Fall picks not to miss

Fall picks not to miss
Natya Dance Theatre (photo by Amitava Sarkar)

I know, I KNOW, I’ve been MIA. But dance season doesn’t really start until mid September anyway, right? I’m now blogging for RedEye ‘hoods (check it out here!), and splitting time isn’t easy! Bare with me while I make it work.

Getting back into the swing of things isn’t hard when there is an amazing fall dance lineup. Here are a few of my picks:

Joffrey Ballet’s Don Quixote: This is a no-brainer. The classic story choreographed this time around by acclaimed Russian choreographer Yuri Possokhov. I’m interested to see what they put together for this over-the-top Spanish production. I first saw this when I was maybe 12 or 13 performed by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and I had NO idea what was going on, but the costumes were fabulous. Hopefully this time around it will sink in—October 12-23 at Auditorium Theatre.

So You Think You Can Dance Tour: I have yet to get tickets for this but I am determined! This past season had an amazing cast and winner Melanie did not disappoint. See the 10 finalists perform old favorites and original pieces created just for the tour. October 12 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

Natya Dance Theatre’s The Flowering Tree: Chicago’s premiere Indian dance company will perform this evening-long work at Harris Theater, which should prove to be a culturally rich and colorful performance. I’ve never seen this group live but they specialize in the technique Bharata Natyam, and are a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed company. October 8 at Harris Theater.

Chicago Dance Crash’s Immediate Gratification: As I’ve said many times, Crash is one of my favorite companies. They’re presenting Immediate Gratification, choreographed by Paul Christiano. It will play on attention spans in America, and I’m assuming the idea that we don’t have them. September 23-October 1 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

Luna Negra Dance Theatre’s ¡Mujeres!:The contemporary Latino company presents a tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month with an evening dedicated to globally influential Latinas—painter Frida Kahlo, Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, and the first queen of pre-modern Spain Juana la Loca. One night only! October 1 at Harris Theater.

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