Harris Theater Sets 2014-15 Dance Season

Harris Theater Sets 2014-15 Dance Season

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance today unveiled the world-class dance performances of its 2014-2015 season-a sublime lineup of Chicago debuts and Harris Theater premieres from four national and international sensations, all presented as part of the acclaimed Harris Theater Presents series.

The Theater's second decade of dance features two companies entirely new to Chicago audiences, elevating the city's status as a premier touring destination for performing artists from around the world: the Chicago debut of Scottish Ballet in the company's staging of A Streetcar Named Desire and the Chicago debut of the Beijing Dance Theater, widely recognized as China's leading contemporary dance ensemble.

The Harris is thrilled to have been able to reschedule the much-anticipated Chicago premiere of Restless Creature, a new collaborative work from New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan, featuring highly sought-after choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. In recognition of the remarkable support from the Chicago community, following a fire that occurred at the Theater on February 19, 2014, the Harris is also pleased to announce that Alonzo King LINES Ballet's celebrated return to the Harris has also been rescheduled with two distinct programs featuring live musical accompaniment: the collaboration between LINES Ballet and Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani, and a new work pairing the neoclassical dancers with double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.

"We're proud to present a diverse range of artists and companies, some of which have yet to be seen in Chicago," said Harris Theater President and Managing Director Michael Tiknis. "The dance performances of the Theater's 2014-2015 season welcome a tremendous range of cutting-edge works from contemporary icons to rising international stars, from Alonzo King to Wang Yuanyuan of Beijing Dance Theater. As part of our multifaceted mission, the Harris Theater remains committed to bringing the best of the world to our patrons and the city of Chicago."

Additionally, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in partnership with Millennium Park and the City of Chicago, will launch the Outdoor Simulcast Series, a new annual addition to the city's popular slate of summer programming, completely free and open to the public. Select performances at the Harris Theater will be broadcast onto an LED screen in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. This follows the success of the Harris Theater's simulcast presentation of Giselle by the Paris Opéra Ballet in 2012, a performance that drew more than 11,000 people to the Pritzker Pavilion. This new summer series begins with two previously announced performances: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Summer Series on Friday, June 6, and opening night of the Chicago Dancing Festival on Wednesday, August 20.

See a full listing of Harris Theater Presents 2014-15 dance performances below.

Beijing Dance Theater
Wild Grass
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 + 29, 2014, 7:30PM
Chicago debut

The Harris Theater, in association with The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, presents Beijing Dance Theater in the Chicago debut of the company's powerful Wild Grass, the newest work from company Artistic Director Wang Yuanyuan. Wang became a household name in China following her collaboration with film director Zhang Yimou for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She founded Beijing Dance Theater in 2008, earning widespread praise for her innovative approach to contemporary dance. In Wild Grass, Wang takes inspiration from the poems of Chinese writer and literary giant Lu Xun, a three-part performance of profound intelligence rooted in ideas of spirituality and individuality. This intricate medley of masterful imagery-titled Dead Fire, Farewell of the Shadow, and Dance of Extremity-is anything but ordinary.

Wendy Whelan
Restless Creature
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:30PM
Chicago premiere

New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan embarks on a new dance adventure with four of today's leading choreographers. Whelan, together with her collaborators, will present Restless Creature, an evening of four duets created by and danced with Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Restless Creature received its world premiere in August 2013 at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.