For the first time ever, the Chicago Dancing Festival 2012 is inviting the public to be part of a performance and no dance experience is required. How fun is that? You can be on stage, tell people you are a performance artist and never have to actually take dance lessons.
Bolero Chicago was commissioned especially for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2012, a week-long free celebration of dance in all forms. Conceived and choreographed by Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director of New York-based troupe Keigwin + Company, Bolero Chicago combines three trained dancers with up to 100 non-dancer members of the Chicago community on stage.
How can you and your family be part of it? There are four information sessions coming up. These are located across Chicago, so no matter where you live in the city or suburbs there is something close to you.
- Friday, July 13, 4:30 pm at The Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue
- Saturday, July 14, 11:00 am at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street
- Saturday, July 14, 2:00 pm at PINT, 1547 N. Milwaukee Avenue
- Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th Street
Each community meeting, led by Keigwin + Company member Ashley Browne, will address what participants can expect in the Bolero Chicago rehearsal and performance process and what would be expected of them if they choose to commit to the project. At the end of each meeting there will be a sign-up opportunity to join the Bolero Chicago cast. There will not be a formal audition process, so the choice to participate is strictly up to you.
Rehearsals for Bolero Chicago will take place Monday through Friday evenings, August 6-11 and 13-18. Participants will also need to attend dress rehearsals August 19 and 24. Additional information about time commitments will be provided at each community meeting. People of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels are encouraged to participate and no prior dance experience is necessary. The on-stage performances of Bolero Chicago occur at Chicago Dancing Festival’s opening program, “Chicago Dancing” at the Harris Theater, Monday, August 20 and again as part of the Festival’s grand finale program, “Celebration of Dance” at the Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, August 25.
Community-based art projects only work if the community participates. Be sure to share this information with anyone you think might be interested in participating. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join in.
Disclosure: I am a Chicago Dancing Festival 2012 partner blogger. I don’t receive any money for this. I do it because I believe strongly in the value of arts in our communities. You can read the full story for more information.
Shari Schmidt writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of the Chicago Dancing Festival 2012
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