Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Urbana, IL

Hubbard Street Dance ChicagoKrannert Center for the Performing ArtsUrbana, Ill.Sept. 23, 2010http://hubbardstreetdance.com/home.aspThere is a reason why Hubbard Street is one of the most widely recognized names in Chicago’s dance world – they are a company of technical dynamos.At the  ...

Ralph Lemon, Urbana, IL

Ralph Lemon / Cross Performance, Inc.Krannert Center for the Performing ArtsUrbana, ILSept. 16, 2010http://krannertcenter.com/performance.aspx?id=2010618939567209822066245www.ralphlemon.netDancers from Ralph Lemon's company perform in "How Can You Stay..."Ralph Lemon’s "How Can you Stay in the House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?" was  ...

Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance, Durham, NC

8CHOBrenda Angiel Aerial Dance CompanyDurham Performing Arts CenterDurham, NCJuly 10, 2010http://www.danzaerea.com.ar/home.htmlwww.americandancefestival.orgBrenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company members perform a scene from "8CHO"Photo by James Arias(see video clip below)Equating the term “aerial dance” with the likes of Cirque du Soleil and  ...

Billy Elliot The Musical, Chicago

Billy Elliot The Musical (Chicago production)Tommy Batchelor (second from right) in the Chicago production of "Billy Elliot The Musical"Photo by Joan MarcusBook and lyrics by Lee HallMusic by Elton JohnDirected by Stephen DaldryChoreographed by Peter DarlingOriental Theatre, ChicagoJune 15,  ...

Armitage GONE, on tour

Armitage GONE! Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL; April 2010http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://www.armitagegonedance.org/Karole Armitage is a minimalist.  At least when it comes to costumes.     The Armitage GONE! Dance Company, under the Armitage’s direction, debuted their evening-length work, Three Theories,  ...

Mark Morris Dance Group-on tour

Mark Morris Dance GroupKrannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL; March 2010http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/    When it comes to dance, are you smarter than a fifth grader?  If you attended the Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance at the Krannert Center for  ...

Moscow Festival Ballet on tour

Moscow Festival BalletCoppéliaKrannert Center for the Performing ArtsUrbana, ILWednesday 20 January 2010http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://cami.com/?webid=324    The Moscow Festival Ballet’s Wednesday night performance of Coppélia, despite the strength of its first two acts, was ultimately a victim of circumstance.  Most modern performances of  ...

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, on tour

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance CompanyFondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We PrayKrannert Center for the Performing ArtsUrbana, ILNovember 18, 2009http://www.billtjones.org/http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGvfK_M-uhQ    Spending an evening with Bill T. Jone’s “Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray” can be likened to rereading  ...

Miami City Ballet-on tour

        Miami City Ballet: On Tourhttp://www.miamicityballet.org/MCBOnTour.phpOctober 2-4, 2009Auditorium Theatre, Chicagowww.auditoriumtheatre.orgSymphony in Three Movements (Balanchine/Stravinsky)Valse Fantaisie (1953) (Balanchine/Glinka)Black Swan Pas de Deux (Petipa-Ivanov/Tchaikovsky)In the Upper Room (Tharp/Glass)Carlos Guerra and Jennifer Kronenberg in *Symphony inThree Movements*. Choreography by George Balanchine.  ...

Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Merce Cunningham Dance CompanyKrannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignSeptember 2009Nearly Ninety2http://www.krannertcenter.com/http://www.merce.org/Photo: Mark SeligerIf the late Merce Cunningham had placed a call for dancers for his most recent work, Nearly Ninety2,  it might have looked something  ...