First premiered by Smuin in spring of 2018, Confessions, originally named If I Were a Sushi Roll, makes its playful return. Iconic dancemaker Val Caniparoli captures what the San Francisco Chronicle called “truly, madly, funny and spirit-tingling” movement in his nine-part dance set to contemporary classical baroque by American composer Nico Muhly and Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur.
Renaissance by Amy Seiwert is revived on the program, inspired by the 385-mile “Women’s Wall” protest in India aimed at building awareness of gender equality on New Year’s Day 2019. Seiwert’s ballet is set to an evocative a cappella soundtrack by Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, an award-winning Oakland-based group specializing in the techniques of traditional and contemporary Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian vocal styling.
Showcase by Smuin includes world premieres by current Company Artists Tessa Barbour and Brennan Wall, continuing our correspondence in love letters with audiences. Be moved as we dance live again and spotlight Smuin’s astounding, accessible way of art.
Journey with us to the South Pacific and experience the graceful Hula of Hawaii, the mesmerizing hips of Tahiti, the infamous Haka of New Zealand, the Taualuga of Tonga, the fierce warriors of Fiji and the exciting Siva Afi (fireknife dance) of Samoa. This unforgettable experience not only transports you to the islands but is full of Mana and Aloha. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Siva Pasefika’s production of ‘The Spirit of Polynesia.’ VIP package $75 for every seat includes: -Preferred seating -Polynesian buffet dinner -Live musicians to serenade and gift -Dinner is from 530pm – 715pm *** Run time: TBA. Age policy: Recommended for all ages. Babes-in-arms do not require a ticket.
Underground Crew is a professional all styles dance company that has been around for more than a decade. “No Limits” is a show that brings the concept of no rules, no control, and no boundaries. A mix of choreographers with complete artistic freedom, this will be a show to remember! Run time: 140 minutes, includes 20 minute intermission. Age policy: Recommended for all ages. Children 13 months and under (babes-in-arms) do not require a ticket.
Dance by Dee dancers exploring the wizardry of Harry Potter. Run time: 120 minutes. Age policy: Recommended all ages. Children 13 months and under (babes-in-arms) do not require a ticket.
West Point Ballet proudly presents Hansel and Gretel. This one-act ballet is a lively re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale. This story follows a brother and sister’s adventure through a traditional German village, into a spooky forest, and as they are captured by an evil, hungry witch. The production incorporates the beautiful ballet score composed by the brilliant Claire Cowan. This compelling ballet asks the question: will good triumph over evil? We hope you’ll join us at one of our four performances: the Riverton cast performs on 6/10 and 6/11 at 4:30PM and the Herriman cast performs on 6/10 at 7PM and 6/11 at 1PM. Run time: 75 minutes. Age policy: Recommended for all ages. All patrons require a ticket, no babes-in-arms.
Tutu School’s annual Spring Bravo Bash recital performance! For all the Tutu School performers, family, and friends, please read the following closely to ensure a successful event for our dancers and attendees: All in-class performers will receive ONE (1) ticket for the show, all other family and friends will need to purchase tickets to attend the show. A Promo code will be given to the parent to use to receive their free ticket for their dancer. Parents will need to enter the code into the system prior to ordering their ticket(s) online. All attendees (including your dancer) will require a ticket for the event. Babies (13 months and younger) who sit in laps do not require a ticket. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Note, tickets are for the entire day but will have two different groups performing: one at 10:00am and one at 11:30am. The theater will be emptied in between shows. Please be sure you know what time your child is performing and only come to that showtime. Assigned showtimes were sent via email. If you are unsure, email Tutu School at email@example.com. No on-site ticket, day of ticket purchasing will be available, you must purchase in advance. Tickets are non-refundable. Run time: 120 minutes. Age policy: Recommended all ages. Children 13 months and under (babes-in-arms) do not require a ticket.
an evening of solos created on Visceral by choreographers exclusively from Chicago. Inspiration theme for this year's show is in celebration of the ninth season of the company. The energy of the number 9 represents completion, but not finality. Think of it more in a cyclical sense; it's about the ending of one cycle and the potential it creates for another cycle to begin.
Enjoy an evening celebrating our friend and legendary dance writer and historian, Ann Barzel, with special guest emcee, Zac Whittenberg and dedication by Alison Hinderliter of the Newberry Library. Join us for cocktails, buffet dinner and special performances by: • Chicago Dance Crash • Chicago Tap Theatre • Joffrey Ballet • Visceral Dance Chicago • a surprise work by Harrison McEldowney
Every summer Deeply Rooted presents the future of dance with the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) final performances. These remarkable students perform classic works from Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s repertory, as well as new pieces from this year's Emerging Choreographer, Dara Meredith. Join us in celebrating these remarkable rising stars! SDI participants experience a rigorous curriculum fostering learning and personal growth, with a curriculum that includes classes based in Horton, Graham, ballet, and contemporary movement. The Intensive also features The Continuum, a series of guided, remote conversations on self-awareness and personal growth informed by each student’s creativity and artistic process.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is thrilled to perform in DanceAfrica Chicago, presented by Muntu Dance Theatre, when it returns this summer with a one-night-only, two-hour concert performance showcasing the breadth and depth of Black dance excellence in the Midwest. The evening will also feature the professional companies of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Red Clay Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement and, of course, Muntu Dance Theatre, accompanied by the exceptional youth of Azania Drum. A VIP afterparty with the companies will immediately follow the performance in the main lobby of the Harris Theater. Tickets for the afterparty are sold separately.
Deeply Rooted presents a culminating showcase for participants in the spring session of its Dance Education programs, including students in the Youth Ensemble, Emerging Artists Ensemble, and the Mature H.O.T. Women program for women ages 25 and older who are Health-conscious, Optimistic, and Triumphant.
A captivating collection of exhilarating new works from the dancers of Chicago Tap Theatre. Chicago Tap Theatre returns to the historic Athenaeum Center for its long anticipated return to its intimate Studio A, bringing audience members closer to the dancing and allowing for a premiere viewing and listening experience of live tap dance. Snapshots will feature new works by many of Chicago Tap Theatre’s company dancers. This show will also feature the premiere of the new work by tap legend Sam Weber as well as a work by Greta Sorensen of Hope College. The various choreographers will share their viewpoints with the audience, running the gamut from sophisticated rhythmic excursions to deeply personal pieces about joy and trans rights. Some of Chicago’s most talented musicians will be accompanying the dancers and delighting audiences. Four performances are offered during this June 16-18 run, followed by its virtual premiere on July 8th at 7pm and running on-demand through July 17th.
Founded by Estella “Nonosina” Reid, Nonosina celebrates and honors Polynesian arts through music and movement as both a dance company and school. Artistic Director Tiana Nonosina Liufau, granddaughter of Reid, has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance? and created choreography for Disney’s Moana. Join Nonosina in this opportunity to explore the music and dance of Polynesian cultures. Recommended for kids ages 3–11.