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

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.

 

Buffer Overrun by Ginger KrebsBuffer Overrun by Ginger Krebs

February 4-7, 2016

Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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.

 

OnEdge (Yellow Towel by Dana Michel pictured, Photo by: Maxyme G)OnEdge

February 19-March 4, 2016

locations throughout the city including the Chicago Cultural Center and Links Hall

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.

 

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? by Teatro VistaWhere Did We Sit on the Bus? by Teatro Vista

March 10-13, 2016 (Previews)
March 17-April 10, 2016

Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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.

 

Ma(s)king Her by Honey Pot PerformanceMa(s)king Her by Honey Pot Performance

April 14-16, 2016

Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
201 Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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 CorporationVersus by Antibody Corporation

April 28-30, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center 
Dance Studio, 1st Floor
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

The world premiere work choreographed by Adam Rose explores the meaning of against and in opposition to.

 

RockCitizen by The Seldoms (Photo credit: Jonny Riese)RockCitizen by The Seldoms

May 5-15, 2016

Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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.

 

Spartan Workshop by the Spartan Theatre Company

May 28-June 26, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center
Studio Theater, 1st Floor
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Emerging playwrights workshop original scripts under the tutelage of Spartan's chief directors, culminating in a staged reading featuring local Chicago artists. 

 

The Cure by Walkabout Theater

The Cure by Walkabout TheaterJune 3-18, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center
Yates Gallery, 4th Floor
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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.

 

Ian Belknap’s Bucket of Shut Up

June 16-26, 2016

Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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.