One of the very best places to see what Joe Policastro Trio has got going will be at Studio5, where they take the stage, and a uniquely cool stage it is, on Friday, October 6 (from 8 to 10pm). The group has just released their third album, Screen Sounds, and the trio will be taking advantage of the Evanston venue's excellent production facilities, presenting the music in a multimedia format with experimental film and original lighting design.
'Pushing the boundaries' is always risky, because those boundaries often enclose what works well. Venturing beyond them requires inventing new ways of realizing an artistic vision, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Fall Series presentation of Peter Chu's Space, In Perspective was full of hazards. But what Peter Chu and Glenn Edgerton accomplished was something to see, as they quite literally wove new perspectives of dance into, around, and on top of a very different kind of dance concert.
There's already been a lot of great Taylor Mitchell choreography on Chicago stages and beyond, and his latest work, a collaboration with composer Dan Hesler called "Here Comes Treble". will premiere next month at Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre's extensive series of concerts for their fall series Alone / Together. We asked Taylor a few of the many things that you could ask this talented young choreographer, and here's what we learned ---
If Studio5 is not a name that you recognize, that's alright, because you'll be hearing about it more and more. It's an unusual new venue in a lot of ways -- an impeccably designed performance space that opened just last year. This Saturday, The Live at Studio5 Jazz series presents Brazilian Guitarist Paulinho Garcia and Mike Allemana, with special guest Grazyna Auguscik sharing vocals with Garcia.
Chicago Sinfonietta's Trademark really has to be one of the most creatively imagined concerts you've ever heard of. Besides the World Premiere of Wilfredo Rivera's collaboration with Clarice Assad, Trademark also includes performances from Liam Teague and the NIU Steelband alongside performances of Mozart and Smetana. Teague also performs with harpist Faye Seeman in her composition Fayed to Blue.
At Dance For Life this Saturday, August19, one of the more intriguing performances will be of In the Meantime. The collaborators describe the work as "a celebration of our distinct cultures and a recognition of our common impulses and the universal desire to make rhythm". Here, CHRP's Lane Alexander gives us an inside look at two of the photos from the work ...
One of Chicago's best Juice Bar vibes is on the city's northwest side, at a friendly, low-key high-quality place called Be Juice'd. Founded by Kasia O and Helen P last November, it's an artist and music friendly scene with an always growing following. One of the reasons is their popular Acoustic Sunday ...
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater (CRDT) will be hosting its Annual New Works Preview & Mid-Season Fundraiser on Thursday, July 13. KLic Creative had a chance to attend CRDT's Season Kickoff event in April and caught up with Artistic Director Wilfredo Rivera to get his thoughts on the upcoming season.
John Cartwright is a veteran, and a very successful one, of many different New Dances works. As Thodos Dance Chicago gears up for the performance of this year's edition, DancerMusic spoke with composer Joyce Lindsey about her original composition for Cartwright's piece Fluid.