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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Opening Weekend

Valentine Dances
3 performances
Feb. 11, 2005, 8:00p.m., $20
Feb. 12, 2005, 8:00p.m., $20
Feb. 13, 2005, 3:00p.m., $20
15 companies/acts.

Valentine Dances: 2/11, 2/12, 2005
This Program Curated by John Schmitz
Margaret L. Nelson, Production/Stage Manager/Lighting Designer

1.
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
Artisitc Director: Wilfredo Rivera

The Weary Blues
Excerpt Preview from:
Shadow of the Blues Suite

Poetry by: Langston Hughes
Choreography by: Wilfredo Rivera
Composition by: Donald Neale
Costumes by: Lynn Sandberg
Lighting by: Margaret Nelson

Dancers: Matt Metro, Kate Dempsey, Hannah
Leben, Christine Gruca, Sarah Keating,
Kelly McMahon, Kelly Martinez and Carlos Martinez

2.
DanceLoop Chicago


Good Night

Choreography by Dmitri Peskov (Co-Artistic Director, DanceLoop Chicago)
Music: Arvo Part
Dancers: Jill Economakos and Paul Christiano (appearing courtesy of Thodos Dance Chicago)

3.
Choreography by Nick Pupillo

Micho
 
Music Kodo

Costumes Nick Pupillo and Tammy Skinner

Dancers:
Lindsey Bramham
Kimberly Cunningham
Catie Dietz 
Meghan Grantin
Lizzie MacKenzie
Ruth Sherman
Mandy Skinner
Jacquie Tietz
Aleksandra Wojda


4.
Choreography by Lauri Stallings


plus

Music:  Gray, Kovak, Solal
Lighting:  Rick Carvlin*
Dancers:  Julianne Kepley**, Michael Levine**
Dancemaker:  Lauri Stallings ***

*  artists work appears courtesy Hubbard St.Dance Chicago
**  artists work appears courtesy Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
*** The Dance Chicago 2004 Choreography Award Recipient

5.
Inaside Chicago Dance

Femme Fatale

Choreographer:  Kelly Ann Vitacca
Music:  Rusted Root
Lighting: Gregory Bloxham
Costumes:  Sara Brazo
Dancers:  Mary Baumgardner, Olivia Davis,
Danielle Gilmore *Thodos Dance Chicago Trainee, Anne Gollenberg,
Jill Economakos, Lauren Kias, Josette Salvatore

6.
Thodos Dance Chicago

First Love Second Sight
                    -true love isn't blind
Excerpt
 
Premiered in Melissa Thodos & Dancers "New Dances 2003" choreography performance series, June 20
 
Part IV. White Night, Natalia at Twenty-Five
 
Choreography: Paul Christiano
Music: Laonardo Amuedo (Garca Perdida)
Costumes: Kristin Mitchell
Lighting: Gregg R. Essex
Natalia: Tarah Brown
Aurelio: Paul Christiano

7.
M.A.D.D. Rhythms

OYE COMO VA

Founder/Co-Artistic Director - Bril Barrett
Co-Artistic/Technical Director - Martin "Tre" Dumas III
Assistant Director - Jumaane Taylor
Performed by Carlos Santana
Choreography by Bril Barrett
Improvography by Donnetta Jackson, Starinah Dixon and Lee Howard
Lighting:  Martin "Tre" Dumas lll and Margaret L. Nelson
Featuring:  Bril Barrett, Martin "Tre" Dumas lll, Jumaane Taylor, Lee Howard, Starinah Dixon, Ja'bowen Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Cala Trotter, Lakia Land, Nico Rubio and Lisa LaTouche from M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS CANADA

IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EDUCATE OURSELVES AND THOSE AROUND US ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE AND HISTORY OF TAPDANCE. RESPECT THE DANCE!  


***INTERMISSION***


8,
Thodos Dance Chicago

IAMBUS

Choreography: Jon Lehrer
Assistant to the Choreographer: Kimberly Cunningham
Music: Bobby McFerrin and Yo Yo Ma
Sound Design: Vance Okraczewski
Costume Design: Carrie Griffin Boyd
Lighting Design: Gregg R. Essex
Dancers: Tarah Brown, Paul Christiano, Brock Clawson, Peter Gaona,
Laura Gates, Jeanette Gordon, Jessica Miller*
*performing apprentice

This work was created by the Dance Chicago 2004 Choreography Project, sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust's Dance Initiative.

Costumes generously underwritten in part by Leo's Dancewear

9.
M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Founder/Co-Artistic Director - Bril Barrett
Co-Artistic/Technical Director - Martin "Tre" Dumas III
Assistant Director - Jumaane Taylor

Sole Mates

Choreography by Martin TRE' Dumas III & Lisa LaTouche
(director of M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada)
Music: In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington
Spoken word performed by Nia Long
Lighting:  Martin "Tre" Dumas lll, Lisa LaTouche and Margaret L. Nelson
Performed by Martin TRE' Dumas III & Lisa LaTouche

10.
Choreography by Eddy Ocampo

CHO

Choreography by Eddy Ocampo
Music composition - Andrea Parker & Eddy Ocampo
Lighting Design - Josh Weckesser following original lighting design by
Kris Phelps
Costume Design - Brent Caburnay
Dancers -
Catie Deitz - Courtesy of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
Veronica Guadalupe - Courtesy of Luna Negra Dance Theater
Eugene Peabody - Courtesy of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago


Cho: Ancient form of Tibetan meditation in which one offers one's own
body to the four demons within.


11.
Chicago Dance

Moo-La-La and Ran-kan-kan

Dancers: Emilee Peterson and Jonathan Arellano
Album: Mambo Kings Soundtrack
Choreography: Emilee Peterson and Jonathan Arellano
Two hot Latin numbers to heat up the seats! The first, a sassy Mambo routine, the other a steamy Bachata mix.

Emilee Peterson and Jonathan Arellano are the hottest new young Latin dance competitors in Chicago, and are very excited to be performing in Dance Chicago. They will make their competitive debut at the areas largest dance competition, Chicago's Crystal Ball. Lets cheer them on as they perform their version of the steamy Bachata and sizzling Mambo! www.ChicagoDance.com


12.
Choreography by Jon Lehrer


Instinct

Dancers, Elijah Gibson and Joel Longenecker
Music, Clint Mansell
Costumes, Jon Lehrer
Lighting Design, Tabitha Rodman

13.
Choreography by Lauri Stallings***

(Dance Chicago 2004 Choreography Project)

in the belly of grace

Music:  Corigliano, Haimovitz, Nyman, Zarvos
Lighting:  Scott Kepley*
Costumes:  Rebecca Shouse*
Sound design:  Kilroy G.Thomas*
Artists: Shannon Elliott, Julianne Kepley**, Lisa Keskitalo,
Michael Levine**,
Valerie Robin**, Michael Smith**
Dancemaker:  Lauri Stallings

*artists work appears courtesy of Hubbard St.Dance Chicago
**artists work appears courtesy of Joffrey Ballet
*** The Dance Chicago 2004 Choreography Award Recipient

for Momma.

This work was created by the Dance Chicago 2004 Choreography Project,
sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust's Dance Initiative.  The 2004
Dance Chicago presentation was sponsored by Ken Shanoff.




Valentine Dances: 2/13, 2005
This Program Curated by John Schmitz
Margaret L. Nelson, Production/Stage Manager/Lighting Designer

1.
Thodos Dance Chicago

IAMBUS

Choreography: Jon Lehrer
Assistant to the Choreographer: Kimberly Cunningham
Music: Bobby McFerrin and Yo Yo Ma
Sound Design: Vance Okraczewski
Costume Design: Carrie Griffin Boyd
Lighting Design: Gregg R. Essex
Dancers: Tarah Brown, Paul Christiano, Brock Clawson, Peter Gaona,
Laura Gates, Jeanette Gordon, Jessica Miller*
*performing apprentice

This work was created by the Dance Chicago 2004 Choreography Project, sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust's Dance Initiative.

Costumes generously underwritten in part by Leo's Dancewear

2.
DanceLoop Chicago

LOVE YA, BYE

Choreography by Paula Frasz
Music: Charles Chaplin
Dancers: Michael McStraw and Margaret Reynolds

3.
Choreography by Nick Pupillo

Against
 
Music Danny Elfman

Costumes Nick Pupillo and Tammy Skinner

Dancers:
Lizzie MacKenzie
Eugene Peabody

4.
One World Dance Theater
(
In residence at Danza Viva Center for World Dance and Music.)

Abreme las Puertas

Artistic Director: Rebecca Huntman
Choreographer: Gloria Araya Quinlan
Music: Latin Xpress
Lighting: ML Nelson
Costumes: Wanda Cobar
Dancers: Katie Engel, Jazmyn Gunter, Beth Higgins, Rachel Jimenez, Marchello Lee, Dominick G. Lorusso, Lauren Parets, Evalyn Tirikos, Kylah Williams, Brenda Zepeda.
Afro Cuban Jazz dance through human and spiritual realms as the doors between these two worlds are opened by the Orisha Elegua.


5.
M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Founder/Co-Artistic Director - Bril Barrett
Co-Artistic/Technical Director - Martin "Tre" Dumas III
Assistant Director - Jumaane Taylor

Sole Mates

Choreography by Martin TRE' Dumas III & Lisa LaTouche
(director of M.A.D.D. Rhythms Canada)

Music: In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington
Spoken word performed by Nia Long
Lighting:  Martin "Tre" Dumas lll, Lisa LaTouche and Margaret L. Nelson
Performed by Martin TRE' Dumas III & Lisa LaTouche

6.
ASF Kathak Dance Company


Khoj
- In search of spiritual experience of space, energy and strength

Choreographer: Sandhya Desai
Dancers: Natalia Hildner, Nadia Ranney, Shivani Salvi
Music: Atul Desai
Costume: Sandhya Desai
 
7.
Thodos Dance Chicago

First Love Second Sight
                    -true love isn't blind
Excerpt
 
Premiered in Melissa Thodos & Dancers "New Dances 2003" choreography performance series, June 20
 
Part IV. White Night, Natalia at Twenty-Five
 
Choreography: Paul Christiano
Music: Laonardo Amuedo (Garca Perdida)
Costumes: Kristin Mitchell
Lighting: Gregg R. Essex
Natalia: Tarah Brown
Aurelio: Paul Christiano

Intermission

8.
Thodos Dance Chicago

 
Liquid Attic

Premiered in Melissa Thodos & Dancers New Dances 2003 choreography performance series, June 20
Choreography: Lauri Stallings
Music; Thomas Newman
Sound and Set Design: Kilroy and Rickster
Costumes: Courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago wardrobe
Lighting: Gregg R. Essex
Dancers: Paul Christiano, Brock Clawson, Laura Gates, Jeanette Gordon, Jennifer Meek, Hilliary Murphy
 
9.
Chicago Dance

Moo-La-La and Ran-kan-kan

Dancers: Emilee Peterson and Jonathan Arellano
Album: Mambo Kings Soundtrack
Choreography: Emilee Peterson and Jonathan Arellano
Two hot Latin numbers to heat up the seats! The first, a sassy Mambo routine, the other a steamy Bachata mix.

Emilee Peterson and Jonathan Arellano are the hottest new young Latin dance competitors in Chicago, and are very excited to be performing in Dance Chicago. They will make their competitive debut at the areas largest dance competition, Chicago's Crystal Ball. Lets cheer them on as they perform their version of the steamy Bachata and sizzling Mambo! www.ChicagoDance.com

10.
Choreography by Nick Pupillo

Micho
 
Music Kodo

Costumes Nick Pupillo and Tammy Skinner

Dancers:
Lindsey Bramham
Kimberly Cunningham
Catie Dietz 
Meghan Grantin
Lizzie MacKenzie
Ruth Sherman
Mandy Skinner
Jacquie Tietz
Aleksandra Wojda

11.
Choreography by Jon Lehrer

Instinct

Dancers, Elijah Gibson and Joel Longenecker
Music, Clint Mansell
Costumes, Jon Lehrer
Lighting Design, Tabitha Rodman

12.
Choreography by Eddy Ocampo

CHO

Choreography by Eddy Ocampo
Music composition - Andrea Parker & Eddy Ocampo
Lighting Design - Josh Weckesser following original lighting design by
Kris Phelps
Costume Design - Brent Caburnay
Dancers -
Catie Deitz - Courtesy of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
Veronica Guadalupe - Courtesy of Luna Negra Dance Theater
Eugene Peabody - Courtesy of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago

Cho: Ancient form of Tibetan meditation in which one offers one's own
body to the four demons within.

13. M.A.D.D. Rhythms

OYE COMO VA

Founder/Co-Artistic Director - Bril Barrett
Co-Artistic/Technical Director - Martin "Tre" Dumas III
Assistant Director - Jumaane Taylor
Performed by Carlos Santana
Choreography by Bril Barrett
Improvography by Donnetta Jackson, Starinah Dixon and Lee Howard
Lighting:  Martin "Tre" Dumas lll and Margaret L. Nelson
Featuring:  Bril Barrett, Martin "Tre" Dumas lll, Jumaane Taylor, Lee Howard, Starinah Dixon, Ja'bowen Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Cala Trotter, Lakia Land, Nico Rubio and Lisa LaTouche from M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS CANADA

IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EDUCATE OURSELVES AND THOSE AROUND US ABOUT THE TRUE NATURE AND HISTORY OF TAPDANCE. RESPECT THE DANCE!  



 


Valentine Dances
Feb. 11, 2005, 8:00p.m.
Feb. 12, 2005, 8:00p.m.

Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience / New Work by Wilfredo Rivera
DanceLoop Chicago / Good Night
Choreography by Nick Pupillo / Micho
Choreography by Lauri Stallings / Premiere: Duet with Masima and Julianne
InAside Chicago Dance / Femme Fatale
Thodos Dance Chicago / Choreography by Paul Christiano / "First Love; Second Sight" / Section 4
M.A.D.D. Rhythms / Oye Como Va (Bril Barrett)

~ INTERMISSION ~

Thodos Dance Chicago / Jon Lehrer / 2004 Choreography Project: World Premiere:" IAMBUS"
Choreography by Eddy Ocampo / CHO
Jonathan and Emilee / Presented by Gregory Day & Tommye Giacchino, Owners of Chicago Dance
Choreography by Jon Lehrer / Instinct
Dancers of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago / Choreography by Lauri Stallings / in the belly of grace

Valentine Dances
Feb. 13, 2005, 3:00p.m.

Thodos Dance Chicago / Jon Lehrer / 2004 Choreography Project: World Premiere:" IAMBUS"
DanceLoop Chicago / Duet with Michael and Margaret
Choreography by Nick Pupillo / Against (Duet)
One World Dance Theatre / Abreme las Puertas
M.A.D.D. Rhythms / Premiere: Tre duet (Tre Dumas III)
Kathak Nrityakala Kendra Dance Company / Kathak dance
Thodos Dance Chicago / Choreography by Paul Christiano / "First Love; Second Sight" / Section 4

~INTERMISSION~

Thodos Dance Chicago / Choreography by Lauri Stallings / LIQUID attic
Jonathan and Emilee / Presented by Gregory Day & Tommye Giacchino, Owners of Chicago Dance
Choreography by Jon Lehrer / Instinct
Choreography by Nick Pupillo / Micho
Choreography by Eddy Ocampo / CHO
M.A.D.D. Rhythms / Oye Como Va (Bril Barrett)

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