Viewpointe(s): Casting Light on Chicago’s Emerging Woman Choreographers


We experience choreography in many ways, including ballet, cheerleading, ice skating, fashion shows, gymnastics, movies, theatre, and more. So who are the people putting together those attention-grabbing dance sequences that tell us a story through movement? Surprisingly, research suggests that nearly 70% of all choreographers are men.

Chicago-based Choreographer Amy Roby is making a move to shed light on the city’s emerging woman choreographers and their perspectives on dance and movement. She brings us, along with Fôr Dance Company, a dance production called Viewpointe(s), aimed at casting light on the city’s emerging female choreographers. Lauren Warnecke, Masha Balovelenkov, Christina Eldvet, Kaitlin Webster, and Amy Roby will bring their vision to The Den Theater, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL on September 6 and 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 3 pm.

“There are overwhelmingly more male dancers taking on the role of choreographer for large scale audiences,” Amy shared. “The general public primarily sees dance presented through a male perspective.”

She believes women are in need of more support on the production side of dance. “Obviously, men and women think, feel, and move differently. We see things differently, which shapes our perspectives. Art is all about perspective. There is an imbalance in dance presentation, which means our culture and society are missing out on some great perspectives and experiences,” she said.

Each choreographer selected for Viewpointe(s) is an individual with their own unique style and aesthetic. These emerging artists will gather at The Den Theatre to take the stage and present a body of work that is entertaining and retrospective. From contemporary to classic modern movement, the event will showcase creative, athletic, and stimulating perspectives. The audience will be introduced to new work with music by Franz Schubert, Miles Davis, Malvina Reynolds, Roy Rodgers, Owen Phyfe, and more. Viewpointe(s) will take you on an eclectic tour through stunning content meticulously sculpted by the dance art form of the choreographer.

Amy would like the show to spark a greater awareness in Chicago, opening the door to more opportunities for women choreographers, while creating a memorable, moving experience for the audience. “We should take more risks in nurturing new artists. Art is about our culture and experiences, and provides us another avenue for education and representation,” she said. “At the same time, I hope the attendees see something that they’ve never seen before through Viewpointe(s), while being entertained, humored, and finding something that they can relate to. I look forward to the lights, the sound, the energy of the people in the room, the energy of the dancers with on stage, and turning a black box theater into an entirely different atmosphere,” Amy concluded.

Don’t miss this special dance presentation, running three days only at The Den Theatre in Chicago, September 6-8, 2013. Tickets are on sale now for $15; purchase them in advance HERE. Tickets are $20 at the door. All ages. Get more information and RSVP HERE.



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