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!
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
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
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
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
Chicago Dance History Project’s first event and public launch, Conversations on Chicago Dance: Tap Over Time, took place on April 27, 2015 at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Panelists: Star Dixon of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Reggio “The Hoofer” McLaughlin, and Mark Yonally of Chicago Tap Theatre Photos by Sarah Gonsiorowski Continue reading Tap Over Time – April 27, 2015
Chicago Film Archives hosted a screening of George Nierenberg’s beautiful documentary, No Maps On My Taps, at the Black Cinema House on July 10, 2015. Jenai Cutcher West talked tap with Reggio McLaughlin and Bril Barrett afterwards. Photos by Sarah Gonsiorowski, Naïma Hebrail, and Susan West. Continue reading No Maps on My Taps screening and discussion
Crossing Chicago, a panel discussion on researching dance in Chicago, took place on June 25, 2015 at the Logan Center for the Arts. It was co-hosted by CDHP and the Mellon Summer Seminar in Dance Studies. Susan Manning led the panel with Jenai West, CDHP; Alison Hinderliter, Newberry Library; Onye Ozuzu, Columbia College of Chicago; Mecca Zabriskie, New College of Florida; Meida McNeal, Honey Pot Performance; and … Continue reading Crossing Chicago – Mellon Summer Seminar in Dance Studies