Chicago Repertory Ballet performs Wade Schaaf's "MACBETH" at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre, and DancerMusic's Crystal Gurrola spoke to Wade about the return of this very admired production. Here's what Wade told us:
Since its founding in 2011, Chicago Repertory Ballet has been bringing innovative contemporary ballet choreography to the stage, while reviving the spirit of storytelling that classical ballet itself was founded upon. CRB has taken the familiar and hit the refresh button on it. They’ve opened the landscape of what stories could be told through dance and how they could be shared, inviting new perspectives in dance making and viewership. On November 3rd and 4th we will get to see brand new perspectives shine from within CRB through the voices of the company dancers themselves. CRB will present The Choreography Project, an intimate in-house event at Dovetail Studios. The Choreography Project features brand new works-in-progress by five of CRB’s company dancers, each with their own unique stories to shares and unique creative processes. The choreographers sharing at this event are John Cartwright, Carley Klebba, Miriam-Rose LeDuc, Luis Vasquez, and Jacqueline Stewart. We caught up with Jacqueline Stewart to find out more about The Choreography Project. Here’s what she told us:
On Saturday, May 12 at 8pm Evanston's excellent new dance and music venue Studio5 will present an evening called Ballet Now -- a joint performance of two of the Chicago dance scene's most imaginative and convincing independent contemporary ballet companies. We asked CRB's Wade Schaaf to tell us a little about Ballet Now and here's what he told us:
Here's some good news -- Chicago Repertory Ballet will present an evening of four World Premieres in their Modern Motions program at the Athenaeum Theatre on Friday April 6th and Saturday April 7th, with both of the performances at 8pm. Modern Motions looks to be very much in keeping with Artistic Director and Founder Wade Schaaf's original vision for the Company, and that's certainly good news too. In Modern Motions, the Company gives voice to four very different, very talented movement designers. We asked Wade to give us a little more detail about Modern Motions, and here's what he told us:
Illuminate. That's the title of the program that Nomi Dance and Chicago Repertory Ballet will present at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre (Saturday, October 28th at 8pm), and it's a title that's likely to be a good synopsis of the kind of experience that their audience can be looking forward to. These are two very accomplished dance companies -- both of them bright, both of them bold, and each of them likely to shed more than a little light on the artistry of the other.
Chicago Repertory Ballet's Spring / Summer Performance is exactly the kind of concert that Artistic Director Wade Schaaf was talking about, right after founding the new Chicago based Company in 2012, when he described what the Company intended to do.
Duets for My Valentine is an evening length composition in the diversity of dance, with eleven different dance companies and independent artists each presenting a duet somehow related to that very broad, promising, and potentially difficult subject, romance.
hicago Repertory Ballet is a new company with a very new perspective, and the careful architecture of ideas that it is built from promise a lot.