Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Announces Theater and Dance Winter/Spring 2016 Season

September 23, 2015

Performances include Chicago and world premieres at the Chicago Cultural Center, Storefront Theater and Millennium Park

Rebecca Smith, 312.742.2036

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the Winter/Spring 2016 season of theater and dance performances. The DCASE Theater and Dance series showcases critically-acclaimed local, national and international theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists – often in newly-commissioned works and Chicago and world premieres.

Performance locations include the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Millennium Park (Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage, 201 E. Randolph St.) and the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.). Admission is FREE or low cost for all DCASE Theater and Dance events. For details, visit

Buffer Overrun by Ginger Krebs
February 4-7, 2016; Thursdays–Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.
Buffer Overrun, the newest work from Ginger Krebs, asks how our perception of three-dimensional space may be shifting in response to visual technologies and the increasing ubiquity of speed. Movement in the performance is destabilized by phase shifting, intermittent vision, slow motion and by rolling stools. Loops recur in choreography structured like code, in spiral patterns derived from optical illusions and in one-way communication characteristic of advertising and social media. Buffer Overrun probes the nature of information as a liquid and mobile force that seems to offer freedom from the “here and now” as it erodes their importance. The performance is directed by Krebs with sound design by Joseph Kramer. Dancers featured include Sabrina Baranda, Elise Cowin, Joanna Furnans and Mary Wu.

February 19-March 4, 2016
Various locations; more details to be announced
The OnEdge performance series spotlights experimental dance, theater and genre-defying performances from national and international artists and companies. Performances include Bronx Gothic by Okwui Okposkwasili, Yellow Towel by Dana Michel, My Voice Has an Echo In It by Temporary Distortion, and Mon, Ma, Mes by Jack Ferver. Performances take place in locations throughout the city including the Chicago Cultural Center and Links Hall. More information will be announced at a later date.

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? by Teatro Vista
March 10-13, 2016 (Previews); Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 3pm
March 17-April 10, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 3pm
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.
In its 25th season, the groundbreaking company Teatro Vista presents the world premiere of Brian Quijada’s autobiographical Where Did We Sit on the Bus? During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask "Where did we sit on the bus?" and his teacher can't answer the question. Told through rap, hip-hop, spoken word and live looping, the piece examines what it means to be Latino in America. The show began as a compilation of songs and poems recited at the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC and has been developed on stages such as Victory Gardens in Chicago and The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Ma(s)king Her by Honey Pot Performance
April 14-16, 2016; 7pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 Randolph St.
Ma(s)king Her is a multidisciplinary performance imagining an Afro-feminist mythology. Aligned with AfroSurrealism and black feminist thought, the work addresses the absence of women of color in speculative fiction as empowered beings. To generate the work, Honey Pot Performance is embarking on shared a creative process with the public to co-author the community driven mythological universe of Ma(s)king Her’s heroine through reading groups, workshops and “choose your own adventure” game structures.

Versus by Antibody Corporation
April 28-30, 2016; 7pm
Dance Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 W Washington St.
The world premiere work choreographed by Adam Rose explores the meaning of against and in opposition to. This new experimental dance piece uses minimal choreography based on the words used to describe the body along with words in Inglash, a constructed language.

RockCitizen by The Seldoms
May 5-15, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.
RockCitizen is The Seldoms’ new work probing the workings of counterculture – its emergence and participants, its aims and impulses, its authenticity and falseness and its uneasy relationship with dominant culture, market forces and political change. Forging a radically immersive sonic, visual and kinetic environment that recalls countercultural spaces of the 1960s and other eras, RockCitizen examines the counterculture’s aim of opening new avenues, registering dissonance and heightening consciousness.

Spartan Workshop by the Spartan Theatre Company
May 28-June 26, 2016; Saturday and Sundays, 3pm
Studio Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 W Washington St.
Emerging playwrights workshop original scripts under the tutelage of Spartan's chief directors, culminating in a staged reading featuring local Chicago artists. Workshop readings have the potential to be mounted as full productions in upcoming Spartan seasons.

The Cure by Walkabout Theater
June 3-18, 2016; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm
Open gallery, Saturdays and Sundays during building hours
Yates Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 W Washington St.
The Cure is Walkabout’s next ensemble-devised performance: a spiritual exploration of our individual and cultural relationships with mortality, disease and violence. Set in a decaying greenhouse populated with snake-oil salesmen and angels on the day death ceases to exist, The Cure combines intense individual performances with narratives and rituals. The Cure is inspired by local and ancient sources to examine the fatigue of hope and the practice of health and art.

Ian Belknap’s Bucket of Shut Up
June 16-26, 2016; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.
Ian Belknap’s Bucket of Shut Up is equal parts game show and cultural crackdown. Belknap will offer up his blisteringly funny assessments of public figures, cultural trends and all manner of idiots and thieves. It will also offer the portrait of a man, no longer young, imprisoned in a sputtering cauldron of outrage – an examination of a life of anger. While most of us mellow with age, there remain a handful of those who resolve to continue driving nails with their foreheads. Ian Belknap is one of these.

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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