The very heart of what a dance company has to share with its audience is the choreography and its performance. Here we've reached out to Amy Sanderson, Ballet 5:8's Executive Director, and along with several of the performers in Ballet 5:8's "Compass", she shares with us some more of what Ballet 5:8's audience at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre will see.
Ballet 5:8 is an imaginative, hard-working group of artists with some very carefully thought out ideas. On Friday, November 10, they bring their new evening length program Compass, a collection of four works, to Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. As we've learned more about this company, and about Compass, we've become more and more aware of how intricately and carefully imagined the choreography, the construction, and the performance of these four works is, and we asked Artistic Director Juianna Slager to tell us more about it.
Lighting design is one of the most important, collaborative and creative contributions in the making of a dance concert. Last July, David Goodman-Edberg worked with Abby Ellison on her achingly beautiful work "Beneath the Clouds, Above the Rest", and with Brennen Renteria on his wildly enchanting "When In Doubt". We asked him to choose two photos from each work, and tell us whatever he wanted about his thoughts, his process and his inspiration. His insights offer an incredibly valuable look into the well-lit, but still mysterious world of Lighting Design.
Here at DancerMusic.com, one of our favorite ways to learn about what's going on in Dance and Music is to ask some of the gifted artists that we've worked with. That's why we asked HSPro's Melissa Panetta to tell us about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's "bold, adventurous and forward-looking" fall engagement, Peter Chu's "Space, In Perspective" ...
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Ballet Chicago’s Studio Company, Chaves was commissioned to create Ascension. This romantically haunting pas de deux features an original score for piano and cello by Josephine Lee, who will join the dancers onstage with cellist Meena Cho this Saturday at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
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:
If Dylan Scott and Crown Royal wanted to team up to do something together, they could have chosen a lot of different ways to go about it. What they actually chose was a lot more imaginative than anything you might have expected — a lot more imaginative and probably a lot more important.
Usually, when you write your very first song and upload it to YouTube, you don't get five million views. Julia Sheer did. Julia Sheer can write a song.
So how does a song even get on the radio anyway? It's a lot of different stories about a lot of creative people, and here's a good example.