Category Archives: Dance Review

Unique! Walkabout Theatre Presents The Brink! or Nobody’s Ever Kissed Me Like That at Links Hall (March 17, 2018)

The Brink is a cabaret of song and dance that is quite unique. It was created in partnership with Links Hall, Chicagos DCASE, Darmouth College/VoxFest and the Cricoteka Centre in Krakow, Poland. The European influence is very strong in its style. It shares some similarities with the Trap Door Theatre, who are known for putting on cutting edge shows from Europe. The playlist is composed of American pop and jazz standards performed in their own original style.

The instrumentation is unique as well. In addition to the vocals, there is a piano, a small drum set, and a theremin, which controls the pitch and volume based on the position of the performers hands. The performances are also sexy at times. For example, one performer sings wearing a white button down shirt without pants while water is poured over her head.

Get tickets now for The Brink! Through March 31st! It’s sure to be an experience you won’t soon forget!


Quinn Delaney


Excellent! Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at The Auditorium Theatre (March 8, 2018)

Stack-Up (1982)

Choreography by Talley Beatty

With a song like “Faces” by Earth, Wind & Fire, it has to be a fun piece. And Alvin Ailey does not disappoint. It’s incredibly lively and vibrant with dancers in bright and colorful outfits dancing all over the stage with giant smiles on their faces. It’s like being in a 70’s dance club, disco ball, and all! There is even the guy who took way too many drugs bumbling around the stage. This is a great piece to open up the night.


Victoria (2017)

Choreography: Gustavo Ramirez Sansano

This is a very artistic piece. The staging is all black and white. The music is eerie. Dance can be a very abstract art, and this is the case here. It’s good to see this dance company continuing to experiment.

AAADT in Gustavo Ramirez Sansano's Victoria, photo by Christopher Duggan.

Victoria Choreography by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik nyc 212-362-7778


Revelations (1960)

Choreography by Alvin Ailey


This is a full company piece that is met with a loud applause right when it starts. It’s gospel music that plays which gives the piece a religious feel. It’s happy, sad, and beautiful. Since its premiere, it has been performed continuously around the globe and it has become the most widely seen modern dance piece in the world.

Get tickets now for Alvin Ailey through Sunday!

Quinn Delaney

See our review of Alvin Ailey from last year!

Must See! Tablao Flamenco Cordobes in Barcelona, Spain

At Tablao Flamenco Cordobes, a large team unites to bring together an intense show. There are six men (three singers, two guitarists, and one dancer) along with three women (two dancers and one singer). Why do they need so many people? Because each person performs with such passion and energy and they give everything they have for a few minutes before they need a break.

The dancing is so strong and athletic that you almost have to jump back when they stomp. It blows you away. The women are dressed in long, flowing dresses, which makes it even more impressive and visually stunning.


The musicians are the driving force behind the action with the guitar playing being incredibly quick paced and impressive. The vocal performers are equally as talented as the singing is fierce and emotional that you can’t help but be moved.  In the small intimate space, it’s a truly immersive experience that is absolutely a must see in the heart of Barcelona.

Get tickets for Tablao Flamenco Cordobes now!

Quinn Delaney

Excellent! Rudra Experiences Presents Ghunghroo – The Sounds of Yore (28th of January, 2018)

The night begins with a video telling about the origins of Delhi which then leads into the first dance. Between each dance, the video continues with the history of this city all the way up to present day. Different forms of classical Indian dance are performed leading up to the finale, a Bollywood dance. Audience members are invited to join for this one, but only one brave soul joins them on this evening. For each dance, they wear different costumes, and they are all excellent.

Following the show, an authentic Indian Barbecue dinner is presented outside, buffet style. To start, a warm delicious tomato soup with croutons and cream. Then, the main course with fish, lamb, chicken, vegetables, rice, naan, and more. Finally, there are two excellent desserts to cap off a fantastically authentic meal.


Get tickets now for Ghunghroo!

Quinn Delaney

Review: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Presents An Evening of Crystal Pite at The Harris Theatre (December 7, 2017)

A Picture of You Falling : Crystal Pite, Choreography

This piece features two dancers repeatedly falling. Over electronic music, a voice narrates the fall: knees, hip, elbow, shoulder, head. The narration is reminiscent of Stranger Than Fiction. In both cases, the spoken words describe the action exactly as it is happening in a calm female voice.

The excellent music composition for this work is by Owen Belton. It’s a very unique piece that is truly a work of art.


The Other You : Crystal Pite, Choreography

This piece also features music by Owen Belton along with “Moonlight Sonata”, aka Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is also another duet.

With this strategy of having all the pieces done by the same choreographer, you really get a sense for her style. But at the same time, it takes away from the variety that is usually a major component of a Hubbard Street show.

Get tickets for An Evening of Crystal Pite through Sunday, December 10th!

Crystal Pite's Grace Engine

12/6/17 4:40:50 PM — Chicago, IL, USA Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s winter season tech of Crystal Pite’s “Grace Engine.” © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2017

Quinn Delaney

Impressive! A Golden Celebration of Dance at The Auditorium Theatre (November 12, 2017)

Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre first opened it’s doors in 1899. In 1941, due to the Great Depression, it closed its doors. On October 31st, 1967, it reopened with a performance by the New York City Ballet. And now, in 2017, the theatre celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Grand Re-Opening with a one night only show combining dancers from around the world. The following is a handful of the best performances.


The Swan

Liudmila Konovalova (Vienna State Ballet)

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns

This performance was very impressive. Liudmila Konovalova was standing on point for almost the entire dance. Dressed in all white, she was as graceful and beautiful as a swan gliding on water.


Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux

Koto Ishihara (San Francisco Ballet) and Brooklyn Mack (The Washington Ballet)

Choreography by Agrippina Vaganova

Music by Cesare Pugni

This was another incredible number with Brooklyn Mack performing a series of impressive athletic ballet jumps that were met with thunderous applause by the audience.



Ian Spring (Parsons Dance)

Choreography by David Parsons

Music by Robert Fripp

See a video here.

Ian Spring

This is a very innovative piece. Using quick flashes of light, Ian Spring appears to transport around the stage without moving a muscle. Every time the light is on him, he is in a different location holding the same body position. Then, he seems to fly around the stage without ever touching the ground. Each time the light hits him, he is mid-air. The audience is awestruck and erupts in applause at the conclusion!

Millennium Skiva

Todd Burnsed and Nicole Loizides (MOMIX)

Choreography by Moses Pendleton

Music by Brainbug

This piece sticks out immensely from the other acts tonight. Firstly, the music is very electronic and futuristic. Secondly, their outfits are shiny silver outfits that look like space suits. While wearing skis, Todd Burnsed and Nicole Loizides skillfully move to the music in a sleek fashion including leaning forwards and backwards at sharp angles and doing summersaults. It’s a truly artistic number whose only comparison is to a Cirque du Soleil show.



Solomon Dumas (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)

Choreography by Robert Battle

Music by Sheila Chandra

The song uses vocals in a very percussive manner and the dance is choreographed to match. Solomon Dumas does an excellent job visualizing the speed of the song and also the humor in it. The crowd is absolutely delighted.


Check out the calendar of the Auditorium Theatre for upcoming events!

Quinn Delaney

Fantastic! Polaris: A Contemporary Pole Dance Company Presents Poleitico: A Pole Show on Politics at The Den Theatre (November 8, 2017)

Poleitico is a dance show that explores issues such as gay rights, mental health, and climate change through pole dancing. November 8th was specifically chosen as it is the one year anniversary of Trump’s election. The dancing is very impressive and athletic and is met with thunderous applause by the audience. They make it look easy climbing up to the ceiling and spinning around. Also, the music chosen for the performances is fantastic.

Spotify Playlist of the Songs Used:


Program for the Night:

…But Equal: Human by Sevdaliza (racism piece)

Her: Her by Madame Ghandi (women’s issues piece)

Unholy War: Unholy War by Jacob Banks (religious persecution piece)

Reclaiming Our Lives and Crying Glory: Glory by Common and John Legend (BLM piece)

Hexus: The Spring by Khary Laurent (climate change piece)

Frame of Mind: Breathe Me by Sia (mental health piece)

Requiem : Requiem For Tower by Escala – An adaptation of Lux Aeterna from the Requiem For A Dream Soundtrack  (drug addiction piece)

When Home is a Person:  Stickwitu by The Pussycat Dolls (gay rights piece)

-It’s unknown if these dancers are a couple in real life, but it definitely felt like they were.

Generations to Come: Amerika by Young the Giant (immigration piece)

-See our review of Young the Giant at Northerly Island on September 9th here, in which Amerika is their opening song.

Quinn Delaney



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