The Chicago Dancing Festival 2013: Five Day Fest Showcases the Best of Chicago Dance

The Chicago Dancing Festival 2013: Five Day Fest Showcases the Best of Chicago Dance
Joffrey - Interplay - Christine Rocas & Alberto Velazquez, photo by Herbert Migdoll

The Chicago Dancing Festival (CDF) kicks off today with an evening of dance,  “The Harris at 10! Anniversary Special” featuring The Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and more. The free fest continues through Saturday, August 24 with "A Celebration of Dance" in Millennium Park.  (Aug. 20-24).

This is the sixth year for this popular festival that is co-produced by internationally renowned choreographer and native Chicagoan Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke,.  The “Free-to-All” Festival features top ballet, modern, ethnic and rhythmic dance companies from Chicago and across the country.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Samuel Lee Roberts - InSide - Photo by Paul Kolnik

There are five public performances featuring 13 Dance Companies over the course of the week. The programs will take place at the Harris Theater, Auditorium Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) with the Grand Finale at Millennium Park. The only paid performance is the Wednesday evening benefit gala, “Solitaire – A Game of Dance” at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Although technically all free tickets are "sold out" except for the Saturday night finale celebration, each show will have a Stand-by Line starting one hour prior to curtain time.  Any seats unclaimed within 15 minutes of the show will be released to those in the Stand-by Line.  So, audiences still have a great chance to see these remarkable companies.

No tickets are needed for the Saturday performance everything that night is “first come, first serve.”  Arrive early if you are hoping to get seats in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. For those wanting to sit on the lawn, blankets, chairs, food and alcohol are allowed. Tents, flags and poles, balloons, open flame candles and barbeque grills are not allowed.

Highlights this year include two Chicago Dancing Festival Commissions, the Chicago Premiere of Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 performed by The Joffrey Ballet and the Premiere of Lane Alexander’s and Bril Barrett’s In the beginning… performed by Chicago Human Rhythm Project.

This year also offers more live music throughout the Festival, as Victoria Jaiani of The Joffrey Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and festival newcomer Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (contemporary Flamenco) all perform to live accompaniment.  Philadelphia-based company Philadanco and Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre (contemporary Bharata Natyam) will also be seen for the first time in the 2013 Chicago Dancing Festival.

CHICAGO DANCING FESTIVAL 2013 SCHEDULE

Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 pm – “The Harris at 10! Anniversary Special”
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive

  • Brian Brooks of Brian Brooks Moving Company, I’m Going to Explode by Brian Brooks
  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project, In the beginning…^ by Lane Alexander and Bril Barrett (Premiere)
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Little mortal jump by Alejandro Cerrudo
  • The Joffrey Ballet, Son of Chamber Symphony by Stanton Welch
  • Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Crisis Variations by Lar Lubovitch with live accompaniment by ensemble Le Train Bleu
  • Brooklyn Mack* from the Washington Ballet and Tamako Miyazaki* from Columbia Classical Ballet, pas de deux from Diana and Actaeon by Agrippina Vaganova

Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 pm – “Solitaire – A Game of Dance” (Gala Performance & Benefit)
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

  • The Chicago Dancing Festival celebrates seven years with its annual Gala, an evening celebrating solo artists from the world of classical, contemporary, Bharata Natyam and Flamenco dance.  This fundraising benefit includes a performance and benefit with an opportunity to mingle with many of this year’s participating artists.  This is the only paid ticket event during the 2013 Festival.  Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased by emailing info@chicagodancingfestival.com.  Space is limited.

Thursday, August 22, 7:30 pm – “Dancing in Chicago”
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway

  • Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater* in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Bolero by Dame Libby Komaik
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, PACOPEPEPLUTO by Alejandro Cerrudo
  • The Joffrey Ballet, Episode 31^ by Alexander Ekman (Chicago Premiere)
  • The Joffrey Ballet, Tarantella by George Balanchine
  • Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Transparent Things by Lar Lubovitch with live accompaniment by the Bryant Park Quartet

Friday, August 23, 6 pm and 8 pm – “Solitaire – A Game of Dance” (The Art of the Solo)
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

  • Samuel Lee Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, In/Side by Robert Battle
  • Brian Brooks of Brian Brooks Moving Company, I’m Going to Explode by Brian Brooks
  • Camille A. Brown of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, The Real Cool (a solo excerpt from Mr. Tol E. Rance) by Camille A. Brown
  • Julia Hinojosa of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater*, Ensueños de mi Caribe by Julia Hinojosa with live accompaniment by flamenco singer and guitarist Paco Fonta and percussionist Javier Saume Mazzei
  • Johnny McMillan, David Schultz and Jonathan Fredrickson of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, PACOPEPEPLUTO by Alejandro Cerrudo
  • Victoria Jaiani of The Joffrey Ballet, The Dying Swan by Mikhail Fokine with live accompaniment by cellist Barbara Haffner
  • Krithika Rajagopalan of Natya Dance Theatre*, Sthithihi by Krithika Rajagopalan

Saturday, August 24, 7:30 pm – “Celebration of Dance”
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street

  •  Samuel Lee Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, In/Side by Robert Battle
  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project, In the beginning…^ by Lane Alexander and Bril Barrett
  • Giordano Dance Chicago, Two Become Three by Alexander Ekman (2012 CDF Commission)
  • Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater*, Bolero by Dame Libby Komaiko
  • The Joffrey Ballet, Interplay by Jerome Robbins (pictured at top of post)
  • Philadanco*, Wake Up by Rennie Harris
  • Brooklyn Mack* from the Washington Ballet and Tamako Miyazaki* from Columbia Classical Ballet, pas de deux from Diana and Actaeon by Agrippina Vaganova

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