I ‘m sure that all nine regular readers of the dance listings already know about Dance Chicago ’95 at the Athenaeum, but the rest of you may not realize that the biggest, most varied exhibition of homegrown dance talent hitherto presented is about to begin. Fittingly, the opening-night performance (1 of 14 programs involving 38 companies and individuals) is devoted to the work of six independent choreographers–toilers in the vineyards of modern dance, so you know they’ve struggled. The best known of the bunch is Randy Duncan, the former artistic director of Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre who now choreographs for the Joffrey, among other companies; he presents his 1992 antiwar solo Unarmed, which he made in the wake of the gulf war. Passionate former Hubbard Street dancer Ginger Farley offers a new quintet, Left Foot. The remaining four were some of the stars on last February’s Jump Giant program–which was financed by the artists themselves just to get their work out there: the clever, subtle Sabine Fabie; the witty, sly Mark Schulze, who just won a Ruth Page award for his artistry; Anthony Gongora, whose enigmatic, polished works sometimes belie the inner life that informs them; and Melissa Thodos, whose choreography for and dancing with the now-defunct Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble were so outstanding. Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport; $25 (includes postperformance party). This program will be repeated November 18 and 25 at 8 at the Athenaeum; $15. Call 902-1500 for tickets, 935-6860 for information on this or any of the other 13 programs to be presented on two stages through December 3.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/William Frederking.