As the culminating event of its 20th anniversary season, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) presents “Deeply Free,” featuring the premiere of South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala’s INDUMBA and works that span the company’s history. Originally intending to illuminate the spiritual impact of unresolved apartheid politics in his native South Africa, Tshabalala has created an American/Chicago-focused adaptation of INDUMBA, an evening-length work performed Friday, December 8. “Indumba” means African healing hut, promising a work of stirring resilience and reconciliation. For the December 9 performance, DRDT performs Femme, choreographed by Nicole Clarke-Springer, which celebrates the allure, courage, strength, and beauty of women; Desire (1994), choreographed by Gary Abbott, which portrays three types of attraction: first sight, physical beauty, and young love; Church of Nations, created by Kevin Iega Jeff, which explores the religious, spiritual, and political implications of war and its devastating impact on humanity; and Jeff’s In a Child’s Eye, which tells the story of a little girl’s dream journey to a flower community, where she encounters a war between good and evil.
“Deeply Free” features the premiere of INDUMBA December 8 at 7:30 pm and company repertoire December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus, 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago. WTTW members who purchase one full-price ticket for either the December 8 or December 9 performance may purchase a second ticket at half price, subject to availability.
Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) offers its annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring more than 175 dancers – from seven-year-olds to grandparents. Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the 90-minute production follows Clara, Fritz, and the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer from the family holiday party and the midnight battle with the Mouse King and his troops through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. The performances feature a hip hop dance battle to send a message of peace. Instead of battling with swords, the mouse-soldiers use hip hop as their “weapons.”
The Nutcracker takes place Friday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street in Chicago. WTTW members who purchase one full-price general admission ticket to this performance may purchase a second general admission ticket at half price.
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