Chicago Dancing Festival Kicks Off Today
Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 will feature two more World Premieres, plus plans for a pre- and post-performance sponsors party around the "Celebration of Dance" Grand Finale performance, Saturday, August 23. Free tickets for the Festival's indoor performances become available to the public this week, July 8 and 9. The 2014 Chicago Dancing Festival, featuring top ballet, modern and hip-hop companies from Chicago and across the country, is set to take place today, August 20 - 23.
Chicago-based choreographer Ron De Jesus, a former dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and now Artistic Director of Ron De Jesus Dance, has been commissioned by the Dancing Festival to create a new duet for the dancing male pair of Ben Wardell (Nexus Project, Lucky Plush Productions, formerly Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) and Michel Rodriguez (Nexus Project, formerly Hedwig Dances). Transition Zone will premiere as part of the Festival's "Dances for 2" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., in two performances, Friday, August 22.
New York-based choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, who has set work on and collaborated with pop stars like Beyoncé as well as highly regarded institutions like The Juilliard School, the Alvin Ailey B.F.A. Program and tap legend Savion Glover, has been commissioned by the Festival to create a new work for the student dancers of After School Matters, to premiere on the Pritzker "Celebration of Dance" program, August 23.
These new commissioned works are in addition to the previously announced World Premiere the Festival has commissioned from New York mixed-genre choreographer Kyle Abraham for the dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, entitledCounterpoint. This work, to be performed at the Harris Theater as part of the "Classics and Creations" program August 20, is set to Tu Non Mi Perderai Mai by Peter Gregson and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor: Third Movement, performed by Arthur Rubinstein. The full schedule of performances follows below.
"Last Dance" Sponsors Party
This year, the Chicago Dancing Festival hosts "Last Dance," a party to acknowledge the sponsors whose support is crucial to keeping the Festival's performances free for the public. "Last Dance" takes place Saturday, August 23, on the Terrace at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street. The evening includes pre-show cocktails beginning at 6 pm followed by reserved seating for the performance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, then a post-show picnic with cocktails and a chance to mingle with the artists. Those interested in donating or learning more about sponsorship opportunities can visit www.chicagodancingfestival.comor, for questions, call 773-609-2335.
Ticket Release This Week
Tickets for the indoor performances at Harris Theater and Museum of Contemporary become available this week. All tickets are free but tickets for indoor events must be reserved in advance through each venue's box office.
Tickets for the August 20 program at the Harris Theater will be released Tuesday, July 8 at noon, available in person at the Harris Theater Box Office, 205 E. Randolph Drive, or by calling (312) 334-7777. Limit two (2) tickets per order; tickets ordered by phone will be held at Will-Call.
Tickets for the August 22 programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art will be release Wednesday, July 9 at noon, available in person at the MCA Stage Box Office, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, or by calling (312) 397-4010. Limit two (2) tickets per order; tickets ordered by phone will be held at Will-Call.
No tickets are needed for the outdoor Pritzker Pavilion events, including the Opening Night Simulcast presented by the Harris Theater on August 20 and the Grand Finale performance on August 23.
Any empty seats or tickets unclaimed at 15 minutes prior to curtain time will be released to those in a Stand-by line. Stand-by lines begin one hour before each performance, in person only. All seating is general admission.
Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 Schedule
Wednesday, August 20 - 7:30 pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Street
"Classics and Creations"
The Chicago Dancing Festival opening night program will be simulcast on the outdoor screen of the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, thanks to Presenting Sponsor, the Harris Theater.
- 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
- The Joffrey Ballet, Bells (excerpt) by Yuri Possokhov
Friday, August 22 - 6 pm and 8 pm