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Dance Center of Columbia College Free

Available anytime through the Dance Center website


In response to the COVID-19 shutdown, the Dance Center of Columbia College has made a number of full-length archival videos from past performances available free online. The selections include Kimberly Bartosik/daela's Chicago debut from January, I Hunger for You; Hedwig Dances Bauhaus-inspired Futura from 2018; Lucky Plush's 2016 piece Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip and many others.

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Free

Available any time on YouTube

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Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble offers short videos from various works, including excerpts of What We Carried, which was originally scheduled for May. The collaboration with Jean Parisi focused on stories of those seeking asylum in the U.S. The videos also include excerpts from i bet you think this dance is about you, choreographed by Sara Maslanka.

Napoli Free

Available online anytime

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As a gift to the world during the COVID-19 shutdown, the Royal Danish Ballet offers a full-length recorded version of this 1842 ballet by Danish choreographer August Bournonville. The story follows a young Italian girl who falls in love with a fisherman, and is generally considered one of the most life-affirming ballets in the classical canon.

Co-MISSION Fellowship Works-in-Progress Showing

Wed 3/4, 7 PM
Links Hall at Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Buy Tickets$5-$8

Links 2020 Co-MISSION Fellows, Darling Squire and Chloe Johnston, share works-in-progress Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Links Hall is canceling all events until 5/1. 773-281-0824


Thu 3/12, 7:30 PM; Sat 3/14, 8 PM; Sun 3/15, 3 PM
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$25-$110

UPDATE Friday, March 13: this event has been canceled. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's spring series features a revival of Israeli choreographer (and former artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company) Ohad Naharin's Decadance/Chicago, curated especially for the company and featuring excerpts from several Naharin pieces. The choreographer has recreated the series every ten years; this time the pieces excerpted include Minus 16, KYR, Mabul, Anaphase, Zachacha, Naharin’s Virus, Three, George and Zalman, Max, Seder, and Sadeh21. 312-334-7777

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Free

Mon 3/30, 6 PM CST; then Thu 6 PM CST


During the COVID-19 shutdown, Alvin Ailey launches a new streaming service with recordings of full-length works, original short films from the dance community, virtual dance classes, and more. On Monday, March 30, the company presents its signature work Revelations, which explores Ailey's own childhood and African American experience through the lens of spirituality, using gospel, blues, and other African American musical traditions. The screening includes commentary from current artistic director Robert Battle and company dancers. It will be preceded at 2 PM CST by a virtual choreography workshop conducted by Hope Boykin, inspired by the movement in Revelations. The series will continue on Thursdays at 6 PM CST during the shutdown. On April 2, they will be streaming Yannick Lebrun's Saa Magni, a duet about the mourning process, and Bradley Shelver's Where There Are Tongues, set to music by French a cappella group Lo Còr De La Plana and contemplating the power of the collective. On April 9, they present Judith Jamison's Divining, the first major success by the former artistic director, set to the music of Kimati Dinizulu and Monti Ellison and bringing to life a variety of African dance idioms.

Joffrey Ballet Free

Available through the company website or YouTube channel any time


During the COVID-19 shutdown, the Joffrey highlights a different production from its history every week with production footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with artists involved in the show. The week of April 27 will feature 2019's Anna Karenina, featuring the first score (by Ilya Demutsky) ever commissioned by the Joffrey. Every Thursday at 2 PM, the Joffrey also features "On Cue," a weekly check in (via Instagram) with a Joffrey company artist about "how they’re staying fit, what they’re doing to stay sane and even share some of their favorite quarantine recipes." On Tuesday April 28, in honor of World Autism Month, the Joffrey will also showcase a Joffrey "Abilities in Motion" class for students with autism.

Swans for Relief Free

Available any time through YouTube

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Misty Copeland and 31 other ballerinas from dance companies around the world perform The Dying Swan at home in this video, devised as a fund-raiser for COVID-19 relief efforts in the dance community.

Wild & Sublime: Sex Masters Recommended All Ages The Short List (Theater)

Thursday 6/11, 8pm
Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Buy Tickets$25

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The sex talk show is back for another month discussing sex over 45. Changes in body, preferences, and desire will be discussed with a panel discussion and burlesque performance.

At Home With the Auditorium and #AudTalk Free

At Home With the Auditorium, Sun 6 PM and #AudTalk, select Wednesdays 6 PM, throughout the COVID-19 shutdown

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Auditorium Theatre offers two ongoing livestreamed events during the COVID-19 shutdown. At Home With the Auditorium showcases artists from past live performances on the Auditorium stage, available every Sunday at 6 PM. The series is streamed through Facebook Live at the Auditorium's Facebook page. Sunday, May 24 features Chicago cabaret singer Joan Curto, accompanied by pianist and vocalist Beckie Menzie "from a safe distance," as she performs classics made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and more. On Wednesdays, they present #AudTalk, video chats with various movers and shakers in the performing arts world. It's available through Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, as well as various podcast platforms such as Apple and SoundCloud. On May 20, the series features National Geographic Live speaker and underwater photographer Brian Skerry and Dr. Steven Kessel, director of marine research at the Shedd Aquarium.

Hubbard Street Unbound: A Virtual Season Finale Free

5/23-6/5: see website for complete schedule


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago finishes its season with a series of live online performances, as well as Instagram takeovers, films, and more. The livestreamed events are as follows: Sat 5/23, 4 PM CST, Peter Chu's reworked virtual version of a 2017 piece, Space, In Perspective, in which Chu leads HSDC participants through movement, dance, and meditations; Fri 5/29, 6:30 PM CST, Undercover Episode 018: Home Video, created by former HSDC dancer Robyn Mineko Williams and originally inspired by Susan Cain’s 2012 book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking; Fri 6/5, 6:30 PM CST, (stay)Inside/Out, HSDC's annual showcase of new company-created short works.