Chicago Dancing Fest line-up announced

May 24, 2011
Chicago Tribune
Sid Smith

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For its fifth outing this August, the Chicago Dancing Festival is expanding, offering more programs at more locations and adding the Auditorium Theatre to its line-up of free events.

The festival Aug. 22-27 will include performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Dance Chicago. Also on tap are newcomers Doug Varone & Dancers and Eiko & Koma, the fest's first commissioned original work (by experimentalist Walter Dundervill) and the New York City Ballet's Gonzalo Garcia and Tiler Peck.

A benefit opens events Aug. 22, starring the Joffrey, Hubbard and Graham troupes, and the Dundervill premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with a $250 ticket.

Then comes five days of free programs.

Aug 23: Varone, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, River North, Hubbard and soloist Adam Barruch at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater.

Aug. 24: Artists from the previous program at noon at the Harris.

Aug. 24: Graham impersonator Richard Move, Eiko & Koma and other avant-garde artists at 6 and 8 p.m. at the MCA.

Aug. 25: Hubbard and Graham dancers, along with others to be later announced, at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium.

Aug. 26: A lecture demonstration at 6 p.m. at the MCA and an all-day dance movie fest at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Aug. 27: Joffrey, Ballet West, Graham, Taylor, River North and New York City Ballet dancers outdoors at 7:30 p.m. at Millennium Park. Indoor events require reservations, with details to be announced later.