Chicago's Dancing Festival 2011: Show Me Chicago's Guide to Dates, Performances and More.

Chicago's Dancing Festival 2011: Show Me Chicago's Guide to Dates, Performances and More.
Ballet West, Sinfonietta photo by Luke Isley.

Chicago, Tuesday, July 12, 2011.  Just announced–The Chicago Dancing Festival, co-produced by internationally renowned choreographer and Chicago native Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, returns for its 5th season with expanded programming to include five days of free dance-related events, in venues throughout downtown Chicago, Tuesday, August 23 through Saturday, August 27, 2011.   Free tickets for the indoor performance showcase can be reserved starting Tuesday, July 19, 2011–but hurry, last year the tickets were gone within hours of being released.   Tickets will be available in a staggered format so that each venue releases its tickets on a different day, as follows:

Museum of Contemporary Art.
Tickets for performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art, including the MCA Moves programs on Wednesday, August 24 and the Muses program on Friday, August 26, will be released on Tuesday, July 19 beginning at 10:00 am.  Tickets will be available in person at the MCA Stage Box Office, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, online or by calling 312-397-4010.  There’s a limit of two (2) tickets per order, per evening of performance, while available.  Any tickets unclaimed at 15 minutes prior to curtain time will be released to customers on wait list.  Wait list begins one hour before the performance, in person only.  All tickets will be held at Will-Call.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Tickets for all performances at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, including both Moderns programs on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24, will be released on Wednesday, July 20 beginning at noon.  Tickets will be available in person at the Harris Theater Box Office, 205 E. Randolph Street, or by calling 312-334-7777.  Limit of two (2) tickets per order.

Auditorium Theatre.
Tickets for the performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Masters on Thursday, August 25, will be released on Thursday, July 21 beginning at 11:00 am.  Tickets will be available in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, 50 E. Congress Parkway, online or by calling 1-800-982-ARTS.  Limit of two (2) tickets per order.

No Tickets Required.
Because of the popularity of the Festival, audience members that are not able to secure tickets to the indoor venues may attend the following free events that are open to the public, first come, first served–no tickets required.

Celebration of Dance Grand Finale at Millennium Park.
The Celebration of Dance Grand Finale on the stunning outdoor stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30p/m..  No tickets are required for this outdoor performance and all seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Movies at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The Movies program at the Chicago Cultural Center is an all-day screening of classic dance films on Friday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.:  MODERNS.
The cutting edge of modern dance is represented by the work of these five daring, bold choreographers from across the country and around the world at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive
Program:
Doug Varone & Dancers in Lux by Doug Varone.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in Uneven by Cayetano Soto (Chicago Premiere).
Adam Barruch in his own solo work The Worst Pies in London.
River North Dance Company in 9-Person Precision Ball Passing by Charlie Moulton (Company Premiere).
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Too Beaucoup by Sharon Eyal.

Wednesday, August 24, 12 noon:  MODERNS.
Venue:  Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive.
Program:  The Chicago Dancing Festival is pleased to announce, in collaboration with the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, a first-ever matinee performance.  This will launch the third season of the Harris Theater’s popular Eat to the Beat lunchtime series, featuring highlights from the previous evening’s “Moderns” program including performances by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Doug Varone & Dancers, Adam Barruch and River North Dance Chicago.

Wednesday, August 24, 6 and 8 pm:  MCA MOVES.
Venue:  Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue.
Program:  Independent, avant-garde and up-and-coming dance artists are highlighted together in this special program hosted by renowned Martha Graham impersonator Richard Move.  Japanese Butoh exponents Eiko & Koma perform a special site-specific work outside of the MCA before the show.  Other program features include an excerpt from Brian Brooks’ Motor and Faye Driscoll’s not…not.

Thursday, August 25, 7:30 pm:  MASTERS.
Works by some of the dance world’s most venerated master choreographers are seen together on one stage at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway.
Program:
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Petite Mort by Jirí Kylián.
Martha Graham Dance Company in Embattled Garden by Martha Graham.
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in The Legend of Ten by Lar Lubovitch.

Friday, August 26, 10a.m. to 6 p.m.:  MOVIES.
A new event for the 2011 Festival, this day-long screening features dance as portrayed through the lens of film, culminating with the ultimate dance drama The Red Shoes at the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street.
Program:
Invitation to the Dance (1956, directed by Gene Kelly).
A Dancer’s World (1957, documentary directed by Peter Glushanok) with Martha Graham and company.
Beach Birds (1992, documentary directed by Elliot Caplan) with Merce Cunningham and company.
Dancemaker (1998, documentary directed by Matthew Diamond) with Paul Taylor and company.
The Red Shoes (1948, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger).

Friday, August 26, 6pm:  MUSES.
This lecture/demonstration, hosted by dance historian and journalist Lucia Mauro, features a panel of choreographers and artistic directors discussing the creative relationship between choreographers and the dancers that inspire them, accompanied by performance excerpts at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue.
Panelists:
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Bettie de Jong, Rehearsal Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Alejandro Cerrudo, Choreographer-in-Residence for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Lar Lubovitch, Artistic Director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company & Chicago Dancing Festival Co-Founder.

Saturday, August 27, 7:30 pm:  CELEBRATION OF DANCE.
The Festival grand finale celebrates the best of contemporary American dance at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Program:
The Joffrey Ballet in Stravinsky Violin Concerto by George Balanchine.
Ballet West in Sinfonietta by Jirí Kylián.
Martha Graham Dance Company in Diversion of Angels by Martha Graham.
Paul Taylor Dance Company in Esplanade by Paul Taylor.
New York City Ballet Guest Artists Gonzalo Garcia and Tiler Peck in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux by George Balanchine.
River North Dance Company in 9-Person Precision Ball Passing by Charlie Moulton.

About the Chicago Dancing Festival.
The Chicago Dancing Festival was founded in 2007 to heighten awareness of dance in Chicago, to increase accessibility to the art form and to provide aspiration for local artists.  Its mission is to present a wide variety of excellent dance, enrich the lives of the people of Chicago and provide increased accessibility to the art form, thereby helping create a new audience.  Its vision is to raise the national and international profile of dance in the city, furthering Chicago as a dance destination.

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