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Falling Angels

Falling Angels

Todd Rosenberg

Chicago Dancing Festival 

When: Aug. 20-23 2014
In its eighth year, this octopus of a dance festival has nabbed choice companies both local and national for three nights of programs featuring an oceanic range of dance forms—ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip-hop. As usual, all shows are free; also as usual, tickets are long gone, though you can still catch programs at Millennium Park. On Wednesday at the Harris Theater, "Classics and Creations" offers Kyle Abraham's Counterpoint. Tender and ebullient, the work was planned as a collaboration with DJ Rashad before the hip-hop producer and footwork impresario overdosed in April. But Abraham has a talent for layering the personal—in this case, a tragic death—into emotionally ugly yet graceful modern dance. In one weird and riveting image, Emily Leriche lunges forward and turns her torso to watch her hand caress her Achilles tendon, then jams down ruthlessly on her calf as if to crush it. The powerhouse program, which will screen simultaneously at Pritzker Pavilion, also features works from Hubbard Street, Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, and traveling troupe Stars of American Ballet. Continue reading >>



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