Friday, October 30, 2009

Video - frame of view Rehearsal Footage Plus Didy Veldman's Thoughts

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Listen to choreograher Didy Veldman talk about her work frame of view and her creative process.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cedar Lake Program Notes

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If you want to know more about the pieces Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will be performing here next month, here are the choreographers' notes.

Sunday, Again is first of all a piece that tries to reflect the diversity in Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. Abstract movement patterns are woven together in fugal ways, not unlike the baroque way of assembling melodic phrases and ornamentations. Secondly, and on an associative level, it thematically treats the domestic jungle of luxury problems and gender frictions. As the title suggests - there is always the irritating and inevitable Sunday which forces couples to test their coexistence abilities. Leisure time is not good for certain types of relationships.
-Jo Strømgren

Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue: I love the word “rescue.” It captures a whole story in a single word. Similarly, the body can convey narrative through the simplest of actions. For me, this work for Cedar Lake was an act of excavation. After creating the choreography, I searched within it for images that specifically evoked rescue. There are many of them. They exist inside the dancing like fragments of an untold narrative. I suppose the presence of rescue in this work is twofold, as I tried to liberate and expose these images for brief contemplation before releasing them back into the dance: saving and holding one picture of rescue in each of the ten duets.
-Crystal Pite

frame of view: I am investigating the physical movement a particular emotion may take, how it manifests itself in our body, how long that physicality may last, and the energy that it creates. By creating different interior and exterior scenes, and utilizing a varied musical landscape, I hope to create an accessible work with a touch of irony and humor.
– Didy Veldman

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cedar Lake Party Package - $50 for show and post-party at Hard Rock Cafe

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This has to be the deal of the week - great main floor seats to Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet on Saturday, November 14 and an after-party at Hard Rock Cafe with members of the company - for just $50!

The party includes premium bar and buffet!

Limited availability - we can only sell 45 packages! Call today to get yours - 312.922.2110 ext 300. (This is a 21+ event.)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cedar Lake Video - on "Ten Duets"

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In this video, one of Cedar Lake's dancers talks about Crystal Pite's Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, one of the pieces that will be performed November 14 & 15.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cedar Lake - A Truly International Company

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We were looking at the program notes today for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's upcoming Auditorium engagement, and we were truly amazed at the diversity of the company!

Cedar Lake's dancers hail from all over the U.S., as well as France, S. Korea, Romania, Spain, Japan and the Netherlands. The three choreographers are Canadian (Crystal Pite), Dutch (Didy Veldman) and Norwegian (Jo Stromgren). And the dancers and choreographers have ties to companies that are very familiar to Auditorium audiences: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nederlands Dans Theater and Chicago's own Hubbard Street.

Just one more reason we're so excited about Cedar Lake's Chicago visit! Tickets are available at 800.982.2787, and our box office.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Intro Video

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Cedar Lake will be performing at the Auditorium November 14 & 15. Don't miss this exciting company! Call 800.982.2787 or click here for tickets (tickets start at $30!)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

$15 Student Rush tickets available for The Joffrey Ballet's Othello

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Tickets are available:

Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 25 at 2 p.m.

Check out Othello video!

Get Tickets:

In person at the Auditorium box office (located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy)
One hour before show time
Two tickets per valid college student ID
Locations based on ticket availability

Dancer: Fabrice Camels. Photographer: Herbert Migdoll.

Please note: Student Rush are tickets sold at the discretion of the present. Policies may differ.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Raves for Miami City Ballet!

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Did you see the amazing reviews for Miami City Ballet? Read what the Tribune and Sun-Times had to say.

What did you think of the performance?

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