Current & Upcoming Shows

Main Stage
Chicago Academy for the Arts: Spring Dance Concert 2015
May 2nd
A showcase of works choreographed for and performed by students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Chicago Academy for the Arts: Spring Dance Concert 2015
Chicago Academy for the Arts: Spring Dance Concert 2015
A showcase of works choreographed for and performed by students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
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Main Stage
May 2nd
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Listen To Your Mother 2015
May 3rd 2015
Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.
Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to local causes. The fourth annual Chicago show will benefit the Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
What started as a single show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 39 cities participating in 2015 and an anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam Books that will land in bookstores on April 7, 2015.

Listen To Your Mother 2015
Giving Motherhood a Voice
Listen To Your Mother 2015
Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.
Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to local causes. The fourth annual Chicago show will benefit the Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
What started as a single show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 has grown into a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with 39 cities participating in 2015 and an anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam Books that will land in bookstores on April 7, 2015.

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Main Stage
May 3rd 2015
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2015 Annual Saints Grant Presentations and Celebration
Monday, May 11, 2015

It’s time again to celebrate the companies that keep us ushering as we will present $115,000 in grants to 22 Chicago area performing arts organizations at our second annual Saints Grants Awards Presentation and Celebration Mon. May 11 at the Athenaeum Theatre mainstage, 2936 N. Southport. We open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and networking, with the presentation starting at 7 p.m. After the presentation the bar will remain open and light refreshments will be available. Our hosts for the evening are “Dueling Critics” Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman, currently heard on their weekly podcast and on WDCB-FM’s Sunday morning The Arts Section. And the best part is that you will be able to meet and chat with representatives from every one of our grant recipients

We are very excited about this special evening which reminds us what the Saints are all about and shows why we have membership dues (and perhaps if you’ve been stalling on renewing, it might just get you to recommit). You can’t miss it if you’re a Saints member.

MORE INFO: Trudy Meltzer, grants@saintschicago.org
The Saints present
2015 Annual Saints Grant Presentations and Celebration
2015 Annual Saints Grant Presentations and Celebration

It’s time again to celebrate the companies that keep us ushering as we will present $115,000 in grants to 22 Chicago area performing arts organizations at our second annual Saints Grants Awards Presentation and Celebration Mon. May 11 at the Athenaeum Theatre mainstage, 2936 N. Southport. We open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and networking, with the presentation starting at 7 p.m. After the presentation the bar will remain open and light refreshments will be available. Our hosts for the evening are “Dueling Critics” Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman, currently heard on their weekly podcast and on WDCB-FM’s Sunday morning The Arts Section. And the best part is that you will be able to meet and chat with representatives from every one of our grant recipients

We are very excited about this special evening which reminds us what the Saints are all about and shows why we have membership dues (and perhaps if you’ve been stalling on renewing, it might just get you to recommit). You can’t miss it if you’re a Saints member.

MORE INFO: Trudy Meltzer, grants@saintschicago.org
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Monday, May 11, 2015
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One Grand Dance
May 15 & 16
One Grand Dance is both the title of the 30th Anniversary Concert and the linking of select, iconic works from Jan Bartoszek’s repertoire. The evening is a retrospective and reflection on 30 years of creating dances under the banner of Hedwig Dances (and 40 years of work as a choreographer). The performance also includes a world premiere by company member and choreographer Edson Cabrera entitled Bangweulu. The word “Bangweulu” is of African origin and means literally where the water meets the sky or the infinite horizon or timelessness. The dance will be structured as three separate duets based on the theme of relationships between friends, family members and lovers.
Hedwig Dances presents
One Grand Dance
Hedwig Dances' 30th Anniversary Concert
One Grand Dance
One Grand Dance is both the title of the 30th Anniversary Concert and the linking of select, iconic works from Jan Bartoszek’s repertoire. The evening is a retrospective and reflection on 30 years of creating dances under the banner of Hedwig Dances (and 40 years of work as a choreographer). The performance also includes a world premiere by company member and choreographer Edson Cabrera entitled Bangweulu. The word “Bangweulu” is of African origin and means literally where the water meets the sky or the infinite horizon or timelessness. The dance will be structured as three separate duets based on the theme of relationships between friends, family members and lovers.
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Main Stage
May 15 & 16
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Playing Our Part: an Evening with the Chicago Artists Chorale
May 19 - 7:30
This 90-minute choir concert features works by Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Rutter, as well as great choral works from the musical theatre genre.
Playing Our Part: an Evening with the Chicago Artists Chorale
Playing Our Part: an Evening with the Chicago Artists Chorale
This 90-minute choir concert features works by Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Rutter, as well as great choral works from the musical theatre genre.
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May 19 - 7:30
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Spring Affair
May 23
Once again Nomi Dance Company’s annual spring engagement includes the commissioning of Chicago’s finest talents. Monique Haley, (formerly of River North Dance Chicago), Stephanie Martinez, (founding member of River North Dance Chicago and one of Chicago’s most sought after choreographers) Giordano Dance Chicago’s Joshua Blake Carter, and Nomi’s own Katie Carey. This performance of <i>Spring Affair</i> will run the gamut of emotions and themes while at the same time engaging the audience with what Nomi is best known for– a high regard for dynamic risk-taking, athleticism, beautiful intricacies, and the dancers’ unique flavor when performing each vibrant and challenging work. Join us for an inspiring evening of dance!
Spring Affair
Spring Affair
Once again Nomi Dance Company’s annual spring engagement includes the commissioning of Chicago’s finest talents. Monique Haley, (formerly of River North Dance Chicago), Stephanie Martinez, (founding member of River North Dance Chicago and one of Chicago’s most sought after choreographers) Giordano Dance Chicago’s Joshua Blake Carter, and Nomi’s own Katie Carey. This performance of <i>Spring Affair</i> will run the gamut of emotions and themes while at the same time engaging the audience with what Nomi is best known for– a high regard for dynamic risk-taking, athleticism, beautiful intricacies, and the dancers’ unique flavor when performing each vibrant and challenging work. Join us for an inspiring evening of dance!
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Main Stage
May 23
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The Simpsons & Onion Writers In-Conversation
May 30
The Onion Panel: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

The Simpsons Panel: 3:45pm – 5:15pm

We are proud to present an afternoon of panel discussions and Q&As with writers from The Simpsons and  The Onion.

The Simpsons are wrapping up their 26th season and are sending out Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Al Jean, Rob Lezebnik, Carolyn Omine and a few others from the show to regale us with tales both big and small from behind the scenes of America’s longest running television sitcom.

Since its founding by a Prussian tuber farmer in 1756, The Onion has attracted millions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. Its omnipotent news empire now includes the Peabody Award-winning Onion News Network video wing and multiple best-selling books. In a rare peek behind the scenes of America’s Finest News Source, the core writing staff of The Onion will gather for a discussion focusing on how the world’s most popular satirical news is created and how the publication has evolved over the years before fielding questions from any of the slobbering dopes in attendance.
The Simpsons & Onion Writers In-Conversation
Part of The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival
The Simpsons & Onion Writers In-Conversation
The Onion Panel: 2:00pm – 3:15pm

The Simpsons Panel: 3:45pm – 5:15pm

We are proud to present an afternoon of panel discussions and Q&As with writers from The Simpsons and  The Onion.

The Simpsons are wrapping up their 26th season and are sending out Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Al Jean, Rob Lezebnik, Carolyn Omine and a few others from the show to regale us with tales both big and small from behind the scenes of America’s longest running television sitcom.

Since its founding by a Prussian tuber farmer in 1756, The Onion has attracted millions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. Its omnipotent news empire now includes the Peabody Award-winning Onion News Network video wing and multiple best-selling books. In a rare peek behind the scenes of America’s Finest News Source, the core writing staff of The Onion will gather for a discussion focusing on how the world’s most popular satirical news is created and how the publication has evolved over the years before fielding questions from any of the slobbering dopes in attendance.
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Main Stage
May 30
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CCCF: Smashed by Gandini Juggling
June 17, 18 & 21
Gandini Juggling would like to cordially invite you to a tea party that you will never forget. Under the artistic direction of Sean Gandini and Kati Yla-Hokkala, this British juggling company brings us, Smashed, a mesmerizing mix of circus and theatre. Insipired by Pina Bausch, this 60 min show is a series of film-like scenes that explore conflict, love lost, and wrap it up with a quaint afternoon tea party.

Ages 8+. This performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Not recommended for all ages, due to brief adult language and mature humor.
CCCF: Smashed by Gandini Juggling
CCCF: Smashed by Gandini Juggling
Gandini Juggling would like to cordially invite you to a tea party that you will never forget. Under the artistic direction of Sean Gandini and Kati Yla-Hokkala, this British juggling company brings us, Smashed, a mesmerizing mix of circus and theatre. Insipired by Pina Bausch, this 60 min show is a series of film-like scenes that explore conflict, love lost, and wrap it up with a quaint afternoon tea party.

Ages 8+. This performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission. Not recommended for all ages, due to brief adult language and mature humor.
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Main Stage
June 17, 18 & 21
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Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015
June 17 -21
The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

Tickets for all shows (at various venues) may be purchased through the Athenaeum box office 773-935-6875 or online at www.athenaeumtheatre.org. For more information go to chicagocircusfest.com.

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Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015
Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015
The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

Tickets for all shows (at various venues) may be purchased through the Athenaeum box office 773-935-6875 or online at www.athenaeumtheatre.org. For more information go to chicagocircusfest.com.

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Main Stage
June 17 -21
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CCCF VIP PASS
June 17-21
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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Main Stage
June 17-21
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CCCF Main Stage Pass
June 17-21
CCCF 2015 Main Stage Pass
Main Stage Pass: $125 before May 1, 150$ after May 1

This pass is a tremendous value that allows you to see all the shows playing on the main stage of the Athenaeum including the the press preview that opens the festival. You will be entitled to one ticket per show in the Tier 2, 3 seating and the closing party at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.


CCCF Main Stage Pass
CCCF Main Stage Pass
CCCF 2015 Main Stage Pass
Main Stage Pass: $125 before May 1, 150$ after May 1

This pass is a tremendous value that allows you to see all the shows playing on the main stage of the Athenaeum including the the press preview that opens the festival. You will be entitled to one ticket per show in the Tier 2, 3 seating and the closing party at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.


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Main Stage
June 17-21
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CCCF: Knee Deep by Casus
June 18 @ 8pm & 20 @ 6pm
The Australian company Casus bring us Knee Deep; a beautifully crafted contemporary circus show that explores the boundaries of strength and tenderness. With only a cast of four, Casus presents 60 minutes of thrilling physical feats; and invites the audience to re-imagine the notions of limitation, where delicacy does not necessarily equate to fragility, but is often a fine line to tread.

This all-ages performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission.
CCCF: Knee Deep by Casus
CCCF: Knee Deep by Casus
The Australian company Casus bring us Knee Deep; a beautifully crafted contemporary circus show that explores the boundaries of strength and tenderness. With only a cast of four, Casus presents 60 minutes of thrilling physical feats; and invites the audience to re-imagine the notions of limitation, where delicacy does not necessarily equate to fragility, but is often a fine line to tread.

This all-ages performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission.
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June 18 @ 8pm & 20 @ 6pm
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CCCF: Pedal Punk by Cirque Mechanics
June 19-21
American contemporary circus company, Cirque Mechanics presents.
Pedal Punk, 90 minutes of heart-stopping acrobatics, aerial, theater and bikes. It is a truly contemporary form of storytelling created by Chris Lasha, using a Steampunk inspired world where cycling provides an escape from our technology obsessed society.

This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
CCCF: Pedal Punk by Cirque Mechanics
CCCF: Pedal Punk by Cirque Mechanics
American contemporary circus company, Cirque Mechanics presents.
Pedal Punk, 90 minutes of heart-stopping acrobatics, aerial, theater and bikes. It is a truly contemporary form of storytelling created by Chris Lasha, using a Steampunk inspired world where cycling provides an escape from our technology obsessed society.

This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
June 19-21
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CCCF: The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents the Third Coast Cabaret
JUNE 19 & 20
CCCF debuts the Third Coast Cabaret, hosted by New York’s Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. This late night cabaret features circus artists from across the globe and across the spectrum of circus and variety skills. Two completely different lineups of world-class aerialists, jugglers, physical comedians, acrobats, and novelty acts will be presented on Friday and Saturday. The Bindlestiffs are the glue, adding their own twisted spin on circus tradition. Composer and musician Peter Bufano adds live, original music to the mix.

18+. Performance lasts 90 minutes including one 15-minute intermission. Age recommendation considers the Chicago curfew, as well as some nudity and adult language.
CCCF: The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents the Third Coast Cabaret
CCCF: The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents the Third Coast Cabaret
CCCF debuts the Third Coast Cabaret, hosted by New York’s Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. This late night cabaret features circus artists from across the globe and across the spectrum of circus and variety skills. Two completely different lineups of world-class aerialists, jugglers, physical comedians, acrobats, and novelty acts will be presented on Friday and Saturday. The Bindlestiffs are the glue, adding their own twisted spin on circus tradition. Composer and musician Peter Bufano adds live, original music to the mix.

18+. Performance lasts 90 minutes including one 15-minute intermission. Age recommendation considers the Chicago curfew, as well as some nudity and adult language.
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Main Stage
JUNE 19 & 20
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CCCF: American Youth Circus Organization Showcase (AYCO)
June 21 - 1pm
The American Youth Circus Organization presents a 90-minute showcase of some of America’s up-and-coming circus artists. Featuring acts from across the nation, the audience will have the rare opportunity to see some of America’s brightest youth starts of all ages and sizes sharing one stage at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival.
CCCF: American Youth Circus Organization Showcase (AYCO)
CCCF: American Youth Circus Organization Showcase (AYCO)
The American Youth Circus Organization presents a 90-minute showcase of some of America’s up-and-coming circus artists. Featuring acts from across the nation, the audience will have the rare opportunity to see some of America’s brightest youth starts of all ages and sizes sharing one stage at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival.
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Main Stage
June 21 - 1pm
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New Dances 2015
July 18 & 19
Thodos Dance Chicago celebrates 15 years of dance creation with its annual New Dances series. Be part of an amazing evening of new dance discovery when TCS’s Ensemble Members and Guest Choreographer, Brian McGinnis present their World Premiere works.
New Dances 2015
New Dances 2015
Thodos Dance Chicago celebrates 15 years of dance creation with its annual New Dances series. Be part of an amazing evening of new dance discovery when TCS’s Ensemble Members and Guest Choreographer, Brian McGinnis present their World Premiere works.
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Main Stage
July 18 & 19
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Studio One
Crimes of the Heart
May 8 - June 14
At the core of this play are the Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they’re forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” she has committed.
Crimes of the Heart
Crimes of the Heart
At the core of this play are the Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they’re forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” she has committed.
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Studio One
May 8 - June 14
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CCCF VIP PASS
June 17-21
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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Main Stage
June 17-21
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CCCF: Suhde
JUNE 19 - 21
The Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival presents Suhde-an ordinary evening in a quiet living room transformed into a bold presentation of balance, beauty, and brawn. Kate and Pasi, a charming duo from Finland, perform 45 minutes of acrobatic feats unlike anything you have ever known.
CCCF: Suhde
at the Chopin Theatre
CCCF: Suhde
The Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival presents Suhde-an ordinary evening in a quiet living room transformed into a bold presentation of balance, beauty, and brawn. Kate and Pasi, a charming duo from Finland, perform 45 minutes of acrobatic feats unlike anything you have ever known.
All ages. Performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission.
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Studio One
JUNE 19 - 21
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The Dueling Gentlemen
8/9 - 9/20
Our love letter to old vaudeville is performed entirely in silence and accompanied by live original piano composition. Witness the story of two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to decompose during their long-running successful act.

Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and attempted murder all play factors on and off stage as their act, “The Ugly Blond” takes an even uglier turn.

Vaudeville has never been dicier!
The Dueling Gentlemen
a Love Letter to Vaudeville
The Dueling Gentlemen
Our love letter to old vaudeville is performed entirely in silence and accompanied by live original piano composition. Witness the story of two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to decompose during their long-running successful act.

Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and attempted murder all play factors on and off stage as their act, “The Ugly Blond” takes an even uglier turn.

Vaudeville has never been dicier!
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Studio One
8/9 - 9/20
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Studio Two
Twisted Melodies
May 11 - June 14
“We must be able to have these conversations with our community. The intent of Twisted Melodies is to open up a safe and healing conversation about mental illness in our community and ways we can help each other cope. Donny (Hathaway) was a musical genius coping with schizophrenia, it was a part of him and a part of his music and brilliance. Maybe through seeing this illness through a beloved artist will allow us to view it differently than we have viewed it before. ” -Samuel Roberson
Congo Square presents
Twisted Melodies
Twisted Melodies
“We must be able to have these conversations with our community. The intent of Twisted Melodies is to open up a safe and healing conversation about mental illness in our community and ways we can help each other cope. Donny (Hathaway) was a musical genius coping with schizophrenia, it was a part of him and a part of his music and brilliance. Maybe through seeing this illness through a beloved artist will allow us to view it differently than we have viewed it before. ” -Samuel Roberson
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Studio Two
May 11 - June 14
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CCCF VIP PASS
June 17-21
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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Main Stage
June 17-21
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CCCF: The Girlie Show
June 18-20
Join “Big Momma” and her Dixie Land Band as they set sail on a visual ODD’yssey that will titillate your senses. The Girlie Show, directed by Jamieson Lindenburg, is 90 minutes of an all female cast in gorgeous costumes, doing amazing circus feats all to live music. This show delivers a memorable evening that will knock your socks off!
CCCF: The Girlie Show
at the Chopin Theatre
CCCF: The Girlie Show
Join “Big Momma” and her Dixie Land Band as they set sail on a visual ODD’yssey that will titillate your senses. The Girlie Show, directed by Jamieson Lindenburg, is 90 minutes of an all female cast in gorgeous costumes, doing amazing circus feats all to live music. This show delivers a memorable evening that will knock your socks off!
Adults only. Performance lasts 90 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
June 18-20
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Matawan
June 26 - July 27
In the summer of 1916, a series of freakish and fatal shark attacks paralyzed the Jersey Shore. Further inland, a polio outbreak plagued Philadelphia, while the cloud of World War I loomed over the entire nation. As the forces of nature, disease, and war close in, people struggling to adapt must face a monster whose evolution has led to millions of years of survival–a monster who now faces some terrors of her own. Spanning several cities and the infinite depths of the ocean, Matawan conjures an unusual moment in American history and the ways in which our hidden selves can wreak just as much havoc as catastrophe.
The Ruckus presents
Matawan
This performance features strong language, and is recommended for ages 13+; and lasts two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
Matawan
In the summer of 1916, a series of freakish and fatal shark attacks paralyzed the Jersey Shore. Further inland, a polio outbreak plagued Philadelphia, while the cloud of World War I loomed over the entire nation. As the forces of nature, disease, and war close in, people struggling to adapt must face a monster whose evolution has led to millions of years of survival–a monster who now faces some terrors of her own. Spanning several cities and the infinite depths of the ocean, Matawan conjures an unusual moment in American history and the ways in which our hidden selves can wreak just as much havoc as catastrophe.
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Studio Two
June 26 - July 27
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Studio Three
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Apr 16 - May 24
Eclipse Theatre’s 2015 Terrence McNally Season opens with Lips Together, Teeth Apart. In a gay community on Fire Island, two straight couples reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. Ted Hoerl makes his Eclipse directorial debut.
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Eclipse Theatre’s 2015 Terrence McNally Season opens with Lips Together, Teeth Apart. In a gay community on Fire Island, two straight couples reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. Ted Hoerl makes his Eclipse directorial debut.
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Studio Three
Apr 16 - May 24
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La Raison d’Être
May 28 - June 7
After the sun goes down, La Raison d’Être, a classy Chicago nightclub, starts to heat up – the libations are flowing, the patrons are dancing, the servers are friendly, and the Maître D’ croons out a tune now and then. The club’s Owner and his wife seem to have it all, but there is a betrayal in the works that threatens to tear it all apart.

La Raison d’Être showcases Tapman Productions talent mixing two distinct dance styles, both tap and modern dance, with music and live singing from the past and the present including Jitterbug Waltz, Between the Bars, The Way You Look TonightCome Fly With Me, When Your Mind’s Made Up, and more. The performance’s choreography, containing several individual pieces, is by Mike Ford, Kate O’Hanlon, Tristan Bruns and Javier Villamil.

This unique presentation’s cast includes Tristan Bruns, Megan Davis, Star Dixon, Mike Ford, Cindy Hsu, Gloria Mwez, Kate O’Hanlon, Carmen Paquette, Kelsey Schlabaugh, Tyler Sheets, Javier Villamil and Jessica Williams.
La Raison d’Être
a Tapmen Dance Co. Repertory Performance
La Raison d’Être
After the sun goes down, La Raison d’Être, a classy Chicago nightclub, starts to heat up – the libations are flowing, the patrons are dancing, the servers are friendly, and the Maître D’ croons out a tune now and then. The club’s Owner and his wife seem to have it all, but there is a betrayal in the works that threatens to tear it all apart.

La Raison d’Être showcases Tapman Productions talent mixing two distinct dance styles, both tap and modern dance, with music and live singing from the past and the present including Jitterbug Waltz, Between the Bars, The Way You Look TonightCome Fly With Me, When Your Mind’s Made Up, and more. The performance’s choreography, containing several individual pieces, is by Mike Ford, Kate O’Hanlon, Tristan Bruns and Javier Villamil.

This unique presentation’s cast includes Tristan Bruns, Megan Davis, Star Dixon, Mike Ford, Cindy Hsu, Gloria Mwez, Kate O’Hanlon, Carmen Paquette, Kelsey Schlabaugh, Tyler Sheets, Javier Villamil and Jessica Williams.
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Studio Three
May 28 - June 7
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Modrun Dance: All Comedy All the Time
June 10 - 13
Ninety minutes of fun-filled modern dance hilarity: guaranteed ANGST-FREE. Featuring DanszLoop Chicago performing Paula Frasz’s classic comic dances AND featuring stand-up comedian AJ Lubecker. Nothing like the “modrundance” you have suffered through in the past!!!!

“Side splitting!” — Drew Frasz, Paula’s Brother
“Don’t miss this!!” — Marie Frasz, Paula’s Mom (deceased)
“I thought all modern dance was boring and pretentious.” — Martha Graham (deceased)
Modrun Dance: All Comedy All the Time
Modrun Dance: All Comedy All the Time
Ninety minutes of fun-filled modern dance hilarity: guaranteed ANGST-FREE. Featuring DanszLoop Chicago performing Paula Frasz’s classic comic dances AND featuring stand-up comedian AJ Lubecker. Nothing like the “modrundance” you have suffered through in the past!!!!

“Side splitting!” — Drew Frasz, Paula’s Brother
“Don’t miss this!!” — Marie Frasz, Paula’s Mom (deceased)
“I thought all modern dance was boring and pretentious.” — Martha Graham (deceased)
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Studio Three
June 10 - 13
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CCCF VIP PASS
June 17-21
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF VIP PASS
CCCF 2015 VIP Pass
VIP Pass: $300 before May 1, $350 after May 1

The VIP pass gives you full access to the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival 2015 line up at both the Athenaeum, main stage and black box shows as well as the Chopin program. VIPs are entitled to Tier 1 seating for all the shows at the festival, our VIP party, and closing party held at the amazing Redmoon Theatre.

The 2015 Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival (June 17 -21) brings daringly moving acts and shows from around the world to perform, teach, and network from . The festival showcases genre-defying companies and performers creating circus in an entirely new, and completely inspiring way.

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Main Stage
June 17-21
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CCCF: PLD
June 18, 20 & 21
This young American circus company, Company McQuiggs, is composed of three young and immensely talented performers. Together, they bring to the stage amazing sills and technical abilities infused with an undeniable youthful energy. PLD blends juggling with comedy and dance to bring you an hour of jaw-dropping, bucket-stacking, ball-flying fun.
CCCF: PLD
CCCF: PLD
This young American circus company, Company McQuiggs, is composed of three young and immensely talented performers. Together, they bring to the stage amazing sills and technical abilities infused with an undeniable youthful energy. PLD blends juggling with comedy and dance to bring you an hour of jaw-dropping, bucket-stacking, ball-flying fun.
All ages. Performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission.
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Studio Three
June 18, 20 & 21
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CCCF: Tossed and Found
June 18, 20 & 21
COME….and see THINGS differently in Peter Davison’s one man contemporary circus show, Tossed & Found. With consummate skill, imagination, and humor, Peter presents a one hour, one-of-a-kind celebration of the material world through a series of precisely choreographed numbers.
CCCF: Tossed and Found
at the Chopin Theatre
CCCF: Tossed and Found
COME….and see THINGS differently in Peter Davison’s one man contemporary circus show, Tossed & Found. With consummate skill, imagination, and humor, Peter presents a one hour, one-of-a-kind celebration of the material world through a series of precisely choreographed numbers.
All ages. Performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission.
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Studio Three
June 18, 20 & 21
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CCCF: The Submarine Show
JUNE 19 - 21
The Submarine Show, created by Emmy Award winner, Slater Penney and former Cirque du Soleil performer, Jaron Hollander, is a bright and brilliant, side-splitting piece of contemporary circus theatre that is guaranteed to delight any audience, regardless of age. During this 60-minute show, you will laugh and cry with these two characters as they swim, fly, and descend into a madcap journey vividly sculpted out of nothing buy imagination.
CCCF: The Submarine Show
CCCF: The Submarine Show
The Submarine Show, created by Emmy Award winner, Slater Penney and former Cirque du Soleil performer, Jaron Hollander, is a bright and brilliant, side-splitting piece of contemporary circus theatre that is guaranteed to delight any audience, regardless of age. During this 60-minute show, you will laugh and cry with these two characters as they swim, fly, and descend into a madcap journey vividly sculpted out of nothing buy imagination.
All ages. Performance lasts 1 hour with no intermission.
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Studio Three
JUNE 19 - 21
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A Perfect Ganesh
Jul 16 - Aug 23
The 2015 McNally Season continues with his Pulitzer nominated play, A Perfect Ganesh.
Two American women embark on a comic and tragic spiritual journey through India with the Hindu god Ganesha. Artistic Director, Nathaniel Swift directs.
A Perfect Ganesh
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
A Perfect Ganesh
The 2015 McNally Season continues with his Pulitzer nominated play, A Perfect Ganesh.
Two American women embark on a comic and tragic spiritual journey through India with the Hindu god Ganesha. Artistic Director, Nathaniel Swift directs.
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Studio Three
Jul 16 - Aug 23
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The Lisbon Traviata,
Nov 5 - Dec 20
The 2015 Season concludes with the sharply funny yet deeply tragic play,The Lisbon Traviata, in which personal tragedy unfolds on an operatic scale. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott, directs.
The Lisbon Traviata,
part of the 2015 Terrence McNally Season
The Lisbon Traviata,
The 2015 Season concludes with the sharply funny yet deeply tragic play,The Lisbon Traviata, in which personal tragedy unfolds on an operatic scale. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott, directs.
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Studio Three
Nov 5 - Dec 20
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