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On The Ground: Urban Bush Women and the Shapes We Know

On The Ground: Urban Bush Women and the Shapes We Know

For a new initiative called On The Ground, the Dance Presenting Series engaged five Chicago-based writers to be present for week-long residencies by companies at the Dance Center. In addition to performances, the writers also attend activities such as community workshops, discussions with students, and master classes. Zachary Whittenburg reflects here on Urban Bush Women’s latest visit to Chicago and the Dance Center, February 25–March 2, 2019.

Lines of Flight: Spectrum Dance Theater

Lines of Flight: Spectrum Dance Theater

For Spectrum Dance Theater’s dancers, each isolated movement and phrase is fully inhabited, demonstrating a respect for the authenticity of all dance forms as well as a rabid curiosity for what happens when they’re all collapsed in on each other, when one category interrupts another. Chicago and New York-based dancer and writer Maddie Kodat reflects on Spectrum’s recent engagement in Chicago.

On The Ground: “Think in a different way” Joanna Furnans on Tere O’Connor Dance

On The Ground: “Think in a different way” Joanna Furnans on Tere O’Connor Dance

“Think in a different way.” This is the first of many instructional Tere O’Connor quotes you will find in the response below. O’Connor is widely respected as one of the most articulate, sharp, and inquisitive choreographers working in the field today. While most dance makers (myself included) struggle to adequately describe their creative process and conceptual understandings of the form—Dance— in a way that doesn’t diminish the vast spectrum of its nature (if I may use a term that implies such universality), O’Connor is brilliant at it…

Joanna Furnans follows Tere O’Connor Dance through their residency at the Dance Center, sharing her reflections on it all with us.