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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.

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

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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.

Joffrey Ballet Free Online

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."

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Free

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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.

Chicago Dance Month Recommended The Short List (Theater)

Opens Sat 5/29, 3 PM: see website for complete schedule
Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago Near North

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See Chicago Dance, Chicago's dance services organization presents its ninth annual celebration with a kick-off at Navy Pier on Saturday, May 29. Among the highlights of this year's festival is a "Scavenger Hunt" in McKinley Park on June 9 and 30, in which audiences take a self-guided tour, encountering various performances along the way. See website for details. 312-595-7437

A Tale of Two Free Online

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago unveils this new 25-minute piece by choreographer and former company member Rena Butler, filmed by Talia Koylass. Butler takes on the subject of Chicago as "two cities," divided by racial disparity, segregation, and violence in this world premiere, which features music by composer Darryl Joseph, as well as songs by vocalists Shawnee Dez and Alencia Norris. It's performed by the full HSDC company (who were filmed at a social distance and masked outdoors or inside if they resided together). A live interactive discussions with Butler and the creative team following each presentation.

Ode to 2020 Free Online

Premieres Mon 2/1, 7 PM CST; available afterward online

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre premieres a new spoken word poem by Liana Wallace, choreographed by Kara Roseborough, as part of the company's new ongoing virtual series Black History 24/7/365 celebrating Black artists and voices. It will be available on the company's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Jolt Free Online

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Giordano Dance Chicago presents a free online filmed dance performance, directed by Joshua Blake Carter and adapted from the 2012 piece choreographed by Autumn Eckman, with concept and structure by Nan Giordano and original Music by Evan Bivins.

On Cue Free Online

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Joffrey Ballet presents a series of discussions with dance artists and other members of the Joffrey community led by rehearsal director Adam Blyde. The featured episodes include conversations with Linda Swayze, the Joffrey director of community engagement; Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili, who are Joffrey dancers and real-life spouses; and Joffrey's Abbott Academy director Raymond Rodriguez.

Revitalizing Tradition XIV Free Online

Premieres online Sat 4/10, 7 PM CDT, then available to stream anytime afterward

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Choreographer Rika Lin and Fujima Shunojo collaborate on this piece inspired by classical Japanese dance and kabuki. The livestream on April 10 is followed by a Q and A and it will be available for viewing afterward.

The Sky Was Different Free Online

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents the world premiere of a new film by Jonathan Fredrickson of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, codirected by former Hubbard Street dancer Tobin Del Cuore and featuring an original score by Oleg Stepanov. The piece interweaves original poetry reflecting on the pandemic. Cinematographer Alex Birnie shot the film live at Schweikher House in Schaumburg, using COVID-19 social distancing protocols.

Unboxed Free Online

5/10-5/24, new piece premieres every Monday; then available online indefinitely.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago unveils a new series of dances, all reinventing and reimagining the Chinese Tea divertissement in The Nutcracker, which has long been criticized for its use of "yellowface" and orientalist stereotypes. Three Asian American choregraphers, all invited by HSDC associate artistic director Jessica Tong, provide their own version of the one-minute dance, with each premiering on consecutive Mondays, starting May 10 with Yin's Tea by Yin Yue of New York's YY Dance Company and continuing May 17 with Ed's Tea by Edwaard Liang of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, and concluding on May 24 with Peter's Tea by Peter Chu of chuthis in Las Vegas.

Bertha Free Online

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The Joffrey unveils a new dance film by Cathy Marston, creator of the ballet Jane Eyre, which debuted for the Joffrey in the fall of 2019. The piece, focusing on the "madwoman in the attic" in Charlotte Brontë's novel, marks what the company calls "a new chapter in [Marston's] on-going exploration" of the ballet. It's directed by Marston and Tim Whalen, with music by Errollyn Wallen.

Hive Free Online

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Joffrey Ballet presents the digital world premiere of a short piece created in collaboration with Action Lines, choreographed by Xavier Núñez, with music by Alberto Velazquez, in which "power comes face to face with the collective good." The piece was filmed at Wrightwood 659.

Moonwater III

Fri-Sat 6/18-6/19, 8 PM
Fulton Street Collective 1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 307, Chicago West Town/Noble Square

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Moonwater Dance Project, an all-female-identifying contemporary troupe, presents the live premiere of their newest piece, which uses water as a metaphor for both a source of life and destruction. It was created collaboratively by the ensemble and features original music by composer Jeff Schaller. 773-852-2481

Zafiro Flamenco Online

Fri-Sun 6/18-6/20, 7:30 PM

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Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre celebrates the 45th anniversary of this festival of flamenco dance. The lineup includes: the world premiere of “Tangos de Granada,” choreographed by Wendy Clinard, artistic director, Clinard Dance; “Farruca, “Martinete,” and “Jaleos” Bulerias, choreographed by Nino de los Reyes, the first dancer to ever win a Grammy; and the Chicago premiere of “Solea,” also by Reyes. Other guest artists include singer/guitarist Paco Fonta (Jaen/Miami); singer, percussionist, dancer, and guitarist José Mareno (Madrid, Malaga, New York); singer Patricia Ortega (Cuba/Chicago); and guitarist David Chiriboga (Ecuador/Chicago). The performances are outdoors in the North Shore Center parking lot. Seating will begin at 4:30 PM. There will be assigned seating, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair (some chairs will be provided). COVID-19 social distancing and protocols will be in place. The performances are also available as a paid streaming option. From 5-7 PM each day, there will be a "feira" or fair, with free classes, face painting, and tapas, sangria, and castanets and other flamenco-related accessories for sale, followed by a performance 7-7:30 PM from the company's Youth Eensemble, with live music by guest artists Patricia Ortega (singer) and David Chiriboga (guitar) followed by a class on Sevillanas, the folk dance of Sevilla and its region. 847-673-6300

Juneteenth: The Celebration Free

Sat 6/19, 1 PM

M.A.D.D. Rhythms presents its annual Juneteenth festival in partnership with the Harold Washington Cultural Center and Bronzeville businesses. The celebration includes "live dance, DJ and music, complimentary food, workshops, raffles, art, and children’s activities." 773-373-1900

Greener Grass Free Online

Premieres Thu 6/24, 7:30 PM CDT; additional screenings Sat 6/26, 7:30 PM CDT and Sun, 6/27, 2 PM CDT

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Hubbard Street concludes its virtual season with this world premiere of a piece choreographed and directed by former company member Jie-Hung Connie Shiau, featuring original music and composition by Jerome Begin and videography and editing by Kevin Michael Briggs. Shiau found the seeds of this work (which is performed by the full HSDC company) in witnessing the establishment of "reeducation camps" for Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other traditionally Muslim minority groups in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Zone. Shiau's aim with the piece is to raise awareness of this humanitarian crisis. A discussion follows the premiere.

Mikey O's Sunday Salsa Social featuring DJ Carlos Guate and more 21+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Sun., July 25, 1 p.m.
Joe’s Live 5441 Park Pl., Rosemont Suburbs Northwest

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A day of salsa featuring four bands to be announced as well as dance lessons by Denita Inez and a special dance performance by La Mecca. 847-261-0392