Dance Chicago Festival 2013: 3000 Artists, 200 Premieres
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The last date listed for Dance Chicago 2013 was Sunday November 24, 2013 / 3:00pm (Josh Weckesser Dance Spectacular).
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A nice crocodile named Lyle loves his life with his adopted family on East 88th Street. But when showman Hector P. Valenti shows up and offers to take Lyle to the land of the crocodile to meet his mom, will that change his relationship with his family? Lyle Finds His Mother, is a family friendly musical that takes Lyle and you on a wonderfully funny journey of self-discovery. Based on the beloved classic by Bernard Waber, this world premiere will make you laugh and learn. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Dr. Monica HoweRed Velvet
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Fabulous! The groups performance was at a highly professional level. They delivered an excellent evening of entertainment. I'm not keen on hip-hop music so I had to tune out the lyrics and focus on the dance. I thoroughly enjoyed.
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great way to view the upcoming dance talent in the area. one thing that could improve the show is an emcee to start and close the show. there was no verbage at all so people realize the show was over just from the lights turning on.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Dance Chicago endures as a gritty, grass-roots compendium of the area's present dance scene and its possibilities." --Sid Smith, <em>Chicago Tribune</em>
November 2 at 8:00pm: Dance Slam
The largest dance competition in the country, Dance Slam is an exciting, fast-paced competition featuring a wide variety of dance styles from hip hop, ballet, tap and jazz to contemporary and more.
November 15 at 8:00pm: Streets Urban Movement
The latest trends in Chicago's world setting urban movement with performances showcasing hip hop, footworkin' tap, musical theatre, popping & locking and more.
November 16 at 8:00pm: Future Stars
A look at the next wave of Chicago dance talent with performances from professional young choreographers, companies and dancers.
November 19-22 at 10:15pm in Studio 2: Tales of an Idiot featuring Dmitri Peskov
A one-man show consisting of several short stories respectively featuring a political prisoner, an old man in a box, a dead poet, a surreal date, and two men who sleep in the same bed 'without a shred of intimacy between them.' The piece includes poetry by William Shakespeare, W. H. Auden, Stephen Dunn, Jacques Prevert, Giuseppe Ungaretti and Dmitri Peskov.
November 19 at 8:15pm in Studio 2: New Moves A -- Tap Battles
Directed by Tristan “The Tapman” Bruns and starring Chicago tap company, The Tapmen, combines contemporary tap dance choreography seamlessly transitioned with original video and live music. Act 1 is a series of themed vignettes -- ‘Tap Battles’, ‘Levels/Nintendo Songs’, ‘Adventures of Tapman’ - featuring a collaboration with filmmakers Adam Salinas and Javier Villamil. Act 2 is a straight-up music concert featuring The Tapmen alongside veteran singer/songwriter Kyle Greer and his band, Not My Job, and showcasing the music of Chopin, Stevie Wonder, CeeLo Green, Elton John and many more.
November 20, 21 and 22 at 8:15pm in Studio 2: New Moves B-D
Dances seen up close in a black-box theatre with works created specifically for intimate settings; performances include a variety of exciting dance styles. Every night of New Moves is different.
November 23 at 8:00pm: Dance Chicago Choreographers Showcase
Best identified choreographers of the new season showcasing their best works.
November 24 at 3:00pm in Studio 2: Josh Weckesser Spectacular
The Josh Weckesser Dance Spectacular is an emceed evening directed at the inexperienced dance-goer. From high-concept dance to lowbrow movement jokes, this show is a fun environment to get your feet wet.
All shows are on the Main Stage, unless otherwise specified. Lineup current at time of publication, but subject to change.