About Chicago Dance History Project

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) seeks to investigate, preserve, and present the oral and corporeal histories of theatrical dance in Chicago and its vicinity. It aims to honor the vast number of national and international dance artists with roots in the city; to surface lesser-known individuals, organizations, and venues that have anchored Chicago’s strong local dance community; and to link various collections of historical … Continue reading About Chicago Dance History Project

Founder of Luna Negra Talks Dancing his Way to Representation

Eduardo Vilaro moved to Chicago in 1997 to pursue a Masters degree at Columbia College. Immediately thereafter, he founded Luna Negra Dance Theater in order to defy stereotypes and express the realities of Latin-Americans through authentic contemporary dance. In 2011, he left Luna Negra and ret urned to succeed Tina Ramirez as Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. Luna Negra was Chicago’s premier Latinix dance company and … Continue reading Founder of Luna Negra Talks Dancing his Way to Representation

Dance and Design with Margaret Nelson

This week we had the honor of interviewing Chicago production and design luminary, Margaret Nelson, for the CDHP oral histories archive. Margaret recounted for us her many years as a lighting designer in the dance community, working in spaces as distinct as Links Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Navy Pier. While remaining one of the most sought after designers in Chicago dance, she has shared her expertise with students … Continue reading Dance and Design with Margaret Nelson

History in Motion: Deeply Rooted at 20

On February 4, 2017, Chicago Dance History Project and members of the Chicago dance community met to celebrate 20 years of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT). Co-founder Kevin Iega Jeff and dance education director Nicole Clarke-Springer reflected on their time with DRDT and looked towards the company’s promising future.   Both Iega Jeff and Nicole Clarke-Springer were eager to share advice from their experience with … Continue reading History in Motion: Deeply Rooted at 20

History in Motion: Deeply Rooted at 20

Center Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie Saturday, February 4, 2017, 6:30-7:15PM FREE and OPEN to the public As part of an ongoing series, Chicago Dance History Project is excited to bring History in Motion to North Shore Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater with a pre-performance panel discussion. History in … Continue reading History in Motion: Deeply Rooted at 20

CDHP seeks video editor

CDHP seeks an experienced video editor to work part-time editing interviews and panel discussions with dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates, and others associated with dance in Chicago. Must have knowledge of Final Cut Pro X and standard video codecs. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and creative with strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines. Access to own hardware and software is a plus. Specific … Continue reading CDHP seeks video editor

Too Beautiful to be Named

On view Friday, July 29 – Thursday, August 4 4E Gallery, 2255 S. Michigan Ave. opening reception July 29, 6-9pm Please join us and former members of the MoMing collective to hear and share stories of MoMing, Friday July 29, 7-8pm. Too Beautiful to be Named is an exhibit consisting of re-enacted archival photographs, video documentation, and selections of interview transcriptions. It re-inscribes the work which was presented at MoMing … Continue reading Too Beautiful to be Named

Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company

On April 27, 2016, CDHP and many members of the community gathered at the Newberry Library to hear from three founding artistic directors – Joel Hall, Dame Libby Komaiko, and Hema Rajagopalan – about what it takes to sustain a dance company in Chicago. Why start a company? “I craved dance,” Joel Hall simply stated. He started Joel Hall & Dancers in 1974. That same … Continue reading Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company