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Exploring the Universal

Chicago’s Next Dance Festival at the Harold Washington Library, through February 1 By Mitchell Kupferberg This year’s incarnation of Chicago’s Next Dance Festival does more than entertain with lithe, athletic dancing and innovative multicultural choreography. The seven dances that comprised the festival’s first of two weekend programs challenge our very conception of dance and suggest […]

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Depraved New World

The Wanton Seed Mad Shak Dance Company at the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center of Northwesetn University, January 17 and 18. Loosely structured around Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel The Wanting Seed, Mad Shak’s creative, robust The Wanton Seed, shown at Northwestern University, offers an intriguing glimpse into artistic director Molly Shanahan’s creative process. The result […]

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Balancing Power

Frank Fishella and Paula Frasz at the Harold Washington Library Auditorium, November 1 and 2 By Mitchell Kupferberg Paula Frasz and Frank Fishella have danced or choreographed for many of Chicago’s leading dance companies for the better part of two decades, quietly establishing themselves as pioneers in the local melange of modern dancers. In the […]

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Personal Space

Dance COLEctive at Link’s Hall, September 27-29 By Mitchell Kupferberg Margi Cole calls the Dance COLEctive, her new company, a cooperative venture of new and emerging choreographers under her informal artistic direction. Mixing and matching choreographers as needed for each concert, she intends to foster a spirit of creative collaboration among the dancers and choreographers […]