River North Dance Chicago to Perform at Center for the Arts

Posted: January 9, 2012 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: January 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Mason’s Center for the Arts will welcome jazz-based contemporary dance company River North Dance Chicago on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m.

Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers, River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies and one of the most popular national repertory ensembles touring today.

Forbidden Boundaries, choreographed by Frank Chaves, 2010. Photo by Erika Dufour

Under Artistic Director Frank Chaves and Executive Director Gail Kalver, River North Dance Chicago is committed to embodying a true flavor of “Americana” by developing a diverse and eclectic repertoire of work by established and emerging American choreographers.

In addition to works by Chaves, the company has acquired and commissioned original works by a large collection of nationally and internationally renowned contemporary choreographers, including Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Sidra Bell, Sabrina and Ruben Veliz, Daniel Ezralow, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Ashley Roland, Randy Duncan, Julia Rhoads, Harrison McEldowney, Kevin Iega Jeff and former Co-Artistic Director Sherry Zunker, among others.

“We’ve expanded the idea of what jazz dance is, and that happened in a very organic way throughout the years,” says Chaves. “River North is a very elegant and classy company, and those words aren’t always synonymous with what people think of when they think of jazz dance. Our company is personable, charismatic and emotive. Audiences get to experience a high-quality artistic product that is also very entertaining.”

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $21, $34 and $42. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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