River North Dance Chicago
Venue: Sollitt Stage (mainstage)
Dates: April 12, 2014
Price: $25 - $68
After the highly regarded world premiere Havana Blue in 2013, River North Dance Chicago returns to our landmark stage with the revival of Artistic Director Frank Chaves’ epic work Underground Movements with the Chicago Children’s Choir.
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The Good Goodbyes by Frank Chaves
Artistic Director Frank Chaves’ work, The Good Goodbyes, is an homage to the relationships forged and nurtured within the dance community set to an original piano suite by Josephine Lee, Artistic Director of the acclaimed Chicago Children’s Choir.
Stormy Monday by Frank Chaves (a duet excerpt from Eva)
Chaves’ newest work is inspired by, and set to the music of, Eva Cassidy—an American songbird known for her luscious interpretations of jazz, blues, folk and gospel favorites. Chaves evokes the intricate nuances of a chanteuse who deftly straddled genres, defied categorization, and mastered the melding of different musical styles with her seemingly limitless range and imaginative phrasing.
Dawn by Kevin Iega Jeff
Kevin Iega Jeff of Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre returns to RNDC to create his fourth work for the company. Dawn is an epic, driving full company work, set to the iconic "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana and Kronos Quartet’s interpretation of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros, selected for the juxtaposition of ritualistic ancient sounds to contemporary strings. as a bridge from darkness into light.
Contact-Me by Mauro Astolfi
With Italian choreographer Mauro Astolfi’s intimate and nuanced hand, RNDC’s dancers explore a different approach to movement: an experiment with separation and attachment, featuring sequences of fierce fighting, bodies crawling through bodies, and moments of angry, yet artful movements are set to an eclectic mix of instrumental and electronic music.
Underground Movements by Frank Chaves
Originally premiering in 2006, Underground Movements highlights the strengths of both Chaves and his dancers. The choreography knows where it’s going, from its tribal beginnings to its celebratory finale. This full company piece, with original music by Evan Solot and members of the Chicago Children’s Choir singing onstage, creates a ritualistic mood, a sense of continuous discovery–of a community evolving. Choreographed in seven sections and running approximately 25 minutes in length, the piece brings dancers and singers together onstage for a unique experience for both the performers and audience members.
Photo of Underground Movements by Cheryl Mann.