Drums, bass and synthesizers shake the room to life. Dancers appear under spotlights on stage and in the audience, kicking their legs in slow motion. Smoke billows from the side stage. One of the dancers recites a poem: “In Chicago / in the land of flame / there was born a dance / without a name.”
IN THE WURKZ is a touring dance project based on the lives and dreams of dancers on the west and south sides of Chicago. This evening-length show unveils a history of footwork dancing, tracing its development from “the holy ghost” – the first footwork dance move inspired by the motion of ghosts and spirit possession in church – to a citywide, black teenage dance culture.
IN THE WURKZ expounds on this dance history through the movements, films and poetry of The Era Footwork Crew with original music from Chicago’s Teklife DJs and Jana Rush.
Capacity is limited. This event is first come, first serve. Please see the Eventbrite for our updated RSVP policy.
Doors will open at 6:30pm.