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Dance of Destiny

Fate leads Mabiba from healing to teaching in the cultural celebration Lokolé.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Her father knew, perhaps since her birth, that she would be a dancer. He wouldn’t admit it at first, and it wasn’t open for discussion—she needed to focus on her studies. But her mother was a professional dancer, and if you had asked...

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Silver Mettle

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago turns 25 and avoids midlife stasis.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Twenty-five years old seems early for a midlife crisis. But for an arts organization, reaching that anniversary can be an opportunity for reflection on whether to stay the course, or shake things up. Case in point: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. A quarter-century...

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Full Moonwalking

Odyssey Dance Theater turns pop horror into a Halloween Thriller.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It was one of the most memorable moments in music video history: The King of Pop transforming himself into a werewolf, into a zombie, into a loving red-leather-and-zipper-sporting boyfriend. Yes, Michael Jackson’s Thriller redefined its own medium....

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Shudder Speed

Father and son photographers find their unique vision in a shake of the camera.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In the world of photography, there often exists a line drawn deep in the sand. Not the one delineating the schools of aesthetic choices, like color vs. black and white, but one that often conjures snide remarks and outright indignation. It’s the...

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Artistic Momentum

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Alot of mothers would like their children to grow up to be mainstream professionals. The problem is, some kids just aren’t interested in dissecting cadavers, defending criminals or being corporate headhunters. They just want to paint. Artist Nathan...

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Re-Stage Fright

Unstable Elements takes on the challenge of teaching old dances new tricks.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Repertory dance companies have a built-in challenge, and it’s right there in that word “repertory”: It’s hard to stay fresh when you’re staging old works. The trick, it seems, is all in the re-staging of a piece. If the...

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Charlotte’s Web

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s associate artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen had another title in mind when the company decided to produce an evening of her work. Boye-Christensen’s essential minimalism and her recent explorations...

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Dance Discipline

Eric Stern draws his whole life into choreography for Muscle Memories.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When it comes to memories and material from which to construct his art, modern dancer/choreographer Eric Stern has plenty to draw from. “I feel like I’m a jumble of interests,” says Stern. “I have a degree in biology. I love literature....

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Alors et Maintenant

The City of Lights’ past and present collide in Revisting Atget’s Paris.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Romance. Paris is about romance, and romance is about moments. Any single person wandering through the streets of Paris will notice the physical romance, won’t be able to help but notice. In a way, Paris is a city that punishes the lonely by making...

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Portraits of Punishment

Kim Martinez explores a de-humanized prison system in Warped Spaces.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Our modern, enlightened penal system often views basic human needs like contact, communication and individuality as threats to institution’s efficiency and overall security. Consequently, they are prohibited. Artist Kim Martinez finds this systemic...
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