The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announces its Fall Theater and Dance Schedule

August 19, 2014

Performances include the SpinOff dance series, newly commissioned works and premieres at the Chicago Cultural Center, Storefront Theater and Millennium Park

Mary May    312.744.0576

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce its fall season of theater and dance performances and residencies. The DCASE Theater and Dance series presents critically-acclaimed local, national and international music, theater, dance and multidisciplinary artists, newly commissioned works and Chicago premieres.

Returning to the Chicago Cultural Center and the Storefront Theater is the second annual SpinOff dance series, November 7-22. This month-long celebration of contemporary dance will present work by Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. All performances are free and feature Chicago and world premieres and excerpts from works-in-progress. A complete schedule will be released in September.

Performance locations include the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.). Admission is free or low cost for all DCASE Theater and Dance events. For event details, visit


Fall 2014 DCASE Theater and Dance Schedule:

Red Tape Theatre opens the season at the Storefront Theater with the Chicago premier of Mnemonic by Complicite. Crossing continents and centuries, Mnemonic weaves together the discovery of Ötzi the iceman, a search for an absent father and the longing for love lost in an exploration that questions our reliance on memory, the most subjective of storytellers. Drawing parallels between these stories, this fragmented narrative focuses on the theme of the role of the imagination in recapturing the past. The original production received awards in the UK, France, New York and Sarajevo, including the 2001 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience.” For ticket information, please visit

Performance dates and times are September 5 – October 5, 2014, Thursday–Saturday at 7:30pm; and Sunday at 2pm. Show previews are scheduled for September 2-4 at 7:30pm.

The Neo-Futurists will bring their signature show Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Now in its 25th year as Chicago’s longest running show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind offers audiences an ever-changing “menu” in an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. For ticket information, please visit The performance will take place on Thursday, October 9 at 7pm.

TUTA Theatre Chicago returns this fall to the Storefront Theater with The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret). A hauntingly funny new play with original music, TUTA’s world premiere collaboration is written and composed by Slovenian artist Martin Marion, and directed by TUTA Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone. The comedy takes us to a small cabaret stage in an undisclosed location, where animals perform with their band against all odds night after night, exploring the universal struggles of power, identity and what it takes to be a human. For ticket information, please visit Performance dates and times are October 17 – November 16, Thursday–Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday, 2pm. Show previews are scheduled for October 14-16 at 7:30pm.


SpinOff 2014, November 7-22

Now in its second year, the month-long series celebrating contemporary dance is back. SpinOff 2014, November 7-22, will feature a series of work by emerging and mid-career Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. SpinOff will feature dance presentations from Darrell Jones, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Jillian Soto, Morgan Thorson, among others at the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio and the Storefront Theater. A complete schedule will be released in September. A complete schedule of performances during SpinOff 2014 will be released in early fall.

Opening weekend of SpinOff will feature the world premiere of The Conviction of Pearl Dakota by Jillian Soto after a development residency through DCASE’s In the Works program in 2013. The performances created and directed by Soto, was inspired by her observations of the traffic courts at the Chicago Daley Center over the course of six months. Drawing from observed patterns of repetition and body language, as well as the internal geographies of the dancers, the performance unfolds as episodic movement potentially providing freedom, revealing conflict and complicating origins and destinations of bodies. Performance dates and times are November 7-8 at 6:30pm in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio on the first floor.

Taking a leap during SpinOff to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage is the Elements Contemporary Ballet with Baroque Band and their world premiere of The Sun King, A Contemporary Ballet in One Act. With inspiration from the book Lully ou le Musicien du Soleil by Philippe Beaussant and the 2000 French film Le Roi Danse by Gérard Corbiau, The Sun King is a foray into Lully’s world, delving deep into his obsession with the dancing King and the immense part their relationship played in shaping music and dance as we know it today. Featuring live music by Chicago’s only period-instrument orchestra, Baroque Band, and an original baroque-fusion costume design by world-class designer Meriem Bahri. Performance dates and times are November 13-15 at 7pm.

The Chicago premiere of YOU, created and directed by Morgan Thorson, is a dance that composes itself from an ensemble movement practice that mediates human connection and togetherness for everyone in the room. The dance presentation is a conversation that moves from dancer to audience, to music, to architecture, to ensemble and then back to the audience. “You” won’t want to miss this unique SpinOff presentation at the Storefront Theater on November 22 and 23 at 7:30pm.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

For information on all productions presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit our website: and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE.

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Dates and show times are subject to change.

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