Bob Eisen is an elder statesman in the giddy, fluid world of improvisation--a Minister of Silly Walks, though improv shouldn't be described so flippantly of course. He started the Chance Dance Fest in 1990 and has performed in it every year since; now he returns from New York (where he moved last September) for the final Wednesday of the festival (after spending the first part of August on one of his renowned Greyhound bus tours, performing in San Diego, LA, Reno, San Francisco, and Minneapolis). He'll offer an improvised solo as a "special guest" on the regular program, which includes Selene Carter with A Group Just Forming, Asimina Chremos with musician Nathaniel Braddock and dancer Robbie Cook in Box, and Pam Linnell with Out of the Blue. Eisen will also perform a weekend gig with other past and present fixtures on Chicago's performance scene: Charlie Vernon dances with Sandra Susczy in Etch A Sketch: The Updated Adventures of Wayne Wetzel and Donna Draper, revisiting characters Vernon created in 1981. Bryn Magnus of the Curious Theatre Branch presents one of his trademark movement pieces based on pop-culture images. And Kay Wendt LaSota performs with Atalee Judy, Kathleen Maltese, Julie Hopkins, and Selene Carter in an improvised piece contrasting different energy levels. Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824. Wednesday, August 22, 8 PM. $8. Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25, 8 PM. $10.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/William Frederking.