It was a gorgeously sunny and breezy Sunday afternoon, and I was tucked into a corner at Fort Knox Studios on the far northwest side. As I settled into my plastic folding chair, the lighting crew —helmed by veteran Fly Honey lighting director Slick Jorgensen, recording the show onto their phone—assembled around me. As it […]
Alex Grelle and Jesse Morgan Young’s Floor Show premiered in a brief electric run in February 2020 at the Chopin. The plan was to bring it back later that spring. But then . . . you know. Blessedly, this compelling exploration/channeling of the chameleonic (and always self-aware) spirit of David Bowie—to call it a “tribute […]
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 […]
For the first time since a pandemic hiatus, The Fly Honey Show is live for three days only of sparkle, sweat, and shimmy. Begun in 2010 with about 30 performers in the living room of the DIY venue The Inconvenience, The Fly Honey Show has since manifested through the bodies of hundreds of dancers, musicians, […]
Othello is usually viewed as “Shakespeare’s Race Play” and somewhat rightfully so—after all, the Bard almost never wrote Black characters. In our society race overshadows everything, so much so that much discourse around Othello tends to obstinately revolve around whether or not the play is “racist”—as if an inanimate object were able to take offense […]
A year and a half after the stage went dark, Court Theatre presents its first live performance since the world was plagued with pandemic and the country with civil unrest. The chosen play is Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, which places racial discrimination, misogyny, toxic masculinity, and all the ills not […]
Dee Alaba seeks collaborators who celebrate and respect identity.
Chicago-based dancer Paige Fraser advocates for those with scoliosis; plus Fly Honey brings the dance party online.
Practicing self-love and community in an age of pandemic and protest
The transformative performer channels the legendary artist for the completely original, electric Floor Show.
The body-positive burlesque-inspired hive of performance queens fills the Den.
The performing-arts showcase doubles as a celebratory creative outlet for marginalized people.
A “queer as f**k riot grrrl musical” and Chicago Dance Crash’s latest story-length hip-hop showcase are among this week’s best bets.
A dance-music shindig from arts collective the Inconvenience provides some good old-fashioned multidisciplinary mayhem.