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This free 13-hour event, named after the street address of the new Dance Center of Columbia College, promises to be something of a seven-ring circus, with performances, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations in the theater, the lobby, five studios, and various classrooms and offices. Fifty or so Chicago groups and individuals are participating, ranging from scads of modern dancers (the Dance Center's specialty) to ballet artists (Anna Paskevska teaches a class) to tap dancers (Rhythm I.S.S.) to performance artists (Fluid Measure, Jellyeye) to musicians (Roots Rock Society, Michael Kirkpatrick, Milkbaby). Four ethnic dance groups will lead workshops for parents and children, then offer a joint performance for families: Trinity Irish Dance Company and the West Indian Folk Dance Company present workshops at the same time, then the Mexican group Rene Cardoza & Dancers and the Chinese Yellow River Dance Group do the same. Perhaps most innovative is the way workshop members--people like you and me--will contribute to or participate in performances, breaking down the invisible barrier between those onstage and those off: the IRIS Dance Improvisation Group will perform a piece directed by the audience, Jellyeye will offer a class that segues into an impromptu percussion jam, Robyn Stone Davis will apply movement to participants' poems, and Tiffany Bowden and Moving Stories Movement will base their performances on preceding workshops. The day's biggest event, From the Horse's Mouth, is a "live documentary" involving some 25 or 30 dancers directed by New York artists Jamie Cunningham and Tina Croll. Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan, 312-344-8300. Saturday, December 9, 10 AM to 11 PM (see listing for detailed schedule). Free.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Tom Brazil.


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