Fall 2021 

Limited in-person programs are returning to the Hamlin Park Theater.  Please see below.  CPD safety protocols apply.  All CMC staff/artists are fully vaccinated.


In-person, Online, Outdoor, Hybrid Programs : :  

(tuition from these classes goes fully and directly to the artists)

At the Hamlin Park Theater

NOV 11/12, 2021,  Thu/Fri

DePaul Dance Company - Fall Concert

a trial performance project event testing the safety of/strategies for reopening the theater;

if trials are successful fuller theater use slated for 2022

NOV 18/19, 2021,  Thu/Fri

Sway Dance Chicago - Fall Concert

a trial performance project event testing the safety of/strategies for reopening the theater;

if trials are successful fuller theater use slated for 2022

CMC Movement Workshops  (ongoing)

part of the Chicago Park District's 8th season of "Your Night Out at Home"

virtual, on-line movement workshops appropriate for any adult and seniors!

"Moving with Ayako Kato"

Seated Dance Movement with Elisa Foshay

We’re proud to be one of the 120 arts partners selected to showcase their work as part of the 8th season of Chicago Park District’s “Your Night Out at Home.” This year, we're virtual--providing on-demand workshops in your living room, backyards & balconies. Check out CMC workshops above, and ours and others at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/night-out-at-home

Adult Basic Yoga with Lyndsae Rinio


contact Lyndsae here for schedule and link to join.

Hamlin Park Pop-Up Gallery

"love, storied."

summer/fall 2021

April 1 - Sep 30, 2021.  select works online.

Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021. works in-person at the gallery.

Ru Wen: collaged images and wordsadditional images here


BACK AND FORTH  |  stories, videos, photos, conversations that recollect/reconnect to a CMC work

"Coming Forth by Day" - 1st featured work (#'s 1-3)

Nana Shineflug's evening-length master work premiered in 1996 at the Harold Washington Theater, Chicago.  Inspired by Normandi Ellis' poetic translation of the "Egyptian Book of the Dead" (actually a guide for how to live life), the work was hailed as "multi-faceted and burnished with atmospheric invention" (Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune). 

.   Read Sid Smith's  full review in the Chicago Tribune: 

    "Shineflug Creates Images of Life from Death" here

.   Watch an excerpt of the 2013 performance here

.   Talk about the work here--with the original cast, CMC alumni, & fans




"Rhythm Around the World" - 2nd featured work (#'s 4-6)

A rite of passage, training ground, bread and butter (income earner), awesome-sauce in-school assembly performance (K-3) that the company, and many, many CMC dancers presented at hundreds of CPS schools for decades through Urban Gateways. 45 minutes of slapstick comedy, movement theater, dance, authentic dance forms, and content--(rhythm is all around you); and a message--"if we all work together, we can succeed"; with vignettes of dance forms--West African, Balinese, Jazz, Polish folk dance, and Ballet. A great training ground for live and on-the-fly performance--and learning how to teach and engage hundreds of youth.

See other Rhythm photos and learn about the work from decades of casts

"Approaching 9" - 3rd Featured Work (#'s 7 -9)


In 2000 as the 21st century loomed, Nana Shineflug explored a new form/way of working. She used task-like, simple (but not so simple) movement, pared down phrase material devised by 3 stellar dancers--then layered, repeated, intersected, and directed the material masterfully, creating a work startling in its authenticity, simplicity, and beauty. This original cast owned and embodied the work:

Peter Sciscioli's sideways looks, smooth lunges, and purposeful and mysterious walking; Elizabeth Lentz-Hill's emboite's reinvented for a 21st century amurican grrl, sprightly energy, technical prowess; and Cindy Brandle's fire, grace, spirit, and quirkology. The piece premiered at the Harold Washington Theater; Jeff Abell consulted on the music, helping select the pure, and at once celestial and elemental work of Pauline Oliveros, a lesbian/latinax composer and pioneer in electronic music. wow. it was rad.  Little wonder, then when CMC was looking for a rep work to build out it's multi-year Echo Project, we chose "Approaching 9"

See other "Approaching 9" photos and learn about the work from the 

    original cast


Read the Critic's Choice featuring "Approaching 9" and other works

. watch video of "Approaching 9" (re-imagined as a solo) as part of CMC's

   current Echo Project.  Performance:  Chih-Hsien Lin.

"Crash and Burn" - 4th Featured Work (#10, 11)

Ah, here we are in a new year, a new place. Much has been torn down, but much is/will be rebuilt--in, we hope, a better way. Yet sometimes, maybe, it's time/right to tear things down. This brings to mind the company's iconic "Crash and Burn" (1996)--a group work created in the 90's. While Wall Street and the country glutted/gluttoned out--many struggled and battled to survive, to be seen, heard, recognized. In "Crash and Burn", bodies battled and battered--against brick walls, each other, the unseen puppeteer(s), with literal bricks in hand. Ferocious. Sad. Admirable. Awe, inspiring. Critic's Choice (Chicago Reader) "a metaphor for all the harsh conditions of contemporary life . . . 4 dancers hurl themselves at each other, at the walls, at the security gate. "Crash and Burn" is as plain, rough, and dirty as a brick. A welcome change from some of Shineflug's more cerebral work"

(Laura Molzahn).  Timely and timeless. yes. The first performance was at the Blue Rider Theatre, a small, rough, brick-walled avant-garde performance space in Pilsen  Embodying this frenzy were dancers Cindy Brandle, Julie Schiller Daly, Holly Rothschild, Krenly Guzman.  a later performance expanded and included: Robbie Cook, Eric Paul Otto Swanson, Wendy Taylor Appling.

.  Read the Critic's Choice featuring "Crash and Burn" (Blue Rider Theater)

Read the Critic's Choice featuring Atalee Judy's version of "Crash and Burn" in CMC's concert of "covers", "Cover Band"

"Ashen Wing" - 5th Featured Work (#12-13)

In 2011 Nana put forth "Ashen Wing"--performed in dappled light, in filmy/dreamy costumes (by Collin Bunting); embodied by kick-a** dancers: Karla Beltchenko, Precious Jennings, Mindy Meyers, and Matthew Kessler-McMunn, with Jeff Abell in front and foreground, looking like everyone's favorite nerd/hunk professor reciting Wallace Steven's elegiac poem--"Angel Surrounded by Paysans". Nana was grappling with the ephemerality of life, its gauzy nature--opaque and oblique, its changeability and beauty. All that jazz. The dancers whirled and spun, and tableau-ed. Then, they seemed/and did float and spring from the wings (due to "secret" mini trampolines hidden there). Stevens knew what he was about: "Am I not, Myself, only half a figure of a sort, A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man of the mind, an apparition appareled in Apparels of such lightness (Collin got this) look that a turn of my shoulder and quickly, too quickly I am gone?" And, too quickly--4 years later-- Nana was gone. The dance was wistful, and you could feel the air move as those unseen and seen angels moved about.

.Watch video of "Ashen Wing" (excerpt) at The Other Dance Festival (10th Anniversary) 



AUG 28/29, 2021

ETHOS  Movement Summer Intensive Workshop with Ayako Kato

Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm

Location: Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater (in-person)

2 days, $40-$50 sliding -scale; 1 day $25-$30 sliding scale

What does it mean to make ourselves empty physically and mentally? How do we dance/move differently when we achieve this state? In this workshop, participants explore ways to open up the body-mind and stay balanced.   Participants will create a short dance

April 20 - June 15, 2021 (9 sessions plus a showing)

Ayako Kato Dance Movement Workshop

"WindFlow:  Going Through with Improvisation"

Tuesdays, 10 am - noon

Location: at Hamlin Park - outdoor lawn (weather permitting)

Jan 5 - April 6 (14 sessions)

Ayako Kato Dance/Movement Workshop

"ETHOS:  Following Nature Toward Spring" 

compositional and improvisational movement, somatic exercises, meditation-

Tuesdays.  9:30 - 10 am Zazen Mediation | 10 am - noon Creative Sessions

on ZOOM /orin-person outside at Hamlin Park (weather permitting) 


Dec 27


Performance - Echo 4/"Approaching 9"

Clark Park Boathouse Plaza

just before sunset (4:30 pm) .  free of charge

outdoors - socially distanced

Sep 8 - Dec 15 (14 sessions, no class Nov 24)

Ayako Kato Dance/Movement Workshop

"Be a poet" 

compositional and improvisational movement, somatic exercises, meditation--referencing/inspired by Renku, Japanese chained poetry

Tuesdays.  9:30 - 10 am Zazen Mediation | 10 am - noon Creative Sessions

in-person outside at Hamlin Park (weather permitting) or on ZOOM

Ayako Kato, 3-day Summer Intensive 

Aug 23-25, 10 am - 2:30 pm

a delicious experience combining movement (improvisational and compositional), poetry, and conversation.

Live ZOOM and/or live outdoor at Hamlin Park.

Feb 15 - Aug 15 .  Hamlin Park Pop-up Gallery

"Dream Gallery".  dreams/thought of youths

Free.  Raw posters - text and images with marker | multi youth-artists

Jun 23- July 28

Eclipse II - Dance & Creative Movement Workshop

pay what you can.  Tuesdays: 9:30 am Zazen Medidation, 10 am workshop. 

Jan 14 - June 16

Eclipse Dance & Creative Movement Workshop

with Artist in Residence Ayako Kato

What is improvisation? What is composition? How are they different? How are they interdependent? Are they really different after all? In this workshop, participants will move, practice, and discuss perspectives on improvisation and composition. Ayako shared personal realizations about these questions that she has come to through her work. The workshop focused on improvisation as performance and the refinement of improvisation skills--including the sense of time and arc and how to create a reciprocal relationship with music improvisers as an equal partner on stage.

MAR 12  |  Thu/Fri  |  7:30 pm

DePaul Dance Company


Jan 5 - March 5 .  Hamlin Park Pop-up Gallery

"Young Americans"  CMC in the 1970's

Gallery open during Hamlin Park building hours:  M-F 9 am - 9:45 pm;

Sat/Sun 9 am - 4:45 pm.  Location:  2nd floor theater lobby.  Free

mini-exhibit - select photographs and ephemera from the archives | multi-artists

Elements Ballet 

"Ethos of Elements"

Feb 20/21, Thu/Fri.  7:30 pm.

e·thos /ˈēTHäs/noun: the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations

Experience the singular character and resolute spirit of Elements Ballet through improvised dance, new works in contemporary choreography, and original dance films created by and starring Elements artists.

part of CMC's Performance Project


DEC 12/13  |  Thu/Fri  | 7:30 pm

Mordine & CO  Dance Theater

"NEXT 50.1"

Featuring new works by Shirley Mordine and Ayako Kato and including excerpts from repertoire, as well as 3 mentoring projects.  Inspired by Buddhist beliefs and philosphy, Kato's "Always the Beginning"  pursues the question:  how much can people be empty to be fully themselves.  Mordine directs a new improvisational work, Other Voices, in collaboration with musician Fred Simon; and repertory excerpts from Edge Mode (1994) and I haven't heard from you (2003) make triumphant return.  A "Dance Top 5" for December 2019/NewCityStage.

DEC 5/6  |  Thu/Fri  | 8:00 pm

TSMP + Meadow Dance Collective

"Continue & Begin"

Join The Space Movement Project in celebrating their 15th season and Meadows Dance Collective in celebrating their 1st! The Space Movement Project presents their original contemporary work 'Six of One' and Meadows Dance Collective premiers their contemporary ballet 'No Signal' .

Sept 10 - Dec 10, Tues 10 am -noon*

"Eclipse Dance Movement and

Creative Workshop" with Ayako Kato

What is improvisation? What is composition? How are they different? How are they interdependent? Are they really different after all? In this workshop, participants will move, practice, and discuss perspectives on improvisation and composition. 

NOV 21/22  |  Thu/Fri  |  7:30 pm

Sway Dance Chicago

'Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends and Myths'

NOV 14/15  |  Thu/Fri  |  7:30 pm

DePaul Dance Company:  "Restart  Night 1"

Join us in a night of new beginnings as DDC starts a new chapter.
DePaul Dance Company (DDC) is a performance based student run organization. Our mission is to continue people's passion for dancing by performing in different locations around Chicago.


NOV 7/8  |  Thu/Fri  |  7:30 pm

Mazi Dance Chicago: "Metamorphoses Showcase"

The powerful women of Mazi unveil powerful new dance work.


Nov 1 and 3.  Fri 6-9:30 pm, Sun 1-4:30 pm

Lucid Body Master Classes with

Fay Simpson​

"The Lucid Body offers a path to create a stimulating physical-performer brave enough to express the stuff of life."

more info on The Lucid Body and Fay Simpson here

To register/more information contact Precious Jennings here

AUGUST 19-23.  

Five Mornings Dream Dance -

Summer Intensive with Ayako Kato

"Follow your instincts. Do not rely on linguistic ideas." Soseski

Participants will reflect on what has been happening in our mind/body as movement/dance practitioners and as contemporary human beings due to "development." Listening to nature (through various interpretations) within us, we will practice letting go to find our grounded selves: through meditation/meditative exercise; expanding physical and mental awareness through improvisational exercises; practicing dance technique to build up flexibility, coordination, physical strength, stamina, mobility, balance, reflex, and instantaneous force; and choreographing our own solo or duet (3-5 minutes), based on your dream you saw, have heard, or have for the future by reflecting on Soseki's approach.

May 1 - Aug 31 .  Hamlin Park

Pop-up Gallery: "smoke not fog" 

installation - maniupulated and altered photos |  Jessie Young

JULY 24 - 27.

Mini somatic discovery camp, adults.

"Every inititation needs a container"

Weaving together somatic, energetic and improvisational movement practices and working with elements of earth, wateer, air, ire, and ether.

Modular workshops that you can take separately or combine into a set, include:  Elemental movement jam with Kristina Isabelle; group Reiki healing and guided meditation with Lindsay Hopkins; TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) with Carrie Drapac; morning practice with the elements (Hopkins); and the Capture the body in light (by appointment/Hopkins).

curated/organized by artist Lindsay Hopkins - CMC host partner

JUNE 6.  Thu, 7:30 pm

DanceLab II Showcase

New Trier's capstone dance class, Dance Lab 2, will present original, cutting-edge work by recent graduates. The 45-minute show will consist of a series of solos, duets and trios strung together by interesting transitions. 

APR 2 - JUN 18.  Tues, 10 am - noon. 

"This is no(h) butoh workshop" Ayako Kato 

Guided by: “Kakyo: A Mirror of the Flower” by Zeami and “Workshop Words” by Ohno

This is neither a Noh nor butoh workshop. I am neither a Noh nor a butoh dancer. I am an experimental contemporary dancer who has learned a lot from the principles and essences established by these historical master artists on dance practice, creation, and performance. I want to reflect on Kazuo Ohno’s “Workshop Words” as well as “Kakyo: A Mirror of the Flower” by Zeami Motokiyo –and, by practicing together, use them a source to find, reflect on, and/or deepen our own “freestyle” dance.  More info here

To know more about Ayako, : www.artunionhumanscape.net OR Ayako Kato Dance on Vimeo

FB message me if you have any questions!  Photo by Ken Carl


May 2 & 3.  Thurs/Fri.  7:30 pm

Dance Shelter 2019

Dance Top 5:  May 2019, NewCity Stage

"The Best Things to Do in Chicago this Month" (Chicago Magazine)

"new creations by some of our city's most inventive dance artists"


Bold, new and re-imagined dance works by the Chicago Moving Company;

CMC Artists-in-Residence:  Rachel Bunting/The Humans, Ayako Kato

and guest-artist Jessie Young (Brooklyn, NY).

April 11/12, Thu/Fri, 7:30 pm.


Columbia College Chicago - 

Dance Movement Therapy Program

Two evening performances by members of the dance/movement therapy community. Come join us as we explore borderlands: 
1.  territory at or near a border
b: FRINGE sense lives on the borderland of society
2.  a vague intermediate state or region the borderland between fantasy & reality

APR 18/19.  Thu/Fri.  7:30 pm

"New Works"  |  Synapse Arts

New Works brings together fresh voices for an evening of creative performances in an intimate venue. See a compelling evening of original pieces by LOUD BODIES (Maria Blanco and Yariana Baralt Torres), Amanda Ramirez, Nora Sharp, and Synapse Director  Rachel Damon. 

APR 25/26.  Thu/Fri.  7:30 pm

"the beginning"

forward.  the movement

An evening length contemporary dance performance.

all proceeds will support the dance education of an underprivileged child.

Feb 1 - Apr 30. 

Hamlin Park Pop-Up Gallery

"what was"

abstract works in tempera, watercolor, marker



Mar 14/15.  Thu/Fri.  7:30 pm


DePaul Dance Company

A night of dancing that explores the foundation of home, its various forms and meanings, and the journey of it all.




Mar 16.  7:30 pm

Dance Center of Columbia College

45th Annniversary Celebration

CMC Performance/Echo Project/Echo 2

with Ayodele Drum and Dance, Margi Cole, Matthew Hollis, Erin Kilmurray,

Mordine & Company Dance Theater, and more.   Hosted by the witty and energetic

Mr. Mattrick Swayze and featuring stories, videos, and performances, this party celebrates the Dance Center's 45 years of excellence in contemporary dance




Mar 21/22.  Thu/Fri.  7:30 pm

"The Light is Below You"

Peckish Rhodes Performing Arts Society

Their first ever evening length performance:  innovative, interactive, and quirky- "The Light Is Below You " combines contemporary dance and theatre to give you a one of a kind entertainment experience.

Mar 28.  Thu.  7:30 pm

Todd Keich


Feb 14/15.  Thu/Fri.  7:30 pm


Experience the world’s first full-length, entirely improvised ballet!

A two-night world premiere performed to a live score by ALEXA GRÆ, SOAKED promises an exciting new twist to contemporary ballet while paying homage to Chicago’s longstanding history of improvised theatre. 



JAN 10/11, 17/18.  Thurs/Fri.  7:30 pm RE|DANCE GROUP


RE|dance group's two newest dance works, "The Biggest Wail From The Bottom Of My Heart" and "What Love Looks Like," delve into our reflections on the current state of affairs in our country. We are proud to be using our artistic voices to explore those biases within ourselves and make sense of the world around us. We premiere each of these new works at the beautifully rustic Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater.  









OCT 1 - JAN 15. 9 am - 10 pm M-F, 9 am - 5 pm Sat/Sun.

Hamlin Park Pop-Up Gallery: 

"Soul Storage"- Lindsay Hopkins

Soul Storage is a multi-part project that returns us to the wisdom of the body by looking at it as a map of our soul's experiences; the project included:

Oct 1 - Dec 31 |  Forgotten Body :: a series of self-portraits.  Free.

Oct 1 - Dec 31  |  Body Line :: a series of community portraits.  Free.

mid-October  |  Body Mapping :: an interactive take-home guide.  Free.

Fri/Dec 14/7:30 pm | Cartographic Body :: a participatory treasure hunt.  $

This piece is part of an international exchange, Storage Units, a works-in-conversation process between the art practices of Lindsay Hopkins (US) and Penelope Morout (GR). With common interest in the interplay between energy-body-space and memory, the mission of the exchange is to investigate the relationship between consciousness and awareness and achieve a molecular-level detailed expression through the fully receptive body.  


Archives, 2018

U N T E T H E R E D, Dec 6, 7, 14.  

A 2-week performance/installation project on the eve of winter that includes 2 separate shows/weekends (Finding Nature, 12/6 and 7, and Cartographic Body 12/14) and multiple distinctive movement artists at the Hamlin Park Theater (all linked under CMC's umbrella)

DEC 14.  Fri.  7:30 pm.

Cartographic Body ::

a participatory treasure hunt | Lindsay Hopkins

Join an experiential participatory evening. An archeological moving meditation. Treasure hunt style, your inner landscape will be activated to become a moving map. You’ll follow cartographic pathways of movement through space, tracing yourself through reflective activities. Simultaneously a part of the collective around you while building intimacy through a solo journey within. This socially engaged evening acknowledges and activates the deep histories that exist as living energy within the shared spaces between us. Available that evening will be copies of the exhibition guide, Body Mapping, that provides another possibility for documenting the body, adding an additional landscape to the ongoing Forgotten Bodies self-portrait series currently on display at Hamlin. Use this body mapping take home guide to track traces of history, memory, story, sensation, awareness, injury, illness etc throughout your body and field. Through the use of symbols, elements, textures, and color the map key provided is a system for exploring the terrain of your body. Use the key and reflection questions provided in the guide to help yourself find patterns, pathways, and trajectories in your space - becoming a self-created scan of collected information as an act of reclaiming lost intimacy and strengthening self-awarenesses.


DEC 6/7. Thu/Fri at 7:30 pm.

"Finding Nature"new works inspired by nature, by: Danielle Gilmore, Corinne Imberski,

Mark Kater, Wilson Tanner Smith

Finding Nature features dance,music, and story telling as ways of expressing our relationship with the nature that surrounds us, as well as the recognition of our human nautre.  his concert is produced through a 3-month workshop with Ayako Kato at Hamlin Park.  





SEP 4 - DEC 4,  Tues - 10 am - noon.

Finding Nature: Dance Movement Creation Workshop with Ayako Kato

Find nature in ourselves:  recognize the elements and activities of nature present in our own bodies (and minds)-- one of the most fascinating, complex, ever-changing living organisms. Through movement exercises and practice (anatomical, PNF* and myofascial meridian stretch), Ayako will prepare participants to increase their physical and mental awareness and achieve a molecular-level detailed expression through the fully receptive body.  Participants are encouraged to find ANY physical and metaphorical connection (even as opposition) between the topic of this workshop and their own interests: this connection can be artistic, scientific, biological, emotional, poetic, philosophical, mathematical, sociopolitical (it can be one or all, and even beyond!!). Then, participants will create their own experimental solo, duo or trio (one performer could be a musician) to present for the end of the semester (December 6 & 7 evenings) at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater.   PNF - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

NOV 29/30. Thu/Fri at 7 pm.

"This show begins at the end."

MOVED, Columbia College Chicago.

Inspired by the closing of the Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program at Columbia College, the class of 2019 highlights the new beginnings that being a student in this program has opened up.  M.O.V.E.D. (Masters Organization Volunteering and Educating about Dance/Movement Therapy) is comprised of masters-level graduate students in the dance/movement therapy and counseling program at Columbia College Chicago. It is our mission to promote dance/movement therapy and provide creative initiatives through performance, sponsored events, and volunteering opportunities for students, staff, and faculty, as well as for the greater Chicagoland community.


Nov 17-21 | Jessie Young

// 11/17, 12-2 pm

T E C H N I Q U E (S)    C L A S S

Community based, open level.  Sliding scale:  $5-$10 drop-in

part of CMC's STAIR (short-term artist in residence program)





NOV 15, 16.  7:30 pm

Sway Dance Chicago

"Sway on Broadway"

5th annual production featuring dances from new and classic musicals in a variety of styles, such as Waltz, Swing, Samba, Tap, Modern, and more.











NOV 8, 9.  7:30 pm


MDC Performance Showcase

MaZi Dance Chicago's Showcase:  Come watch MDC perform this year's choreography!  We are a team of women who love to dance! We have taken our passion a step further by performing and most of the events we do are philanthropic in nature...we volunteer via dance.

OCT 5/6.  Thurs, Fri .  7:30 pm.


a new evening-length work created by

Kimberly Baker & Charlique C. Rolle

As a practice, both artists are very reflective and story-driven as creators. The beauty of each work is found in the nature of the story of the artists - choreographers and dancers alike. What is most important is that the work is never a piece that is simply set, but rather a piece that is found and investigated, deepening the experience of the piece beyond the studio and into life. We seek to create pieces that are evocative and provoke the audience to a sense of discomfort, forcing them to answer questions that have gone unanswered and finding a true cathartic release as they find themselves in the work, but further provoke them to wholeness. The process begins with improvisational exploration, self-reflection and self-exposing.





May 1 - Sept 30 

"Eyes in Nature" |Hamlin Park Gallery

Photographs by and of Ayako Kato.


Aug 6-10, 10 am - 1 pm, M-F

Dance Camp (ages 8-13) | registration full

Teacher:  Adriana Durant

Daily instruction/introduction to contemporary dance and hip-hop, with an informal showing of skills learned the final day for family/friends.

JUL 24- JUL 28

Theater on the Lake - in the works

in collaboration with Chicago Dramatists presents:  "Felons and Familias" -

a play in progress by Sandra Delgado

Admission is FREE. 

In 2014 President Obama announced in his new immigration policy "felons, not families" would be the target of deportation efforts.  But what happens when these two identities intersect?  A dark comedy with heightened movement, "Felons and Familias" is the story of a Chicago woman caught in the black hole of criminal immigration courts as she fights to remain with her mother and daughter in the city she calls home.

JUL 6, JUL 13

in Formal Showings - The JIMi

Fridays at 7:30 pm.  

"a rare opportunity to witness some of the best contemporary dancers in the field practice their craft"  (Furnans, Windy City Times)  Join us for these chill, casual evenings:  intimate showings by notable dance artists from Chicago and beyond (different artists each Friday)  who are sharing their creative work in performance:  from performance research  to spontaneous compositions, works-in-progress, and more refined choreographic work.


Ben Law and Joan Lin

Onye Ozuzu

Michelle Boule (NY)

Julia Rae Antonick/Amanda Maraist

JUL 13--including the Marasa Family post-show Root-Beer Float tradition!

Marguerite Hemmings/Daniel Woods (NY)

Jonathan Meyer

T. "Ayo" Alston workshop group phrase showing

Jessica Marasa/Katie Ernst (Evergreen)


JUN 30/JUL 1  |  Sat/Sun, 10:30 am-4:30 pm

JIMi Weekend Workout Workshop

"Contemplative Moving:  Deep Play Practices" 

led by Katharine Kaufman (CO

The invitation in this weekend workshop in stillness and moving is to find the dance that each of us already knows.  Alone and togehter we'll discover the spontaneous delights within any moment.  Through deep play we'll ignite the many layers of knowing and explore boundaries between our art, meditation, and ordinary days.  Woven throughout this weekend we'll be guided and held through sitting, walking, and resting positions, movement practices, improvisational scores, discussion, and a little writing.  The sense is these guided practices and structures are both valuable as themselves as well as support for Contemplative Dance Practice, with its emphasis on (the slightly daunting and extra-splendid) Open Space and Kinesthetic Delight.  Underneath the outer forms some of our inner research may involve considering our Way Seeking Mind, practice of our Creative Process, re-learning movement, social patterns, cultivating well-being, being part of a community, and investigating just this moment.


JUNE 25 - JULY 13

The JIM (Joy in Moving) .  

M-Th, 10 am - 8:30 pm; F 7:30-9:30 pm, Sat/Sun 10:30 am-4:30 pm.

Complete schedule and faculty bios at thejim.org

3 weeks of daily,  in-depth movement experiences--including classes, workshops, creative and performance practices, the inFormal Performance Series,and  gatherings-- in contemporary dance, somatics, improvisation, meditation and more.  With 20+ notable artists/faculty from Chicago and beyond (including  T. "Ayo" Alston, Michelle Boule, Kristina Fluty, Lisa Gonzales, Marguerite Hemmings, Ben Law, Chrissy Martin, Jonathan Meyer, Melinda Jean Myers, Ryan Packard, Daniel Woods,  Michael Zerang, many others). The JIM is a collaboration between The Watering Can Dance and the Chicago Moving Company



MAY 20 - JUN 24.  Sundays, 3:30-4:45 pm

"Discover the Practice of Tai Chi Chaun"

6 identical FREE classes. Led by Daniel Guidara.

All are welcome--no latecomers or outside shoes in the space.  Classes will introduce foundation principles, pung jin and the dragon body.  

The cost will be your total participation.  Donations accepted/not expected.  

May 24 - Thurs, 7:30 pm   The Body Politic

 Elizabeth Lentz-Hill and Kelly Ferris Lester

The Body Politic features two solo works and a duet choreographed by Elizabeth Lentz-Hill and Kelly Ferris Lester. Lentz-Hill’s solo “My Body Performs, Or a Clean Piko”, investigates various aspects of one’s identity, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality, and how these are embedded in specific body parts. Lester’s solo, “In Her Clothes,” looks at the ways that women strive to succeed in a masculine world and the effects of this. “People Issues,” created by both performers, concludes the performance and uses magazine images, literally and figuratively, in showing how society expects bodies to be “performed.” As the piece unwinds, current issues are folded into the narrative as the dancers investigate the connections of self and society. The event concludes with a dialogue between performers, an invited guest speaker, and the audience.



Apr 3 - May 22 Tuesdays, 10 am - noon.  

Art of Now V - with Ayako Kato :  Composition and Improvisation 

(AUH 20th Anniversary Edition)


Take a journey together to physically investigate how composition and improvisation are endlessly interdependent, interconnected and reciprocal.  Participants will also learn somatic exercises--to be ready to move, and prepare themselves to be receptive; to recognize principles to be free--or create structure/limits to be free/find infinite freedom within.  Photo:  J. Kimmel





May 10/11 - Thur/Fri, 7:30 pm

Dance Shelter 2018 | Chicago Moving Company

Rachel Bunting/The Humans; Emma Draves; Ayako Kato/

Art Union Humanscape

one of the "best dance performances of the summer" (Crain's)

Bold, new and re-imagined dance works by The Chicago Moving Company; CMC Artists-in-Residence: Rachel Bunting, Ayako Kato; and guest artist Emma Draves; DS "showcases a slew of burgeoning talent . . . every bit as audacious, complex, unusual as audiences have come to expect " (Pena, SeeChicagoDance.com)  



May 3/4 - Thur/Fri, 7:30 pm

Winifred Haun & Dancers with

BODYSTORIES:  Teresa Fallion Dance

Winifred Haun & Dancers will present two works: "Trashed," choreographed by Winifred Haun and Emma Serjeant, and "The Woman Who Fed Her Diamonds to the Goldfish Bowl," choreographed by the venerable Lonny Joseph Gordon. "Trashed" combines modern dance and circus arts to tell the story of how humans have come to clutter their lives with too much stuff, and how all that stuff keeps us from each other. "The Woman Who..." is a solo about a uniquely disturbed woman and features a table, doll and water in a goldfish bowl. Choreographed originally in 2001 for Winifred Haun, The Woman Who will be re-staged and performed by veteran Company Dancer, Ariel Dorsey.  This engagement will also feature New York City's BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance.





Apr 19/20 - Thur/Fri, 7:30 pm

GRIT Dance - Storytelling in Concert

Conor Cornelius Choreography

We believe each person has a unique story to tell and we want to share ours with you! Small and tall, young and old, we come together to create compelling stories, movement and partnering. We hope that by witnessing our stories as audience members, you can relate to our art. Through this idea, we hope to build a connection between observer and artist. Storytelling brings us together.








Apr 12/13 - Thur/Fri, 7:30 pm

Dancers in Company - "Collective Energies"


The University of Iowa's premier touring ensemble, Dancers in Company, brings their popular concert tour to the Hamlin Park Theater--Now in its 34th year, the company will present an evening-length work with Artistic Director Jennifer Kayle exploring this years theme of collective action. Collaborating with community and campus partners to better understand how a group of people share an intention, their performance will question, challenge, and inspire ideas about how we make things happen together. 






Apr 5/6 - Thu/Fri, 7:30 pm

Alluvion Dance Chicago - "Sharp Objects"


A wealthy socialite is throwing a fancy political fundraiser for her husband.  Everyone has a motive to kill in this modern dance whodunit:  A paranoid widow with a deadly past, a military general with special training, a seductress out for revenge, a college professor with questionable ethics, or perhaps one of the beleauguered house staff.  Choreography:  Kaytee Cox, Johnny Huntoon, Julia Kummerow;  Original Story:  Chad Wilson      Lighting/Set Design:  Claire Doty



Mar 29/30, Thu/Fri, 7:30 pm   

RE|Dance Group - "The Mysterious Disappearance of the Second Youngest Sister"

The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Second Youngest Sister delves into the construction of the artistic mind by exploring the intertwined relationship of three characters caught within one young female writer's reality and creative imagination. Using RE|dance group's unique flair for the dramatic, the evening length work creates a claustrophobic room filled with stacks of books that the dancers navigate as they strive for power and control. The costumes and set decor hint at the Victorian era where romance and imagination govern the mind of a young woman. The dance is driven by images of sight, desire, and curiosity, creating a non-linear narrative which draws the audience into the dancers' world, allowing for relationships to unfold.

Mar 22/23, Thu/Fri, 7:30 pm   

Letters to Self:  Dance/Movement Therapy


Community Concert


This concert is a celebration of our work as Creative Arts Therapists,
keeping art-making processes alive in our bodies, minds, and spirits.
Now more than ever it feels important to honor, support, and
showcase the many voices of dance/movement therapy. The theme
we individually and collectively explore is Letters to Self. We allow
creative expression and powerful transformation to radiate through








Mar 1/2, Thu/Fri, 7:30 pm "Lifetimes" 

DePaul Dance Company


 Come walk through all stages of life with us in Lifetimes: A DDC Production.






FEB 23, Friday, 7:30 pm | "Listen . . . "

Emma Draves and Andy Slavin

A collaborative project between artists Emma Draves and Andy Slavin, "Listen..." mines the physical fracturing which results from the struggle to participate in spaces were are not necessarily welcome into but must take part in. Our personal experiences are subtext for weaving the narrative of this work which manifests from efforts to find stability in risk, aggressive viscerality, and rituals of comfort viewed through critical feminist and queer lenses. 




Feb 1/2, Th/Fri, 7:30 pm.

 "Just Another Recent Grad Show"

Karen Yatsko and Anna Rodimtseva


Our story begins a year ago.  Karen Yatsko had just graduated, Anna Rodimtseva is about to graduate.  Both are making dances and dancing in each others dances.  Everything is going swimmingly.  Surprise twist!  Anna breaks her skull and Karen has a show at 3:00 pm on a Tuesday.  Despite these setbacks, the dances were made, kind of seen, and we all moved on with our lives.  Looking back on these months we thought, "Hey, wouldn't it be fun if we could redo that correctly?"  The answer was "Yes!"  So Anna and Karen have joined forces to rent a theater on the same evening to show works that have nothing to do with each other.




















































































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Robbie Cook, Holly Rothschild in "Coming Forth by Day"

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Kriota Wilberg, Derric Harris, Eileen Sheehan in "Rhythm Around the World" photo J. Dreyfus

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"Approaching 9" original cast-member Cindy Brandle (right, laying back).

Also pictured:  Mindy Meyers, Jessie Young.  Photo:  Erika DuFour


"Following Nature Toward Spring" image courtesy - Ayako Kato

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Echo Project.  Echo 4/"Approaching 9". Sunset showing at Clark Park Boathouse Plaza.  Photo:  SGL Productions.

Summer Intensive 2020 with Ayako Kato.  Image:  courtesy Ayako Kato.

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photo:  Ayako Kato

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"Love Burd".  Collage image:  Ru Wen.

Atalee Judy's version of "Crash and Burn" in CMC's Cover Band concert;

photo:  D. Guidara

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