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Joffrey Ballet Free

Available through the company website or YouTube channel anytime


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. 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."

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Free

Available anytime 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.

Swans for Relief Free

Available anytime 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.

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.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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Free

Available anytime through YouTube or company website


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.


Thu-Fri 9/24-9/25, 7:30 PM CDT

Buy Tickets$5


This online streaming performance explores the process of dreaming, using dance film, projections, and movement choreographed by Mariah Eastman. It's the culmination of a year-long development process with Eastman and collaborators Tess Havas, Jordan Kunkel, and Krista Zozulia.


Sat 9/26, 3 and 6 PM
High Concept Laboratories 2233 S. Throop St., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

Buy Tickets$25 live, $10 streaming


Mandala South Asian Performing Arts presents a piece inspired by the work of the 13th century Persian poet and scholar. Artistic director Pranita Nayar uses Rumi’s forlorn description of lovers ("tahwid"), who are unable to experience transcendental “oneness” due to physical and emotional distance. The piece also evokes Persian calligraphy in the movement vocabulary, and is accompanied by a digital animation created by Aadit Arora, with an original score by Sufi composer Niloufar Nourbaksh. The show is open to a limited live audience and will also be available through a ticketed digital livestream.


Sat 9/26, 3 PM CDT

Buy Tickets$5-$25


Hedwig Dances presents the digital world premiere of this piece by Rigoberto Saura, featuring an original score by Henry Labrada, which focuses on "the human need to generate order out of chaos." It's part of the company's 35th anniversary celebration.

National Tap Day, Chicago Style All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Sun., Nov. 29, 3:30 p.m.

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A celebration of tap dancing hosted by Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin and featuring tap dancer Arthur Duncan. Musical accompaniment by Sid Brown and more. 773-728-6000