Six Hot Dance Events in Chicago Next Month

Contemporary Choreographers come to the Joffrey Ballet, there’s the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and more.

Dancers Ricardo Santos and Lucas Segovia in Crossing Ashland by Brock Clawson, a part of the Contemporary Choreographers series at the Joffrey Ballet from February 12 - 23.   Photo: Christopher Duggan
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

2/28–3/9 In addition to perennial favorite Revelations, the venerable modern dance company will perform the hyperkinetic Chroma, by British choreographer Wayne McGregor, which includes a a score by John Olby and Jack White. $30–$90. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress. auditoriumtheatre.org

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CCN Créteil et Val-De-Marne/Compagnie Käfig

2/20–22 The acclaimed French troupe Compagnie Käfig takes on the dancing of Brazilian favelas, or shantytowns, with Correria Agwa, an acrobatic and rhythmic dance celebrating correria (running) and agwa (water). $21–$30. Columbia Dance Center, 1306 S Michigan. colum.edu

Khecari and the Humans

2/6–8 Artistic duo Khecari and avant-garde troupe The Humans performs works by three Chicago choreographers. Columbia Dance Center, 1306 S Michigan. colum.edu

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Joffrey Ballet

2/12–23 Contemporary Choreographers. The Joffrey performs works by three young-ish choreographers, including rapidly-rising star Alexander Ekman, whose eclectic piece Episode 31 first premiered at the Chicago Dancing Festival. $41–$162. Auditorium Theate, 50 E Congress. joffrey.org

The Radio Show

2/20–23 The loss of an iconic black radio station and the deterioration of a grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer’s form the crux of this haunting 2010 contemporary piece by MacArthur Foundation fellow Kyle Abraham. $10–$22. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org

Raphael Xavier

2/27–3/1 at 8 The veteran b-boy choreographed this autobiographical look at his rapid ascent up the breakdancing ladder with The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching. $26. The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S Michigan. zoejuniper.org

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