On December 5, 2015, CDHP took over several rooms at the Old Town School of Folk Music to host its first-ever transcribing marathon. Attendees brought their laptops and headphones, chose a recorded interview, and got to typing! Typing from Chicago Dance History Project on Vimeo. Bill Frederking brought hundreds of his photos for folks to peruse and help him identify dancers as they went. We nourished … Continue reading Transcript-A-Thon

Sybil Shearer: Maverick of the Past, Muse of the Present

Following a reconstruction of Sybil Shearer’s Judgement Seeks Its Own Level (1969), CDHP hosted a panel discussion with Bonnie Brooks, Director of the Dance Center at Columbia College; Carol Doty, Morrison-Shearer Foundation Trustee; Kristina Isabelle, Artistic Director of Kristina Isabelle Dance Company; and Toby Nicholson, Morrison-Shearer Foundation Trustee and former dancer in Sybil Shearer Dance Company. Continue reading Sybil Shearer: Maverick of the Past, Muse of the Present

History in Motion: RNDC

In conjunction with the Auditorium Theatre, CDHP will be producing “History in Motion: Chicago, Past and Present” to accompany the “Made in Chicago” dance performance series. Each event will be tailored to provide historical context for the company being presented. Look for our programming within two weeks prior to each concert, then follow up with us in the Auditorium lobby during the show. October 3, … Continue reading History in Motion: RNDC

Chicago Open Archives

We were honored to be guests in the Newberry’s Midwest Dance Collection for their Chicago Open Archives tour on October 8, 2015. Visitors not only got a peek behind the scenes in the collection’s stacks, but they were also able to see several items – like Anna Pavlova’s pointe shoes – up close and personal. The tour concluded with a short clip from CDHP’s interview with … Continue reading Chicago Open Archives

Board Member Spotlight

Susan Manning is an internationally recognized historian of modern dance whose writings have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish. A Professor of English, Theatre and Performance Studies at Northwestern University, she has authored Ecstasy and the Demon: the Dances of Mary Wigman (1993, 2nd ed. 2006) and Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion (2004); coedited New German Dance Studies (2012); and curated … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight