CHRP Jubalee gala celebration: Arny Granat (Jubalee Benefit Committee), Irene Michaels (CHRP Board Member), Elaine Cohen (CHRP Board Member and Honorary Founder) and Arlen Rubin (photo by Paul Chrisanti).
On November 4, American tap and contemporary percussive arts ensemble, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), hosted its 26th Jubalee Gala at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago. Attended by nearly 250 people, the event raised more than $140,000 from a combination of ticket sales, sponsorships, a paddle raise, a raffle and contributions.
At the Jubalee, CHRP honored MacArthur Fellowship and Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer-performer Michelle Dorrance and STOMP star, Bessie Award winner and master teacher-choreographer Nicholas Young together with the JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Field. The award was given in recognition of their groundbreaking collaboration on Dorrance Dance's ETM: Double Down. Past JUBA! Award recipients include Tommy Tune, Gregory Hines, Bill Irwin, Savion Glover, Fayard Nicholas, and Mayor and Mrs. Richard M. Daley.
As a teenager, Dorrance studied in CHRP's annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference and later returned to teach, choreograph and perform as a part of CHRP's popular summer festival, Rhythm World. She choreographed a suite of dances for the Youth Tap Ensemble Conference program, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2012, and a new work, Push Past Break, funded by the Princess Grace Foundation, for CHRP's resident ensemble, BAM!
Young has also been a longtime collaborator with CHRP, leading a three-year residency for his Institute for the Rhythmic Arts, an integrated approach to foot, hand and body percussion, during Rhythm World. Young will return to Chicago in 2017 to continue the IFTRA residency.
Jubalee guests also had an opportunity to see a full-length sneak peek of the Chicago premiere of Dorrance Dance performing ETM: Double Down. The new work was co-presented November 4-6 by CHRP, the Chicago Humanities Festival and the MCA and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a part of the 35th anniversary of the renowned Fellows Program.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts