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Chicago Dancing Festival

Aug 24–26, 2011


Richard Move as Martha. Photo: Josef Astor

The MCA joins the Chicago Dancing Festival in presenting the 5th annual festival of contemporary and classic dance with performances at the MCA stage, Harris Theater, Auditorium Theatre, and Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, plus films at the Chicago Cultural Center.

MCA Moves

Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Independent, avant-garde and up-and-coming dance artists perform in this special program hosted by renowned Martha Graham impersonator Richard Move.

Join us at 7:30 pm on the MCA Plaza when Japanese Butoh exponents Eiko & Koma, whose retrospective exhibit runs through November 13 at the MCA, perform a site-specific work.


Friday, August 26, 6:00 pm

Historian and writer Lucia Mauro leads dance luminaries in a discussion and brief performance illuminating the relationship between choreographers and dancers.

Discussants include:

  • Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Bettie de Jong, Rehearsal Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Alejandro Cerrudo, Choreographer-In-Residence for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Lar Lubovitch, Artistic Director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Chicago Dancing Festival Co-Founder

Additional festival venues include:

Opening Night Gala

Monday, August 22

Tickets can be purchased by e-mailing info@chicagodancingfestival.com or by calling (312) 520-2210.


Tuesday, August 23, 7:30 pm

At the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive

Featured dancers include members of New York’s Doug Varone & Dancers, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Adam Barruch, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Dance Chicago.

A shortened version of the Moderns programming plays at the Harris’s lunchtime series on Wednesday, August 24 at noon


Thursday, August 25, 7:30 pm

At the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway

This performance features members of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and the Martha Graham Dance Company.


Friday, August 26, 10 am – 6 pm

At the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street

This evening of dance films features Invitation to the Dance, A Dancer’s World,Dancemaker, and The Red Shoes.

Celebration of Dance

Saturday, August 27 (7:30 pm)

At the Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street

This performance features members of the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and River North Dance Chicago.

For more information on the Chicago Dancing Company and the Festival, please visit their website.

The Chicago Dancing Festival is presented by Chicago Dancing Company in association with the MCA Stage and City of Chicago – Millennium Park.