Concert Dance Inc. to Return to Ravinia with THE CHICAGO PROJECT: FUTURE PRESENT Premiere

Concert Dance Inc. to Return to Ravinia with THE CHICAGO PROJECT: FUTURE PRESENT PremiereCDI/Concert Dance Inc. (CDI) returns to the Ravinia Festival as part of the annual Ruth Page Festival of Dance Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Ravinia's Bennett GorDon Hall. Ravinia is located at 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park and gates to the event open at 6:30 p.m.

Regularly commissioned by Ravinia to present new works, the CDI performance marks the world premiere of Artistic Director Venetia Stifler's critically-acclaimed full-length work originally created in 1985 but reimagined for the 21st century, The Chicago Project: Future Present.

Reserved seating tickets are available for $10 and may be purchased at www.ravinia.org or via phone by calling 847.266.5100. No lawn seating will be available. For more information on CDI and the Ruth Page Festival of Dance, please visit www.ruthpage.org.

CDI/Concert Dance Inc. has also been invited to perform The Chicago Project: Future Present as part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. This program, held at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts Theatre, 1016 N. Dearborn St., will also include a Q&A with Venetia Stifler and visual artists Frank Vodvarka. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.ruthpage.org.

If you could revisit one of your first successful projects 30 years later and reinterpret it, would you take the risk? In 1985, Artistic Director and Emmy Award-nominated choreographer, Venetia Stifler, created the critically acclaimed "The Chicago Project." Her goal in 2017 was to reimagine this favorite dance using today's technology, and with the eyes of a choreographer who's creative process and point of view have evolved. The premiere of The Chicago Project: Future Present explores the human kinesthetic and emotional relationship to the form, texture, materials and design of architecture, especially Chicago architecture, including accompanying images created by visual artist Frank Vodvarka.

The Chicago Project: Future Present celebrates the genius of Chicago architecture through movement, image and sound. Using Louis Sullivan's system of Architectural Ornament as a starting point the work explores some of Chicago's most iconic environments. Stifler received a City Arts Independent Artist grant award from the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for this ongoing and now complete project.

Ruth Page first began her association with Ravinia in 1926 and today the Ruth Page Festival of Dance continues her legacy and dedication to dance, new ideas and breathtaking performances. An annual favorite with sold-out performances, CDI opens the Ruth Page Festival of Dance and the 2017 Ravinia Season with an evening program consisting of four pieces uniquely choreographed by Stifler.


The full program that will be performed at Ravinia includes:

Controlled Chaos (2011)

Choreography: Venetia Stifler and CDI Dancers

Music: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

Lighting: Jacob Snodgrass

Costumes: Vin Reed

Dancers: Edson Cabrera, Jamie Farrell, Alberto Gonzalez, Olivia Gonzalez,

Mary O'Rourke, Taimy Ramos, Alejandro Ransoli, Rodolfo Sanchez,

Untitled Work In Progress (2017)

Choreography: Venetia Stifler

Movement Development: The Company

Music: Gliere op 82. Concerto for Coloratura and Orchestra; Mvmt I - Andante,

Ravel Vocalise-Etude, and Faure Vocalise-Etude.

Soprano: Christina Kaloyanides

Pianist : James J. Morehead

Dancers: The Company

The Chicago Project: Future Present (World Premiere)

Choreography: Venetia Stifler

Movement Development: The Company

Visual Design: Frank Vodvarka, professor emeritus, Loyola University Chicago

Animation: Kelli Evans

Music: Johann Sebastian ,BachPinch, MumDance, Olafur-Arnolds, Autechre,

Lighting: Margaret Nelson

Costumes: JorDon Ross

Section I - Louis Sullivan's Sketch

Dancers: Jamie Farrell, Alberto Gonzalez, Taimy Ramos, Nashley Mattocks

Section II - Carson Pirie Scott

Dancers: Edson Cabrera, Jamie Farrell, Olivia Gonzalez, Alberto Gonzalez, Nashley Mattocks, Mary O'Rourke

Section III - Structures, Glass and Steel

Dancers: Jessie Gutierrez, Alberto Gonzalez, Nashley Mattocks, Mary O'Rourke

Section IV - Bridges

Dancers: The Company

Section V - Reprise

Dancers - The Company


About Venetia Stifler
Venetia Stifler, Emmy-nominated choreographer and director, is the executive and artistic director of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts and is also the Artistic Director of CDI/Concert Dance Inc., the official contemporary dance company of the Ruth Page Center, which performs choreography by Stifler and other leading contemporary artists while also exploring and re-envisioning Ruth Page's work. Since becoming The Ruth Page Center for the Arts' Executive and Artistic Director in 2000, Stifler has helped to bring into greater focus the its mission of ensuring that children and dance artists have a place to study, work and perform at the highest level of excellence Stifler has choreographed over 35 major works, including the critically-acclaimed "The Chicago Project," a collaborative work combining original music and photography that used Chicago's rich architectural landscape as a vibrant backdrop. Her re-envisioned production of Ruth Page's groundbreaking 1947 "ballet carton" "Billy Sunday" came alive again in 2007 with several stage productions and in the PBS documentary produced by HMS Media. A two-year project, "Billy Sunday" not only brought this masterpiece work to new audiences, but also garnered several Emmy nominations from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Stifler served as artistic director for the Ruth Page Dance Series (RPDS), a festival of dance she created in honor of Ms. Page to showcase the rich variety of dance styles and artists in Chicago and which is produced in conjunction with Northeastern Illinois University. The RPDS has produced over 40 Chicago area dance companies in the last 25 years in venues throughout the Chicagoland area and in 1999 was part of the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, garnering a "Best of the Fest" by the Sunday Times of Scotland.

About CDI/Concert Dance Inc.
Founded in 1981, CDI/Concert Dance Inc. is the official contemporary dance company and an Artist In-Residence of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. CDI creates and presents contemporary works that evolve from a choreographic collective under the artistic direction of Emmy Award-nominated choreographer, Venetia Stifler, often using live music, video and other media to enhance the process and product. This approach to dance and choreography drives the company's artistic vision and sets an example of artistic collaboration. CDI has evolved from a repertory company into a dance collective and artistic incubator; a unique community of collaborators within a growing organism that changes with every new dance that is made. The choreography that is currently presented by CDI comes out of this creative process. Because the dancers are both highly trained technically and active in the development of the movement vocabulary, their skills of improvisation and ability to create visual imagery results in work that is not only of the highest caliber, but also artistically proficient and emotionally satisfying.

About the Ruth Page Center for the Arts
An incubator of artistic energy and excellence and the center of Chicago's dance history, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts carries forward the vision of international dance icon Ruth Page to make dance accessible to everyone, ensuring that children and dance artists have a place to study, work and perform at the highest level of excellence. Located at 1016 N. Dearborn Street, the Center serves the Chicago dance community by being an incubator, providing a home, office space, rehearsal space, performance opportunities, professional dance training and marketing support for the up-and-coming companies and artists of Chicago's vibrant dance scene. Founded by Chicago icon and internationally-renown performer and choreographer, Ruth Page, the Center reflects her vision of supporting dance excellence in Chicago. Emanating from the Illinois heartland, the visionary work of Ruth Page influenced the growth of theater design, opera-ballet and dance. She achieved worldwide recognition as a true pioneer of dance in America by creating at the forefront of social, political and artistic issues. As a prominent force in the Chicago arts community, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts continues that legacy through its initiatives and programs that nurture the art form of dance, and by being an arts incubator for emerging and established artists and organizations.

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