Chicago Dancing Festival lineup announced

Chicago Dancing Festival lineup announced
"Bolero Santa Barbara," choreographed by Larry Keigwin, who will premiere "Bolero Chicago" during Chicago Dancing Festival (photo credit: David Bazemore)

The Lollapalooza-equivalent of summer dance events has announced its lineup, and, pardon the cliche, but it's bigger and better than ever.

Chicago Dancing Festival has been expanding since it's debut in 2007, and this year is no different. Check out the lineup below and make sure to mark your calendars for the week of July 16, when tickets will be up for grabs completely FREE. (Take that $90 Lollapalooza ticket!)

Monday, August 20, 7:00 pm – “Chicago Dancing”
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive

  • Bolero Chicagoby Larry Keigwin(Chicago Premiere)
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Scarlatti by Twyla Tharp
  • The Joffrey Ballet, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe
  • After School Matters, a new work by Nicholas Leichter (CDF commission)
  • Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Two Become Three by Alexander Ekman (CDF commission)

Tuesday, August 21, beginning 12 noon – “Dancing Movies”
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

A day of screenings of dance on film highlights innovative collaborations between contemporary dance artists, filmmakers and musicians.

Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 pm – “Dancing East and West of Chicago”
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway

  • Stars of Pacific Northwest Ballet - Afternoon of a Faun by Jerome Robbins
  • Ballet Arizona, Rubies by George Balanchine
  • Stars of San Francisco Ballet Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo, Continuum (pas de deux) by Christopher Wheeldon
  • Martha Graham Dance Company, Chronicle by Martha Graham
  • Brian Brooks Moving Company, Descent by Brian Brooks (Chicago Premiere)
  • Stars of New York City Ballet Ana Sophia Scheller and Gonzalo Garcia, Don Quixote (pas de deux) by Marius Petipa

Thursday, August 23 – “Dancing Under the Stars”

Chicago Dancing Festival partners with SummerDance Chicago – specific program to be announced at a later date.

Friday, August 24, 6 pm – “Chicago Now”

Museum of Contemporary Art

  • A discussion of the state of dance in Chicago today moderated by lead dance journalist and former dancer Zac Whittenburg, featuring three local companies performing in a lecture-demonstration format.  Specific program to be announced at a later date.

Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm– “Celebration of Dance”
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

  • Houston Ballet, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes by Mark Morris (performed with live music)
  • Martha Graham Dance Company, Steps in the Street (excerpt from Chronicle)by Martha Graham
  • Stars of  San Francisco Ballet, Sofiane Sylve and Vito Mazzeo, Sleeping Beauty (pas de deux) by Helgi Tomasson
  • Bolero Chicago by Larry Keigwin
  • After School Matters, a new work by Nicholas Leichter
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Scarlatti by Twyla Tharp

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