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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsJanuary 2016

Dance
Avant Garde, Ballet, Modern

‘Romeo and Juliet’
Romeo and Juliet Photo: Courtesy of the State Ballet Theatre of Russia
 

AMID FESTIVAL

1/21–31 Produced by experimental company Zephyr Dance, this festival features contemporary and improvisational works from a variety of midcareer artists. Zephyr director Michelle Kranicke performs alongside an impressive lineup that includes veteran avant-garde dancer Bob Eisen, Guggenheim Fellowship–winning choreographer Bebe Miller with local voguing phenom Darrell Jones, and the world premiere of My Choreographed Body by New York choreographer Deborah Hay. $10–$17 for single tickets, festival passes $25–$50. Links Hall, 3111 N. Western. linkshall.org

STATE BALLET THEATRE OF RUSSIA

1/23–24 Artistic director Nikolay Anokhin mounts Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Bolshoi-bred Michael Lavrovsky and set to the classic Prokofiev score. $25–$85. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

THODOS DANCE CHICAGO

1/9 at 7:30 The modern-dance troupe presents Sono’s Journey, a celebration of the life and accomplishments of seminal Japanese American dancer Sono Osato. At 14, Osato auditioned for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She later climbed up the dancing ranks, performing at the American Ballet Theatre and on Broadway. $28–$68. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. auditoriumtheatre.org

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