Dance events to see this June

  • Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival: Mehdi Georges-Lahlou

  • 2013 Dance Improvisation Fest: Lisa Gonzales

  • Photograph: William Frederking

    Pivot Arts Festival: Benjamin Law, from left, Molly Shanahan, Kristina Fluty and Jessica Marasa of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak in The Delicate Hour

  • Photograph: Todd Rosenberg

    danc(e)volve: New Works Festival: Hubbard Street dancers Kellie Epperheimer, foreground, and Johnny McMillan in andsoOnandsoForth

  • Midwest Nexus Program: the making of Swath, directed by Rachel Damon

  • BONEdanse: "bully.punk.riot"

  • Hedwig Dances: "ASCENDance"

  • Photograph: Josh Hawkins

    Chicago Tap Theare: Mama's Boy

  • Photograph: Ryan Bourque

    The Inconvenience: "Urban Lore"

Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival: Mehdi Georges-Lahlou

Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival
The second annual performance art festival, presented by Defibrillator Gallery and taking place in different venues throughout the city, showcases an impressive range of talent, style and method. It features international artists hailing from Turkey, Mexico, Iraq and elsewhere, and is the most provocative performance series you’ll see this month—maybe even this year. Visit for a complete schedule of performances, panel discussions and more. Defibrillator Gallery, Electrodes, HUB, the Nightingale Theater and public spaces. Jun 1–10. Times vary. $10 for gallery performances, free for panel discussions and public performances.

2013 Dance Improvisation Fest
Columbia College assistant professor Lisa Gonzales curates this five-day improvisation fest in collaboration with Links Hall. It’s one of the more comprehensive improv festivals you’ll see this summer—a combo of showcases, classes, workshops and guest appearances from improv virtuosos. Dance enthusiasts can take in a panel discussion from the likes of former Bill Young dancer Amy Chavasse and Columbia’s everywoman Suzy Grant. The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago; Links Hall at Constellation. Jun 3–8. Times vary. $5–$60.

Pivot Arts Festival
In the spirit of the vaudeville era, this inaugural arts fest in Edgewater boasts a mixed lineup of dance, theater and music. Highlights include an evening-lengthrestaging of The Delicate Hour by Chicago stalwart Molly Shanahan of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, and The Lonely Visitors, presented by the theater-minded movers of RE|Dance Group. Visit for a complete schedule. Senn High School and other locations. Jun 6–22. Times and prices vary.

danc(e)volve: New Works Festival
Hubbard Street’s annual in-house choreography series is a summer favorite. Members of the star-studded contemporary ensemble create original works, danced by their HSDC peers, on the intimate MCA Stage. It comes highly recommended for those familiar with Hubbard Street's rep but looking for a bit of pop flair from Generation Next. Museum of Contemporary Art. Jun 6–9 at 7:30pm; Jun 13–15 at 7:30pm; Jun 16 at 3pm, 7:30pm. $35, members $28, students $10.

Midwest Nexus Program
Part of this Links Hall series provides burgeoning and established choreographers the chance to partner with a stage producer at Links, with potential touring opportunities around the Midwest to follow. Synapse Arts artistic director Rachel Damon brings Swath, and Minnesota-based choreographerPenelope Freeh presents Slippery Fish, both riffing on nature themes. Links Hall at Constellation. Jun 7–9. 7:30pm. $10–$25.

BONEdanse: "bully.punk.riot"
Atalee Judy’s BONEdanse crew revels in wild physicality and athletic versatility. With a healthy appreciation for riotous themes, the BONEdanse crew offers some of the most in-your-face choreography out there. Described as a “rebellion performance event,” bully.punk.riot is influenced by the herd mentality of religious groups, fighting and sports. Links Hall at Constellation. Jun 20–23 at 7pm; June 27–30 at 7pm. $18–$20.

Hedwig Dances: "ASCENDance"
Hedwig dazzled during its FlySpace appearance at the Pritzker Pavilion in April, with its grounded base of modern styles and earthy tones. Artistic director Jan Bartoszek’s new multidisciplinary collaboration (with composer Matthew Ferraro, sculptor Barbara Cooper and video designer Petra Bachmaier) doles out more of the same with a twist: The company manipulates large paper structures in conjunction with their bodies. It’s like giant origami, only better. Athenaeum Theatre. Jun 21, 22 at 7:30pm. $15–$30.

Chicago Tap Theatre: "Mama's Boy"
The 11th tap opera from artistic director Mark Yonally goes back in time to the 1920s, setting the stage for an old-school tap-off as only Chicago Tap Theatre can create. Yonally—normally Tap Theatre’s jack-of-all-trades—welcomes choreographer and special guest director Harrison McEldowney to the stage. Stage 773. Jun 21, 22 at 8pm; Jun 23 at 3pm; Jun 28, 29 at 8pm; Jun 30 at 3pm. $20–$35.

The Inconvenience: "Urban Lore"
Some may argue whether this qualifies as a dance event. Yes, technically the late-night revue may be better described as theater. But knowing the Inconvenience as we do, there’s bound to be more than meets the eye. This always-entertaining band of singers, dancers, actors and musicians own the stage, and this ongoing collaboration with Theater Wit is no exception. With any luck, the Fly Honey burlesque crew will be out in full force, too, lacy stockings and all. Theater Wit. Jun 22 at 11pm. $6. 

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