Chicago Dancemakers Forum celebrates its 15th Anniversary year with Elevate Chicago Dance 2018, a full-day of free performances, installations, workshops and discussions by 45 Chicago dancemakers on Sunday, October 21 at the Chicago Cultural Center, in partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
The broadly defined theme of the day explores intersections between Dance, Space, Race, and Place. The Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 artists, through a diverse range of dance and interdisciplinary works, make connections with current ideas about the dynamics between race, social spaces, and personal and body histories. For artists as well as for public audiences, the cultural, political and architectural history of the Chicago Cultural Center building is a powerful setting for these relevant considerations. Dance performances will activate all the floors and multiple public areas of the landmark Chicago Cultural Center, including the Claudia Cassidy Theater, GAR Hall, the Dance Studio, and Preston Bradley Hall.
The Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 participating artists and companies include:
Ayodele Drum & Dance
Elysia C. Banks/ Banks Performance Project
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
A House Unbuilt/Victoria Bradford
Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape
Fujima Yoshinojo/Rika Lin
Lucky Plush Productions
Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak
Mordine & Company
Erica Mott Productions
Onye Ozuzu/Ozuzu Dances
Same Planet Performance Project
Visceral Dance Chicago
Anna Martine Whitehead
Produced in connection with Elevate Chicago Dance 2018 will be a Crystal Anniversary Brunch with Honorary Chair, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Honorary Co-Chairs: Michelle Boone, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, and Roell Schmidt.