Dance for Life

Few events offer the opportunity to ogle dozens of beautiful bodies in sexy performances the way Dance for Life does. And it’s for a good cause: the fifth annual AIDS fund-raiser benefits Open Hand Chicago and the Dance for Life Fund, which provides small assistance grants to dancers living with AIDS. Right at the top of the heat index for dances this year are Elaine McLaurin’s Murk Groove, a hip-hop wonderment of undulation and come-on looks performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Frank Chaves’s Macarena, which is equally sultry but a bit more polite, performed by River North Dance Company. Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago can usually be counted on for plenty of pelvic thrusts, though the company also has some softer works in its repertoire, like those by Billy Siegenfeld. And the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago performs Gerald Arpino’s Round of Angels, a spiritual piece with lots of men and one woman in skintight silver leotards. Rounding out the program are the Joel Hall Dancers in excerpts from Hall’s survey of African-American dance forms The Crossing, African-American dance from Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, a new modern work by Melissa Thodos and Dancers, and the evening’s wild card, a new piece for 19 by Randy Duncan that will be the program’s finale. The occasion for this fund-raiser is unhappy, but the evening never is. Saturday at 7:30 at the Shubert Theatre, 22 W. Monroe; $35-$75 for the performance only, $125-$500 for the performance and dinner preceding it. Call 902-1500 for tickets, 665-1000 for information.

–Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo of dancers by Jennifer Girard Photographers.