Summer show preview!

Summer show preview!
Luna Negra dancer and choreographer Monica Cervantes (photo credit: Jonathan Mackoff)

While summer is usually a time to slow down and do a lot of hanging out/laying on the beach/drinking summer shandies, the dance scene will be buzzing this June. Here’s a preview of the goods:

River North Dance Chicago, World Class, Home Grown, June 5, Millenium Park: This free performance presents some of RNDC’s most celebrated works and will also honor everyone’s favorite Mayor Rahm with the Dream Maker Award for his dedication to dance. What other town has a mayor that’s a former dancer AND a badass? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Luna Negra, Luna Nueva, June 7-10, Museum of Contemporary Art: Luna Negra is pairing with the Museum of Contemporary Art on a new initiative to support emerging Latino artists. The company will present three premieres (two world premieres and one U.S.) from Latino choreographers from around the world, all  focused on moving past conventional aspects of dance performance and turning instead to “the art of movement.”

Paris Opera Ballet, June 27-July 1, Harris Theater: Finalement! (Insert thick French accent here) The world renowned ballet company will at last make its Chicago debut, leading with the classic Giselle and ending their run at the Harris with Epic French Masterpieces—pieces of their repertoire.

Chicago Dance Crash, Gotham City, June 8-July 15, DCA’s Storefront Theatre: It sounds more like a summer blockbuster than a performance at the Department of Cultural Affairs. CDC brings a graphic novel to the stage, breathing life into a dark and twisted Gotham City with a roundup of 30 uber-talented young dancers. Director/writer Mark Hackman’s newest show promises to be explosive, dramatic, and nightmarish. The show runs for an unprecedented six weeks.

Bonus: Don’t miss the Chicago Dancing Festival lineup, set for August 20-25. You can find the six day schedule here, and tickets go on “sale” (it’s FREE!) the week of July 16.

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