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First Draft: New Dances by Chicago Area Artists
The Ruth Page Theater
Chicago, IL
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First Draft: New Dances by Chicago Area Artists
Featuring works by Michael Estanich of RE|Dance, James Gregg of Elements Contemporary Ballet, Alyssa Gregory & Sarah Gonsiorowski of Leopold Group, Winifred Haun of Winifred Haun & Dancers, and Vershawn Ward of Red Clay Dance

Friday, February 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 27 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $30, includes free snacks at intermission
Tickets will be available at the door.

The performance is approximately 90 minutes.

Master Class with Zada Cheeks (before the show)
Fee: $25
Saturday, February 27 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Includes free ticket to see the show

All events:
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago
Parking is available at the Newberry Plaza, 1030 N. State Street, just around the corner from the Center.  Metered street parking can sometimes be found nearby.  The Ruth Page Center is near the Clark & Division stop on the CTA Red Line and also the #36, #22, #70 and #156 bus lines.

Details about the artists and their work:
Michael Estanich of RE|Dance will premiere new sections of The Lonely Visitors, a group work that produces a series of images that reveal both the whimsical and perfidious nature of the heart. The work features a collection of 10 short episodes that ponders the depths and desires of the promise of love.

James Gregg of Elements Contemporary Ballet will premiere a trio, The Misfortunate Beauty of Joe Danek,  featuring the music of Chris Garneau.  This quirky, touching work tells the story of three characters who float in and out of each other's lives and describes how their connections effect their hearts and minds.  

Winifred Haun of Winifred Haun & Dancers will premiere an abstract group work,
Your nearest exit may be behind you.  The dance combines elements of circus acrobatics with sculptural contemporary movements to create breath taking views of eight bodies moving in space.  Your nearest exit features music by minimalist composer Terry Riley.

Vershawn Ward of Red Clay Dance will premiere a new version of her acclaimed solo, #SAYHERNAME.  The solo is danced by Ms. Ward and is a response to the unjust killings and imprisonment of black women by police.  It juxtaposes recent stories of women like Sandra Bland with historical figures Angela Davis and Assata Shaker.

Alyssa Gregory and Sarah Gonsiorowski of the Leopold Group will premiere a duet, currently untitled, choreographed and danced by the artists themselves.  Ms. Gregory and Ms. Gonsiorowski's work has been described as dynamic and athletic, and their newest work will focus on partnering and gestural motifs that explore their personal dynamic as friends, colleagues, and dance-mates.

First Draft: New Dances by Chicago Area Artists is partially supported by the Ruth Page Center for the Arts Subsidized Rental program.


The Ruth Page Theater (View)
1016 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60610
United States


Arts > Dance
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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