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Ron De Jesus Dance to Bring HYPER HUMAN to Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 4/25-26

Ron De Jesus Dance to Bring HYPER HUMAN to Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 4/25-26

Ron De Jesus Dance presents its first full evening of dance in Chicago on April 25 and 26 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 North Dearborn Street, Chicago). "Hyper Human" is a mixed repertory program of six works, by notable guest choreographers Arte Phillips and Benjamin Millepied, in addition to RDJD artistic director and Chicago native Ron De Jesus. Acclaimed Chicago jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro performs live the score for a world premiere suite of dances by De Jesus, Without a Song... Mic Check 1, 2.

The titular work Hyper Human is one of two additional world premieres on the program, choreographed by De Jesus to music by Ben Frost and Ralf Hildeneutel. The work is inspired in part by the choreographic process itself, and how it has helped De Jesus find inner calm. Says the choreographer, "As a child and professional dancer, I was always told to calm down. At times even my feverish foot tapping under the table was 'too much.' I call my anxiety 'the dangerous animal,' and this work addresses how the craft of choreography has helped me tame it."

The complete "Hyper Human" program includes:

Triade (2010; 22 minutes), a Chicago premiere by Benjamin Millepied, choreographer of the film Black Swan and incoming director of ballet at the Paris Opéra. Millepied designed and conceived Triade, to music by celebrated composer Nico Muhly, as an homage and respectful tribute toward influential choreographer Jerome Robbins (West Side Story), paying specific tribute to Robbins' neoclassical and contemporary creations for New York City Ballet.

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