The year 2022 was designated the “Year of Chicago Dance” by the city of Chicago, drawing a commitment from the mayor and several partner institutions to increase investment, collaboration, participation, and focus on dance in all its forms in Chicago. But if institutions are “humanly devised structures of rules and norms that shape and constrain […]
Those of us of a certain age fondly remember Steve Martin’s appearance on Saturday Night Live as Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber. But women were also all up in the bloodletting and potion-making. Tonight at 6 PM the International Museum of Surgical Science (1524 N. DuSable Lake Shore Dr.) offers a presentation by historian Jennifer […]
Any smoker can relate to the feeling of release they get from a cigarette, the satisfying blend of calm relief and buzzy energy. When artist Marcela Torres started smoking cigars about seven years ago, they were struck by the respite it offered. So began a relationship with tobacco, which has stretched to include its historical […]
Following years honoring public art, creative youth, theater, and music, the city of Chicago has designated 2022 the Year of Chicago Dance in recognition of an art form that is ubiquitous, burgeoning, diverse—and precarious. “The pandemic took a particularly devastating toll on our performing arts industry as shows were canceled, venues were closed, and artists […]
A community townhall reaffirms the need for communication and representation.
“I’ve been on this journey to be able to present within the jazz community. . . . To be a union of creative beauty.”
In June, the label arm of the Chicago-born Teklife footwork collective released its first flexi disc, “Juke Me Baby” by Reginald Cosper Jr., aka Sirr TMo Sama. Cosper builds the track on an ascending, bone-dry percussive pattern, weaving in a few different vocal samples and several drum loops; he never lets up on the gas, […]
Jenn Freeman (aka Po’Chop) probes femininity, gender, rage, and history in a five-part dance film.
Two Reader critics talk about digital dance and theater—and other COVID-19 challenges.
Tamar-kali’s Demon Fruit Blues and Damon Locks’s Where Future Unfolds use the black musical heritage to explore contemporary problems.
Mana Contemporary Chicago, in collaboration with Chicago Dancemakers Forum and montom arts, is accepting entries for its first annual dance film festival.
Footwork crews often end up as sideshows to DJs or rappers—but Chicago dancers the Era hope to change that with their first stage production.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, November 16
Full-frontal nudity got performance artist Joseph Ravens—and with him every other performance artist—booted from a Loop storefront gallery project.
Tonight from 7 to 9 PM, the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Silverspace Salons present Diego Pinon’s Butoh Ritual Mexicano.