Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company


Newberry Library

Ruggles Hall

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

6:00 – 7:30pm (doors open at 5:30)

FREE and OPEN to the public

The Chicago Dance History Project is delighted to announce its second public event produced in partnership with the Newberry Library and second in its “Conversations on Chicago Dance” series, following the inaugural “Tap Over Time” panel at the Old Town School of Folk Music in April 2015. “Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company” brings together for discussion the founding leaders of three of the city’s most enduring dance institutions: Dame Libby Komaiko of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary season; Joel Hall of Joel Hall Dancers & Center, founded in 1974 as Chicago City Theatre Company; and Hema Rajagopalan of Natya Dance Theatre, also founded in 1974, and devoted to the classical Indian dance form of Bharata Natyam. Next-generation administrators also attending include Ensemble Español co-artistic director Irma Suárez Ruíz, Joel Hall Dancers & Center assistant artistic director Jacqueline Sinclair, and Natya associate artistic director Krithika Rajagopalan. Admission is free and no advance reservations are required.


Please click the links below to read the full bio for each participant.

Joel Hall

Dame Libby Komaiko

Hema Rajagopalan

Krithika Rajagopalan

Jacqueline Sinclair

Irma Suárez Ruíz

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