Dancer/choreographer Iván Pérez's "Flesh" will get its U.S. premiere by River North Dance Theatre at their 25th anniversary fall engagement at Harris Theater for Music and dance in Millennium Park. (photo courtesy of Mr. Pérez).
Celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary season, River North Dance Chicago (RNDC) will launch its 25th year with a “Silver: 25th Anniversary Fall Engagement,” this fall at the Harris Theater. Led by artistic director Frank Chaves, the company will be celebrating their past while defining the future as they introduce the U.S. premiere of “Flesh” by hot Spanish choreographer Iván Pérez along with the world premiere of Chaves’s own work “In the End,” while reviving a company staple, Sherry Zunker’s “Reality of a Dreamer.
The performance will be followed by the company’s annual Fall Engagement Gala featuring a festive evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue).
With an eye toward the future, RNDC will present the U.S. premiere of Spanish choreographer Iván Pérez’s “Flesh,” the first time his work will be seen in America. Set for eight dancers, the highly emotive and elegant work--dedicated to Pérez’s parents after their death--is inspired by Keith Douglas’s poem, The Knife. Pérez noted: “In the poem, Douglas reveals the mystery of living in memory, the reminiscence of a past love and the permanence beyond flesh.”
For Pérez, the occasion of RNDC’s 25th anniversary season is the perfect one to introduce the U.S. to his evocative new work. “I could not think of a better way to present ‘Flesh’ for the first time in the United States than with River North Dance Chicago,” he noted. “It is truly an honor and I am thrilled for this personal piece to be presented during this extraordinary company’s 25th anniversary season.” Chicago audiences will get a chance to see what Dance Europe Magazine "...self-assured choreography that (is) honest and (speaks) truly from the heart."
Tickets for the Fall Engagement public performances, which take place Friday, October 10 and Saturday October 11, are available by calling 312.334.7777 or www.rivernorthchicago.com or www.harristheaterchicago.org.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
River North Dance to Celebrate 25th Anniversary Season with U.S. Premiere ofIván Pérez's "Flesh"