“SpinOff” Returns For A Second Year November 7-22

October 10, 2014

The free admission contemporary performance series will feature Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Storefront Theater

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the dates and performances for SpinOff 2014 from November 7-22. This month-long celebration of contemporary dance will present work by emerging and established, Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. All performances are FREE and feature Chicago and world premieres as well as excerpts from works-in-progress.

Performance locations include the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street), Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph Street), Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph) and Dance Center of Columbia College (916 S. Wabash studios). No reservations are necessary; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning a half-hour before each show. *N.B.: Some performances contain material inappropriate for children and are for mature audiences only.

Opening weekend of SpinOff will feature the world premiere of The Conviction of Pearl Dakota by J. Soto originally developed through DCASE’s In the Works residency program in 2013. Created and directed by Soto, this dance was inspired by his 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 will be at the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio on the first floor on November 7 and 8 at 6:30pm.

Taking a leap outside 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 today. Featuring live music by the Baroque Band (Chicago’s only period-instrument orchestra) and original baroque-fusion costume design by world-class designer Meriem Bahri. Performances will be November 13-15 at 7pm.

The Chicago premiere of YOU, created and directed by Morgan Thorson, composes itself from an ensemble movement practice that mediates human connection and togetherness for everyone in the room. As if a conversation, the presentation 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 21 and 22 at 7:30pm.

SpinOff 2014 – In the Works Presentations

The In the Works residency program gives emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project. Each showing is a unique opportunity for audiences to get a behind-the-scenes look at new work by Chicago artists. All presentations are FREE and will take place in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio on the first floor.

Darrell Jones presents The Bitch Tracks, a demonstration of the oppressed feminine in the male body. Pulling from “voguing” vocabularies, Jones forges forbidden moments and movements in this danced ritual passage seeking physical and psychic liberation. The performance will be held November 21 at 1pm.

You’re So Stubborn directed by Rachel Damon of Synapse Arts delves into the spiraling nature of lies. Dance, sound, design and dialogue blend with dark humor and true vulnerability. See an excerpt of this visceral work November 22 at 1pm.

SpinOff Symposium

Reorganizing Ourselves is a special forum featuring seminal dancer and choreographer Deborah Hay, philosopher Alva Noë of the University of California-Berkeley and Minneapolis-based dance curator Michele Steinwald. Noë and Hay will discuss the connections between cognitive science, philosophy, aesthetics and dance. The two 60-minute performative lectures A Continuity of Discontinuity by Deborah Hay and Alva Noë’s See me if you can! will be framed by a participatory salon-style discussion facilitated by dance curator Michèle Steinwald. The symposium will take place at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 916 S. Wabash studios, Studio 223, on November 15, 3-6pm.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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 at cityofchicago.org/dcase and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE.


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Dates and show times are subject to change.