Guide to Winter Dance 2014: Temperatures are rising

January 2, 2014
The Chicago Tribune
Laura Molzahn


Things heat up quickly after New Year's. Dance things, that is. These are just some of the events you might want to mark on your calendars.

Striding Lion Performance Group: The multidisciplinary troupe remounts Annie Arnoult Beserra's vivid multimedia "Dada Gert," riffing on multifaceted Weimar-era "Degenerate" artist Valeska Gert. 7 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Northwestern University Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle, Evanston; $10-$20 at 773-769-7540

Joffrey Ballet: In "Contemporary Choreographers," the troupe looks close to home for one of its three company premieres: "Crossing Ashland" — yes, that Ashland — by Chicago independent artist Brock Clawson. Also on the bill: Christopher Wheeldon's "Continuum" and Alexander Ekman's "Episode 31." 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 14, 20, 21; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22; 2 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23; Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; $31-$152 at 800-982-2787 or

Abraham.In.Motion: Kyle Abraham, a 2013 MacArthur "genius" grant recipient, makes his Chicago debut with "The Radio Show," based on memories of his youth in Pittsburgh.7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22, 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; $22-$28 at 312-397-4010 or

Compagnie Kafig: This boundary-crossing French hip-hop company anchors the two-week "B-Real" urban-movement festival with performances of two works, one of them inspired by Brazilian dance. 8 p.m. Feb. 20-22, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.; $21-$30 at 312-369-8330 or

Thodos Dance Chicago: Melissa Thodos teams up with architect Jeanne Gang on a world premiere; three other pieces round out the program. 8 p.m. Feb. 22, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; $26-$46 at 847-673-6300 or 7:30 p.m. March 8, 2 p.m. March 9, Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.; $20-$60 at 312-334-7777 or

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: A Chicago favorite makes further incursions into contemporary dance, among them company premieres by Bill T. Jones and Wayne McGregor. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 5-7, 2 and 8 p.m. March 1 and 8, 3 p.m. March 2 and 9, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; $32-$92 at 800-982-2787 or

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: This spectacular troupe returns, after more than two years, with "Songs of the Wanderers," which combines a stage full of golden rice (uncooked) with Georgian folk songs, Lin Hwai-Min's mesmerizing choreography and his dancers' artistry. 7:30 p.m. March 14, 3 p.m. March 16, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; $25-$68 at 800-982-2787 or

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Brush up on your Jiri Kylian savvy with an all-Kylian program that includes HSDC premieres of "Sarabande" and "Falling Angels." 7:30 p.m. March 13, 8 p.m. March 14-15, 3 p.m. March 16, Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.; $25-$99 at 312-850-9744 or

Wendy Whelan: For "Restless Creature," the astonishing New York City Ballet ballerina invited choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and HSDC's Alejandro Cerrudo to each create a duet, which each dances with her. Can't miss. 7:30 p.m., March 20, Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.; $40-$95 at 312-334-7777

Giordano Dance Chicago: Lots of live music sets this engagement apart. For Autumn Eckman's new full-company work, Bella Voce performs compositions by Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre; repertory works add live accompaniment. 7:30 p.m. March 28-29, Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.; $15-$60 at 312-334-7777