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Hedwig Dances Presents Evening of Contemporary Dance at SAC: “Four Strong Winds”, “Among Us”, and “Circle Dance” on Saturday April 21, 2018 (7:00pm) at Charlie Chaplin Auditorium (1345 W. Argyle St., Chicago, IL). The event is FREE for St. Augustine College Students, Faculty, Staff and families.
The dancers will be performing selections from the company’s acclaimed repertoire by award-winning choreographers Artistic Director Jan Bartoszek and Resident Choreographer Victor Alexander. The program includes Among Us, Four Strong Winds and Circle Dance. Jan Bartoszek states “We are thrilled to share our dance work and creative process with the St. Augustine College community. We hope to open a dialogue with other creative individuals at St. Augustine about other possible collaborative exchanges.”
Since Hedwig Dances’ launch in 1985 by its founder and Artistic Director, Jan Bartoszek, the company has become renowned for collaboration. Working with prominent artists from a variety of mediums and cultural backgrounds, Hedwig Dances is intent upon provoking and awakening human connection and wonder. The result is an ever-growing repertoire of dance described by critics as visceral and emotionally insightful. To date, the critically acclaimed and award-winning dance ensemble has presented over 1,500 performances at prestigious venues throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, the Midwest and beyond: the Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Northwestern University, Ravinia, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Stage 773, and The Storefront Theater. Hedwig Dances has also been featured at noteworthy Chicago events such as the Grand Openings of Millennium Park and Navy Pier. The Company has twice performed in exclusive performances at Joyce SoHo (New York City).
Additional engagements include Teatro Nacional De Cuba Sala Avellaneda (Havana, Cuba), Teatro Diana (Guadalajara, Mexico), Grace Street Theater (Richmond, Virginia), Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space (Madison, Wisconsin), Lee Theater (Spring to Dance Festival, St. Louis, Missouri), among myriad other residencies and outreach programs over the past three decades. Hedwig Dances and its associated artists have been honored with two Ruth Page Awards and a Chicago Dance Award.
Hedwig Dances is in residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts since 2016. Prior to that Hedwig Dances was the dance company in residence at the Chicago Cultural Center under the administration of Lois Weisberg, the long-standing Commissioner of Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner.
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The company will perform selections from three evocative works in the company’s repertoire:
Four Strong Winds probes the experience of cyclical time. Unfolding in episodes that follow the course of the seasons, the dance reflects the sense experience of time in a Northern culture–loss, adversity, renewal, and growth. Four Strong Winds is a stand-alone dance developed from the original Trade Winds/Aires de Cambio an international collaboration between Hedwig Dances and Havana-based DanzAbierta. The newly imagined sextet is informed by choreographer Jan Bartoszek’s research of ways in which expression and body language in cold Northern locations have developed as a result of geography, weather, and culture.
Among Us, choreographed by Hedwig Dances’ resident choreographer Victor Alexander, distills the flavor of the Cuban street into a series of quartets and duets. A spectrum of emotion and expression are shown in different stages, creating an environment of ambiguities, and, at times, conflict. Danced to a score accented by Afro-Cuban poly-rhythms and chants, Among Us reflects gender subtleties and demonstrates behavioral effects of Afro-Cuban culture within the sensual body language of Cuban society.
Circle Dance is an excerpt from the company’s newest work in progress FUTURA. In Futura, Jan Bartoszek applies principles and aesthetics from the Bauhaus modernist movement, including abstraction, playful thinking, and experimentation, to the development of choreography. Through playful interaction between dancers and collaborators, Hedwig Dances weaves a novel, richly theatrical movement playground.

WHAT: Hedwig Dances Presents Evening of Contemporary Dance at St. Augustine College: Four Strong Winds; Among Us; Circle Dance
WHEN: Saturday April 21, 2018 @ 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm, First come, First serve)
WHERE: Charlie Chaplin Auditorium; 1345 West Argyle, Chicago, IL
TICKETS: Free for St. Augustine Students, Faculty, Staff and families
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Volkmann – 312-291-8196 – contact@hedwigdances.com


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