Chicago Dancing Festival | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Aug. 18-22 2009
Price: free
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The good news: this last dance fest of the summer is free, and every program is filled with brand names. The bad news? Advance tickets for events at the Harris Theater and the MCA, August 18-20, have already been snapped up--though you can still try flying standby (see chicagodancingfestival.com for info). Other events don't require reservations. Throughout the afternoon on August 22, for instance, DanceWorks Chicago leads Twyla Tharp's interactive The One Hundreds: 1-50 at various Millennium Park locations (Wrigley Square at 12:30 PM, Cloud Gate at 3 PM, Pritzker Pavilion lawn at 6 PM). And later the same evening there's A Celebration of American Dance, where you can catch former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performer Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell--who retired a few years ago from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater--in Ailey's iconic solo Cry. On the same program, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project unveils phase two of its collaboration with D.C.-based Step Afrika!, Jakari Sherman's Passing 15. And festival cofounder Lar Lubovitch previews Coltrane's Favorite Things, set to premiere in February in New York. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performs Vespers by Ulysses Dove, Houston Ballet contributes The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe, and American Ballet Theater dancers present the classic Le Corsaire pas de deux. Closing the show: the all-male Les Ballets Grandiva in Marcus Galante's Balanchine spoof Star Spangled Ballerina. --Laura Molzahn

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