What’s happening this week…


I am incredibly lucky to be joining forces with Dance in the Parks again!  Katie McCann is a good friend of mine and has been for many years and she is so invested in this project that it makes others want to get involved.  There are many shows left over the next 2 weeks, come check them out. This years heavy hitters include:

  • Peter Carpenter, associate professor, Colombia College Chicago
  • Sinead Gildea, executive director of Impetus Dance Theater and staff choreographer at Lou Conte and Inaside Chicago Dance
  • Cait Jones, founding director, TranscenDance Studios
  • Stephanie Martinez, former 15-year dancer, River North Dance Chicago
  • Kalin Morrow, dancer, BodyTraffic and formerly Wideman/Davis Dance
  • Ahmad Simmons, dancer River North Dance Chicago and cofounder/artistic director, Pursuit Productions
  • Emily Stein, former 18-year dancer and associate artistic director, Zephyr Dance, and adjunct professor, Colombia College Chicago
  • Robyn Mineko Williams, former dancer, River North Dance Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago



Tomorrow also starts Produce Season 3, this time in collaboration with Signal Ensemble Theatre’s Ensemble Project!  Make sure to find time to come on by and pick up your Produce 🙂

Selected by Time Out Chicago as one of the top dance performances of 2012, PRODUCE is a multi-disciplinary lab for sound and movement artists to play with their work, and with the traditional audience format.

Selected artists are “mashed” together in various combinations and conditions over four consecutive performances. Throughout each performance and the series, the audience has an opportunity to provide real-time feedback, ask questions, figure out what experimental performance is and how it works, and help to inform the next phase of the performance (the substance of which is largely decided in the moment). Artists and audience alike witness the deconstruction and regeneration of existing works thrust into unforeseen territories as dictated by co-hosts Lauren Warnecke and Signal Ensemble Member Anthony Ingram.

This year’s line-up:

Country Death Trip
Mark Hardy / Celestial Architecture
Carol McCurdy and Michael Zerang
Philip Elson
The Nexus Project
Newman and Newman
hey girl hey omg girl real life (Heather Marie Vernon and Darling Shear)

Photo of Dance in the Parks: Eddie Eng