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Harris Theater Hosts Inaugural 'Eat (and Drink) to the Beat' with DanceWorks Chicago Tonight

Harris Theater Hosts Inaugural 'Eat (and Drink) to the Beat' with DanceWorks Chicago Tonight

Tonight, January 30, 2014 at 5:30PM, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance presents its first Eat (and Drink) to the Beat-a spinoff of the Theater's popular Eat to the Beat series-with a special "Appy Hour" prior to a performance from the award-winning ensemble DanceWorks Chicago (DWC). Some of the city's hippest food trucks will be on site to provide audience members with a variety of "apps" and food options. For the first time, the Theater will offer specialty cocktails and wine beverages to pair with food for a relaxing, post-work social gathering catered toward young business professionals of Chicago's downtown area.

In honor of the Harris Theater's 10th season, DWC will present a diverse four-piece program of works choreographed exclusively by Chicago-based choreographers, including a world premiere from Chicago favorite and Ruth Page Award winner Harrison McEldowney and aerial dance specialist Jeremy Plummer, recipient of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters 2013 Artistic Achievement Award.

Other works on the program include:

· Biota by Giordano Dance Chicago Assistant Artistic Director Autumn Eckman, a jazz-based, full-company work created for DanceWorks Chicago;

· Francisco Avina's From Here to There, commissioned by the Auditorium Theatre as part of its 2013 Music + Movement Festival and featuring music by seven-time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico;

· Choreographer Josh Manculich presents the rate in which I am, a piece created for DanceWorks Chicago's inaugural DanceMoves Choreography Competition.

Eat to the Beat continues in 2014 with performances by The Chicago High School for the Arts on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12PM, the Trey McIntyre Project featuring students from the Music Institute of Chicago on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12PM, The Music Institute of Chicago on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12PM, The Chicago Academy for the Arts on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12PM.

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