One of the highlights of the Ballet Chicago Studio Company's Platinum Anniversary Concerts this Saturday will be the World Premiere of Frank Chaves' Ascension. Chaves worked with composer Josephine Lee, who will perform her original composition for Ascension live with cellist Meena Cho at the Harris Theater performances.
We asked the choreographers whose works will be presented in Ballet Chicago's Platinum Anniversary Concerts on May 6 to choose a photo from their piece, and give us an inside look at what that photo captures -- about the Ballet Chicago Studio Company performers, about the Company's vision, and about their own perspective.
The Ballet Chicago Studio Company is celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary on Mary 6 with two concerts at the Harris Theater, with a characteristically promising program. DancerMusic asked Ballet Chicago about this remarkable accomplishment. Here's what they had to say:
Thodos Dance Chicago is at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance on Saturday, March 5 in a final Chicago performance of Chicago Revealed. These are photos from their very well received appearance two weeks ago at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.
Melissa Thodos' new story ballet Sono's Journey premieres Saturday, January 9 at the Auditorium Theatre.
The project they were about to film became a burst of bright discovery called Urban Pointe Shoes, but as they set out to shoot that day, they didn't yet realize that they were going to make a such a beautiful document of defiant hope.
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project is at the Josephine Louis Theater, Northwestern University's beautiful dance performance venue. Here's our Photo Friday set of shots from the performance.
Breakthrough promises a lot of artistry, Vignoulle's movement design and story line, Karlson's music, and the intertwining artistry of the Ailey II dancers.
One Thousand Pieces was a very different undertaking though; exponentially more complex, it required the synthesis of so many creative and practical possibilities that it was hard to be sure if even Cerrudo could accomplish it. How he was able to do so, and do so successfully, turns out to be a study in the art of balance as much as the art of dance, balancing personal vision with practical reality, leadership with cooperation.
Chicago Repertory Ballet's Spring / Summer Performance is exactly the kind of concert that Artistic Director Wade Schaaf was talking about, right after founding the new Chicago based Company in 2012, when he described what the Company intended to do.