Still Inspired Season 6 choreographers Laura Thurston, Lizzie MacKenzie, Lauren Blane and Annie Conway each chose a piece of Mary Porterfield's artwork to inspire fresh choreographic works, which are set to hit the stage at the Athenaeum Theater Chicago February 21 & 22, 2020. DancerMusic Editor Kristi Licera recently caught up with Still Inspired Artistic Director and Choreographer Laura Thurston to learn more about this year's program. Here's what she told us:
If you had a chance to read our PRE-View for Ballet 5:8's Compass, then you know that Artistic Director Julianna Slager and her company of expressive dancers have committed their season thus far to spreading compassion in every community they touch. This past Friday, Ballet 5:8 took the stage at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago and delivered an evening of inspired choreography and thought-provoking performance. DancerMusic's Kristi Licera was in the audience for this one-night only performance, and invites you to join her as she RE-Views Ballet 5:8.
New Dances 2017 marks the end of an incredible era of dance creation supported by Thodos Dance Chicago. The project aims to provide up and coming choreographers a chance to bring their fully realized visions to the stage. Take a look inside the studio with choreographer Brennen Renteria as he mounts his second contribution to the New Dances project series.