Ma Cong, William McClellan and Jeremy McQueen are the winners of the Joffrey Ballet’s Third Annual Choreographers of Color Award. In addition to receiving 30 rehearsal hours to create a new dance, each choreographer will be given a $2,500 stipend and an opportunity to work directly with Joffrey Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik.
“I am thrilled that we are able to present our Choreographers of Color initiative again this year,” explains Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet. “It is important that we actively seek and nurture these very talented choreographers.”
“It’s an important part of the Joffrey’s role as a leading ballet company to bring the work of diverse choreographers to Chicago and to empower the creative vitality of rising artists,” adds Christopher Clinton Conway, the Joffrey Ballet’s Executive Director. “I am pleased that the Joffrey can provide these talented artists the resources to present their work and make an important contribution to dance.”
Life is a Cabaret at the Auditorium Theatre when husband and wife duo Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon debut Songs of a Dream at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 18 and at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 1. Tickets range from $25 to $35 and are available at auditoriumtheatre.org.
“Alfreda and I are so thrilled to be back at the Auditorium Theatre performing something that is so near and dear to our hearts,” states Dixon. “We are grateful to the Auditorium for giving us the opportunity to tell our journey through song in such an intimate setting,” adds Burke.
Luna Negra Dance Theater continues its family-oriented winter series, Luna Niños, with Moniquilla and the Moon Monster presented in three performances on November 30 and December 1-2 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on 1016 North Dearborn Street. The series was conceived by Luna Negra Artistic Director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano specifically to reach young audiences. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.lunanegra.org. For more information, call 312-337-6882.
In partnership with The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department presents Double Edge Theatre on January 18 and 19 at The Dance Center on 1306 South Michigan Avenue. The company will also participate in The Dance Center’s 14th season of Family Dance Matinees on Saturday, January 19, including a free movement workshop with the artists followed by a family-friendly performance. For information, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenter.
A politically-themed dance and a piece about endangered species are among the highlights of To Be Continued—Northwestern University’s annual fall dance featuring original work by student choreographers Parker Murphy, Rachel Molinaro, Josh Rubietta, Sophia Rafiqi, Alaya Turnbough, Suzanne Hutt, Margaret Tudor, Jennifer Keats-Snow and Ross Flores.
Open to the public, performances are at 8:00 pm from November 15 to November 17 in the Ballroom Studio of the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center on 10 Arts Circle Drive on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. Bleacher-style seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. General admission is $10 for the public and $5 for full-time students with valid WildCARD IDs. Tickets are available at www.tic.northwestern.edu.