Chicago Dancing Festival

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accessible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Richard Move as Martha
Photo: Josef Astor


The MCA joins the Chicago Dancing Festival in presenting the 5th annual festival of contemporary and classic dance with performances at the MCA stage, Harris Theater, Auditorium Theatre, and Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, plus films at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Chicago Dancing Festival is presented by Chicago Dancing Company in association with the MCA Stage and City of Chicago – Millennium Park.


MCA Moves
Wed, Aug 24, 6 & 8 pm

Independent, avant-garde and up-and-coming dance artists perform in this special program hosted by renowned Martha Graham impersonator Richard Move.

Join us at 7:30 pm on the MCA Plaza when Japanese Butoh exponents Eiko & Koma, whose retrospective exhibition at the MCA runs through November 13, perform a site-specific work.

Fri, Aug 26, 6 pm

Historian and writer Lucia Mauro leads dance luminaries in a discussion and brief performance illuminating the relationship between choreographers and dancers.

Speakers include:

  • Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Bettie de Jong, Rehearsal Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Alejandro Cerrudo, Choreographer-In-Residence for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Lar Lubovitch, Artistic Director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Chicago Dancing Festival Cofounder

Additional Venues

Opening Night Gala
Mon, Aug 22

Tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling 312-520-2210.

Tue, Aug 23, 7:30 pm
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive

Featured dancers include members of New York’s Doug Varone & Dancers, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Adam Barruch, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and River North Dance Chicago.

A shortened version of the Moderns programming plays at the Harris’s lunchtime series on Wednesday, August 24, at noon.

Thu, Aug 25, 7:30 pm
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway

This performance features members of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Fri, Aug 26, 10 am–6 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street

This evening of dance films features Invitation to the Dance, A Dancer’s World, Dancemaker, and The Red Shoes.

Celebration of Dance
Sat, Aug 27, 7:30 pm
Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street

This performance features members of the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and River North Dance Chicago.


it’s me
Photo: Kate Ryan