The Joffrey Ballet in the Chicago premiere of Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman's "Episode 31" and a new piece by Lane Alexander and Bril Barrett for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project are among the highlights of this year's Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 20-24.
Once again, all events are free, except for an Aug. 21 benefit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Newcomers this year include Philadelphia's Philadanco and Chicago troupes Natya Dance Theatre and Ensemble Espanol, joining such returning favorites as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Lar Lubovitch Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Giordano Dance Chicago and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The Ekman premiere is welcome news following last year's terrific "Two Becomes Three," performed by the Giordano troupe and set to be revived at this year's Aug. 22 outing at the Auditorium Theatre.
Here's the schedule:
Aug. 20 at the Harris Theater: Brooks' company in his "I'm Going to Explode;" Hubbard Street in Alejandro Cerrudo's "Little mortal jump;" the Joffrey in Stanton Welch's "Son of Chamber Symphony;" Lubovitch's "Crisis Variations" (to live music); and the Alexander-Barrett Human Rhythm premiere, "In the beginning...".
Aug. 22 at the Auditorium: the Joffrey in "Episode 31;" Ensemble Espanol in Dame Libby Komaiko's "Bolero" (to live music); Lubovitch's "Transparent Things" (to live music); the Giordano Ekman reprise; and a work by Hubbard Street to be announced later.
Aug. 23 at the MCA: A program of solos, including the Ailey troupe in Robert Battle's "In/Side," Brooks' "I'm Going to Explode," Camille A. Brown in her "Mr. Tol E. Rance," Julia Hinojosa in Ensemble Espanol's "Ensuenos de mi Caribe," the Joffrey's Victoria Jaiani in the classic "The Dying Swan," Natya's Krithika Rajagopalan in her "Sthithihi" and Hubbard dancers in the three solos that make up Cerrudo's "PACOPEPEPLUTO."
Aug. 24 outdoors at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park: Philadanco in Rennie Harris' "Wake Up," the Joffrey in Jerome Robbins' "Interplay" and reprises of "In/Side," "Bolero" and "In the beginning...".
The free tickets must be reserved in advance. Release times and dates for the respective theaters are 12 noon July 16 at the Harris box office or at 312-334-7777; 12 noon July 17 for the Auditorium at its box office, at 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com; and 12 noon July 18 at the MCA box office or by calling 312-397-4010. There's a two-ticket limit per order.
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