A behind-the-scenes look at aerial dancing; part of Chicago Dance Month.
Male duo the Nexus Project is back with their first collaboration since an inaugural program last November. Staged in a gallery, Michel Rodriguez Cintra and Benjamin Holliday Wardell's new dance takes its cue from the playful group exhibit that surrounds them, but where "Quasi-Choreography" features visual art transformed by the intervention of other artists, the Nexus Project draws on the audience. After starting with a ten-minute duet set to vocals by a folksy choir, the dancers check in with attendees to see how they'd like the dance to evolve, then incorporate suggestions into their choreography while everyone else takes a snack recess—food and beverages are provided. After the break, the process is repeated, so participants have two opportunities to observe the results of their participation. Continue reading >> $25
A performance from the touring modern dance group. $38-$48http://pilobolus.org
In Follow the Reader, Chicago Dance Crash director and dancer Daniel Gibson will call the shots according to rules loosely based on the KTF (Keeper of the Floor) dance competitions that have made the crew popular. But Gibson won't be choreographing the spots. Instead, they'll be composed live by the dancers, who for 50 minutes will improvise and freestyle to tracks lifted from the B Side of this very paper. Audience members should be able to follow along, since dancers will signal when to turn a page and help make the stories recognizable by latching on to as many details as possible. The troupe may feel driven to do ironic takes on features like Savage Love, I Saw You, and the Straight Dope. But I say, go for it! Take it a step further and parody reviews, whether they be of books or beer, movies or restaurants. Heck, even this preview is fair game! I offer it up to this stupendous exploit. —Jena Cutie $5http://chicagodancecrash.com