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Chicago Dancing Festival Tickets Released Today (And They're Free!)

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 8, 2014 3:15PM


This year’s Chicago Dancing Festival doesn't begin until Aug. 20, but tickets to the event’s free indoor performances are available beginning today. Did we mention they’re free?

Now in its eighth year, Chicago Dancing Festival is a special opportunity to check out some of the country’s top dancing companies, including locally based ones like The Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance. Some last minute additions have been made to the already stacked lineup including a specially commissioned duet from local dancer and choreographer Ron De Jesus and another brand new work by New York’s Darrell Grand Moultrite for the student dancers of After School Matters.

The fest takes place over three days at three different venues. Tickets are only required for the indoor venues, Harris Theater and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The grand finale will be outdoors at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, as will a video simulcast of the opening night program. The full schedule can be found below.

Tickets for the Aug. 20 program at Harris Theater are released today at noon (available in person at the Harris Theater Box Office, 205 E. Randolph Drive or by calling 312-334-7777), and tickets for the Aug. 22 program at the Museum of Contemporary Art will be released tomorrow, July 9, at noon (Available in person at the MCA Stage Box Office, 220 E. Chicago Avenue or by calling 312-397-4010). Again, tickets are free, but act fast because these indoor events have been known to “sell out” in the past. For more information, including standby information, check Chicago Dancing Festival’s website.

Wednesday, Aug. 20 - 7:30 pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Street
“Classics and Creations”

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Counterpoint, CDF original commission by Kyle Abraham
The Juilliard School: The Jig Is Up by Eliot Feld
Martha Graham Dance Company, Errand into the Maze by Martha Graham
Stars of American Ballet*: Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins
The Joffrey Ballet: Bells (excerpt) by Yuri Possokhov

Friday, Aug. 22 - 6 pm and 8 pm
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue
“Dances for 2”

Adam Barruch: Belladonna by Adam Barruch
The Joffrey Ballet: Bells (excerpt) by Yuri Possokhov
Martha Graham Dance Company: Errand into the Maze by Martha Graham
Ron De Jesus Dance*: Transition Zone, CDF original commission by Ron De Jesus
Pam Tanowitz Dance*: Passagen by Pam Tanowitz (live music)

Saturday, Aug. 23 - 7:30 pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street
“Celebration of Dance” Grand Finale

After School Matters: CDF original commission by Darrell Grand Moultrie
The Joffrey Ballet: Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp
The Juilliard School: The Jig Is Up by Eliot Feld
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián
Rennie Harris Puremovement*: Students of the Asphalt Jungle by Dr. Rennie Harris
Stars of Washington Ballet Brooklyn Mack and Maki Onuki: pas de deux from Le Corsaire by Marius Petipa

*CDF Debut