The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents an ongoing performing arts series that showcases both emerging and established music, theater, dance and multi-disciplinary artists at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues. Dedicated to capacity building in the arts, DCASE hires the artists and provides performance space as well as technical and marketing support.
Applications for the 2014-15 DCASE Theater and Dance season are now open! Please click here for eligibility criteria and application.
January 11-February 1, 2014
This new FREE series will spotlight experimental dance, theater, and genre-defying performances and workshops from national and international artists and companies, including several Chicago and world premieres.
**Some performances include sexual themes and adult content. Not recommended for children under the age of 15.**
February 6-8, 2014
On stage at Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage
Vision, Faith, & Desire speaks to an ongoing project between Wini Haun and Lizzie Leopold to situate their respective choreographic voices within the rich historical lineage of modern dance.
Previews: February 9-10, 12-13, 2014; Performances: February 14–March 16, 2014
A decidedly 21st century comedy, LiveWire's Chicago premiere of Assistance by Leslye Headland poses the question, if your job is so mind-numbing why do you keep coming back? When Nora, an awkward young woman, takes a job as one of Daniel Weisinger's assistants, she and her fellow co-workers quickly learn that there is a heavy cost to being successful in the business.
**Special post-show talkbacks will be presented as part of Chicago Theatre Week on February 15 and 16.**
Previews: March 25-27, 2014; Performances: March 28–April 27, 2014
The Jewels, a world premiere adaptation written by TUTA Company Member Kirk Anderson, is based on a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant ("The French Chekhov") loosely based in Paris in the late 19th Century.