Last night at Chicago Dancing Festival’s Dancing East and West of Chicago, I got to see something really cool. Aside from an outstanding lineup (Martha Graham Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Ballet Arizona, and a cameo from Giordano) it was beyond cool to see a packed house full of people who otherwise might never have experienced choreography from the likes of Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, and Marius Petipa.
Chicago Dancing Festival is, hopefully, the future of art as a public entity. An entire week of free dance performances, documentaries, discussions, and lessons was, I’d venture to bet, at one point unfathomable. And now acclaimed artists from across the nation are traveling to Chicago every year to share their masterpieces with the public, asking nothing in return.
Founders Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke took the stage for a moment Wednesday night to share that notion with us—and solicit donors to keep it running. Lubovitch spoke of Walt Whitman’s famous line, “I hear America singing,” and he said of our town, “I see Chicago dancing.” Spot on Lubovitch! Kudos to the founders, dancers, choreographers, donors, and everyone who makes this festival (in its sixth year!) possible. I can’t wait for 2013.
It’s not over! Just because I’m going out of town doesn’t mean you have to miss the rest of CDF 2012! Check out the rest of the lineup at www.chicagodancingfestival.com.