Dance for Life 2019 – ON THE PROGRAM

Giordano Dance Chicago performs SOUL, choreographed by Ray Leeper, a high-energy contemporary work to music performed by Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Al Green.

Photo: Gorman Cook Photography


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs an excerpt from Decadance/Chicago, choreographed by Ohad Naharin, which has been called “spectacularly immersive” by the Chicago Tribune and “a journey you’ll want to experience over and over” by the New York Times.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Presentation of “Decadance” By Ohad Naharin © Todd Rosenberg Photography


The Joffrey Ballet performs a pas de deux from Bells, choreographed by Yuri Possokhov for the Joffrey to music by Sergei Rachmaninov, which is based in classical ballet but is more contemporary, with hints of Russian folk dance. The second work, Lorelei, choreographed by Nicolas Blanc to music by Jessica Rose Weiss, is a haunting tale, based on the mythological title character, that explores the energy of longing and the movement of desire, as Lorelei and Henri dance a pas de deux quite literally to death.


Chicago Dance Crash performs Leap of Faith, choreographed by Artistic Director Jessica Deahr, which showcases its span of breakdance, acrobatics, hip hop and concert dance techniques with a celebration of movement in the most raw, pure form.

Photo: Ashley Deran


Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stone Soup Rhythms performs MOVEMENT 11, choreographed by Dani Borak, who was inspired by the musical work of the same name by Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund. Borak fell in love with the music’s strong mystical tension and tantric groove, made even more powerful by its simplicity. The movements and rhythms evolved through a process of captured improvisation, music visualization and emotional response.



Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater performs an excerpt from Mar de Fuego/Sea of Fire, a flamenco contemporary ballet choreographed by Carlos Rodriguez, which he dedicates to the late Dame Libby Komaiko, Ensemble Español founder, for her love, passion and dedication to the art form of Spanish dance, music, arts, culture and education.


Also on the program, former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) dancer and award-winning choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams presents a “first look” at a work, Echo Mine, featuring Jacqueline Burnett and Meredith Dincolo, inspired by the late Claire Bataille—one of HSDC’s founding dancers, as well as a choreographer and director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

Award-winning choreographer Randy Duncan is creating a finale using dancers from around Chicago to conclude the evening on a high note.