Now in its 27th year, DANCE FOR LIFE CHICAGO returns to the Auditorium Theatre with a spectacular program including Chicago’s premier dance companies – Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & The Joffrey Ballet – along with Hanna Brictson and Dancers, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, Nomi Dance Company, and Randy Duncan.
Proceeds from Dance for Life support the Dancers’ Fund, which provides financial assistance to dance professionals experiencing critical health issues that adversely affect their ability to work, plus annual contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy organizations.
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Ofrenda // Devised by Albany Park Theater Project // Written by Isaac Gomez // Directed by Stephanie Paul and Maggie Popadiak
Albany Park Theater Project’s award-winning youth theater ensemble celebrates our 21st birthday with the world premiere of Ofrenda, a constellation of real-life stories about creating home in turbulent times, performed by an ensemble of 35 teens in our home theater in one of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in the country.
Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson //
Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West // Directed by Henry Godinez // Music and Lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier // Choreography by Stephanie Paul
Chicago Children’s Theatre, in a co-commission with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, will open Last Stop on Market Street, a world premiere musical based on the award-winning book by author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.
Acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West is creating this first-ever stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated contemporary children’s books ever. Kids (and parents) love Peña’s warm tale about young CJ and his wise, loving grandmother who teaches him to find beauty in everyday city life. Speaking of the mundane, the music will be anything but, as CCT is welcoming Motown music legend Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier, the duo behind the music in CCT’s 2015 smash hit Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, back to Chicago to create the show’s original score.
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe // Directed by Marti Lyons // Movement Direction by Stephanie Paul
Winter indoor soccer. Saturdays. Over quad stretches and squats, a team of young women prepares to defend the Wolves’ undefeated record, their banter spilling from tampons to genocide to the pressures of preparing for their adult lives. With an ear for the bravado and empathy of the teenage years, The Wolves explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a pack of 16-year-old girls who turn into warriors on the field. An acclaimed play from a new voice, Studio-commissioned writer Sarah DeLappe.
BLUEPRINT by Idris Goodwin // Directed by Mina Morita // Featuring Movement & Acting by Stephanie Paul
One presentation only – Sat, Nov. 18, 2pm
Idris Goodwin’s Blueprint follows two successful and competitive African American writers as they navigate personal and professional crisis. Framed by the tracks of a contemporary playlist, this rhythmic ensemble piece, examines the heartaches, sacrifices, successes, and the sheer will it takes to pursue the dream.
In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney // Directed by Henry Godinez and Jerrell L. Henderson // Composition and Music Direction by Christie Chiles Twillie // Movement Direction by Stephanie Paul
Oya is a teenager growing up in the projects in Louisiana. A high school track star, she has the chance to escape poverty with a full scholarship to college but sacrifices her ambition to stay home and care for her mother. How far will beautiful Oya go to make a mark in the world? Written by the Academy Award-winning writer of “Moonlight,” this acclaimed play, exploring love and loss through circumstances and missed opportunities, is an intoxicating story that charts a young girl’s thrust into womanhood and her subsequent fall into the murky waters of life.
One night only dance performance by Stephanie Paul!
The Fly Honey Show re-imagines the classic cabaret to create an intimate and explosive celebration of body + sex positivity.
Created and directed by radical choreographer Erin Kilmurray, The Fly Honeys are a fierce group of choreographers, dancers, musicians, actors, designers and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago celebrates the end of the 2016-2017 school year with the Repertory Performance Workshop and Faculty Concert on Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, at 8 PM each night. The program features the Repertory Performance Workshop student ensemble, as well as other students at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and includes works by faculty and guest artists, as well as historic repertory by pioneering modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham. Admission is free and open to the public. However, a $5 suggested donation is encouraged to support the Student Dance Organization and the Dance Center’s student scholarship fund. No reservations are necessary — general admission, first come, first served.
Six Stories Tall by Marco Ramirez// Directed by Tom Arvetis// Movement Direction by Stephanie Paul
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog, and once again making dreams come true in Six Stories Tall. ASC revives its electrifying 2012 production before embarking on its first-ever national tour. Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop, and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey.
A showing of dances-in-progress created to jumpstart SEARCH PARTY – a new evening length dance work by Erin Kilmurray investigating dance-floor-politics.
This work claims dancing as an act of resistance, a form of relief and release, a test of one’s own aliveness, vulnerability and fear, a catalyst for creating community and a spark for contagious joy. Right now, this material exists somewhere between The Concert Stage + The Nightclub.
Featuring collaborations + performances by Samantha Allen, Tia Monet Greer, Alyssa Gregory, Sarah Mitchell, Stephanie Paul, Cassandra Porter + Kaitlin Webster.
Directed by Bea Rashid and Christina Ernst // Featuring Choreography by Stephanie Paul
COME TOGETHER and HELP us celebrate EDE's 20th Anniversary as we dance to the music of YESTERDAY. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS where you’ll be - HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE - so buy your TICKET TO RIDE, because HERE COMES THE SUN.
The Royale by Marco Ramirez // Directed by Stuart Carden // Body Percussion and Movement Choreography by Stephanie Paul
The brutal rhythm of boxing underscores this brilliantly stylized drama. Rising black prizefighter Jay “The Sport” Jackson dominates his opponents, but the harsh social realities of the early 1900s force him to fight twice as hard to earn recognition outside of the ring. Loosely based on iconic fighter Jack Johnson, The Royale brings us ringside to one man’s quest for victory against all odds.
The Royale by Marco Ramirez // Directed by Stuart Carden // Body Percussion & Movement Choreography by Stephanie Paul
Jay “The Sport” Jackson is a legend in the making. He has his eyes set on becoming the heavyweight champion of the world, but the Jim Crow reality of 1905 America might just be his fiercest opponent yet. This thrilling drama by Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s Daredevil, Orange is the New Black) goes ringside for the fight of the century. Inspired by the true story of trail-blazing boxer Jack Johnson, The Royale follows one man’s quest for victory against all odds.
ORIGINAL HIP HOP/CONTEMPORARY WORKS INSPIRED BY THE CHILDREN’S POEMS OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN!
Chicago Dance Crash and Artistic Director Jessica Deahr are proud to regain their sense of humor with the world premiere of “And Now for the Dancing Pants!”, fit for all ages, playing at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Ave., Dec. 2-10.
“Dancing Pants!” is conceived by Deahr with choreography by Belle Jensen, Adam McGaw, Richard Ashworth, Stephanie Paul, and CDC Senior Company Member Kaitlin Webster. The show also features an original recording of Silverstein’s works narrated by local rapper Al Tamper and a live introduction by local emcee Mr. Mattrick Swayze.