Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Residency

FEBRUARY 13 - MAY 22, 2016


Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre fuses music, dance, and visual art to explore and celebrate contemporary American society. Its professional Dance and Music Ensembles collaborate with one another, with visual artists and designers, and with the people and places of Chicago. The company’s multi-disciplinary artwork is theatrical and thoughtful, vivacious and exuberant.

Saturday, March 5, 2:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Inside/Out 2016 Kick-Off »

Meet Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre's Dance and Music Ensembles and get an intimate preview of the year ahead. You'll not only experience the immersive performance of musicians and dancers in combination with visual art, but you'll also be a part of it. CRDT Inside/Out events always include audience participation and conversation. All ages are welcome to this interactive showcase of the company's unique work which combines live music, contemporary dance, and visual art.

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Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays Through May 20, 9:30 AM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Open Company Class »

Train with the artists of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre! Experience the eclectic style of CRDT in contemporary, ballet, and jazz classes led by a rotating roster of our lead artists, including Wilfredo Rivera, Marc Macaranas, and Laura Witter.

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Saturday, March 19, 2:00 PM ·
Saturday, April 16, 2:00 PM ·
Saturday, May 21, 2:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Music and Dance Composition Workshops for Adults »

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) acclaimed teaching artists will lead workshop participants through a fun and collaborative dance/music journey.

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Sunday, March 20, 12:00 PM ·
Sunday, April 17, 12:00 PM ·
Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Music and Dance Composition Workshops for Kids »

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) acclaimed teaching artists will lead workshop participants through a fun and collaborative dance/music journey.

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Thursday, March 24, 6:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Inside/Out with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre »

This is a chance to see art being born and get to know the people and ideas shaping it. Join renowned choreographer Sherry Zunker as she shares her brand-new work in progress “An Intimate Affair,” her inspiration, and her process. Event will include performance of segments of work-in-progress by Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre’s professional Dance and Music Ensembles, as well as conversation with the creators and audience participation.

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Thursday, April 14, 6:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Inside/Out with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre »

Dive deep into CRDT’s revival of “Corner Sketches: A Tribute to Miles Davis” with choreographer Marc Macaranas. “Corner Sketches” is an audience favorite being revived for the first time in 5 years. Join Marc in a discussion about interpreting this legendary music for today, a preview of the work in progress, and an opportunity to be a part of the art.

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Thursday, May 12, 6:00 PM ·
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Inside/Out with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre »

Spend an evening with Miles Davis led by choreographer Raphaelle Ziemba, longtime member of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. Experience the beginnings of her new work on “Corner Sketches: A Tribute to Miles Davis” and get to know how musicians, dancers, and visual artists come together to make unique multi-disciplinary art.  You’ll not only see them perform but talk with them about the process and join in the fun.

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About Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre was founded in 1999 by a trio of artists: Joe Cerqua, composer and musician; Wilfredo Rivera, choreographer and dancer; and muralist Matt Lamb. In its early years, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) developed new work driven by the founders and was housed at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. The company expanded with a growing family of artists and programming that included concerts, art showings, and outreach programs. In recent years, artistic programming shifted from culture-specific presentations to Concert Series that utilize the company’s signature fusion of art forms to explore and celebrate the cultural diversity of contemporary American life for mixed audiences. In 2012 CRDT was invited to join the American Rhythm Center as a core partner, and this new relationship brought the company’s office to the Fine Arts Building on Chicago’s Cultural Mile.

 

In 2015, 16-year-old Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre reinvented itself by launching Inside/Out – a seven-month creative and audience engagement journey which culminated in a two-weekend fall concert series and the premiere of six new multi-disciplinary performance works.  In 2016, the company goes even bigger as leading Chicago choreographers create new work, a much-loved tribute to Miles Davis is revived, and the company is in residence at two leading Chicago arts organizations.

 

CRDT Inside/Out 2016 kicks off with the company’s 3-month residency at Old Town School of Folk Music, which will include workshops for adults and kids as well as the company’s now signature interactive Inside/Out performance events. It continues throughout the spring, summer and fall with more events throughout Chicago, and culminates with a Fall Concert Series in October.

 

For the latest news and peeks behind-the-scenes, find/follow Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@cerquarivera). Check out archived footage and audio and sign up for e-newsletters at www.cerquarivera.org.


Mission

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre’s mission is to fuse dance, music and visual art to explore and celebrate the cultural diversity of contemporary American life.


Artistic Director Bio

Wilfredo Rivera, co-founder of CRDT, is the company’s Artistic Director. He was a founding member of and former soloist with River North Dance Chicago. He was the recipient of an After Dark Award for outstanding choreography for "The American Plan" (2001), a Jeff Citation for original choreography in Bailiwick Theater's production of Nagasaki Dust (1997), and the Cliff Dwellers Body of Work Choreography Award (2009). Other Chicago concert credits include Trinity Irish Dance Co., Randy Duncan, Ginger Farley, Robin Lakes, the James Kelly Choreography Project, Salt Creek Ballet and numerous independent projects. Wilfredo was a featured soloist in River North Dance Chicago's Emmy Award-winning television documentary “Reality of a Dreamer;” has performed in productions featuring Diana Ross, Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minelli and Ben Vereen; and was a featured dancer representing the USA at the 1994 World Cup Soccer Series Opening Ceremony.

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