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Dance Wed May 13 2015

Hedwig Dances Celebrates 30 Years With "One Grand Dance"

This weekend only, contemporary company Hedwig Dances takes the stage in celebration of its 30 years on the Chicago dance scene. One Grand Dance looks back on Hedwig Dances founder and artistic director Jan Bartoszek's 40 years of creating dances, 30 of those years with Hedwig.

One Grand Dance acts as a retrospective of Bartoszek's work, reflecting her ideas and style.

"Throughout my career, I have been engaged by the intersections of movement and objects," Bartoszek said. "Movement transforms objects, animating the inanimate, and objects lend poetic imagery to movement."

The piece reimagines Bartoszek's works, making new links between parts of her repertoire.

The program also includes the premier of Bangweulu, choreographed by company member Edson Cabrera. Bangweulu, of African origin, means where the sky and water meet, connoting timelessness or an infinite horizon.

The piece features three duets, each exploring relationships: those between friends, lovers and family members.

A video retrospective edited by filmmaker Nadia Oussenko rounds out the evening.
Another film, a dance-for-the-camera piece by Bartoszek, Arch of Repose, will be rereleased with a new score for the 30-year milestone.

Ken Bowen created the lighting design for the show and Maggie Dianovsky designed costumes.

Hedwig Dances aims to convey human experience through dance. The company is named after Bartoszek's paternal grandmother.

One Grand Dance runs this Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets are $30 to $40, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and children. For more information visit

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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