Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) spotlights Chicago's exceptional and diverse percussive dance community this spring in its second annual citywide "Stomping Grounds" series. The event culminates with the Auditorium Theatre’s grand finale, Chicago Rhythm Fest. Showcasing African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish, Japanese and American cultural traditions, this eclectic, multi-performance event celebrates the rhythmic arts that connects diverse communities through rhythm.
Opening in April is Stomping Grounds, a series of free events in six distinct communities showcasing five of Chicago's most accomplished percussive dance companies: CHRP's resident ensemble BAM!, Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre, Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Special guests Tsukasa Taiko will also be in residence. Each event features a host company, a guest company and featured artists, along with a Q and A with the artists, food trucks and costume exhibitions. Venues include Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago’s near west side, Northeastern University, the National Museum of Mexican Art and DuSable Museum of African American History.
The festival kicks off with the five diverse dance companies engaging in conversation about the rhythmic arts, each pairing of companies performing a duet.
Even though Stomping Grounds events are free and open to the public, reservations are still required and available at chicagotap.org. Also visit the website for more information on programming and performance dates, times and venues.
Chicago Human Rhythm Project's eclectic dance festival, "Stomping Grounds," to showcase the rich diversity of percussive dance forces in Chicago (photo courtesy of Chicago Human Rhythm Project).
Chicago Human Rhythm Project Offering Eclectic Showcase of Chicago Percussive Dance in Second Annual "Stomping Grounds"