DanceWorks Chicago is one of Chicago’s dance treasures: it attracts some of the hungriest emerging dancers and choreographers to consistently captivate its audiences. The organization has successfully created a place for dancers and choreographers to evolve through collaboration, mentoring, and performance.
Directed by Andreas Bottcher and Julie Nakagama, the company consists of dancers who are able to interpret the various styles of choreography that fills the repertoire. Regularly featuring work by Twyla Tharp, Christian Spuck, Gina Patterson and Brian Enos, among others, DWC exhibits a wide range of contemporary work that keeps audiences consistently informed and engaged. Pieces like Tharp’s The One Hundreds 1 – 50 and Enos’ Beat Box, which combines the energy of beat box music with contemporary and improvised movement and adds to the mix actor Yuri Lane, are just two examples of how varied DWC’s repertoire can be.
Much of DWC’s home season is danced at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, although they began making forays to New York in 2012. With their mission to expose new visions in dance, DWC encourages curiosity and a personal approach to movement, as is seen in the fierce individuality of everyone involved in making each theatrical experience come to fruition.
DanceWorks Chicago Information
- Other Venues: Various venues in Chicago, NYC, and elsewhere
- Public Transportation: Good (a 2-minute walk from CTA buses 22 and 70 at North Clark Street/West Oak Street, and bus 36 at West Oak Street/North State Street; a 4-minute walk from bus 156 at North LaSalle Street/West Oak Street; and a 5-minute walk from the Red Line at the Clark/Division Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good for all venues
- Performances/Programs: 30-40 performances/events per season
- Ticket Prices: Range from Free–$40 depending on event, venue, and seating selection
- Membership: Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.