Chicago Dancing Festival: Nation’s Largest Free Dance Festival Kicks Off Today

Chicago Dancing Festival:  Nation’s Largest Free Dance Festival Kicks Off Today
Hubbard Street Dancers in Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián, l. to r., Kellie Epperheimer, Bryna Pascoe and Jacqueline Burnett. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The 8th annual Chicago Dancing Festival kicks off today with a free opening night dance extravaganza, "Classics and Creations,” at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The "sold out" 7:30 p.m. show will be simulcasted for those without tickets to view on the massive outdoor screen at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

The Chicago Dancing Festival runs today through August 23rd at venues around town including the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

The highly-anticipated annual festival, co-produced by internationally renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch and Chicago dancer Jay Franke,  features top ballet, modern and hip-hop dancers from Chicago and across the country,

Highlights of the 2014 Festival include:

  • Three World Premieres commissioned by the Chicago Dancing Festival from choreographers Kyle Abraham (performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Ron de Jesus (performed by The Nexus Project) and Darrell Grand Moultrie (performed by After School Matters).

  • The Festival debut of Stars of American Ballet, with dancers from New York City Ballet, plus New York-based contemporary ensemble Pam Tanowitz Dance, performing with live music, and Philadelphia-based hip-hop troupe Rennie Harris Puremovement.

  • The return of Festival favorites Adam Barruch, dancers of The Juilliard School, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Stars of the Washington Ballet and Chicago’s own The Joffrey Ballet.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 20 – 7:30 p.m, “Classics and Creations” Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Street, with simulcast on the outdoor screen of the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, features the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Counterpoint, CDF original commission by Kyle Abraham; The Juilliard School, The Jig Is Up by Eliot Feld; Martha Graham Dance Company; Errand into the Maze by Martha Graham; Stars of American Ballet*, Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins; and The Joffrey Ballet, Bells (excerpt) by Yuri Possokhov.

Friday, August 22 – 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., “Dances for 2,” Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue. The evening features: Adam Barruch, Belladonna by Adam Barruch; The Joffrey Ballet, Bells (excerpt) by Yuri Possokhov;Martha Graham Dance Company, Errand into the Maze by Martha Graham; The Nexus Project*, Transition Zone, CDF original commission by Ron De Jesus; and Pam Tanowitz Dance,* Passagen by Pam Tanowitz (live music).

Saturday, August 23 – 7:30 p.m., “Celebration of Dance” Grand Finale, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street. The evening features: After School Matters, CDF original commission by Darrell Grand Moultrie; The Joffrey Ballet, Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp; The Juilliard School, The Jig Is Up by Eliot Feld; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián; Rennie Harris Puremovement,* Students of the Asphalt Jungle by Dr. Rennie Harris; Stars of Washington Ballet Brooklyn Mack and Maki Onuki, pas de deux from Le Corsaire by Marius Petipa.

Tickets

Chicago Dancing Festival tickets for indoor shows, that became available beginning July 8th, are technically “sold out.” However any empty seats or unclaimed tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to curtain time to those in a stand-by line.

No tickets are needed for the outdoor Pritzker Pavilion events, including the Opening Night Simulcast presented by the Harris Theater on August 20th and the Grand Finale performance on August 23th.

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