Stand-up and burlesque variety show.
This remarkable—and affordable!—two-night festival, presented by Chicago Moving Company, showcases a dozen young local dance makers exploring the fertile zone between composition and improvisation. A hundred iterations might yield a surprise as small and simple as a new quality in the raising of a hand—but that can be plenty. Some highlights from the two programs, each of which will feature work by six different artists: Jason Torres Hancock's four performers (Thu 7/24) seem to have a special reverence for gifts from the improv muse; before one rehearsal, when Torres Hancock warned them to close windows against birds, a dancer piped up "Could be a compositional element." The structured improvisation of his two-part piece set to recordings of Gertrude Stein shows flashes of wit, as when one dancer greets Stein's question "Would he like it?" with a vigorous shimmy. Continue reading >> $9.99
Live taping of the arts podcast, with live music.
Links Hall presents the city's first festival specifically devoted to physical theater, featuring main-stage performances from international and national acts and a couple showcases for local talent. $40, $35 in advancehttp://physicalfestival.com