Each August, the Chicago dance community packs the city's Auditorium Theatre for Dance For Life. For a special look ahead, DancerMusic reached out to each of the Partner Dance Companies that perform each year at Dance For Life. Each of them has selected a photo from their performance, and given us some insight into what they will be performing.
On a warm summer, Saturday evening each year, the Chicago dance community unites in spectacular form to support those with critical health issues. Dance for Life 2017 continues the 25+ year tradition, bringing the best of Chicago dance to the Auditorium Theater stage this coming August. This year, Dance for Life welcomes Jessica Miller Tomlinson of JMT Choreography to the stage with 'In Tongues': a joyous choreographic work set to the music of The Talking Heads. Tomlinson, a seasoned member of the former Thodos Dance Chicago ensemble and recent addition to Adjunct Faculty at Northern Illinois University, is no stranger to the Dance for Life stage as a performer, but is participating as a presenting choreographer for the first time. KLic Creative caught up with JMT to get the inside scoop on what Tomlinson is working on for this not-to-be-missed evening of dance. Read on for our five part Q&A with JMT:
For seventeen years, Dance For Life's Next Generation has showcased the work of the very best young dance companies.
The annual #Dance4OurLives programs are an inspiring story, and a promising one, so of course we wanted to find out as much as we could about it. We asked GiGi Tonyé to share her story and her vision with us in a little more depth, and here's what she told us:
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Artistic Director and choreographer Sara Maslanka tells us about the evolution of "i bet you think this dance is about you," from solo work to full ensemble production. Here's what she told us:
Alan Sims speaks with DancerMusic about how Tai Ji and the other Internal and Martial Arts understand movement, and how dancers can understand that. Here's what he told us:
Dezza Dance's performance of "Deep Roots" will take place on April 5th and 6th at Vancouver's Aberthau Mansion / West Point Grey Community Centre. DancerMusic's Melissa Panetta had the chance to speak with Desirée Dunbar, and here's what she told us.
ABT Dancer Rachel Richardson compares "Whipped Cream" with beloved classic "The Nutcracker" to give us an in-depth look at the whimsy that choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and visual artist Mark Ryden will bring to Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Here's what she told us:
Joshua Manculich's new work "Scenic Route" will be part of DanceWorks Chicago's "DanceFlight" at Chicago's Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and of course we wanted to hear more about what went into making the work. Here's what Joshua told us:
Hedwig Dances brings together choreographers Rigoberto Saura and Taimy Ramos in "SEA LEVEL: Above and Below". We asked these rising choreographers about Saura's "The Flowering Mechanism" and Ramos' "A Flor de Piel", and here's what they told us: