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Today's side deal sends recovering rhythmaholics reeling off the wagon at the opening of the River North Chicago Dance Company's 20th anniversary season at Harris Theater on November 7 at 8 p.m.: for $20, you get orchestra-level seats in rows Y–DD, a $40 value. Be the first to see a world premiere from award-winning choreographer and artistic director Frank Chaves, and check out RNCDC's repertoire of dances designed to make your girlfriend love you more and help your stern father approve of your decision to major in puppetry.
The jazz-based contemporary dance company's talented dancers are technically skilled, passionate artists. Dancers interpret the music and story through their entire bodies—their dramatic, colorful costumes enhance the dancers’ movements, and lighting works with the carefully plotted floor pattern and exuberant music to complete the onslaught of sensory storytelling. The whole package will invigorate your imagination and have you busting out ebullient moves all week.
Each brilliant choreographer lays the groundwork for a sensational show. Old fans of RNCDC's work will delight in co-artistic director Emerita Sherry Zunker's reinterpretation of the company's signature Reality of a Dreamer. You'll find you were holding your breath with wonder at the finish of the rapid, percussive Uhuru; other repertoire pieces, such as Habaneras, the Music of Cuba, will have you moving in your seat. It's the perfect Saturday night date with your sweetie, bestie, or reluctant retail worker, and an experience sure imbue you with the subtle hint of sophistication that comes with appreciating the art of dance.
- Monique Haley choreographed the entry by River North Chicago Dance Company-and this relative newcomer shows promise. Her "Uhuru," set to lively percussive music by Akoyo Afrobeat, is so hurried it makes you want to laugh; it registers as upbeat but without the least straining or pretension. Rat-a-tat sassy moves-twitchy hips, uh-huh chest motions, macho strutting with arms flying-come across as sexy but don't take themselves too seriously, while a male solo near the end is seriously sensual. And ends in the blink of an eye. Darn. – Laura Molzahn, SeeChicagoDance.com
- Meanwhile, Tuesday offered a look at five current choreographers – important dancemakers of the present and the future. Two of the better offerings came courtesy of our own Joffrey Ballet (Edwaard Liang’s “Age of Innocence”) and River North Chicago Dance Company (Robert Battle’s “Train”). – Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 7, 2009. Amount paid never expires. Valid for 1 main floor seat ticket. Valid only for Fall Engagement performance on 11/7 at 8 p.m. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.