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Tommy Tune Celebrates Chicago Human Rhythm’s 25th Season

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 2015

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s 25th Season Kicks Into High Gear: Free STOMPING GROUNDS Concerts, Chicago Rhythm Fest at the Auditorium Theatre, Jubalee Gala Honoring TOMMY TUNE at the Museum of Contemporary Art


The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) celebrates 25 years of creating community through American tap and contemporary percussive arts in world-class, innovative performance, education and outreach programs with a series of exciting programs in 2015, including STOMPING GROUNDS, a free concert sampler April 14­-May 8; the Chicago Rhythm Fest finale concert May 13 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University; and special guest Tony Award winner Tommy Tune receiving CHRP’s JUBA! Award at its 25th Anniversary Jubalee July 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

STOMPING GROUNDS and Chicago Rhythm Fest: April 14-May 13

Making its debut April 14-May 13, the Chicago Rhythm Fest spotlights Chicago’s exceptional and diverse percussive dance community while celebrating African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish and American cultural traditions. This inaugural event is a citywide celebration of the rhythmic arts that connects diverse communities through rhythm.

Opening the Chicago Rhythm Fest is STOMPING GROUNDS, a series of free events in five distinct communities showcasing five of Chicago’s most accomplished percussive arts companies: CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM!, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, Mexican Dance Ensemble, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Each performance features two host companies and cameos by members of the other three participating ensembles.

April 14, 6 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street: Moving Dialogs, a panel discussion about the evolution and relevance of traditional dance forms in contemporary settings featuring the artistic directors of the STOMPING GROUNDS companies, sponsored by Audience Architects

April 18, 7:30 p.m., Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue: performance hosted by Trinity Irish Dance Company and Mexican Dance Ensemble plus cameos by the other companies

April 24, 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street: performance hosted by Mexican Dance Ensemble and Trinity Irish Dance Company plus cameos by the other companies

April 30, 7:30 p.m., Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue: performance hosted by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago plus cameos by the other companies

May 8, 7:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place: performance hosted by Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre plus cameos by the other companies

As the culminating event of the Chicago Rhythm Fest, CHRP re-imagines its inaugural National Tap Dance Day concert 25 years ago, featuring all five companies in concert May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Part of a citywide celebration, this unique collaboration closes the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series sponsored by The Boeing Company. Tickets are $27-67 and are on sale at AuditoriumTheatre.org, 800-982-ARTS and the Auditorium Theatre box office, 50 E. Congress Parkway.

STOMPING GROUNDS is made possible by major support from the Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

TOMMY TUNE Attends 25th Anniversary Jubalee July 30

CHRP’s 25th Anniversary Jubalee gala benefit takes place Thursday, July 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The evening, which includes a reception and dinner, welcomes nine-time Tony Award-winning performer, choreographer and director Tommy Tune, who performs his one-man show Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, accompanied by his music director, Michael Biagi. CHRP also presents Tune with its 25th Anniversary JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement. For more information, call 312-542-2477 or visit chicagotap.org.

More 25th Anniversary Season Events

CHRP’s annual Winter Tap JAMboree February 13-15 features master classes taught by guests Cartier Williams, a leading tap choreographer and protégé of Savion Glover, and Nicholas Young, who received a 2014 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Outstanding Music Composition, along with some of Chicago’s finest, including CHRP Founder/Director Lane Alexander–who recently received a Tap Legacy Award while performing with Rhapsody in Taps in Los Angeles-and Bril Barrett, Martin Bronson, Zada Cheeks, Matt Crowle, Starinah Dixon, Nico Rubio and hip-hop/break dancer Monty Rezell. Also during the weekend: Tap Scholar Auditions awarding up to $10,000 to dancers aged 12 to 18 toward tuition for CHRP’s 25th Anniversary Rhythm World summer festival of American tap and auditions for Nicholas Young’s Institute For The Rhythmic Arts (IFTRA). Information and registration are available at 312-922-1272 or chicagotap.org.

The 25th annual Rhythm World summer festival of tap and percussive dance takes place July 6-August 2 at CHRP’s American Rhythm Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Jazz Showcase. The fifth year of a five-year international focus (Canada, Japan, Brazil, Europe) spotlights Chicago and U.S. artists. For more information, call 312-542-2477 or visit chicagotap.org.

For more information about Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s 25th anniversary season, visit chicagotap.org

Photo Captions:

Left: Tommy Tune, photo credit unknown.

Right: Chicago Rhythm Fest, photos by Cheryl Mann.

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