WBEZ | Gustavo Ramírez Sansano http://www.wbez.org/tags/gustavo-ram%C3%ADrez-sansano Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Latin dance company Luna Negra closes http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/latin-dance-company-luna-negra-closes-107192 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dance.jpg" title="(Chery Mann)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92365947" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Chicago lost some of its Latin flavor this week.</p><p dir="ltr">After 14 years, <a href="http://www.lunanegra.org/">Luna Negra</a> is shutting down. The company, launched in 1999, specialized in cutting edge, contemporary Latin dance from around the world. In-house choreographers, like Mónica Cervantes, were considered <a href="http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/January-2013/2013-25-to-watch">&ldquo;dancers to watch&rdquo;.</a></p><p dir="ltr">But in March the music changed. Luna Negra had just performed Made in Spain at the Harris Theatre, receiving <a href="http://www.stageandcinema.com/2013/03/11/luna-negra-made-in-spain/">rave </a><a href="http://rogueballerina.com/2013/03/12/luna-negras-made-in-spain/">reviews.</a></p><p dir="ltr">Then days later, all the dancers were laid off.</p><p dir="ltr">Veronica Guadalupe was one of them. &ldquo;It was a complete shock,&rdquo; says Guadalupe, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think anybody, especially the dancers, were aware of the extent to which the company was in dire straits&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Guadalupe joined the company in 2002, first as a dancer then, after retiring last year, as the company&rsquo;s associate artistic director.</p><p dir="ltr">She says under artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, the company&rsquo;s reputation soared.</p><p dir="ltr">Sansano <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/04/29/artistic-director-gustavo-ramirez-sansano-leaves-luna-negra-dance-theater">left the company abruptly</a> in late April.</p><p dir="ltr">And based on Luna Negra&rsquo;s last tax return, their finances were grounded.</p><p dir="ltr">The company&rsquo;s deficit more than doubled in one year, from $48,475 in 2010 to $121,141 by the end of 2011.</p><p dir="ltr">Guadalupe thinks there are other factors at work in the company&rsquo;s closure. She was surprised there wasn&rsquo;t more support from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is a support of Chicago dance, especially after the layoffs in March.</p><p dir="ltr">But Guadalupe also thinks the community didn&rsquo;t show up.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You know for being a Latin company, for being the only Latin company here in Chicago, we don&rsquo;t get any support from the Latin community.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The company&rsquo;s tax returns indicate gross receipts from admissions and other items (merchandise sold, services performed, facilities furnished) remained relatively flat, until falling off by about $100,000 between 2010 and 2011.</p><p dir="ltr">Luna Negra officials and board members did not respond to requests for comments.</p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter. Follow her<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> @wbezacuddy</a>, on<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and on<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 16:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/latin-dance-company-luna-negra-closes-107192 Daily Rehearsal: Jonathan Groff, Sanaa Lathan join 'Boss' http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-07/daily-rehearsal-jonathan-groff-sanaa-lathan-join-boss-96175 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-07/AP070604043771.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Clybourne Park</em> will apparently go on</strong></span></span>;&nbsp;Jordan Roth (president of Jujamcyn Theaters, owner of the Walter Kerr theater)&nbsp;released a statement last week <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/02/03/clybourne-park-moves-ahead/">where he said</a> “It is a true privilege for all of us at Jujamcyn to bring such a fiercely provocative and wildly funny work to Broadway audiences.&nbsp;Clybourne Park&nbsp;is on. We’ll see you there!” Cool.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-07/AP070604043771.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="Groff with Lea Michele in 'Spring Awakening' (AP /Jeffrey Richards Associates, Monique Carboni)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Relatively recent addition to Luna Negra</strong></span></span>, artistic director&nbsp;Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, was <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/February-2012/Meet-Gustavo-Ramirez-Sansano-Luna-Negras-New-Artistic-Director/">profiled in <em>Chicago Magazine</em></a>. Laura Molzahn points out that Sansano's had a big role in pushing the company to a more European style from their original Latin American flare under founder&nbsp;Eduardo Vilaro. You can see Sansano's influence&nbsp;featured in Luna Negra's first big piece,&nbsp;<em>Carmen.maquia</em>, at the Harris Theater in March.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <em>Boss </em>has hired from the theatrical poo</strong></span></span><strong>l again</strong>, but one that's larger than the city it shoots in. Jonathan Groff (of <em>Glee</em>, <em>Spring Awakening</em>) and Sanaa Lathan (of looking beautiful, especially with Simon Baker in <em>Something New</em>)<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2012/02/jonathan-groff-signs-on-to-boss.html"> join as</a> Kelsey Grammer's staffer and chief of staff, respectively. Where will they hang out upon a move, temporary or not, to the second city? Where should they hang out?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <em>I Made America</em> will be at the aptly named and appropriately chosen Rebel Bar and Grill</strong></span></span> on February 17 (the Friday before President's Day) celebrating George Washington, with Thomas Jefferson making an appearance. What is <em><a href="http://imadeamerica.com/events/george-washingtons-birthday-party-with-hosted-bar-from-8-9pm/">I Made America</a></em>? "A&nbsp;transmedia comedy show&nbsp;about six founding fathers kidnapped from their time to be used as props in the upcoming 2012 election. After discovering the differences between these men and today’s politicians (on top of their foolishness) they are cut off, leaving them penniless, unemployed and alone in Chicago." Highjincks insue.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RL6Qoz2YDg0?modestbranding=0&amp;showinfo=0&amp;showsearch=0&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;playlist=JKj5Km18KQ0,tn2tYD8ohx4,aIHPF1Xyass,aIHPF1Xyass" width="576" frameborder="0" height="354"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5.&nbsp;Black Box Acting has started a second school</strong></span></span>, joining The Studio, called The Academy, a nine-month acting conservatory program. Applications accepted starting today through April 20, for class in September.&nbsp;"The Academy is nine-months of blood, sweat and tears that will revolutionize a student's acting process,"&nbsp;said Black Box Co-Founder&nbsp;Audrey Francis in a statement. Well alright then.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-07/daily-rehearsal-jonathan-groff-sanaa-lathan-join-boss-96175