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Ruth Page: Creating Shakespeare through Dance

Ruth Page in Taming of the Shrew

Ruth Page in Taming of the Shrew

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

6 pm

Ruggles Hall

In partnership with the Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Open to the Public
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs

No art forms have escaped the influence of Shakespeare’s creativity—and dance is no exception. In the true spirit of Creating Shakespeare, this program will explore how Shakespeare was interpreted by Chicago dancer Ruth Page, and will present a re-interpretation by choreographers Venetia Stifler and Victor Alexander and dancers from the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. See Shakespeare’s stories and most famous characters set to motion, through live dance, film footage, and commentary from the choreographers and Newberry librarians.

Three Heroines (2016)

Choreography: Venetia Stifler
Music: Ezio Bosso, Domenico Scarlatti

Lady Macbeth

Dancers: Edson Cabrera, Jamie Farrell, Alberto Gonzalez, Nashley Mattocks, Mary O’Rourke, Taimy Ramos, Kelsee Simons

Juliet

Dancers: Edson Cabrera, Jamie Farrell, Alberto Gonzalez, Jessie Gutierrez, Nashley Mattocks, Mary O’Rourke, Taimy Ramos, Kelsee Simons

Kate

Dancers: Edson Cabrera, Jamie Farrell, Alberto Gonzalez, Jessie Gutierrez, Nashley Mattocks, Mary O’Rourke, Taimy Ramos, Kelsee Simons

About CDI/Concert Dance Inc.

Founded in 1981, CDI/Concert Dance Inc. is the official contemporary dance company and an Artist In-Residence of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. CDI creates and presents contemporary works that evolve from a choreographic collective under the artistic direction of Emmy Award-nominated choreographer, Venetia Stifler, often using live music, video, and other media in its performances. This approach to dance and choreography drives the company’s artistic vision and sets an example of artistic collaboration. CDI has evolved from a repertory company into a dance collective and artistic incubator, a unique community of collaborators within a growing organism that changes with every new dance created. The choreography presented by CDI comes out of this creative process. Because the dancers are both highly trained technically and active in the development of the movement vocabulary, their skills of improvisation and ability to create visual imagery results in work that is not only of the highest caliber, but also artistically proficient and emotionally satisfying.

This event is part of programming related to the Newberry exhibition Creating Shakespeare, which runs from September 23 to December 31, 2016.

Explore the Newberry’s Shakespeare-related collection, and our extensive collection related to the dancer Ruth Page. Watch clips of rehearsal footage of Shakespeare-inspired choreography that legendary dancer Ruth Page never performed publicly, on our Creating Shakespeare Video Series page.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; no registration required.