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

Dance
Avant Garde, Ballet, Modern

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

3/8–13 Artistic director Robert Battle makes his mark on this legendary company by mixing new works with time-tested classics. Purists’ best choice on this tour stop is Program C, which features Ailey standbys Blues Suite, Cry, and Revelations. $33–$103. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. auditoriumtheatre.org

THE DANCE COLECTIVE

3/11–13, 3/18–20 Margi Cole celebrates 20 years as artistic director of the Dance Colective with a cast of company alumni. She’ll also perform a solo by legendary San Francisco choreographer Margaret Jenkins. $15–$20. Links Hall, 3111 N. Western. linkshall.org

EVANSTON DANCE ENSEMBLE

3/10–13 Dance Center Evanston’s preprofessional company revives its contemporary ballet Alice in Wonderland with new scenes and heightened intensity from Chicagoland’s best young performers. $16–$24. Child friendly. Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle, Evanston. tic.northwestern.edu

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO

3/17–20 The contemporary company reprises Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s witty I Am Mister B and resident Alejandro Cerrudo’s The Impossible and offers a world premiere by Lucas Crandall. $30–$99. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

JOE GOODE PERFORMANCE GROUP

3/10–12 The San Francisco company presents Hush, a dance-theater piece in which six secret-keeping wanderers meet in a dive bar. $24–$30. Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan. colum.edu/dance-center

LUCKY PLUSH PRODUCTIONS

3/3 at 7:30 The local dance-theater company presents the superhero story Trip the Light Fantastic. See “Lucky Plush Premieres a Superhero-Themed Show.” $10–$55. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

ONEDGE

Through 3/4 One of the highlights of this festival mounted by the Department of Cultural Affairs is award-winning choreographer Dana Michel. She’ll perform Yellow Towel, a piece that explores black stereotypes and was heralded by The New York Times as one of the most remarkable performances at the 2014 American Realness festival. Free. Multiple venues. cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/onedge8.html

Jump!
Jump!, Perceptual Motion Inc. Photo: Bill Frederking

PERCEPTUAL MOTION INC.

3/31 at noon Lin Shook’s multigenerational company premieres new works culled from an online “suggestion box” as part of the city’s lunchtime Made in Chicago series. Free. Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. perceptualmotiondance.com

THAW X

3/10 at 7:30 Links Hall’s annual benefit is the hootenanny of the year. Expect offbeat performances, booze, grub, and a dance party like no other. Proceeds go to Links Hall. $40–$125. Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard. linkshall.org

 

WINNING WORKS

3/5–6 The Joffrey’s prestigious competition for choreographers of color honors Jeffrey Cirio, Christian Denice, and Mariana Oliveira, each presenting a new piece performed by the ballet company’s trainees. $10–$24. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org

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