Chicago Human Rhythm Project | Harris Theater | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 20th-anniversary program, Global Rhythms, is nothing if not inclusive. This fall's special guest, Step Afrika!, makes its Chicago debut with a sweeping look at African and African-American forms, from Zulu dances and the gumboot style that originated with South African gold miners to stepping and hip-hop. In what promises to be an avalanche of clapping, slapping, and stomping, the D.C.-based troupe will be joined by CHRP's resident ensemble, BAM!, and scholarship students from CHRP's Rhythm World summer festival in a stepping piece for 29. The South Shore Drill Team, celebrating its 30th anniversary, performs each night. And young performers from the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance show off their take on percussive dance on Saturday. CHRP director Lane Alexander is even including a group he overheard practicing in the parking lot outside his office: eight- and nine-year-olds from Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts, led by their stepping instructor, Victor Hicks. They take the stage on Friday.
— Laura Molzahn



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