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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Trailblazers: A Preview of Chicago Tap Theatre’s “Can You Hear Us Now—The Queer Tap Dance Revolution” by Sharon Hoyer

Long-standing member and associate director of Chicago Tap Theatre, Molly Smith's show, made in collaboration with the CTT ensemble, honors queer artistry in tap dance and jazz music through…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

A Masterwork Returns: Visceral Dance Chicago Brings “Carmen.maquia” Home by Sharon Hoyer

Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s evening-length dance that both honors and stylistically upends the famous Spanish story and French opera standby returns to its hometown.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Dance Top 5: June 2024 by Sharon Hoyer

Whether it's communal experiences or intimate performances you seek, June dance has you covered.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Myth Busters: A Preview of “Monolith” at Epiphany Center for the Arts by Sharon Hoyer

PARA.MAR founder and artistic director Stephanie Martinez picked the name to upend it, pushing back on broad-stroke conceptions of Latin culture.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Under Pressure: Johan Inger Returns to Hubbard Street Dance with “Impasse” by Sharon Hoyer

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s spring series at the Harris Theater, entitled “Of Joy,” features several remounts. There will be one piece new to Chicago eyeballs: the company premiere …

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Sincerity and Skill: A Preview of Chicago Repertory Ballet’s “Modern Motions” at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts by Sharon Hoyer

The collection of short works promises to showcase the versatility, skill and heart of this ambitious company.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Peeling the Onion: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of Personal Storytelling by Sharon Hoyer

CRDT has a unique structure, pairing choreographers with jazz composers to develop pieces over a long period—often years—and inspired by the personal stories of the artists and their com…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Sugar Rush: A Review of Joffrey Ballet’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Lyric Opera House by Sharon Hoyer

A fevered take on the summer solstice celebrations of Alexander Ekman’s native Sweden, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” has nothing to do with Shakespeare’s comedy. It does however contai…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Dance Top 5: May 2024 by Sharon Hoyer

May dance highlights include Chicago stalwarts Hubbard Street, Cerqua Rivera, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Lucky Plush, and Winifred Haun & Dancers and the Chicago Movement Collective.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Caught in the Crosshairs: A Preview of Ballet 5:8 at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

Artistic director Julianna Rubio Slager spoke with Newcity about the premiere of "Lost Women of Juarez" and three other new works on the upcoming program.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Embarrassment of Riches: A Preview of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Auditorium Theatre by Sharon Hoyer

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s fifty-fifth annual stop at the Auditorium Theatre features three distinct programs over five days. So clear your calendar.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Rooted in Connection: The Dance Center Celebrates Local Artists During its Fiftieth Season by Sharon Hoyer

As part of its fiftieth season, the Dance Center of Columbia College is showcasing works by local choreographers in its new Chicago Artist Spotlight Festival. Some of the most memorable perf…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Dance Top 5: April 2024 by Sharon Hoyer

April dance is in full bloom with large-scale productions on big stages.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

A Legend Returns: A Preview of New York City Ballet at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

For its seventy-fifth anniversary, the legendary New York City Ballet, founded by George Balanchine, performs its first appearance in Chicago in eighteen years. Three programs offer a sampli…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Soft Focus: A Review of RE|dance’s “A Delicate Hand” at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse by Sharon Hoyer

The first delicacy one notices in RE|dance Group’s new work is the quality of the light. Illuminated rectangles of varying dimensions are scattered across the black floor, casting a soft g…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Dance Top 5: March 2024 by Sharon Hoyer

The past, present and future of dance will get you on your feet.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

A Powerful Marriage of All the Things: LaTasha Barnes’ The Jazz Continuum Comes to Chicago by Sharon Hoyer

"I know the standards for what is supposed to happen onstage and they are not things that invite that deep improvisational spirit. Things that don’t invite that, we thwart.”

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

From Home to Broadway: Maria Torres Brings Eclectic Latin Style to Hubbard Street by Sharon Hoyer

New York-based Maria Torres, a dancer, choreographer and educator who works in film, television and Broadway, patented a Latin Jazz style that blends her Brooklyn-raised, Puerto Rican/Cuban/…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Dance Top 5: February 2024 by Sharon Hoyer

February brings local favorites like the Joffrey and Hubbard Street, along with international stalwarts to Chicago dance stages.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Chicago Love Letters: Steppenwolf 1700’s LookOut Series Returns by Sharon Hoyer

Steppenwolf is the most recognizable name in Chicago theater. Since 2016 the venerable institution has become an incubator of multidisciplinary and experimental performance as well, presente…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Speak, Material: The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is Back with a Message Beyond Words by Sharon Hoyer

"The puppet is a harbinger coming from a non-human world. It’s like a species that arrives porously through myth and imagination and is like an apparition that becomes present. It speaks a…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

How We Get By: Joanna Read and Same Planet Performance Project Explore Resilience in “DingBat” by Sharon Hoyer

Coping strategies for a violent, unjust and ever-accelerating world are at the forefront of cultural conversation these days. Enter Joanna Read and Same Planet Performance Project. Read's da…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

A New Nutcracker Swings Into Town: “Sugar Hill” Brings Ellington and Strayhorn’s Score to the Stage by Sharon Hoyer

In 1960, jazz greats Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington infused Tchaikovsky’s most recognizable composition with American rhythms and twentieth-century chords. The Ellington/Strayhorn “N…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Dance Top 5: December 2023 by Sharon Hoyer

It's the season for Nutcrackers and other holiday delights.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Akram Khan Company Brings a “Jungle Book” For The Age of Climate Change by Sharon Hoyer

London-based choreographer Akram Khan brings his eponymous company to the Harris Theater for the first time, with a near-future version of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" set in a rewild…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Dance Top 5: November 2023 by Sharon Hoyer

Clear your first two weekends: November is front-loaded with dance from mixed-rep to immersive storytelling.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

A Return to Return to Patience: A Preview of Hubbard Street Dance at the Harris Theater by Sharon Hoyer

Aszure Barton, who embarks this season on a three-year stint as resident choreographer for Hubbard Street, is reviving “return to patience,” a piece she created in 2015 for students at t…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Ways of Seeing: A Preview of Mad Shak’s “Ex/Body: strike, vibrate, shatter” at Studio5 by Sharon Hoyer

Molly Shanahan and Mad Shak know that when she says “Bodies are so much more than what is visually perceived,” she means not only that the vast interior world of individual experience is…

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Palimpsests: A Preview of S45 at SITE/less by Sharon Hoyer

For “S45," Michelle Kranicke and Paige Cunningham-Caldarella invited three choreographers to join them in taking a section of Merce Cunningham's “Suite for Five” as a jumping off point…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Dance Top 5: October 2023 by Sharon Hoyer

From Frankenstein to Merce Cunningham, there's dance provocation on stage for everyone.

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