Free Tickets Released For The Chicago Dancing Festival

Tickets for the indoor performances of the  at Harris Theater and Museum of Contemporary Art become available this week.  All tickets are free but tickets for indoor events must be reserved in advance through each venue’s box office. The Chicago Dancing Festival, featuring top ballet, modern and hip-hop companies from Chicago and across the country, is set to take place August 20 – 23.

Chicago-based choreographer Ron De Jesus, a former dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and now Artistic Director of Ron De Jesus Dance, has been commissioned by the Dancing Festival to create a new duet for the dancing male pair of Ben Wardell (Nexus Project, Lucky Plush Productions, formerly Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) and Michel Rodriguez (Nexus Project, formerly Hedwig Dances). Transition Zone will premiere as part of the Festival’s “Dances for 2” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., in two performances, Friday, August 22.

New York-based choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie, who has set work on and collaborated with pop stars like Beyoncé as well as highly regarded institutions like The Juilliard School, the Alvin Ailey B.F.A. Program and tap legend Savion Glover, has been commissioned by the Festival to create a new work for the student dancers of After School Matters, to premiere on the Pritzker “Celebration of Dance” program, August 23.

These new commissioned works are in addition to the previously announced World Premiere the Festival has commissioned from New York mixed-genre choreographer Kyle Abraham for the dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, entitled Counterpoint. This work, to be performed at the Harris Theater as part of the “Classics and Creations” program August 20, is set to Tu Non Mi Perderai Mai by Peter Gregson and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor: Third Movement, performed by Arthur Rubinstein.   

Tickets for the August 20 program at the Harris Theater will be released Tuesday, July 8 at noon, available in person at the Harris Theater Box Office, 205 E. Randolph Drive, or by calling (312) 334-7777.  Limit two (2) tickets per order; tickets ordered by phone will be held at Will-Call.  No tickets are needed for the outdoor Pritzker Pavilion events, including the Opening Night Simulcast presented by the Harris Theater on August 20 and the Grand Finale performance on August 23. 

This year, the Chicago Dancing Festival hosts “Last Dance,” a party to acknowledge the sponsors whose support is crucial to keeping the Festival’s performances free for the public.  “Last Dance” takes place Saturday, August 23, on the Terrace at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street.  The evening includes pre-show cocktails beginning at 6 pm followed by reserved seating for the performance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, then a post-show picnic with cocktails and a chance to mingle with the artists.  If you are interested in donating or learning more about sponsorship opportunities visit  or call 773-609-2335.

Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 Schedule

“Classics and Creations”: Wednesday, August 20 – 7:30 pm at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Street.  The Chicago Dancing Festival opening night program will be simulcast on the outdoor screen of the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Counterpoint, CDF original commission by Kyle Abraham          
  • The Juilliard School, The Jig Is Up by Eliot Feld
  • Martha Graham Dance Company, Errand into the Maze by Martha Graham
  • Stars of American Ballet*, Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins
  • The Joffrey Ballet, Bells (excerpt) by Yuri Possokhov

“Dances for 2”: Friday, August 22 – 6 pm and 8 pm at Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

  • Adam Barruch, Belladonna by Adam Barruch
  • The Joffrey Ballet, Bells (excerpt) by Yuri Possokhov
  • Martha Graham Dance Company, Errand into the Maze by Martha Graham
  • Ron De Jesus Dance*, Transition Zone, CDF original commission by Ron De Jesus
  • Pam Tanowitz Dance*, Passagen by Pam Tanowitz (live music)

“Celebration of Dance” Grand Finale: Saturday, August 23 – 7:30 pm at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street

  • After School Matters, CDF original commission by Darrell Grand Moultrie
  • The Joffrey Ballet, Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp
  • The Juilliard School, The Jig Is Up by Eliot Feld
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián
  • Rennie Harris Puremovement*, Students of the Asphalt Jungle by Dr. Rennie Harris
  • Stars of Washington Ballet Brooklyn Mack and Maki Onuki, pas de deux from Le Corsaire by Marius Petipa

Any empty seats or tickets unclaimed at 15 minutes prior to curtain time will be released to those in a Stand-by line.  Stand-by lines begin one hour before each performance, in person only.  All seating is general admission. 

Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance is a 1500-seat state-of-the art performance venue located in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
How much: $12 suggested admission, $7 students & seniors
The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists.

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