Building Our Archive

In May, CDHP began a three-year process of conducting in-depth interviews with area dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates, and others associated with the form. These recorded interviews will serve as a platform for establishing a body of original and collected research that examines how Chicago has shaped dance — and how, in turn, dance has shaped Chicago — throughout the 20th century and into the present.

These videos and other materials will be made publicly available through event programming, partnerships with institutions and collections throughout the region, and our own digital archive. This virtual gallery space is the platform from which CDHP will launch multiple narratives on Chicago’s dance history and invite the general public to engage with the materials as they wish.

So far…

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