Irene Hsiao

SAIC's grad students control (and explode) the frame in an online performance festival. The performance department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago …

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Chicago Dance History Project's Interview Marathon talks up a storm by Irene Hsiao

Local and international luminaries provide a "microcosm" of CDHP's archival mission. Chicago Dance History Project commemorates five years of collecting oral his…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Examining the white spaces in Chicago dance by Irene Hsiao

A community townhall reaffirms the need for communication and representation. On January 7, one day after Georgia’s runoff election resulted in its first Black…

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Dance in 2020 explored boundaries away from the stage by Irene Hsiao

In a year of loss, artists found momentum and took care. The view is divided by screens and mirrors in Jane Jerardi's delicate hold. Fragmentation by the frame c…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Ruth Page Center reimagines The Nutcracker for an online audience by Irene Hsiao

A new recorded site-specific production meets the challenges of this COVID year. Every winter it comes: the tunes, the tinsel, the toys—and the tale of Clara, …

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Hubbard Street creates under a changing artistic sky by Irene Hsiao

The company's new dance film project captures the "sea change" of precarious times. Jacqueline Burnett, statuesque, iconic. She stands, as if chiseled into the a…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Fragmented lives up to its title—for better or worse by Irene Hsiao

The trials of being hapa in America get the callout treatment in this new digital play. “You and I both know that if you leave here and talk shit about this pl…

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