Phew! What a Spring!!

Spring was filled with beautiful performances at Chicago Repertory Ballet.

This April we premiered Modern Motions at the Atheneum Theater. The production opened with a headline grabbing review: "Ambitious Chicago Repertory Ballet shows who they want to be."

In May we brought a few of these beautiful works to Evanston's Studio5 performing Arts Center. Enjoy some photos from these performances below. Don't forget you can follow our Instagram @Chicagorepertoryballet to see the latest photos and videos from CRB! 

 Trees, Melody  Ms. Jacqueline Stewart with the company in Shannon Alvis' gorgeous work "Tress, Melody".  Photo: Thopher Alexander

Trees, Melody

Ms. Jacqueline Stewart with the company in Shannon Alvis' gorgeous work "Tress, Melody".

Photo: Thopher Alexander

 Grand Pianola Music  Ms. Miriam-Rose LeDuc in Artistic Director Wade Schaaf's "Grand Pianola Music: On the Dominant Divide".   Photo: Topher Alexander

Grand Pianola Music

Ms. Miriam-Rose LeDuc in Artistic Director Wade Schaaf's "Grand Pianola Music: On the Dominant Divide". 

Photo: Topher Alexander


SUMMER IS COMING: 

CRB'S Summer Intensive is coming August 6 - 10 and will be packed with some of the most exciting classes and opportunities to study with the amazing artists of Chicago Repertory Ballet. Study in the heart of downtown Chicago in this fun and invigorating intensive. Don't wait, send your audition today!

 
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Dancer Spotlight: Luis Vazquez

Q&A with Luis Vazquez 

 
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CRB: What's been the most challenging/rewarding part of this season?

Luis Vazquez: The most rewarding experience for me this season, is being presented with both the challenge and opportunity to reinvent my dancing with each new choreographer and piece. All of the pieces in this show are so different, that it pushes me to not only use my technique and facility in different ways, but to also jump into a different world with each work. It's been challenging but I feel that my dancing as much more depth and nuance because of this process.

 

CRB: Why CRB?

Luis Vazquez:What makes CRB special is seeing so many different voices and experiences collide onstage. Both the choreographers and dancers all come from such different backgrounds, and it's exciting to see what happens when those influences come together in the studio and on the stage.  

Dancer Spotlight: Christine Janák

Q&A with Christine Janák 

 
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CRB: What's been the most exciting new work from this season?

Christine Janák : I really enjoy dancing in the new ballet Wade has created for this show. It's like a whirlwind. This piece has the full company cast in it and I think it's going to be really powerful to have so many dancers onstage. The solos really twinkle like skittering sparks, so in the crescendo of this piece I'm hoping for visual fireworks.

 

CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

Christine Janák : When the choreography feels good in your body you dance it differently. I feel I dance at my best with Wade's style, the movements flow one into the next without being predictable. Getting to work in this style of movement is not only rewarding but also quite fun. 

 

CRB: Why CRB?

Christine Janák : Art is vital to society, and good art can do incredible things. Supporting the arts makes you a part of the community of art makers, and what CRB does is incredible. In a few short weeks of rehearsal CRB has put together a stunning showcase of 4 new to the world feats of grace and athleticism and a 5th revival piece of powerful inspection on the human condition. Subtle stories told through gesture and flying leaps, whirlwinds and playful banter. Modern Motions fills the spectrum of emotions. The audience is in for an exciting ride.

Dancer Spotlight: John Cartwright

Q&A with John Cartwright

 
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CRB: What should someone expect from this show?

John Cartwright: Diversity of dance styles, beautiful music, and extraordinary dancing!

 

CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

John Cartwright: Tenley Dickey’s piece because the movement is so different and specific. She definitely has a unique movement style that is both quirky and beautiful.

 

CRB: Personally, what's been the most rewarding part of this process?

John Cartwright: The most rewarding experience has been working with so many amazing talented dancers. Everyone is so committed to their art and the amount of professionalism in the studio is outstanding. I’m truly grateful and inspired each day.

Dancer Spotlight: Eliza Weekley

Q&A with Eliza Weekley!

 
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CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

Eliza Weekley: They're all so different and challenging it's hard to choose. But if I had to pick just one, I would go with Tenley Dickey's piece. Her choreography is just so quick and nuanced but also very musical so it is hard to pick up and make look good but once you start to get into the groove of it, it is very rewarding and fun to dance!

 

CRB: Personally, what's been the most rewarding part of this process?

Eliza Weekley: Getting to work with, and dance alongside, all of these wonderful dancers & choreographers. I know this sounds very Cliché, but it's true. This is my first time dancing with CRB and I was a little caught off guard by how friendly and welcoming everyone was.

 

CRB: Why should someone see and support CRB?

Eliza Weekley: We're different. It's not everyday that you get to see dancers do pirouettes in pointe shoes and then watch them proceed to roll around on the ground in the exact same piece.

Dancer Spotlight: Miriam-Rose LeDuc

Q&A with Miriam-Rose!

 
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CRB: What's been the most challenging/fun part of the rehearsal processes?

Miriam-Rose: One of the most fun and challenging pieces for me has been Ryan Nye’s new work.  The final movement uses Max Richter’s “Infra 5”, which is one of my favorite pieces of music.  While I’ve enjoyed listening to that piece many times, I never had to truly analyze it until this choreographic process.  As both a dancer and a musician, I enjoyed the challenge of studying the piece from a musical standpoint as well as applying that musicality to the steps themselves.!

 

CRB: Why should someone see "Modern Motions?"

Miriam-Rose: Chicago Repertory Ballet is a uniquely versatile company.  With repertoire requiring anything from pointe shoes to bare feet, we truly do push ourselves to create and perform "dance that defies labels".  Not only is this versatility rewarding for us as dancers, who are constantly being challenged to grow technically and artistically, but it also makes our art approachable and relevant to the Chicago community at large. 

 

CRB: Tell the world a little about yourself!

Miriam-Rose: In addition to dancing, I enjoy playing the violin, teaching, and composing music.

Meet Django

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Originally from San Francisco, CA, Mr. Allegretti trained at the San
Francisco Ballet School on scholarship for ten years. He studied with Jorge
Esquivel, Parrish Maynard, Jeff Lyons and Jean-Yves Esquerre and attended
numerous summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre and Ballet
Chicago on scholarship. He danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a
Principal and was featured as Cavalier and Snow King in the Nutcracker,
Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and in Antony Tudor’s Continuo. As a Principal
with Manassas Ballet Theatre he performed roles such as Hilarion in Giselle,
Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker and the Jester in Cinderella. Mr.
Allegretti is looking forward to his first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.


 

 

Meet Savannah

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Savannah grew up in Boise, Idaho. In 2012, she was accepted into the Butler University Dance Program on academic scholarship. During her time there she was awarded the Lynnett Jordan Schisla Dance Scholarship and Performance Awards for her roles in the Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and her soloist performance in the Midwinter Festival. She has been freelancing in the Chicago area for the past year and a half in both contemporary and classical works.


 

 

Meet Jacqueline

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Founder and choreographer of Jaxon Movement Arts, Jacqueline is joining CRB for her 6th season.


Ms. Stewart has performed for such companies as Thodos Dance Chicago, The Seldoms and various independent choreographers. Jacqueline most recently was a principle dancer for The Lyric Opera's season of Les Troyens, Eugene Onegin, My Fair Lady and The Pearl Fishers. Jacqueline has danced for Tony Award winner Chet Walker in the Broadway Presentation of Anastasia. In 2010, Stewart became the 10,000 Dollar Grand Prize Winner of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago granted by The Joyce Theatre Foundation of New York for her choreographic work. Ms. Stewart has presented her work widely in New York City at the Joyce Soho, The Ailey Citi Group Theatre, The Wild Project, Triskaleon Arts Center and extensively in Chicago. Jacqueline’s choreography has been featured for Chicago Repertory Ballet and most recently for Madison Ballet's 2015-18 seasons.

 

Meet John

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John Cartwright is originally from Madisonville, KY and began his training in Evansville, IN at the Children’s Center for Dance Education.  He continued his studies with the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, National Taiwan University of the Arts, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. John graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a degree in Dance and Arts Administration.  He has had the privilege to perform works by Bob Fosse, Bella Lewitzky, Sybil Shearer, Ann Reinking, Val Caniprioli, Ron de Jesus, Steven Mills, Amy Seiwert, Helen Pickett, Lila York, KT Nelson, Garfield Lemonius, Kevin Iega Jeff, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Autumn Eckman, Kristina Isabelle, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Wade Schaaf.  John has performed as a guest artist with Chicago-land companies such as Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, NoMi Dance Company, Momenta Dance Company, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, and the Berkshire Ballet Theater.

 

Before coming to Chicago, John performed and choreographed for the Louisville Ballet and Louisville’s Moving Collective.  His choreography has also been produced for main stage, touring, and educational outreach shows for Thodos Dance Chicago. John was a member of Thodos Dance Chicago for 7 seasons and was the co-artistic director of Thodos Dance Chicago’s Youth Ensemble for 5 years.  Currently, John is the Faculty Head of the Secondary Program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Youth Dance Program.  He also teaches at the North Suburban School of Dance in Northbrook, IL, The Dance Workshop in Orland Park, IL, the Lake Forest Dance Academy in Lake Forest, IL, and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, which holds their summer residency at Centre College in Danville, KY. John has appeared as a guest artist with Chicago Repertory Ballet on several occasions, including the company’s debut performance, but this is his first full season as a company member.