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

Dance
Avant Garde, Ballet, Modern

Tsukasa Taiko
Tsukasa Taiko, one of many groups performing in Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stomping Grounds series. Photo: William Frederking

CERQUA RIVERA DANCE THEATRE

5/12 at 6 Newly retired dancer Raphaelle Ziemba takes the director’s chair in Cerqua Rivera’s Inside/Out, where she’ll workshop a revival of her five-year-shelved Corner Sketches: A Tribute to Miles Davis. $8. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. oldtownschool.org

CHICAGO HUMAN RHYTHM PROJECT

5/2–21 The Stomping Grounds series continues with performances by five local dance companies, spanning tap, flamenco, African, Japanese, and Irish folk dance. Free. Various venues. chicagotap.org

DANCE CHANCE

5/27 at 7 At DanceWorks Chicago’s popular “open mike night” for dance, three choreographers present 15 minutes of work, the lot of which is followed by a 15-minute discussion. $3 donation. Lou Conte Dance Studios, 1147 W. Jackson. danceworkschicago.org

 

JOFFREY BALLET

5/11–22 A revival of Sir Frederick Ashton’s full-length Cinderella closes the Joffrey’s 60th season with 39 dancers, grandiose sets, magical props, and a pair of bumbling stepsisters, all backed by Prokofiev’s score. Child friendly. $32–$170. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. joffrey.org

NOMI DANCE COMPANY

5/14 at 8 Less than a year after losing a vital company member to suicide, Nomi Dance director Laura Kariotis commissioned new works from Lizzie MacKenzie, Todd Rhoades, and Paula Frasz in remembrance of specific artists they’ve known and lost. $12–$32. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. athenaeumtheatre.org

 

THE SELDOMS

5/5–12 Seldoms artistic director Carrie Hanson premieres RockCitizen, a companion piece to last year’s acclaimed Power Goes. In it, she captures the 1960s through music, text, and dance, all unfolding under Bob Faust’s Brascape, a web of 216 bras strung together. $12–$15. Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. theseldoms.org

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