Dance events to see this July
“Dance Chance” A signature trait of this informal dance showcase, organized by DanceWorks Chicago, is the subsequent rise of its adventuresome choreographers: Most end up developing into high-grade talent. Dance Chance highlights a few works-in-progress and includes a post-show Q&A with the artists. There’s hardly a better deal in town. For the price of a cheap beer, you get to experience cutting-edge work. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Jul 1 at 6pm. $3.
The Luna Troop: “Tides: An Evening of Changes” The impromptu performance group gathers every so often for a show, playing off the “mostly modern” quirks of its mission statement. The company looks to surprise with pieces that reflect the more mundane aspects of everyday life—whether it be an outside job, a new relationship or something completely obscure. The binding factor of all these things: dancing it out with each other. Stage 773; Links Hall at Constellation. Jul 11–13 at 7:30pm; Jul 14 at 3pm. $18.
Muntu Dance Theatre: “Rhythm Keepers & Global Griots” Summer spells good things for Chicago’s staple African dance ensemble. In 2012, the troupe let loose with a pulsating new work from Beyoncé choreographer Jeffrey Page. Now in 2013, guest artist Asiel Hardison—a perennial Lady Gaga dancer—premiere’s a new piece (Mother Monster inspired, perhaps?) in collaboration with the Home Tone Music and Arts Foundation. A special gala reception and dinner follows the performance, should you be inclined to fork over some extra dough. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Jul 13 at 7pm. $10–$125.
Nomi Dance Company: "A Few Great Men" Current Nomi dancer (and notable Chicago utility man) Paul Christiano headlines this all-male program of new dances and old favorites. Honoring some of the best male virtuosos the city has to offer—some established in their craft and others rising onto the scene—NDC brings its usual athleticism and graceful prowess to the Athenaeum. The company restages works from Christiano and Robert Priore, plus new pieces from River North dancer Ahmad Simmons, and former RivNo dancer Brandon DiCriscio. Athenaeum Theatre. Jul 13 at 8pm. $20–$30.
Aerial Dance Chicago: Gravity It’s not surprising that ADC’s new program takes physics into consideration, since the company bills itself on its aerial prowess. Especially at the height of their stunts, the high-flying technicians weave indelible webs of intrigue—both literally and figuratively. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Jul 13 at 7pm; Jul 14 at 2pm. $30.
Audible Odyssey: “Heard Again, For the First Time” Seven tappers investigate “science, feminism, love” and all that tap dance can be in this performance from AO, part of the company’s 2013 Artists in Resonance program. The company asks for a small donation to support its continuing education initiative.. The Den Theatre. Jul 19, 20 at 8pm. Pay what you can.
Thodos Dance Chicago: “New Dances 2013” One of the best in-house choreographic showcases happens annually at Ruth Page when Thodos churns out new pieces from its company members. There’s generally an eclectic range to enjoy here—contemporary, ballet, modern, hip-hop—making for a full and varied program. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Jul 19, 20 at 7:30pm; Jul 21 at 5pm. $35, students and seniors $28.
14th Annual Creative Arts Therapies Benefit Concert Students and faculty from the Anixter Center’s New Focus Program stage a performance, in support of the Jane Ganet Sigel Award, which assists students working toward a career in dance/movement therapy. Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Jul 25 at 7pm. $10–$20.
Guerra: A Clown Play Compliments of Mexico City’s La Piara performance company, Guerra uses slapstick, clown, dance, bouffant and farce to tell the tale of a military outpost desperate for recruits, sent to war at the whims of a hapless general. Links Hall at Constellation. Jul 26–Aug 4 at 7pm. $12.
Chicago Human Rhythm Project: Rhythm World 2013 CHRP’s weeklong tap extravaganza—which includes classes, workshops and performances—enlists tap stars from all over, including members of BAM!, the company’s resident ensemble. Take a tap class during the week, or just enjoy performances from the stars at culminating events like JUBA! at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Featured at these shows: CHRP artistic director Lane Alexander, the legendary Dianne “Lady Di” Walker and the hard-hitting Jason Janas. American Rhythm Center; Dearborn Station; Museum of Contemporary Art. Through August 4. Times and prices vary.