Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company

On April 27, 2016, CDHP and many members of the community gathered at the Newberry Library to hear from three founding artistic directors – Joel Hall, Dame Libby Komaiko, and Hema Rajagopalan – about what it takes to sustain a dance company in Chicago. Why start a company? “I craved dance,” Joel Hall simply stated. He started Joel Hall & Dancers in 1974. That same … Continue reading Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company

Board Member Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Liebman

  Elizabeth Liebman is an art historian (PhD University of Chicago and Getty Fellow), following a career in scientific illustration at museums both local and international. Her academic interests and teaching focus on representations of nature and technology in early modern visual culture and performance. Present research pursues the history of sound reproduction in eighteenth-century fine and mechanical arts. She has published articles on motion … Continue reading Board Member Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Liebman

History in Motion: Sono’s Journey

History in Motion: Dance in Chicago, Past and Present Presented by the Chicago Dance History Project, in conjunction with the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series Wednesday, January 6 from 6–7:30pm Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, first-floor theater 915 East 60th Street During its second engagement at the Auditorium Theatre on January 9, Thodos Dance Chicago premiered Sono’s Journey alongside mixed repertory by Garfield … Continue reading History in Motion: Sono’s Journey

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 … Continue reading Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company

Happy Anniversary, CDHP!

I can hardly believe that today officially marks my one year anniversary of directing the Chicago Dance History Project. We have accomplished so much in a year and yet have barely scratched the surface of investigating, documenting, and presenting Chicago dance histories. I am privileged to share this adventure with the four brilliant individuals on CDHP’s Board: Ginger Farley, Elizabeth A. Liebman, Susan Manning, and … Continue reading Happy Anniversary, CDHP!

Transcript-A-Thon

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