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  • Tell Me a Story�Nostalgia in the Digital Age, by the Knot (Heather Hartley and Casey Murtaugh)

  • Tell Me a Story�Nostalgia in the Digital Age, by the Knot (Heather Hartley and Casey Murtaugh)

  • The Dance COLEctive performs Pull Taut, choreographed by Margi Cole

  • The Dance COLEctive performs Pull Taut, choreographed by Margi Cole

  • Zolt�n Katona, left, and M�nica Cervantes of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Toda Una Vida

  • M�nica Cervantes, left, and Zolt�n Katona of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Toda Una Vida

  • Julia Rae Antonick, Jonathan Meyer and Joseph St. Charles, from left, perform Twice

  • Joseph St. Charles, Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer, from left, perform Twice

  • Molly Shanahan, Benjamin Law and Jessica Marasa, from left, in Sharks Before Drowning

  • Juli Farley, Molly Shanahan, Benjamin Law and Jessica Marasa, from left, in Sharks Before Drowning

  • Jessica Marasa, left, and Juli Farley in Sharks Before Drowning

  • Lucky Plush Productions� Meghann Wilkinson, Julia Rhoads, Kim Larimore Goldman and Timothy Heck, from left, in Memory Mash

  • Julia Rhoads, center, in Memory Mash

  • Louis James Jackson, left, and Joseph Kudra of DanceWorks Chicago in Nocturnal Sense, choreographed by James Gregg

  • Steffi Cheong, left, and Joseph Kudra in Nocturnal Sense

  • Jeremy Blair performs in Hati-Hati by Nana Shineflug for the Chicago Moving Company

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago�s Laura Halm in Alejandro Cerrudo�s Blanco

  • Babu Atiba of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago in Initiates of Bagatae: Sorsone

  • Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago performs Initiates of Bagatae: Sorsone, choreographed by Mustapha Bangoura

  • Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago performs Initiates of Bagatae: Sorsone

Tell Me a Story�Nostalgia in the Digital Age, by the Knot (Heather Hartley and Casey Murtaugh)

In a recent issue of TOC, [node:14771007 link=I brayed in disappointment;] that Chicago doesn’t have a comprehensive dance festival. Two consecutive showcases last week, during [node:13802377 link=Dance/USA’s annual conference;] at the [node:190463 link=Hyatt Regency McCormick Place;], came close to what that might look like.


On July 15, two independent artists and 11 companies from Chicago performed at the [node:90785 link=Dance Center of Columbia College;], and the night before, 11 other local groups took the [node:166725 link=MCA Stage;]. Ballet, ballroom, Bharatanatyam, breaking and other forms popular here weren’t represented but, overall, the six hours of dance gave those visiting Chicago for the conference a pretty good idea of the diversity of movement and talent in a rapidly expanding scene.


Unsurprisingly, Lucky Plush Productions’ [node:69779 link=reference-filled;] Memory Mash was a hit with the first showcase’s industry crowd. A frenetic, mercurial duet from [node:14822923 link=Luna Negra;] director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Toda Una Vida benefited over its Harris premiere from the intimacy of the space, as did Alejandro Cerrudo’s Blanco, a women’s quartet for [node:165343 link=Hubbard Street;]. Julia Rae Antonick, Jonathan Meyer and composer Joseph St. Charles’s new work, Twice, showed [node:14723439 link=that team’s impressive run of collaborations;] continuing, and Muntu Dance Theatre brought down the house, per usual, with an all-male finale.


Highlights during the Dance Center program included Hubbard Street 2’s Alice Klock and newly promoted main company member David Schultz in Andrea Miller’s I Can See Myself in Your Pupil, Paul Christiano’s ADHDivas for [node:86884 link=Chicago Dance Crash;], a tap sextet performed by [node:95169 link=Chicago Human Rhythm Project;]’s BAM! ensemble (including founder Lane Alexander), and Francisco Aviña in WHAM OF SAM, for Ron De Jesús Dance.



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