Last week was quite a week for dance in Chicago. The Chicago Dancing Festival (CDF) presented five free nights of dance to eager audiences with an estimated 19,000 in attendance over the course of the week. Many thanks and much gratitude to the CDF staff – Evin Eubanks (Executive Director), Todd Clark (Director of Production), Natalie Williams (Admin Assistant) and of course co-founders/Artistic Directors Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke for showcasing such phenomenal talent and giving the city another chance to shine. Mayor Emanuel attending three nights of dance has secured his place as dance in Chicago’s biggest fan. I was lucky to be able to attend each night of the fest (I missed the free dance movies day) and I have to admit I was a little disappointed this Monday night when there wasn’t a kick ass show to go see. Spoiled, but grateful.
Here are links to my coverage of the CDF events: Opening Night Gala, Moderns, MCA Moves, Masters, Muses and Celebration of Dance. Some of the highlights for me were Richard Move, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Too Beaucoup, Petite Mort), Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (The Legend of Ten), Paul Taylor Dance Company (Eplanade) and New York City Ballet artists Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia (Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux). I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers and Walter Dundervill’s work. I can’t wait to see who CDF will bring in to perform next year. Plan ahead: you won’t want to miss CDF2012!
Let me know what you think! Did you go to any of the CDF shows? What was your favorite? Are you now a fan of a company you’d never seen before? What would you like them to do differently next year? What companies would you like to see at CDF 2012?