This year Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary season. With so much to share and celebrate in this monumental season, we talked to co-founders Nicole Gifford and Melissa Mallinson in a special two part interview. Here's part one, featuring Nicole Gifford. Here's what she told us:
Jeff Hancock has a lot of experience with dance and design, and he's given it a lot of thought. He's seen the dynamic, multi-dimensional reality of design in concert dance from many perspectives, so we asked him about what it's like for a choreographer to be a designer, and for a designer to be a choreographer. Here's what he told us:
Cattywampus Dance Artistic Director Abby Williams Chin is getting ready to debut her latest evening-length work, "If/Then," which gives audiences the power to decide how they experience the journey of a single character. Here's what she told us about this innovative evening of dance:
Chicago Dance Crash's "Lil Pine Nut", uses a breathtaking variety of musical styles. But in order to tell the story Jessica Deahr had built, she also brought in four of the Crash performers to add important vocal recordings. Here are four photos of where you see Crash in very different roles from the ones you see on stage.
With new works from Shannon Alvis, Rebecca Lemme, Anna Long, Lizzie MacKenzie, Jacqueline Stewart, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, and Chicago Repertory Ballet, Dancing to Dream promises to be one of the years most imaginative dance concerts. We asked Dancing to Dream's Jacqueline Stewart about her dream to make this all happen. Here's what she told us:
Chicago Dance Crash performs in "Lil Pine Nut" at Chicago's Ruth Page Center for the Arts, adding to they're rich history of telling evening-length stories with a brilliant fusion of styles from hip-hop to contemporary. We asked Crash Rehearsal Director KC Bevis all about, and here's what she told us:
Choreographer and dancer Rigoberto Saura started making dance in his youth and has spent his time since then honing his craft. Here's what Rigoberto told us about how his experiences in Chicago, Ecuador, Cuba and most recently Los Angeles have shaped his choreographic approach and career:
Joanna Furnans unconventional and empowering approach to creating her latest solo work, "Doing Fine," put every ounce of creative power into her own hands. Here's what Joanna told us about the creative process behind this work:
Ensemble Español will perform "Mar del Fuego" at Dance for Life 2019, and DancerMusic's Crystal Gurrola asked Executive and Associate Artistic Director Jorge Pérez about the piece, its dedication to Dame Libby Komaiko, and the future of this great company. Here's what he told us.
DanceWorks Chicago presents ChoreoLab, the culminating event of their Dance360 programs. DanceWorks Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa, the choreographers, and several of the dancers shared an inside look with us. Here's what they told us: