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

Avant Garde, Ballet, Modern

The Gettin’
Kyle Abraham’s The Gettin’. Photo: Jerry and Lois Photography


4/4–5/21 The second annual Stomping Grounds festival brings together percussive dance troupes for freebies throughout the city. Participants include BAM!, Ensemble Español, and more. Free. Various venues. chicagotap.org



4/1–2 Giordano Dance Chicago premieres Sneaky Pete, a film-noir-inspired narrative by local choreographer Brock Clawson. Also running: Israeli choreographer Roni Koresh’s audience favorite Exit4 and a rare performance of Gus Giordano’s 1983 classic Sing, Sing, Sing. $15–$75.

4/5–6 Mark Morris Dance Group revives its founder’s acclaimed 1989 dance opera Dido and Aeneas. Henry Purcell’s original baroque score sits akimbo with Morris’s kooky, modern choreography, making for a quintessential show by the renowned Brooklyn company. $55–$250.


4/29–30 Miami City Ballet returns to Chicago for a two-night stand. The first production sets Balanchine’s Symphony in 3 Movements alongside contemporary dances, while the second pairs ballet star Justin Peck’s Heatscape with two Balanchine dances. $35–$125. 205 E. Randolph.



4/8–9 Artistic director Jan Bartoszek gives geometry the nod with Circling the Square, a program pairing 2013’s origami-inspired ASCENDance with Trio M, a world premiere based on the geometry of the triangle. $15–$35. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. athenaeumtheatre.org


4/14–16 Local arts activist and dance ethnographer Meida McNeal presents her 3Arts-funded Ma(s)king Her, a surrealist coming-of-age narrative culled from a series of workshops on the experiences of black women. Free. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph. jaypritzkerpavilion.com



4/28–30 MacArthur “genius” grant awardee Kyle Abraham returns to Chicago with When the Wolves Came In, an evening-length work anchored by the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th anniversary of apartheid’s abolishment. New music by Grammy winner Robert Glasper backs Abraham’s fluid contemporary hip-hop style. $10–$30. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org


4/1–10 Chicago Tap Theatre premieres Time Steps, a narrative piece probing love, loss, and time travel with original music by Kurt Schweitz and narration by Marc Kelly Smith. $23–$35.
4/30 at 2 The Adventures of Tapman. Stage 773’s Inoffensive Theatre Series presents a kid-friendly show mixing comic crime fighting with tap. $6–$12. 1225 W. Belmont. stage773.com


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