An Afternoon at Ensemble Espanol

Before our interview with Dame Libby Komaiko at Ensemble Espanol, Dame Komaiko and Imra Suárez Ruíz gave us a fabulous tour of Ensemble Espanol’s studios. Not only did we get to look at some great photos of the company, but we also got some pictures of the costumes from all over Spain! All photos courtesy of Ashley Deran.     Continue reading An Afternoon at Ensemble Espanol

About Chicago Dance History Project

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) seeks to investigate, preserve, and present the oral and corporeal histories of theatrical dance in Chicago and its vicinity. It aims to honor the vast number of national and international dance artists with roots in the city; to surface lesser-known individuals, organizations, and venues that have anchored Chicago’s strong local dance community; and to link various collections of historical … Continue reading About Chicago Dance History Project

Building Our Archive

In May, CDHP began a three-year process of conducting in-depth interviews with area dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates, and others associated with the form. These recorded interviews will serve as a platform for establishing a body of original and collected research that examines how Chicago has shaped dance — and how, in turn, dance has shaped Chicago — throughout the 20th century and into the present. These videos and … Continue reading Building Our Archive

Good News

We are proud to announce that CDHP has received a Media Development grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. This support will allow us to consult with a digital humanities expert on our archive, hire crews to shoot interviews and events, store our digital materials, and interview individuals vital to Chicago dance history who now live elsewhere. CDHP is pleased to be partnering with the Auditorium Theatre for its … Continue reading Good News

Take part! This is your project, too!

Do you know someone in the community we should interview? Do you have a collection of archival dance materials? Please contact us! Like to type? Help us transcribe an interview. Attend an upcoming event. Follow our online moves and share the news. Please consider donating to the project. CDHP is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of CDHP must … Continue reading Take part! This is your project, too!

Who We Are

Board of Directors: Susan Manning, Professor of English, Theatre, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University Ginger Farley, Executive Director of Chicago Dancemakers Forum Elizabeth A. Liebman, art and dance historian Zachary Whittenburg, Manager of Communication at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Executive Director: Jenai Cutcher West Research Assistants and Volunteer Crew: Madeleine Kodat (SAIC Intern), Sarah Gonsiorowski, Naïma Hebrail, Ashley Deran, Jessica Seet (Northern States Conservation Center student), William … Continue reading Who We Are