Redmoon's Winter Pageant will shine bright in the dark of winter with Indian dance, hip-hop, machines, puppets and other things that go bump in the night when the 15th annual Redmoon Winter Pageant kicks off Friday, December 13 at their massive new warehouse space in Pilsen.
Redmoon’s robust history of puppet and object-based theater burst onto Chicago’s cultural stage in 1995 with its award-winning production of Moby Dick and has been a crowd-pleaser ever since.
Known for their free outdoor public extravaganzas, Redmoon also has spectacular line-up of indoor shows from December's Winter Pageant to their first-ever New Years Eve blowout, Revolution. The indoor season will culminate in early April with a Spring Spectacle.
With Redmoon, you can always expect the unexpected, with their outrageous and haunting performances from the White House and the MCA to small local parks.
Looking ahead to October 2014, Redmoon in partnership with the City of Chicago, will be introducing the first Great Chicago Fire Festival with a first year budget of a cool one million dollars. The free public event will take place along the Chicago River and will culminate with floats being set on fire.
This month's winter pageant told through masks, machines, song and dance and a cast of 40-plus interdisciplinary performers illustrates the story of a flock of birds that live a playful, happy life protected by their sacred Tree of Light until the Light is stolen by an evil Raven. Here's a preview:
Tickets: Single tickets are priced at $25 for adults, $15 for kids 3-18 years old, $10 for college/university students with IDs, and free for kids under 3. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Redmoon Box Office at 312-850-8440 x123 or online. Discount group rates for 10 and more are available through the Box Office. 2120 S. Jefferson
Dates: December 13-22 as follows: Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sundays at 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.
About the Winter Pageant Artists
- The Happiness Club is a diverse group of Chicago kids who are committed to helping their peers by encouraging positive values and social change through original hip-hop and pop music, dance and rap. The Happiness Club sings out against drugs, violence, gangs and bullying and says "Yes" to education, tolerance, high self-esteem and better nutrition for kids. The mission is simple: capture kids' attention through music and dance and inspire them with the lyrics. The Happiness Club has been featured on the First Lady's new CD “Songs for a Healthier America” and has performed at the White House, Kidzapalooza, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan Avenue Lights Festival and countless schools and festivals throughout Chicago.
- The Indonesian Dance of Illinois (IDI) is dedicated to and focused on promoting the Indonesian cultural arts to the community. The organization is based in Evanston and gives free dance and music lessons to the community.
- The Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts was founded in Chicago in 1994 by critically acclaimed dancer and teacher Pranita Jain. Kalapriya Dance is a professional performance group that presents various styles of Indian dance that includes classical, folk and contemporary.
- Helena Reynolds is an aerial artist with a background in contemporary dance and ballet. She is passionate about combining the beauty and grace of dance with the power and spectacle of the aerial arts.
- The San Andreas Fault has quickly established itself as Chicago's only epic-surf instrumental band. The Fault appeared live with original genre stars Dick Dale and Link Wray, recorded the 2003 LP Encantada and contributed soundtracks to television and games before going on hiatus in 2004. Reconstituted in 2013, The Fault recorded a new 7" single entitled Blowne Leafe and has been commissioned by Redmoon to write and perform original music for the 2013 Winter Pageant. Longtime Chicago bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Warmowski, founded the band
- Erika Ochoa is a contemporary artist of Middle Eastern dance, specializing in Egyptian-style dance.
- Mexico native Fernando Córdova Hernández is an actor who studied clowning with world-renowned clown masters Phillipe Gaulier, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Eric de Bont and Alex Navarro and others. He uses clown and buffoon techniques in his work to portray strong narratives.
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