River North Dance Chicago

April 15, 2011 10:06:05 AM PDT
River North Dance Chicago makes Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University debut with the world premiere of "Simply Miles" set to original recordings by jazz legend, Miles Davis. The four-movement piece marks the first time the Auditorium Theatre has commissioned a new work.

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River North Dance Chicago
Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University
Saturday, April 16 at 8 PM
Tickets: $30-$69
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"Simply Miles" is a four movement suite of dances choreographed to enhance visually the fluidity, technical brilliance and storytelling ability of Miles Davis' body of work. The music includes some of Davies' most groundbreaking pieces including "So What;" "Blue In Green" from the legendary 1959 album "Kind of Blue;" "Half Nelson"from the album "Workin' With The Miles Davis Quintet;"and an excerpt from "Bitches Brew,"the title track of the 1970 double album. The piece is conceived, directed and choreographed by RNDC Artistic Director Frank Chaves; company members Christian Denice and Ricky Ruiz serve as assistant choreographers. This work was also made possible by contributions to RNDC by William D. & Orli Staley/Bill & Orli Staley Foundation, Scott Hughes, and ReedSmith LLP.

"We are excited about this commission from our friends at The Auditorium and are thrilled to be making our debut on this legendary stage," said Chaves. "By joining the other wonderful companies that are part of the Auditorium's International Dance Series, we are hoping to continue to introduce our work to new audiences," added Executive Director Gail Kalver.

Also on the program for RNDC's one-night-only debut engagement at ATRU is "Evolution of a Dream" choreographed by Sherry Zunker; "Beat" by Ashley Roland; "Sentir em Nós (Even for Us)" by Chaves; "Train" choreographed by Robert Battle, who was recently named artistic director designate of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; "At Last" (excerpt from "Mission") by Chaves; and "Habaneras, the Music of Cuba" by Chaves.

Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago's leading dance companies, receiving critical acclaim both on a national and international level. Under the direction of Artistic Director Frank Chaves, the jazz-based contemporary company embodies a true flavor of "Americana" in its dynamic repertoire.

From Frank Chaves to the dancers whose artistry and talent have mesmerized a nation, River North Dance Chicago brings a bold standard of excellence to the cultural landscape of many communities. RNDC is recognized for its highly skilled and emotive dancers, stimulating music and bold and commanding choreography.