Throughout the month of April, four female-run contemporary dance companies will feature a two-week performance onstage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park? at 201 E. Randolph St. The FlySpace Dance Series consists of six performances with four world premieres presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Here’s the Schedule:
Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, 2013 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on April 7, 2013 at 5 pm.: Hedwig Dances and Same Planet Different World?
Hedwig Dance will perform Double Helix, which interfaces dance with visual art and original music. The dance will examine the dichotomies and connections between unfolding and revealing versus folding and concealing by using a set of large white folded paper structures. Hedwig will also perform Por Dentro, a quintet choreographed by Cuban-born Michel Rodriguez, which will analyze human interaction through physical communication. Touch permeates the work, but it also explores individual dancers’ responses at the moment of physical contact with each another.
Same Planet Different World will present a new work by Robyn Mineko Williams formerly of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago that explores the idea of patterns within the course of one’s life. The company will also present two works by Artistic Director Joanna Rosenthal, Cracked and Altered.
The second weekend the Dance COLEctive and Zephyr Dance perform on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, 2013 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on April 14, 2013 at 5 p.m.: The Dance COLEctive and Zephyr Dance
Zephyr Dance director Michelle Kranicke will present a new abstract work designed for the Pritzker stage. Her new piece will experiment with alternate ways of looking at dance, challenging the audience to look differently at the notions of the role of both performer and audience.
The Dance COLEctive presents two works: Moving Stories and My Sufi Tale. Moving Stories asks questions about the physical, mental and emotional definitions of home, whether it is interpreted as a physical place, the things you carry, or the people who are there. The dance delves into the literal act of moving from place to place, and the sensations of being moved. My Sufi Tale is a solo performed by Dance COLEctive Artistic Director Margi Cole. The solo uses humor and vulnerability to explore a story about survival.