Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Fall Theater & Dance Schedule
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce its fall season of theater and dance performances and residencies. The DCASE Theater and Dance series presents critically-acclaimed local, national and international music, theater, dance and multidisciplinary artists, newly commissioned works and Chicago premieres.
New this fall at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Storefront Theater is the first annual SpinOff dance series, October 6-November 3. This month-long celebration of contemporary dance will present work by Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. All performances are free and feature Chicago and world premieres and excerpts from works-in-progress. A complete schedule will be released in September.
Performance locations include the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.). Admission is free or low cost for all DCASE Theater and Dance events. For event details, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.
Fall 2013 DCASE Theater and Dance Schedule:
The Sideshow Theatre Company production of 9 Circles is the story of Private Daniel Reeves, who was never good at anything except being in the army. Now, he stands accused of a horrific war crime and as he awaits his day of judgment, a surreal progression of lawyers, clergy and his own memories carry him deeper and deeper into his crimes. Inspired by a true story, 9 Circles is award-winning playwright Bill Cain's searingly-relevant and razor-sharp look at the search for life in a place that seems made to extinguish it. To purchase tickets, visitsideshowtheatre.org
September 5-October 6 (Previews: August 29-31, September 4, 7:30 p.m.)
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Celebrate contemporary dance at SpinOff, a month-long series of work by emerging and mid-career Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. The inaugural year of SpinOff will feature world premieres by Every House Has a Door (Chicago) and Kate Corby & Dancers (Madison, WI), and Chicago premiers by Body Cartography (Minneapolis, MN) and Neijla Yasemin Yatkin/NY2 (Chicago). Audiences will also experience excerpts and works-in-progress by Chicago-based companies The Seldoms, Red Clay Dance Company, Esoteric Dance Project and Kristina Isabelle Dance. A complete schedule will be released soon.
Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, Storefront Theater
October 6-November 3, start times vary
From The Strange Tree Group, The Dead Prince is a rambunctious, "fairly family-friendly fairy tale muzikal" scripted by Jeff Award-winning playwright Emily Schwartz and directed by Paul Holmquist. This world premiere follows the story of a young princess who is told at an early age that her true love has died and that the two of them are destined never to meet, for he is dead and she... alive. Soon she discovers it is possible to sneak across the void and steal him back. But does pulling someone from the brink inflict more damage than you think? To purchase tickets, visit strangetree.org.
November 17-December 22
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. (No performance on Thanksgiving)
In the Works Presentations
The In the Works residency program gives emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project. Each showing is a unique opportunity for audiences to get a behind-the-scenes look at new work by Chicago artists. All presentations are free.