WBEZ | Chicago Dancing Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-dancing-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Don't Miss List August 16-22: Free Shows! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/dont-miss-list-august-16-22-free-shows-101749 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://mediapl.stagechannel.com/previews/3hwq3ruV-2dPyDJYr" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center; "><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Eclipse Theatre&#39;s production of </em>Ah, Wilderness<em>, as filmed by The Stage Channel</em></span></p><p><u>Dueling Critics, between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday, 91.5 FM and WBEZ.org, FREE!</u></p><p>Jonathan and I will review&nbsp;<em>Ah, Wilderness&nbsp;</em>&ndash; Eugene O&rsquo;Neill&rsquo;s only comedy<em>&nbsp;</em>&ndash;&nbsp;at Eclipse Theatre. And we chat with a Player To Be Named Later about whether devoting an entire season to a single playwright leads to deeper insight or the familiarity which breeds contempt.&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;</em>&ndash; KK</p><p><u><em>The Taming of the Shrew</em>, Shakespeare in the Parks, Wilson Park, Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 4 pm, FREE!</u></p><p>Chicago Shakespeare&#39;s traveling production of&nbsp;<em>Shrew</em>&nbsp;winds up its whirlwind tour this weekend with a three-day stand at Wilson Park, 4630 North Milwaukee on the Northwest Side. After that, all you can do is hope for a repeat of the Shakes/Parks program next year.&nbsp;&ndash; KK</p><p><u><em>East of the Sun, West of the Moon</em>, Coriolis Theater Company, opens tomorrow (Friday) at 8 pm at the Boho Theater at the Heartland Studio in Rogers Park, $25.</u><br /><br />A brand-new theater company puts on a brand-new musical in a space blessed by positive musical karma, the home of the terrific Bohemian Theater Ensemble: one is entitled to expect great things. This piece, based on a Norse fairy tale of the same name, sounds like it could have been written by Joseph Campbell: man and woman, each on the run from a terrible fate, discover themselves and each other in the world outside. The show runs through September 9: Thursdays and Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 6 and 9, and Sundays at 3. $5 discount for students.&nbsp;&ndash; KK<br /><br /><u>Chicago Dancing Festival, opens Monday at the Harris Theater, runs through next Saturday August 25th, FREE!</u><br /><br />Choreographer Lar Lubovitch and dancer Jay Franke, a veteran of Lubovitch&rsquo;s company, launched this late-summer explosion of free dance five years ago, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. Even if you &ldquo;don&rsquo;t know anything about dance&rdquo; (What&rsquo;s to know? People with beautiful bodies display them in motion; there&#39;s music and lights; you tap your feet), try to carve out a single night to sample the nation&rsquo;s top companies, including the Martha Graham Dance Company, stars of the New York City and San Francisco Ballets, and our own Hubbard Street. Downtown will&nbsp;be littered with dancers, from the MCA to the Auditorium to the Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday night. Though that final night is bound to be jammed (weather cooperating), try to get there: the Graham troupe will do&nbsp;<em>Steps in the Street</em>, an indictment of privilege in the face of unemployment so powerful it puts the Occupy movement to shame.&nbsp;&ndash; KK</p><p><u><a href="http://www.light-opera-works.org"><em>Man of La Mancha</em></a>, Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston; 1-847-920-5360; $32-$92; through Aug. 26</u></p><p>The runs at Light Opera Works (LOW) almost always are too short (although even this consistently reliable troupe can come up with an occasional clinker) and that certainly will prove the case with the wildly-popular <em>Man of La Mancha</em>, the musical story of Don Quixote told, sung and danced to a lilting, soaring, irresistibly rhythmic score. Better yet, at LOW you&#39;ll hear it played by a full orchestra of 28 or so musicians. Even better than that, heralded Chicago veteran actor and singer James Harms takes on the title role of the bewildered yet oddly-lucid Don. Act fast; seat choices already are limited for several performances.&nbsp;&ndash; JA</p><p><u><em>The Fall of the House of Usher</em>, <a href="http://www.the-hypocrites.com">The Hypocrites</a> at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; 1-312-989-7352; $28; through Sept. 23</u></p><p>Although I admire his style, I&#39;m not always a fan of auteurist director Sean Graney, co-founder of The Hypocrites, who often adapts a classical text (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Gilbert &amp; Sullivan) and occasionally has destroyed the original in the process or reduced it to absurdity. However, the already-fevered works of Edgar Allen Poe seem perfectly-suited to Graney&#39;s strong visual sense and story-telling skills, so his adaptation of <em>The Fall of the House of Usher</em> could be fertile territory. All I can tell you about this new stage version is that it runs 80 minutes (about right for the page-to-stage adaptation of a short story), but don&#39;t be surprised to encounter an updated setting, original music, a reduction of Poe&#39;s ornate prose style to a few select words and an environmental staging.&nbsp;&ndash; JA</p></p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/dont-miss-list-august-16-22-free-shows-101749 Daily Rehearsal: Tickets for the Chicago Dancing Festival released next week http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-tickets-chicago-dancing-festival-released-next-week <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Here is an interview</strong></span></span> by Richard Steele <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/play-based-greek-classic-set-contemporary-gangland-100740">with playwright Luis Alfaro</a> on <em>Oedipus El Rey</em></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- And here is a conversation</strong></span></span> from <em>Afternoon Shift</em>&nbsp;about Redmoon Theater <em>Urban Interventions </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/why-redmoon-believes-public-art-should-be-about-more-just-statues-100722">with&nbsp;co-artistic directors Jim Lasko and Frank Magueri</a>.</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- Here is <a href="https://twitter.com/GoodmanTheatre/status/222726214891212804">a picture of some fantastic hats </a></strong></span></span>at the opening of <em>Crowns</em>; the production has been extended a week through August 12. Some performances will have special guest gospel singers, including vocalist Darius Brooks.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hubbard%20street%20ana%20lopez.%20todd%20rosenberg.jpg" style="height: 199px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="Hubbard Street Dance Chicago dancer Ana Lopez in Nacho Duato’s 'Gnawa.' (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)" /><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px; "><strong>- You can get free tickets</strong></span></span> to the <a href="http://chicagodancingfestival.com/blog">Chicago Dancing Festival</a> a week from today, meaning you can start making reservations for the performances that require them. Tickets will be staggered depending on venue and there is a limit of two per person per event. &quot;Note that of the six free events that make up this year&rsquo;s Festival, three require tickets and three <em>do not</em>, meaning anyone and everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the dancing.&quot; The actual festival starts August 20.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenhousetheater.org/index.php/my-first-time"><em>My First Time</em></a></strong></span></span> is still in full swing at Greenhouse Theater Center; this production comes from Broken Nose Theatre. It&#39;s about what you think it&#39;s about.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/daily-rehearsal-tickets-chicago-dancing-festival-released-next-week Daily Rehearsal: 'Chicago' (the musical) sets a new record http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-29/daily-rehearsal-chicago-musical-breaks-new-record-91173 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-29/chicago2[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Zachary Whittenburg at TimeOut</strong></span></span> has some&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/dance/14915209/live-review-chicago-dancing-festival-2011-celebration-of-dance">very thorough coverage</a> of the finale of the Chicago Dancing Festival that was this Saturday. He did a nice thing and talked to some of the people who attended, one of whom is from the U.K., but had just arrived on a Greyhound bus from Denver. He'd also never seen professional dancers live before. I want to know more about this guy!</p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">2. Name that guy!</span></span></strong> "I want Chicago to be one of the cities where dance is one of its great art forms." It was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an interview last week. <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/7293463-421/emanuel-wants-chicago-to-be-heartbeat-of-dance.html">This Sun-Times article</a> goes over Emanuel's history with dance, and the potential for the scene in Chicago to get even bigger under his influence. He was apparently full of advice for the CDF, even emailing several times to give them suggestions on who to bring for this year's festival. It's sort of like when your mom emails you to tell you to hang out with the cousin you already thought about seeing. Like, thanks mom...</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Chicago </em>(the musical, not the place we are in right now)</strong></span></span> has become the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/7293452-421/broadways-chicago-to-celebrate-making-history.html">fourth-longest-running play</a> in history, surpassing <em>A Chorus Line</em>.&nbsp;Don't worry, it hasn't moved past <em>The Phantom of the Opera</em>, <em>Cats </em>or <em>Les Miserables</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-29/cyrano.jpg" style="float: left; width: 220px; height: 293px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://thehousetheatre.com/seasons/x/shows/cyrano"><em>Cyrano</em></a> opened at the Chopin Theatre</strong></span></span> this weekend. The play, by House Theatre, has a lot of fight choreography and "spectacular swordplay." It's a retelling of <em>Cyrano de Bergerac</em> and is the opening of House's 10th season.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Relatedly, Babes with Blades</strong></span></span>' new production of <a href="http://babeswithblades.org/?page_id=296"><em>The Double</em></a>&nbsp;sounds a little <img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-29/set.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 180px; height: 198px; float: right;" title="">similar to <em>Cyrano</em>...: "Screwball comedy meets swashbuckler in this world-premiere tribute to&nbsp;<em>Cyrano de Bergerac</em>&nbsp;and the 1940′s. Featuring single sword and unarmed combat,&nbsp;THE DOUBLE&nbsp;promises laughter, love, and derring-do."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-29/daily-rehearsal-chicago-musical-breaks-new-record-91173 Critics' theater picks; an Improv Marathon and the CDF closes http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-24/critics-theater-picks-improv-marathon-and-cdf-closes-90975 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-25/The Vioctory Project 1.JPG" alt="" /><p><div><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p>Isn't theater supposed to disappear in August? Fuhgeddaboudit, and dig into the rich vein of shows and related events on offer as the month winds down.</p><p><a href="http://www.eclipsetheatre.com/season/2011/">Eclipse Theatre</a> has already opened <em>The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek</em>, the first in its season of plays by Naomi Wallace. (Jonathan and I will duel over the show Friday.) But on Saturday the 27th, the company will also present a staged reading of Ms. Wallace's newest play, <em>And I And Silence</em>, following a conversation with the playwright about her entire MacArthur Genius Grant-winning oeuvre. The conversation begins at 12:30 p.m., with play to follow at 2 p.m., both at the Greenhouse on Lincoln Avenue. Tickets are only $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-25/tumblr_lq368h8cMF1qago2a.jpg" title="" width="500" height="179"></p><p>Before you head over to the serious business at Eclipse, consider dropping in to the <a href="http://theplaygroundtheater.tumblr.com/post/9046323597/k-c-redheart-presents-the-30-hour-playground-improv">2nd Annual Playground Improv Marathon</a>, which is just what it sounds like: 30 straight hours of improv by the 8-person K.C. Redheart, with hourly relief from Second City performers and other improv muck-a-mucks. It's a benefit for the Namaste Charter School, but nonetheless quite reasonably priced: $5 for an hour's worth of matinee, $10 for an hour during prime time, and $25 for a pass to the entire Marathon (which may or may not include access to a fainting couch). The insanity begins at 5 p.m. Friday and continues through 11 p.m. Saturday at the Playground, 3209 N. Halsted.</p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-25/The Vioctory Project 1.JPG" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 266px; height: 400px;" title="">Dance world upstarts—and I mean that in the best possible way—dominate the weekend. Actually, <a href="http://www.ericamott.com/">Erica Mott</a> has been around for a while but is still flying under the radar. Friday and Saturday she presents the latest installment of her Victory Project Trilogy, which looks at how the female body has been used in artistic representations of victory in the last four centuries or so. When I saw her perform <em>inPrint&nbsp;</em>in 2007, she’d made herself a gown of scrunched-up newspapers. Looks like <a href="http://womanmadevictory.eventbrite.com/">The Victory Project: Liberty Leading the People, at Woman Made Gallery</a>, will take a similar tack.</p><p><a href="http://www.leopoldgroup.org/">The Leopold Group</a>, headed by Lizzie Leopold, presents <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/181387">an evening of new works</a> at the Fasseas White Box Theater at the Drucker Center, an intimate new-ish venue. <em>Une elephante&nbsp;</em>looks at endurance and duration for audience and dancers alike, while <em>Lips of Their Fingers&nbsp;</em>examines the history of pantomime, especially in ballet. Meanwhile choreographers <a href="http://www.linkshall.org/">Enid Smith and Lauren Warnecke head over to Link’s Hall</a> for a shared bill called <em>Iced Coffee</em>.</p><p>And if upstarts aren’t your thing, consider the big guns being brought out for <a href="http://chicagodancingfestival.com/">the final evening of the Chicago Dancing Festival</a>, Saturday at the Pritzker Pavilion. You can see the Paul Taylor and Martha Graham companies, the Joffrey, Ballet West, artists from New York City Ballet, and River North. For free, no reservations required.</p></div></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-24/critics-theater-picks-improv-marathon-and-cdf-closes-90975 Critics theater picks for 7/15-7/17 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/critics-theater-picks-715-717-89111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-14/IsharaPuppetTheatreTrust_Transposition_tn.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><u><strong>Kelly Kleiman</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-14/header_romeoandjuliet10.jpg" style="width: 352px; height: 164px; float: left; margin: 7px;" title="">First Folio Theatre's <strong><a href="http://www.firstfolio.org/plays/romeoandjuliet10.html" target="_blank"><em>Romeo and Juliet</em></a></strong> is in the finest tradition of outdoor summer Shakespeare: the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-14/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-sends-emmy-congrats-martha-plimpton-891">setting is bucolic</a>, the sword-play intense and the mosquitoes ravenous. Under the direction of Nick Sandys, Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers only narrowly escape eclipse by a trio of supporting players. Christian Gray, better known for playing the witless Bertie Wooster in the company's P.G. Wodehouse adaptations, makes an especially haunting Mercutio, while Phil Timberlake and Annabel Armour succeed in showing Friar Lawrence and the Nurse to be as much "Fortune's fools" as Romeo himself. And it's doubtless thanks to Timberlake's vocal coaching that the entire ensemble is clearly audible, no small feat when performing on the greensward. At the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook; Wednesdays through Sundays at 8:15; tickets from $29, and for an extra fee you can pre-order a box dinner and have it waiting for you. Lawn chairs provided!</p><p>If you prefer your tragedy with a more contemporary flair, and your outdoor theater with a roof, try Eclipse Theatre Company's <strong><a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/events.detail/object_id/fa44272e-c160-48d2-a53a-9b2829846aab/instance_object_id/9e54e16f-e077-46c8-811e-daa1bfedd6b1/park/312DF49F-8FBF-4E35-8DA1-443A4A50E3E8.cfm" target="_blank"><em>After the Fall</em></a></strong>, revived at Theatre on the Lake just for the weekend. The original production evoked a rare rave from Hedy Weiss, who praised it for its conquest of an extremely difficult text. Miller certainly opened a vein for this story of his doomed marriage to Marilyn Monroe, and a good version of it is an unusual and thrilling thing. Through Sunday only; curtain at 7:30 at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive; tickets are $17.50.</p><p>Some plays embody a different kind of tragedy: the tragedy of having been written at all.&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stagelefttheatre.com/participate/drekfest/" target="_blank"><em>Drek Fest 5</em></a></strong>, a co-production of Stage Left and ComedySportz, annually presents plays that are deliberately, and deliciously, awful, under the motto "It takes guts to write crap!" This year's Final Four (featuring work by the champions of DrekFests 3 and 4) will receive staged readings this coming Tuesday, and then will be torn to shreds by a lively panel (including our own Jonathan Abarbanel) before a Grand Loser is crowned by vote of the audience. Come get a year's worth of theatrical disappointment out of your system in a single night. Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. at ComedySportz Theatre, 929 West Belmont; tickets are $15.</p><p><u><strong>Laura Molzahn</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-14/IsharaPuppetTheatreTrust_Transposition_1.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 212px; float: left; margin: 7px;" title="">Love is seen through the lens of Indian mythology in Ishara Puppet Theatre’s <em>Transposition</em>, being shown one night only, Friday, at the <a href="http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/">Harris Theater</a> as part of the <strong><a href="http://www.eyeonindia.com/chicago/">Eye on India festival</a></strong>. Expect puppetry, of course, but also dancing and martial arts by real-live human beings as this New Delhi-based troupe explores human duality and the illusions of love.&nbsp;</p><p>Save the date: Tuesday, July 19, is the first day to get your free “tickets” to the <strong><a href="http://chicagodancingfestival.com/">Chicago Dancing Festival</a></strong> events in August—and this is the first year you can make your bids online, at least for shows at the MCA and the Auditorium (at the Harris, you can claim your seats by phone or at the box office). This is also the first year that tickets are being made available on a staggered basis, with different events/venues being offered on different days. See the CDF website for details.</p><p>And an <strong>update</strong>: well, no update really. There’s still no word on the Joffrey/AGMA union snafu—and no word on whether the Joffrey will appear during CDF or not.</p><p><u><strong>Jonathan Abarbanel</strong></u></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-14/puppetbike.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 240px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(James Allenspach/Flickr)">Sometime over this weekend, I almost certainly will encounter <a href="http://puppetbike.com/" target="_blank">The Puppetbike</a>, the clever combination of roving tricycle and hand puppet theater transformed into an original Outsider Art sculpture. I've seen The Puppetbike in many places, including State Street in The Loop, but most often I see it at the northeast corner of Clark Street and Berwyn in Andersonville, my home neighborhood. There, the unseen puppeteer, cocooned within his four-walled box, presents cute animal hand puppets dancing to pop tunes to the amusement of adults, the delight of children and the consternation of dogs. The solo puppeteer manages to operate up to three puppets at the same time. The show is free, although the puppets happily accept donations.</p><p>"God for Harry, England and St. George!" will echo throughout the Oak Park Historic District this weekend as the 37th season of the <a href="http://www.goldstar.com/events/oak-park-il/henry-v" target="_blank">Oak Park Festival Theatre</a> launches Henry V outdoors in Austin Gardens, where fireflies twinkle and rabbits scamper among the stately oak trees, so appropriate to Shakespeare's great English history play. Oak Park veteran actor and director Kevin Theis is at the helm, with Dennis Grimes as King Henry V, nicknamed both Hal and Harry. Henry V runs through Aug. 20</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/critics-theater-picks-715-717-89111 Daily Rehearsal: Josh Groban comes to Chicago and helps people http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-12/daily-rehearsal-josh-groban-comes-chicago-and-helps-people-89013 <p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-12/joshgroban_ap_sayles.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="Josh Groban at an American Idol Gives Back event in 2007. Look at how the children love him! (AP/Sayles)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aptpchicago.org/">Albany Park Theater Project</a> is teaming up with Josh Groban</strong></span></span>, he of the wavy hair and swooning fans. Groban's foundation Find Your Light "which is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness" has chosen to donate money to APTP, the third arts education nonprofit to have had such an honor. Conveniently, Groban is also in Chicago as part of his "Straight to You" tour, during which he's partnered with Americans for the Arts as part of some sort of text-to-give situation. Stars! They really do care!&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">2.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.porchlighttheatre.com/">Porchlight</a> has named L. Walter Stearns</span></strong></span> as the first recipient of their&nbsp;<em>The Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago</em>. Walter Stearns <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-22/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-422-85549">left his role</a> as artistic director at Porchlight in 2010 for the executive director position at Mercury Theatre, as announced in 2010.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">3. The <a href="http://chicagodancingfestival.com/">Chicago Dancing Festival</a>&nbsp;-- which is FREE</span></strong></span> -- is August 23 to 27. But, like Grant Achatz's Next (note: not at all like Next) tickets will go super fast when they're distributed next week. <font class="Apple-style-span" color="#3d3c3c">Head to the MCA on Tuesday, the Harris Theater on Wednesday, and the Auditorium Theatre on Thursday for each tickets to each locations specific performances. In early June, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-01/chicago-dancing-festival-summertime-and-dancings-freebie-87286">Laura Molzahn gave us her favorites pieces</a> to look for, which include </font>the day of dance filmes at the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, a live program at the Harris Theater&nbsp;<font class="Apple-style-span" color="#3d3c3c"> and a lecture/demonstration with such impressarios like&nbsp;Janet Eilber of Martha Graham and Bonnie De Jong of Paul Taylor at the MCA.</font></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8OZuGS-93Dg" width="300" align="left" frameborder="0" height="246" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">4. <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,61"><em>The Adventures of Pinocchio</em></a> opens tomorrow at Chicago Shakes.</span></strong></span> They'd calling it family-friendly; I'd argue that it was a very scary Disney movie, by the way, and I hope they took a tip from that film and avoided including the scary puppet con man.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Writers' Theatre has </span></strong></span><a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org/news/news/news/news/news/news?id=0031"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">hired a cool new architect</span></strong></span> to design their new space</a>, but what <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/07/11/jeanne-gang-to-design-new-writers-theatre">everyone's really up in arms</a> about is the fact that <em>they don't actually own it</em>. The Women's Library Club of Glencoe owns the land, and they the Theatre has signed a 99-year lease agreement. That's a long time, I think. Interesting, the theater will own the building, just not the land.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-12/daily-rehearsal-josh-groban-comes-chicago-and-helps-people-89013 Chicago Dancing Festival: Summertime, and the dancing's a freebie http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-01/chicago-dancing-festival-summertime-and-dancings-freebie-87286 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-01/Ballet West, Sinfonietta (2), photo by Luke Isley.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-01/Ballet%20West%2C%20Sinfonietta%20%282%29%2C%20photo%20by%20Luke%20Isley.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Ballet West in Jiri Kylian's 'Sinfonietta' (Photo by Luke Isley)"></p><p>In the fifth year of the <a href="http://chicagodancingfestival.com/">Chicago Dancing Festival</a>, expect more shows at more locations that go beyond ballet and modern to embrace the avant-garde, including avant-garde king and queen Eiko &amp; Koma.</p><p>The festival doesn’t happen till August 23-27, but you should mark your calendars for the week of July 18—when free tickets will be handed out on a staggered basis, with different venues releasing tickets on different days. Another innovation.</p><p>Tickets have vanished within hours, if not minutes, on a single day in other years. But CDF cofounders <a href="http://www.lubovitch.org/">Lar Lubovitch</a> and Jay Franke keep pushing for a bigger and better dance experience (perhaps one reason Lubovitch will receive a Dance/USA Honor Award at its annual conference, <a href="http://www.danceusa.org/EventDetails?EventID=30">which Chicago hosts July 13-16</a>). Added shows this year include one at the humongous Auditorium. I wouldn’t lollygag, but if you’ve been discouraged in other years, try again this summer.</p><p>The only paid event is the opening night gala, Monday, August 22—and it’s $250 per. But you can see two of the companies scheduled that night, Chicago’s Joffrey and Martha Graham’s devotees, at the come-one-come-all final event at the Pritzker, Saturday, August 27, at 7:30 PM.</p><p>In between those dates seven events are scheduled, each one roughly (or clearly) organized around a single theme.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, August 23, 7:30 PM, Harris Theater:&nbsp;</strong>Contemporary modern groups <a href="http://www.dougvaroneanddancers.org/">Doug Varone and Dancers</a>, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Adam Barruch (in his own very funny dance-theater solo, <em>The Worst Pies in London</em>), River North Dance Chicago, and Hubbard Street.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0L5O-nPY7TA" width="480"></iframe></p><p><strong>Wednesday, August 24, noon, Harris Theater:&nbsp;</strong>An Eat to the Beat event—it’s an hour long and you can bring your lunch—that reprises most of the previous evening’s pieces.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, August 24, 6 and 8 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art:&nbsp;</strong>An evening of independent and avant-garde dance, including <a href="http://www.eikoandkoma.org/">Eiko &amp; Koma</a>’s preshow outside the MCA as well as, in the theater, celebrated 6-foot-4-inch Martha Graham impersonator Richard Move. Now there’s a towering figure.</p><p><strong>Thursday, August 25, 7:30 PM, Auditorium Theatre:&nbsp;</strong>Classic dance works by modern dance masters Hubbard Street in Jiri Kylian’s <em>Petite Mort</em>, <a href="http://marthagraham.org/company/">the Graham company</a> in <em>Embattled&nbsp;</em><em>Garden</em>, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in <em>The Legend of Ten</em>.</p><p><strong>Friday, August 26, 10 AM- 6 PM, Chicago Cultural Center:&nbsp;</strong>A day of dance films, including <em>The Red Shoes</em>, screened in the Claudia Cassidy Theater.</p><p><strong>Friday, August 26, 6 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art:&nbsp;</strong>A lecture-demonstration featuring Lubovitch; Janet Eilber, head of the Graham troupe; Alejandro Cerrudo, HSDC’s choreographer in residence; and Bonnie De Jong of the Taylor company.</p><p><strong>Saturday, August 27, 7:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park:&nbsp;</strong>The big finale, which includes the Joffrey, Ballet West, Martha Graham Dance Company, <a href="http://www.ptdc.org/">Paul Taylor Dance Company</a>, NYCB guest artists Gonzalo Garcia and Tiler Peck, and River North Dance Chicago in the Chicago premiere of <em>9-Person Precision Ball Passing</em>, by Charlie Moulton.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-01/chicago-dancing-festival-summertime-and-dancings-freebie-87286