River North Dance Company | Dance Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Dance Critic's Choice

River North Dance Company


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


River North Dance Company

River North achieves a remarkable range within its rather narrowly defined niche. Traditionally a jazz-dance company performing short, entertaining works, it nevertheless offers a variety of styles and moods, partly because it taps a variety of choreographers. The troupe's Dance Chicago '98 program alone showcases such widely divergent work as Randy Duncan's emotion-laden modern-dance piece Turning Tides, Harrison McEldowney's witty, tongue-in-cheek ballroom dance Perfidia, and Tony Savino's supercheery swing-dance extravaganza Care to Dance. This season River North also presents the company premiere of Ashley Roland's jokey Captain Tenacity, which I saw years ago at an ISO and the Bobs performance: it involves a superhero hurling herself at a giant wall of Velcro. More promising, at least to me, are two new works by the company's artistic directors. Sherry Zunker Dow premieres Vent, a female duet set to music by Buddy Johnson, and Frank Chaves offers Temporal Trance, a piece for seven dancers said to escalate to a "pulsating" finish and set to the music of Peter Gabriel, Vangelis, Gabrielle Roth, and the Mirrors. See listing for complete program. Friday at 6:30, Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 3; then Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, at 8. At the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport; $20-$25 ($175 includes the company benefit at the Ambassador West Hotel following this Friday's performance). Call 312-902-1500 for tickets; 773-935-6860 for information, including Dance Chicago '98 subscriptions; and 312-944-2888 for information on the benefit. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Turning Tides photo by Karla G. Nicholson.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →